Eggless Black Forest Cake with Chocolate Ganache & Cherry Pie Filling – Happy Birthday Dear Hubby

Let me tell you at the onset that this is a loooonngggg post. I’ve tried to keep it as short as possible.

More than festivals, I enjoy planning & creating our family days – birthdays, anniversary etc. Every year for last 5 yrs, I’ve been celebrating V’s b’day and plan a surprise (little or big) for him. Every year he complains about those surprises as he is not very pro to the idea of surprise – he likes them but would want to be forewarned than surprised. So this year I promised him I won’t give a surprise. He tells me that is a surprise in itself! MEN!!! This year V chose Black Forest Cake for his b’day treat. 🙂

I cajoled V into gifting me many b’day gifts this year – mind you all scattered through the last few months so that he wouldn’t realize how clever I had been 😉 One such gift was a book from my wishlist, Bakin’ Without Eggs by Rosemarie Emro. I had read great reviews about this book & wanted to try my hand at the recipes from it. What I also liked about this book was that it wasn’t just catering to Vegan. Most of the books & blogs on egg-free recipes are Vegan oriented & I have harped many a times earlier that I cannot eat Tofu, soy milk etc. 😦 So this book came as a pleasant surprise – Rosemarie has used mostly White Vinegar as substitute for egg. From whatever recipes I’ve gone through I can assure you that they are good & just waiting to be made. Also the ingredients used are very basic & most baked recipes come with topping recipes as well. I chose Heavenly Chocolate Cake from Bakin’ Without Eggs. I’ve kept the recipe same except substituting buttermilk with curd.

I decided to assemble Black Forest Cake in a non-traditional version, adapting from a video on ehow – simple & beautiful BFC using Ganache, Cherry Pie Filling & Whipped Cream. Last time I tried frosting with Rainbow Cake I was supervised by my sister, this time I was going solo. I’ve been practicing frosting patterns using a mehndi cone for last 20 days on the back of the cake pan, to give me confidence of moving the cone with a flow which is most of the battle won, I guess! I have omitted liqueur from both ganache & soaking syrup as there was a slight chance that out little devil might eat a bite. 🙂

Eggless Black Forest Cake with Cherry Pie Filling & Chocolate Ganache
Eggless Black Forest Cake with Cherry Pie Filling & Chocolate Ganache

I will go into detail & recipe for all steps, except the cake as it is from a book & V was very particular that I should have permission for it before posting it. I see many bloggers posting recipes from book, so I wasn’t sure but he is RIGHT. So I unwillingly agreed to not post recipe for the cake. I’ve sent a mail seeking permission to the publisher of this book but they haven’t reverted to me yet, so till then I am not posting the cake recipe. Even when I started the blog, I took permission for my first few posts.

I prepared everything in advance & just assembled the cake on the day. Our Little Devil, designed the banner for his Dad! I just helped him a bit where he couldn’t manage – like cutting flags & writing. Enough of jibber-jabber & over to the recipe.

Eggless Black Forest Cake with Chocolate Ganache, Cherry Pie Filling & Low Fat Whipped Cream –

Eggless Black Forest Cake with Cherry Pie Filling & Chocolate Ganache
Eggless Black Forest Cake with Cherry Pie Filling & Chocolate Ganache

Eggless Heavenly Chocolate Cake – minimally adapted from Bakin’ Without Eggs by Rosemarie Emro. I made it 2 days in advance and refrigerated it. I brought it out of refrigerator night before the assembly. {For Recipe refer book}

Cherry Pie Filling – I made it 1 day in advance & stored it in refrigerator in air-tight container & minimum 4 hours prior to assembly I allowed it to come to room temp. {Recipe below}

Cherry Syrup – I used drained cherry syrup from cans & stored it in refrigerator in air-tight container & minimum 4 hours prior to assembly I allowed it to come to room temp.

Chocolate Ganache – I made it the night before the assembly. Kept at room temp overnight to allow it set properly. {Recipe below}

Low Fat Whipped Cream – I made on the morning of assembling, thought kept the beater & bowl in freezer at night only 🙂 {Recipe below}

Cherry Pie Filling – I used cherry liquid (drained) instead of water. I reduced the sugar by half as I was already using sugar filled cherry liquid.

