Black Forest Cupcakes or a true Black Forest Gateau, brings together the taste of chocolate, cherries and whipping cream. This German specialty, known as Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, must contain kirschwasser according to German law. Kirschwasser, also know as kirsch, is a clear, colourless brandy traditionally made from a specific dark-coloured sour cherry from the Black Forest.
Fortunately, home cooks don’t have to worry about those details. We can create and enjoy anything we want and make changes based on ingredients available and our own personal taste. But remember, this flavour combination has stood the test of time because it is magical.
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A traditional sponge cake is made with eggs, sugar and flour. Gluten free bakers need a repertoire of reliable cakes that they love and for me that quinoa chocolate cake is the substitute. It is made with eggs, sugar and cooked quinoa (instead of flour) and most importantly, this recipe is delicious and turns out every time. It is light like a sponge cake and can be transformed into many beautiful desserts.
The two versions of this cake recipe that I have posted on my website are:
One can make just about anything at home but that doesn’t mean you need to do it every time. Pie filling is both easy to make and easy to buy, with many gluten free brands available.
But, if someone happens to give you sour cherries from their cherry tree you might want to make homemade cherry pie filling. That’s what I did with a gift of two pounds of sour cherries at the end of the summer. Not only were they home grown they were delivered to my door from half way across the city. That gift was actually the inspiration for these Black Forest Cupcakes. Thank you Barb!
Every kitchen needs some tools. You don’t really need anything special to make cupcakes but there are always tools that make each jobs easier. Here’s what I used.
Let me know in the comments below if you tried Black Forest Cupcakes and how they turned out. If you take a picture I’d love to see it.
Kirsch, the liqueur used in Black Forest Cake, is also used in a traditional Swiss Cheese Fondue. I often have a tiny bottle in the back of my liquor cupboard for this recipe.
German Chocolate Cake made with the same cake recipe.
A Valentine’s version of the same Quinoa Chocolate Cake
|QUINOA CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES|
|2 cups cooked quinoa (see directions for cooking)|
|⅓ cup milk|
|1 tsp vanilla|
|¾ cup butter, melted|
|1½ cups white sugar|
|1 cup cocoa powder, sifted|
|1½ tsp baking powder|
|½ tsp baking soda|
|½ tsp salt|
|1 can (19 oz/540 ml) cherry pie filling|
|OPTIONAL – 2 Tbsp kirsch or cherry liqueur|
|FINISHING & GARNISH|
|2 cups whipping cream|
|2 Tbsp icing sugar|
|1 oz square chocolate, shaved|
|24 maraschino cherries, with stems if available|
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