Hello Friends, Thank you all for all the support - reaching my 100th post today. I would not have been so motivated but for all the wonderful comments and encouragement from all of you!
It was my mother in law's bday a couple of days ago. She does not eat eggs and so I thought it would be nice to make an eggless cake for her bday. I wanted to try the black forest eggless cake.
There are only a couple of things that I found different between an eggless cake and full egged ( word?) cake - one is that the texture is totally different - the egg based cake is much more spongy and soft than the eggless. The other is that the eggless cake does not rise as much as an egg based cake. Now, some people use a can of soda to achieve this - but since my mil does not like soda too, I skipped that part. Apart from that, everything else is the same. Even though I did not add sugar as an ingredient, the sweetness comes from the condensed milk and the whipped cream and that is sweet enough.
I thought this would be a good post for my 100th post - kind of a celebratory post! So, let's cut some cake!
Here are the list of ingredients required - you can use half of these measurements for a smaller cake.
Self Rising Flour - 2 cups measured
Sweetened Condensed Milk - 1 can
Butter: 2 sticks
Cocoa Powder - 2 tsps
Baking Powder - 2 tsps
Baking Soda - 1 tsp
Vanilla Extract - 1 tsp
200 ml water
Make Whipped cream with -
Heavy Cream - 1 small box
Sugar - 1 cup
1 tsp Vanilla or Almond Extract
1 can cherry pie filling
For Chocolate Shavings:
1 big bar of Hersheys grated using a regular grater. Grate at slight cold temperatures for longer shavings!
Here is a snapshot of the ingredients required
In a mixing bowl, mix all the dry ingredients - flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda. Mix well until all combined.
In another mixing bowl, add the condensed milk. Melt all the butter or make it really soft and then add to the condensed milk. Add a tsp of vanilla extract. Beat all these together until well combined.
Now, add the dry ingredients a little at a time and incorporate well into the wet ingredients. Add the 200 ml of water now and mix well.
Here's the final cake batter - yummy as it is - love to dip my finger and give it a lick - beware - no double dipping!
Pour the batter into a greased pan. I used a springfoam pan. Move the pan to a pre heated oven at 400F for about 10 mins. After 10 mins, reduce the temperature to 350F and bake for another 15 mins or until the cake passed the toothpick test.
Here's the cake all done - this passed the toothpick test with flying colors.
Move the cake to a wired rack and let it cool down. Using a serrated knife, cut the cake into two halves at the middle. Let both the halves cool down well. The cakes have to be totally cool for us to work the filling with the whipped cream.
While the cake is cooling down, let's prepare the whipped cream. I like to make this at home with heavy cream. Add a cup of powdered sugar to a quart of heavy cream and take out your mixer and beat it for about 5 mins until you start seeing little spikes! Perfect.
Like this. You won't see the liquid anymore - its' all whipped up!
When the cakes are completely cooled down, add a whole layer of whipped cream on the bottom and spread it out. Now, add the cherry pie filling on top of this. When done, cover this layer with the top layer.
Add more whipped cream to the top layer and spread around completely. You should not be able to see the cake through the whipped cream - it should be a big white mass!
You can make these chocolate shavings in advance and keep them in the refrigerator. Just use a regular grater and grate the chocolate.
Here's the delicious chocolate shavings! No fancy chocolates required - just plain old hersheys works great!
Take a handful of chocolate shavings and stick it around on top of the whipped cream. COver all sides and the top with the chocolate shavings.
Decorate on top with some maraschino cherries if you have - or you could pick a few full cherries from the pie filling and decorate with those.
Make this as pretty as you need it.
There it stands on my cake stand!
Our celebrations! My inlaws were happy and they liked the cake. My daughter was of course super happy she got to cut one more cake. Anybody's bday is also her bday!
You can also check out my other post for a regular black forest cake (with eggs) here.
Enjoy. Peace out!