Recipe Source – loosely adapted from Tammy of Tammy’s Recipes

Ingredients –

  • 5 Cups – Pitted Cherries {830 gms (wet weight) can yield 3 cups & 450 gms yield 2 cups pitted cherries, drained. Store cherry juice}
  • 1 1/2 Cups – Sugar (adjust as per the tartness or sweetness of cherries)
  • 1/4 Cup *+ 3 Tbsp – Drained Cherry Juice (adjust as per thickness required)
  • 3 Tbsp – Cornstarch

Method –

  1. Combine sugar & cherries in a thick bottom pan & stir. If cherries are soft & mushy, you won’t need more additional water but if they are firm, add 1/2-3/4 cup water.
  2. Mix cornstarch in 3 Tbsp drained cherry juice separately. Make sure no lumps are formed.
  3. When the cherries are boiling, slowly add cornstarch, stirring all the while. Allow the mixture to become clear & starch to dissolve completely. Do not overcook as the filling will start breaking down.
  4. Remove from flame & allow to cool. When cool, store in an air-tight container in refrigerator.

Notes I made a mistake & started with 1 cup water, the filling became very watery as sugar also releases water upon being subjected to heat. It took me a lot of time to reach desired consistency & I was scared all the while of over doing the filling.

Eggless Black Forest Cake with Cherry Pie Filling & Chocolate Ganache
Eggless Black Forest Cake with Cherry Pie Filling & Chocolate Ganache

Chocolate Ganache –

Recipe Source – minimally adapted from Joy of Baking

Ingredients –

  • 227 gms – Semi-sweet/ Bittersweet Chocolate, cut into small pieces (I used Hershey’s)
  • 180 ml – Heavy Whipping Cream (I used Amul)
  • 1 Tbsp – Unsalted Butter

Method –

  1. Put chopped chocolate in a large bowl & keep aside.
  2. In a saucepan, heat cream & butter on medium heat. As soon as it boils, remove from flame & pour over chopped chocolate.
  3. Allow it to stand without mixing for few mins (about 3-4 mins). Do not stir as we do not want to incorporate air in Ganache.
  4. Using a wooden spoon/ rubber spatula or whisk, gently stir by beginning in the center & gently moving out to the edge of the bowl.
  5. When the chocolate is fully melted & mixture is smooth, add any liqueur or liquid flavorings (all should be at room temp.)
  6. Allow it to cool down completely & set properly. Before storing, cover with a piece of plastic wrap pressed on the top of the ganache so a film doesn’t form.It can be stored at room temp in a cool corner for 2 days & freeze upto 3 months.

Whipped Cream from Low Fat Cream – I halved the recipe, reduced the amount of cream & increased butter little so as to achieve higher fat content & get stiffer peaks.

Recipe Source – loosely adapted from Deeba of Passionate About Baking

Ingredients –

  • 300 gms – Low Fat Cream, Chilled (I used Amul -25% Fat)
  • 90 gms – Unsalted Butter
  • 3 Tbsp – Icing Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp – Vanilla Extract

Method –

  1. Refrigerate bowl & beater for 1/2 hour. I kept them overnight. 🙂
  2. In a small pan, melt the butter & 1/2 cup cream, stirring constantly till the butter melts. Add vanilla extract.
  3. Transfer to heat proof measuring cup & allow to cool to room temp.
  4. In a large bottom vessel (I used a wok), place ice cubes & prepare an ice bath.
  5. Place the chilled bowl over ice bath & beat the remaining cream & sugar on low speed till soft peaks are reached.
  6. Now begin adding the butter-cream mixture in a gradual stream, beating all the while on low speed until stiff peaks are formed.

  1. Eggless Black Forest Cake with Cherry Pie Filling & Chocolate Ganache
    Eggless Black Forest Cake with Cherry Pie Filling & Chocolate Ganache

