October 04, 2008

Black Forest Cake

“I wanted to buy a candle holder, but the store didn't have one. So I got a cake.” That’s a Mitch Hedberg quote and he makes me laugh. He’s also a good source of inspiration for blog posts because he has a lot of one liners about food. This post is kinda like that Mitch quote. I wanted to write a blog post, but my brain didn’t have one. So I posted a cake. I actually made this cake in July for Mom’s birthday. As always, it had to be a black forest cake but I refused to make it the ordinary way and instead roasted the cherries for the filling in balsamic vinegar for a bit of a change. That was an excellent substitution. It was around that time that I first made balsamic roasted strawberry ice cream and fell in love with it so it was only natural that I gave cherries the same treatment. I’ve been meaning to do the same thing with peaches and I think it might happen yet. Possibly in ice cream form… Definitely in ice cream form.


There’s no specific recipe for this cake, it was cobbled together from a few different sources. The cake is the chocolate cake recipe from the cover of Dorie’s book. The filling is my own. And the frosting is simply a kirsch scented, lightly sweetened whipped cream. I wish I had more occasions to make layer cakes. I also wish that Mitch Hedberg wasn’t dead so he could come up with more great lines like “My friend was walking down the street and he said, "I hear music." As if there is any other way of taking it in. I tried to taste it, but it did not work.”

18 comments:

Dana McCauley said...

Your cherry variation does sound delish but you know, for me black forest cake needs to be made using the classic recipe.


Heston Blumenthal's episode where he tracks down THE ORIGINAL BFC is so great. Did you ever see it?

Snooky doodle said...

this looks so delicious :) I love black forest. I ve never tried cherries and balsamic vinegar. Do you macerate them in the vinegar ?

Ali said...

Mitch was AMAZING. I miss him.

Fabulous looking cake, m'dear!

Rachel said...

Oh yum~ I love this idea.

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

That cake looks awesome! This is perfect timing, because my mom's birthday is tomorrow. I've been sitting here trying to figure out what kind of cake to make her. She loves cherries, so this is a definite contender! Thanks!

Nick said...

Haha, I love Mitch Hedburg. What's funny is that I just found this great site the other day that I sent to all of my friends, it's a Mitch Hedburg quote generator. I now use it all the time when I need a quick laugh.

Cake sounds great, I always love the chocolate/cherry combo. Any idea where the term black forest came from? I've always wondered...

Meeta said...

ok i live in germany and have never made a black forest cake - no wait I lie - i helped to make one. does that count? anyway i think this looks great and i love the cherries in balsamic vinegar!

eliza said...

you always make yummy food! i could have a slice right now...

cookworm said...

Looks fabulous. I'll have to try the cherry/balsamic combo sometime...

RecipeGirl said...

Pretty! I'm going to have to check out this guy's quotes :)

Esi said...

This looks so good and I like how you put it together from several recipes.

veron said...

black forest is one of the first cakes I loved growing up. this looks great, Bri!

Sara said...

I happen to love black forest cake - actually, I love anything with cherries and chocolate.

Peabody said...

Yummy, it's such a fabulous cake.

Patricia Scarpin said...

That is a cake I have never made, Bri! Yours looks terrific. I would rather have this cake over candle holders. Or anything else, for that matter. :D

Deborah said...

Gorgeous cake! I keep trying to find excuses to make layered cakes!!

Maria said...

I haven't had black forest since I was a kid. My brother's name is Forest so he always requested this cake! Yours looks super tasty!

Annemarie said...

I'm very impressed this is a cake of your doing, Brilynn - your icing skills leave me in envy.