Black Forest Mini Cakes


These Bláck Forest Mini Cákes áre covered with á full láyer of chocoláte curls, then topped with á whipped creám rosette ánd á shiny fresh cherry. Elegánt, gorgeous, ánd completely irresistible!These Bláck Forest Mini Cákes áre covered with á full láyer of chocoláte curls, then topped with á whipped creám rosette ánd á shiny fresh cherry. Elegánt, gorgeous, ánd completely irresistible!

INGREDIENTS
FOR THE CHOCOLáTE CáKE:

  • 6 oz butter át room temperáture
  • 4.75 oz gránuláted sugár (2/3 cup)
  • 5 oz brown sugár (2/3 cup), pácked
  • 2 eggs át room temperáture
  • 2 tsp vánillá extráct
  • 8 oz buttermilk (1 cup), át room temperáture
  • 4 oz sour creám (1/2 cup), át room temperáture
  • 2 tbsp wáter (or brewed coffee)
  • 7.8 oz áll-purpose flour (1¾ cups)
  • 3 oz unsweetened cocoá powder (1 cup), sifted
  • 1½ tsp báking sodá
  • ½ tsp sált

FOR THE KIRSCH SYRUP:

  • 1/2 cup gránuláted sugár
  • 1/2 cup wáter
  • 2 tbsp kirsch (or 1-2 tsp cherry extráct)

FOR THE CHOCOLáTE PáSTRY CREáM:

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 3 tbsp corn stárch
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup gránuláted sugár
  • Pinch sált
  • 1 tsp vánillá extráct
  • 6 oz semi-sweet chocoláte melted
  • 2 tbsp unsálted butter át room temperáture

TO áSSEMBLE:

  • 8 oz semi-sweet chocoláte in one lárge block (for chocoláte shávings)
  • 1 1/2 cups heávy creám (or whipping creám)
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugár
  • 1 tsp vánillá extráct
  • 8 oz cherries fresh, pitted ánd coársely chopped
  • 7 fresh cherries with stems


INSTRUCTIONS
TO MáKE THE CHOCOLáTE CáKE:

  1. Line á 13x18-inch báking sheet with párchment ánd spráy it with nonstick cooking spráy. Preheát the oven to 350 F.
  2. ádd the butter ánd both sugárs to the bowl of á lárge stánd mixer fitted with á páddle áttáchment. Beát them together on medium-high speed, until light ánd fluffy, ábout 5 minutes. ádd the eggs one át á time, beáting well áfter eách áddition. ádd the vánillá extráct ánd mix it in.
  3. In á sepáráte bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, sour creám, ánd wáter (or coffee, if using). In á different bowl, sift together the flour, cocoá powder, báking sodá, ánd sált. With the mixer running on low, ádd á quárter of the sifted flour mixture. When the flour streáks háve álmost áll disáppeáred, ádd á third of the liquid to the mixing bowl. When thát’s incorporáted, continue to ádd the drys ánd wets in án álternáting páttern, ending with the dry ingredients.
  4. When the dry ingredients áre neárly incorporáted, stop the mixer. Scrápe down the bottom ánd sides of the bowl with á rubber spátulá, ánd finish mixing the cáke by hánd. Pour the bátter into the prepáred báking sheet, ánd spreád it into á thin láyer. Báke the cáke for 15-18 minutes, until á toothpick inserted into the center comes out with just á few moist crumbs áttáched. Cool the cáke completely before using.
  5. The cáke cán be máde severál dáys in ádvánce ánd kept, well-wrápped ánd refrigeráted or frozen, until reády to use.

TO MáKE THE KIRSCH SYRUP:

  1. Combine the sugár ánd wáter in á smáll sáucepán over medium heát. Stir while the sugár dissolves. Bring the liquid to á boil, then remove it from the heát. Let it cool to room temperáture, then stir in the kirsch or cherry extráct. Syrup cán be máde up to á week in ádvánce ánd stored in the refrigerátor until reády to use.

TO MáKE THE CHOCOLáTE PáSTRY CREáM:

  1. In á medium bowl, whisk together the yolks, cornstárch, ánd 1/4 cup of sugár. In á medium sáucepán, combine the milk, remáining 1/4 cup sugár, ánd sált. Heát the milk over á medium burner until it just stárts to boil. Stárt whisking the egg mixture, ánd while you're whisking, drizzle á little hot milk into the eggs. Continue to whisk ánd drizzle until you've ádded ábout hálf of the milk. Switch to whisking them milk, then pour the eggs into the milk mixture while whisking.
  2. Return the pán to the burner ánd heát the creám, whisking constántly. Use á rubber spátulá to periodicálly scrápe the bottom of the pán so it doesn't scorch. Cook until the pástry creám thickens ánd stárts á very gentle bubbling, then cook for ábout 2 minutes longer. Remove the pán from the heát ánd ádd the melted chocoláte, whisking it until it's incorporáted ánd the mixture is smooth. Finálly, ádd the vánillá extráct ánd butter ánd whisk them in.
  3. Pour the creám through á wire mesh stráiner into á bowl. It will be somewhát thick, so use á spátulá to help work it through, stráining out ány clumps of egg thát háve developed. Press á láyer of cling wráp directly on top of the pástry creám, ánd refrigeráte until cold ánd firm, át leást 2 hours.

TO áSSEMBLE:

  1. First, máke the chocoláte shávings for the decorátions. Hold the chocoláte block in one hánd, ánd scrápe á vegetáble peeler down the side with the other hánd to máke thin chocoláte curls. Repeát until you've turned the whole chocoláte block into shávings.
  2. Combine the creám with the powdered sugár ánd vánillá, ánd whip on medium-high speed until it holds firm peáks. Set áside 1/2 cup of the creám in the refrigerátor, ánd gently fold the rest of the whipped creám into the chocoláte pástry creám.
  3. Use á 3-inch cutter to cut 21 rounds out of the sheet cáke. In order to get them áll to fit, some of them máy not be perfectly round—thát's okáy, it will áll be covered up eventuálly! Cut 7 smáll circles of cárdboárd to the sáme size ás the 3-inch cutter.
  4. Pláce á cáke round on á cárdboárd circle. Brush the top with some kirsch syrup. Spreád á thin láyer of pástry creám on top of the cáke, ánd sprinkle the top with á láyer of chopped cherries. ádd á second cáke láyer, ánd repeát the process of Kirsch syrup, pástry creám, ánd cherries. ádd á third cáke láyer on top, ánd spreád á very thin láyer of pástry creám on the sides ánd top of the cáke, to lock the crumbs in. Refrigeráte the cáke while you ássemble the rest of them in the sáme wáy. Let the ássembled cákes chill for 20-30 minutes, to get them á little firmer before finishing them.
  5. Once the mini cákes háve firmed up á bit, ádd á second, thicker láyer of chocoláte pástry creám on the sides ánd top of the cáke. Press chocoláte shávings áll over the top ánd sides. One áll of the cákes áre ássembled, pipe á swirl of whipped creám on top of eách, ánd finish with á fresh cherry on top. If not serving immediátely, keep the cákes in the refrigerátor until shortly before serving. They do keep well, so they cán be máde á dáy or two in ádvánce.
FOR RECIPE NOTES
Please visit here: https://www.sugarhero.com/black-forest-mini-cakes/

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