Assembling the Cake – technique adapted from ehow

  1. Take a cardboard pieces & cut it out 1 inch bigger than the cake pan. Cover it with the golden paper. Cake base is ready.
  2. Allow your cake assembling ingredients to come to room temperature – cake, cherry pie filling & syrup. In the meanwhile, prepare the whipped cream.
  3. Place the prepared cake base on a flat base or cake table.
  4. Using a serrated knife, carefully slice the cake horizontally into 2 halves. Liberally sprinkle both sides of halves with sugar syrup. Place the top half on the base upside down.
  5. Fill the ganache in a frosting bag & using small star tip, make 2-3 circles of ganache on the base cake to create a sort of dam as we do not want the cream to spill out when we fill it in.
  6. Then using a rubber spatula, fill the dam with whipped cream, spreading till the edge of the dam.
  7. Now place some dollops of cherry pie-filling on the cream. This is just to give that extra flavor of cherry when we bite in. No need to spread a big layer, just some dollops would do.
  8. Place the second layer of cake with bottom up (as this has a smooth & flat top) on top of of first layer. Allow this to set in fridge for few minutes so that ganache is set & doesn’t get disturbed when we start decorating.
  9. Remove from fridge. With the help of frosting spatula, spread ganache on the sides of the cake completely. Smooth the ends & spread any extra ganache towards the top centre. Since we are going to fill the top with cherry pie filling, the top can be little untidy, it won’t show. 🙂
  10. Take the ganache filled frosting bag & make small scallop design, press & then pull forward, again press & pull forward the tip, at the base of the cake. This gives a clean edge to the cake.
  11. Now fill the remaining whipped cream in a frosting bag & using a bigger star-tip make alternate shells or any other design you want on the edge.
  12. Now fill the centre with the remaining cherry-pie filling & spread towards the edges without spoiling the cream.
  13. Chill the cake covered for atleast 4 hours for best taste. Slice & serve.

  1. Eggless Black Forest Cake with Cherry Pie Filling & Chocolate Ganache
    Eggless Black Forest Cake with Cherry Pie Filling & Chocolate Ganache

You can’t imagine the amount of butterflies I had in my stomach for last 1 week leading upto the day. I was hoping for atleast the photos to come out great & not let me down. The cake was very tasty, chocolatey, crumbly & soft. I guess use of Chocolate Pudding Filling in the batter gave it the extra chocolatey taste. Every bite was real heaven.

I turned out to be a bit messy looking cake as – I’m a clueless decorator, the cake broke into 2 while slicing into layers, I forgot to soak each layer & just did the top one. The ganache on the sides didn’t spread as neat as I had hoped & the whipped cream despite all my calculation for stiff peak, didn’t hold for even a minute. 😦 😦 😦 Nevertheless, the cake was very rich & heavenly!!!

Eggless Black Forest Cake with Cherry Pie Filling & Chocolate Ganache
Eggless Black Forest Cake with Cherry Pie Filling & Chocolate Ganache

Sending this to My Favorite Dish Event by Ammu of Ammaji Recipes. In a pastry shop we are spoiled for choices these days, but time & again I come back to eating the good old Black Forest Cake/ Pastry & that is why it is a favorite dish with me.

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4 thoughts on “Eggless Black Forest Cake with Chocolate Ganache & Cherry Pie Filling – Happy Birthday Dear Hubby

  1. yum is the word !! this cake looks so rustic and beautiful at the same time. Can i have a big slice please ? On a second note, i think i am going to buy this book too : ) Great post !!

  2. Deepali,
    We both (at least I) fell flat in the taste and looks of the door delivered “Black Forest”. I know there are regular consumers (addicts?), better qualified to comment; but I can’t call it ‘Quits’ after my burp, can I? So let me attempt… from mens’ world at least.

    I guess, for this you worked long & hard. The latter adjective stuck to the Black Forest you served us on day 2. Was it a desired quality or a limitation of ‘Veggie’ mode? It could perhaps be a ‘shelf life’ issue because on the B’Day itself it may have been softer than your feelings for the B’Day Boy for all we know. Did you store it overnight @ ambient temperature or in the fridge (retrieving it an hour before serving us? At least I was ‘all surprise’ noting: there could be some Overnight Leftover in such High End Stuff at all. (Well, you may have hidden our portion from the sundry mob, had there been any).

    What rating did Vabhav give your plan & execution of this Big League Menu? I ask this since this may not have been the only item on your dining table that evening.

    Our Colony ladies are typically Tulshi Bag/Sadashiv Peth mold of mind. So when if you go out & show keenness to teach HOW TO DO IT on their own, they’ll not stir out of couch facing thier TV showing ‘Saal-Bahu’ or KBC … may be SA RE GA MA! They’ll say, ‘Hamaare yahaan sirf aslee Ghee ke diye se Aartee utaarne ka riwaaz hai Janmdin pe’ and then pester hubbies for an ‘Evening Out’, where everything from White Sauce to Black Forest is ordered on the table.

    For sure. you must have someone to follow your footprints in Kitchen too. Hence keep it up even when Vedaant’s sister arrives, sooner than later. Do we need Vaibhav’s assent to bless you in that direction?
    -vidyut
    I don’t know if Vidya agrees with my remarks at all. So be it. Moreover I’m not sure if this remark goes to your Facebook or Gmail or to the desk which propagates the Delicacy itself. Still let me not shy away…
    -vidyut

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