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May 20, 2010

Eggless Black Forest Cake


My dear dad turned another year older and it calls for celebration time. All I had on my mind was this celebration Eggless Black Forest Cake which is one of his favorites. Not just his, but a family favorite too.

Pastry shops were uncommon for us as kids. I can remember this shop by name, Monginis, in Mulund-Bombay, which was our hot favorites then - our only source for some real good cakes and pastries. And we would often hang out there with mom and dad for some good cakes which mom loved and for savories like samosas which were dad's favorite. Though butter cream cakes were easily available even then, fresh cream pastries have become very popular only from past few years, with cake shops and coffee houses springing up every where and with most people, especially youngsters and college-goers hanging out there often.

As we grew up to be teenagers, pastries became popular and more commonly available in cake shops and bakeries. One of the most popular cakes was undoubtedly the Black Forest cake, which I guess, there's hardly anyone who's not eaten or heard of. I am no better and must have eaten hundreds of these as a teenager and continue even today! Black Forest cake consists of layers of chocolate cake, drizzled with rum syrup, sandwiched with whipped cream and torn cherries, topped with a good dose of whipped cream, maraschino cherries and chocolate shavings. Pure decadence. Period!


The below recipe is the most common recipe for eggless sponge cake and the same recipe can be got from many websites. I reduced the butter to half instead of 120 gm which I thought was a little too much and since I had no cola at hand, I used milk instead. It does make a difference. Cola adds fizz and air to the cake while milk made it denser than it should have been. The cake turned a little dry too, but that didn't matter much as the soaking moistened it well. Never the less,the cake was still spongy and good. Here's what we need.

Eggless Black Forest Cake

INGREDIENTS

For the chocolate cake:

2 1/4 cups plain flour (240 gm)
1 can condensed milk (400 gm)
1/4 cup melted butter (60 gm)
2 cups aerated cola (200 ml)
1/2 cup cocoa powder (40 gm)
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda

For the frosting:

2 cups dark chocolate, grated (200 gm)
1 cup fresh cream powder (100 gm)
1 cup cold water (100 ml)

For the filling:

1 cup maraschino cherries, pitted and chopped

To be mixed into a soaking syrup:

2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp rum (optional)
1/2 cup water


DIRECTIONS

Sift flour, cocoa, baking powder and soda. In another bowl, mix condensed milk, cola and melted butter and whisk well.

Add the wet ingredients in to the dry ones, whisk well till combined. Transfer to a baking tray and bake for 40 minutes at 180 deg C. Once done, remove aside to cool.

In a bowl, mix the rum and sugar with water. Whip the cream powder with ice cold water till soft peaks are formed. Allow the cake to cool, slice to halves horizontally. Drizzle the sugary rum syrup evenly all over the cake so that it absorbs well. Spread the whipped cream on one half, spread the chopped cherries and top it with the second slice. Frost the cake top and sides with whipped fresh cream. Decorate with whole cherries and grated chocolate shavings. Refrigerate at least for a few hours before serving.


My dad's a staunch vegetarian, which means no eggs included. I've made egg-less chocolate cakes earlier, so making another one wasn't any challenge. Suma was of great help for me to hunt maraschino cherries :) Thanks Suma. However, the biggest challenge for me was to frost the cake with fresh cream. I haven't had much success with whipping the 25% low fat cream available here. I was working with whipped cream powder as frosting for the first time and Divya's blog gave me the confidence that it wouldn't let me down, though I admit I was a little apprehensive how the final cake would turn up. However, I am glad it turned out good and there was hardly any difference noticed.


The cake turned out great. It worked beautiful as a birthday treat. We had a small celebration at home and it was enjoyed by all. The cake requires some maturation time as I assembled it on the d-day, but the syrup was yet to be absorbed well. The cake had absorbed the moist syrup, matured well and tasted much better the next day.

