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black forest crepe cake

February 21, 2014

black forest crepe cake

I’ve never been a fan of Black Forest cake. I grew up with a distaste for whipped cream and funnily enough, chocolate cake. I did, however have a thing for those sticky, sweet, ‘unbelievably’ bright red cherries..

spread with cream cheese and yogurt

Having been introduced to the joy of fresh, Canadian cherries, those artificial candies garnishing the Black Forest cake (and studded through Christmas cake) have quickly lost their appeal. Alberta and BC are known for producing some fantastic fruit come spring and summer. Needless, we are pretty excited for some Okanagan roadtrips to collect such cherries, peaches, plums, berries..

chocolate crepes

In the meantime, it’s jarred or frozen cherries for us. Once stewed with a little sugar and a squeeze of lime, this cherry compote brings the Black Forest essence to this stack of crepes. In place of whipped cream (I’m still not a total fan) I’ve used whipped cream cheese mixed with a little natural yogurt for that tart but creamy layer between the chocolate crepes. A dark chocolate ganache completes this fun, simple and visually appealing take on the classic cake.

TIP: For a more traditional Austrian version of Black Forest Cake, brush each crepe with rum before spreading over the cream cheese and yogurt mixture.

stewed cherries with lime

Chocolate Crepes
Supposedly makes 20 but I only got 12…
Recipe from Ambrosia Baking

4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup water
2 cups flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
85g melted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients in blender. Leave in fridge for at least an hour. Heat large frying pan or griddle and lightly grease (unless it is non-stick). Pour on approximately 1/4 cup batter, swirling pan to coat evenly – batter should be thin enough to spread without holes. Cook until bubbles appear – flip and cook the other side. Transfer to wire rack to cool. Continue until all batter is used.

Black Forest Filling
1 large jar cherries (not cherry pie filling)
sugar to taste (approx 2 Tbsp)
squeeze lime
2 Tbsp corn starch

1 x 225g block cream cheese, room temperature
100g butter, room temperature
3/4 cup powdered (icing) sugar
1 tsp vanilla bean paste (optional)
3/4 cup natural unsweetened yoghurt

chocolate ganache (100g dark chocolate, melted into 1/2 cup warm cream)

In a saucepan, simmer cherries with sugar and juice until soft. Taste and add more sugar as required. Mash slightly, leaving some cherries whole. Dissolve cornstarch in a little hot water and stir through cherries. Continue simmering until juices have thickened slightly.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together butter and cream cheese. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat in the yogurt until smooth. Taste and add a touch more sugar if necessary.

To assemble
Place first crepe on cake stand. I like to lay four strips of parchment down to make clean up easier. Spread over 2 – 3 tablespoons of the cream cheese and yogurt mixture. Top with crepe and repeat. Once 4 crepes have been layered, spread a third of the cherries (with the thickened juices) over cream cheese and yogurt mixture. Continue layering crepes and cream cheese mixture. At crepe 9 or 10, repeat with another third of the cherries. Continue layering crepes and cream cheese mixture. Finish with a crepe and pour over the chocolate ganache. Garnish with stewed cherries and dark chocolate shavings.

black forest crepe stack

Some more crepe cakes on De La Casa

Chocolate Kahlua Crepe Cake
kahlua crepe cake

Banana Nutella Crepe Cake
banana nutella crepe cake

Bruleed Mocha Crepe Cake
bruleed mocha crêpe cake

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. February 21, 2014 9:47 pm

    Funny, I grew up loving whipped cream and chocolate cake, but have never liked those bright red cherries ;) Your crepe cakes are always so amazing, and this is no exception! Every time I see one I promise myself that my next cake will be a crepe cake, but somehow it hasn’t happened yet…

  2. February 22, 2014 8:07 am

    That looks amazing! Currently in the process of making your chocolate caramel and bacon cake… can’t wait to eat it tonight!!

  3. February 22, 2014 10:29 am

    That looks bloody amazing! I’ve never had crepe cake. I need one…

  4. February 22, 2014 2:16 pm

    I grew up hating NZ whipped cream, but now love the Swiss one. I’m yet to make a crepe cake but when i do, this will be my first one.

  5. February 22, 2014 5:23 pm

    I’ve had B F cake in Germany, and this looks way better! Beautiful!

  6. February 22, 2014 6:04 pm

    I liked cherries the least in black forest but grew to like them as I got older. Your crepe cake looks amazing :D

  7. February 23, 2014 12:33 am

    Never had anything like this before. looks incredible.

  8. March 20, 2014 12:40 am

    Hi Christina this or any of your sweet treats would be a great entry in March’s Sweet NZ blogging event! I hope you can contribute, there are prizes to be won this month. Cheers from Frances at Bake Club. How to enter here http://bakeclub.yolasite.com/index/win-healthy-food-guide-prizes-when-you-enter-march-sweet-new-zealand-

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