I have always loved the black forest cake. Infact I love all the fresh cream cakes!!!! When I visit the cake shop they often have cakes with fancy names. I have always wondered what exactly is the difference between these cakes. Ok to a lay man like me ” a cake by any name is a cake”. How is Gateau different from cake? Bet that your first thought…. Gateau is the French word for cake. Many gateau cakes are iced cakes and may contain layers, frosting and filling. It can be light or rich, rectangular or round, and often has fresh decoration such as fruit or whipped cream that makes it perishable. Torte is the German word for the humble cake and is similar to the gateau. So now that its all sorted I feel better. For me the taste is all that matters. Inspite of its fancy name this is the most delicate yet surprisingly easy cake to make.
Separate the egg white and the egg yolk. Beat the egg whites till soft peaks form. Mix the cocoa powder, drinking chocolate and the coffee powder with a little water.
Sieve the Maida and cornflour with the baking powder. In a bowl beat the egg yolks. Add the powdered sugar and whisk. Now gradually add the oil and keep beating. Add the cocoa coffee syrup and beat a little. Now add maida, little at a time and mix we
Bake at 180 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.
Cool the cake. When cool, cut the cake horizontally in two parts.
Mix the brandy, coffee liquor or Espresso shot (add a tsp of sugar if you like a little more sweetness) Soak both the parts of the cake generously with the brandy coffee mix.
Now take the base part of the cake and spread a layer of whipped cream. Put the top part back on.(You can ice the top part also with a layer of whipped cream).
Fill a piping bag with the remaining whipped cream and pipe out rosettes on the entire cake. Make sure the entire cake is covered. Just lightly ice the sides of the cake with cream and stick the chocolate shavings on it.
Decorate the cake with glazed cherries. You can alternatively ice the entire cake with whipped cream and decorate it with shredded chocolate.
Hi! I am Sonali, mom to a fast growing teenager and a homemaker.I love to cook, read and travel ( and in that order). I believe that travel keeps the cook ever so innovative. Each time I travel, I scourge the market places and eateries for some new ingredient or recipies. I believe that every type of cuisine has its own story to relate……One that’s fascinating.Being born and brought up in Mumbai which is often called “a melting pot of culinary delights” helped me explore and experiment with a wide range of cuisines.So come share with me the tang of lime, the bite of chilli, the fresh herbs, the crunch of raw veggies and experience the wide spectrum of textures and sharp flavours of different cusines.
I’m Harshada Sandhan and welcome to NamakShamak.com..my little world of culinary adventure ,where I pour my successful kitchen experiments,rustic learnings and travelogues into systematic ,easy to follow recipes and fun to read blogs.
I hope you find my recipes helpful and my blogs as interesting as much as I ve enjoyed Cooking ,Clicking and Writing them.
Working professional turned Food Blogger, Harshada Sandhan discovered her passion towards cooking after the birth of her son. The numerous recipes, tried and tested in her kitchen soon found their way on her food blog NamakShamak.com, run by Harshada and her sister Sonali. Mumbai born Harshada is Married into a Maratha Family, and is known for her unique Khandeshi Recipes and Rustic Mumbai Vadvaali Cuisine. She was also featured in online magazines like Salt(Ezine by Food Bloggers Association of India), in editions of Pune and Mumbai Mirror (Times of India). Namakshamak.com and has also won an award for Regional Blog (Awards by the Food Blogger Association of India) in 2016.
Harshada is a self-confessed bakeaholic and enjoys baking treats for her kids and fmaily. She also retails her Baking ,Gourmet Chocolates and Confectionery under “Angel Delicacies”, a venture she started with her friend Sangeeta and Sister Sonali. Angel Delicacies currently operates in Thane and Mumbai and works with individuals and corporates on customised gifting solutions.
Harshada also likes developing fusion recipes with nutritious Indian ingredients in her kitchen.
She’s a kitchen gadget freak, and loves working with modern kitchen tools and gadgets. She’s always on a look out for online websites offering gourmet food ingredients and learning newer kitchen trends. An avid reader, Harshada also loves writing about food and culinary travel. Harshada is currently based in Thane ,Mumbai with her husband and two Sons.
Most of us Ubanites have this new found love for a space that’ll give us some “space”..Literally!
A place outside the boundaries of your home or workplace where you can be alone or with your friends and not be bothered with the hovering staff to take your order, execute and slap a bill and wait for you to empty space. I love my personal space and I’m very protective about it. So when the saturation sets in, ( being a mom to two naughty boys, I need to reset myself very often) I head to a nearby cafe just alone or with my bestie to spend next few hours in peace.