Happy Birthday to the man in my life who taught us to be independent, self motivated and living everyday to the fullest. To take life with a pinch of salt, a little spice, a little bitterness and loads of sweetness, the bitter-sweet way! He's a man who gives us strength, boosts our spirits and is always with us in highs and lows of life. Thanks dad for being there always. :)

Happy Birthday Dear Dad!


58 comments :

  1. Wishing ur dad a beautiful birthday..Eggless black forest cake looks super delicious, love the fact that this cake is eggless, will try for my daughter's b'thday..

    Cute, droolworthy,spongy and gorgeous cake...Looks irresistible..

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  2. The best black forest cake I've ever seen...looks totally yum....Happy bday to ur dad...That was a perfect celebration with ur cake!

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  3. what a beautiful cake, and bday wishes to your day, hope he has a wonderful year ahead..

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  4. Heartiest wishes to ut dad.. I love this one.. sinfully delectable.. love it coz thats eggless..

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  5. wow !! ur story seems similar to mine dear..even we use to have black forest pastries from monginis in mumbai..goregaon branch ofcourse ..and i remember i used to like the base as it was ltl hard biscuit types..still cant 4get monginis ka cake...will make this sure .the clicks r awesome so as the cake...and wishing ur dad a wonderful bday !!

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  6. Cake was finger licking and the taste lingered in my mouth for a day :)

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  7. WOW...what a beautiful looking cake...delicious...even everyone at my home is a big big fan of monginis cakes/muffins...never made such a beautiful cake at home...too good...thanks for sharing this dear!

    Also, many many happy returns to your dad...

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  8. How gorgeous! Love the moist cake and decorations too. Happy birthday to him and many returns of the day. Enjoy! :)

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  9. Happy Bday to your dad....beautiful pic! The cake is made to perfection. Bookmarked!

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  10. wow delicious cake .a best treat on this wonderful day..Happy Birthday to your Dad..
    So delicious cake yarr..one of my favorite cake..nicely done..good job

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  11. the cake looks superbly delicious. thats my favourite but never made withour eggs. lovely decorations too.
    Wish your dad a very happy birthday!

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  12. Best wishes to your dad for his birthday.
    Eggless black forest gateau looks devine.I will definately try this.

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  13. Splendid! That is one of my favorite cakes. Yours looks so perfect and delicious! Happy Birthday to your Dad!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  14. Looks absolutely fantastic, a stunning visual presentation & very beautiful photographs. Kudos and belated wishes to your Dad.

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  15. Mallika,

    Happy birthday to your Dad, Beautiful cake and nice photos.

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  16. Hapy Birthday to your Dad...Wish him Health and Peaceful year ahead...cake looks just drool worthy dear...wow....just need to grab n eat it....perfect

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  17. A very happy birthday to you Dad, Cake looks stunning..very beautifully presented..

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  18. Black forest cake is originally created in Germany first. When we travelled to black forest area I got to taste this cake. Tasted very yum but had lots of alchohol inside. Your cake looks much beautiful than what I saw and I am sure it tasted yum. My sincere wishes and prayers for your dad. Convey my birthday wishes to him :)

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  19. Looks toe-curling good! Happy birthday to your daddy!

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  20. Wishes to your Dad. Look at that cake ...they are perfectly awesome and your photography is splendid.

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  21. What a beautiful cake! Though I love it ,I have never tried it at home .Pictures look fabulous

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  22. Oh Gosh...! Before I get more infatuated - Happy to your Daddy!

    Thank you Momma MD (now I can call you that :D) for the adoption!

    So as per contract of the virtual adoption I would get to eat all your goodies (this sinner black forest included)once I come to Bengaluru!

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  23. Happy Birthday to your father! Black forest cake looks very beautiful and perfect for a celebration.

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  24. What a beautiful and delicious looking cake you made for your dad. It looks so amazing.

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  25. Hey Mallika! Do wish your Dad a very happy birthday on behalf of all of your readers! :) Lovely cake. The eggless-ness makes it even more amazing! I would be apprehensive about whipped cream frosting too. So I am happy to hear this experiment of yours turned out well. Will remember to come back here when I try such frosting. Cheers and happy partying!

