Single-serving Black Forest Cake

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Hey everyone!

Hope you are all doing great! This week has been super crazy for Sugar for the Brain!!! As you may know if you follow me on Facebook and twitter, the Decorated Cake Roll was a huge hit and I went from 240 Likes to 1000 the same day (in a couple of hours in fact, while I was at the cinema listening to Batman! Great night!)!!! And yesterday, one week later, I got to 2000 Likes!!!! Never thought this would happen!!! Loved the cake of course, but you never know what will be popular. All I have to say is THANK YOU xxxx

But then I began to worry (yes I’m like that!) : “When you’re at the top, you can just go down!” I’m ok now

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Of course I will not be making the greatest hit every week, but I’ll be trying new things, having fun, learning and I hope you’ll like it too
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Here is a quick and delicious recipe! It can be even quicker if you use a cake box

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And thinking about it, it’s not a real recipe because I don’t really have the exact amount of ingredients, but I will try to be as exact as possible.
Single Serving Black Forest Cake

Single-serving Black Forest Cake

You’ll need

  • Glasses or verrines
  • Fresh cherries cut in two + whole for garnish
  • One recipe of your favorite chocolate cake or a box cake.
  • Whipped cream (with vanilla sugar if you want to)
  • Grated chocolate for garnish

Per glass (of course it depends on the size of your glass!) mine were a little more than 1 cup

  • 2 tiny cakes (cut with a cookie cutter)
  • About 6 to 8 half cherries or to taste!
  • 1 whole cherry
  • About 1/3 cup whipped cream
  • Grated chocolate to taste

Prepare your favorite chocolate cake. Once again I used Sing for your Supper’s perfect chocolate cupcakes recipe. Bake it so that it will be quite flat (you can use a cookie sheet for example), about 1 inch. Reduce the baking time if you use this technique. When it’s ready and cool, use a round cookie cutter (the size that can enter your glass) and cut 2 round cakes per glass.

Cut the cherries in two, remove the pit.

Prepare your whipped cream. Add some sugar to taste (optional).

Assembly

  • Put a cake at the base of the glass.
  • Add the cherries.
  • Add some whipped cream.
  • Add another cake on top.
  • Using a piping bag with the tip of your choice, pipe a whipped cream swirl on top.
  • Garnish with grated chocolate and a fresh cherry.

(How’s that for a quick assembly explanation;) )

Enjoy

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Marjorie

Chocolate Truffle Tart

Chocolate Truffle Tart

Hello everyone!

Here is a quick post with a quick and delicious recipe! When you take this pie out of the oven it has a cake-like texture. But you’ll see that it’s really creamy when you’ll cool it and eat it. Raspberries are the best combination with the not-too-sweet chocolate filling.

I’ll be back this week with my systematic experimentation with cake pops : why the heck they crack? Experimentation was successful and the results were conclusive (hypothesis confirmed)

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Enjoy!

Chocolate Truffle Tart

Chocolate Truffle Tart
Recipe adapted from Gourmet
Yield about 10 portions

Crust
1 1/2 cups oreo crumbs
3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled completely

Filling
8 oz bittersweet chocolate (less than 60% cacao if marked), coarsely chopped (I used 7 oz semisweet chocolate and 1 oz unsweetened chocolate).
3/4 stick stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 large eggs
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the crust

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly butter a pie pan.
  • Stir together oreo crumbs and butter in a bowl until combined, then pat mixture evenly onto bottom and sides of pan. Bake until crust is slightly puffed, about 10 minutes, then cool completely in pan on a rack, about 15 minutes.

Filling and assemble

  • Melt chocolate and butter in a saucepan over low heat, stirring until smooth, then remove from heat and cool 5 minutes.
  • Whisk together eggs, cream, sugar, salt, and vanilla in a bowl. Whisk chocolate mixture into egg mixture until combined.
  • Pour filling into cooled crust and rap pan once on counter to eliminate any air bubbles.
  • Bake until filling 1 inch from edge is set and slightly puffed but center trembles slightly when pan is gently shaken, 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Let cool for about 30 minutes to 1 hours and then garnish with the fruits of your choice (you don’t want them to bake!)
  • Cool tart completely in pan on a rack, about 2 hours. Chill, uncovered, until center is firm, about 4 hours.

Chocolate Truffle Tart

Cherry and Chocolate Christmas Cookies

Cherry and Chocolate Christmas Cookies

Hi everyone!

Here is the cherry cookie recipe I told you about in my last post. You really need those for Christmas, they are always a huge success. And with these red and green maraschino cherries, they are perfect for the holidays! You can bake them in advance and freeze them until Christmas.

I was totally amazed last week when I went to the grocery store and saw that there was not just only red and green maraschino cherries, but blue, yellow and orange ones too! Did you know that? Took me all my will to turn around and go without buying some. Imagine the nice rainbow desserts you could do with those! *Sigh*.

Sorry for this quick post, it’s end of term rush at school! It’s ending this Friday!

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Cherry and Chocolate  Christmas Cookies
Yield 3 dozens

1 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups coconut
1 1/2 cup maraschino cherries, coarsely chopped (green and red)

Directions

  • Cream shortening and sugar in a large bowl until the mix is light and creamy.
  • Add the eggs and the almond extract beating on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  • Combine flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Add to creamy mixture gradually beating on low speed.
  • Stir in the choolate chips, coconut and cherries.
  • Drop tablespoons fill in greased baking sheet (or lined with parchment paper).
  • Bake 12 to 15 minutes at 350°F or until the sides of the cookies are slightly brown.

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