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  26. Happy Birthday to you dad..Beautiful decoration and delicious, great for this special occasion....

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  27. Dear M D,A very Happy Birthday to your Dad and wish him many more.Black forest cake looks awesome,delicious,mouthwatering.Very nice picture.

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  28. Fantastic cake..Wish your dad for me too :-) Black forst is my fav too..Your eggless version sounds interesting

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  29. What a beautiful looking cake and a nice thing to do for your dad's birthday. I do admire those who take such care in decorating - I have no patience.

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  30. Such a gorgeous cake. Happy Birthday to your dad. He's lucky to have you :)

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  31. Happy Birthday to ur dad, that is a beautiful present from a daughter! Lovely piece !

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  32. Happy Birthday to ur dad.. Your cake looks perfect... yummy...

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  33. Belated Birthday Wishes to ur dad!!
    Awesome cake dear..

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  34. Happy Birthday to your dad and I am sure he must have loved the cake! I too use similar recipe and made eggless chocolate cake for my mom and dad's anniversary. But however i dont think we require 2 cups cola? i found it a little too much but it may work :)
    Which fresh cream powder did you use?
    Btw cake looks awesome, i wish i could grab a piece right now :)

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  35. Thanks guys for all those wonderful wishes and comments. My dad would be flattered to receive so many wishes from all of you!

    Hey Parita, I'm not sure of the brand as I had to beg the bakery guys to borrow and buy some fresh cream powder! It wasn't any easy task for me ;)

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  36. Birthday wishes to your Dad!! Cake looks simply irresistible Mallika!!

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  37. Very lucky dad ...... Wonderful looking cake..
    :)

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  38. Belated b'day wishes to your dad! The cake looks gorgeous! Thanks for dropping in at my place :)

    Cheers
    Maria

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  39. First time here in your blog, beatiful looking blog with all mouthwatering recipe. Eggless BlackForest cake looks delicious. Happy Birthday to your Dad.
    Happy to follow your blog:-)

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  40. best wishes to ur dad...such a beautiful cake..my all fav

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  41. Thank you Mallika and others who have wished me on my birthday.

    Dad

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  42. Awesome cake on ur blog!

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  43. the cake looks gorgeous and u have done fantastic job garnishing it...I am a sucker at cak decor...

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  44. Thank you so much guys for all those lovely wishes and comments! Thanks a ton!

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  45. Oh I don't think it is late to wish somebody, the cake looks awesome, I make the same way, though I don't think it looks as detectable as yours..Lovely to read abt your Dad and your memories..

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  46. i dunno if i am blind...i cannot see the amount of milk required! ur cake looks sooo tempting!

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  47. B's nook, I have mentioned above that I substituted 2 cups aerated cola (200 ml) to the same amount of milk. So that answers your question, I hope :D

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  48. Gorgeous.....
    I love Monginis too and have got my childhood memories linked with the same...

    BTW... wot's the fresh cream powder?

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  49. Hi Sandhya,

    Fresh cream powder is spray dried cream, most commonly used in small Indian bakeries. :)

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  50. THIS COULD REGEVNATE OUR MIND

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  51. Hi,
    I just came across the recipe and I want to try it at home as it seems wonderful. Could you tell me what kind of cocoa powder I need to use (Dutch processed/Natural)and any suggestion for a specific brand?

    Thanks,
    Mili

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  52. Sure Mili, do try this recipe at home, it's certainly wonderful and I hope your family will love it. To address your query, I use regular cocoa powder from Hershey's or sometimes Cadbury's cocoa. Both work equally good. Hope that helps.

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  53. Thank you so much. I'll try and let you know.

    Mili

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  54. The most complete recipe I've found untill now. It's fantastic!

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  55. Just what i was looking for. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  56. hey...awesome recipe, but when does the aerated cola come in ?

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  57. The cola comes right along with the wet ingredients.

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