Friday, 2 December 2016

Eggless Black Forest Cake


Since the Great British Bake off series was on I have been baking more than I usually do. I joined in a bloggers baking group on face book where a group of amateur bakers took inspiration from the shows weekly challenges and recreated the  many bakes that the contestants made. I really had fun participating and making new friends. It was a big learning curve for me, where I attempted things like homemade phyllo pastry, churros and mousse cake. All these bakes were really out of my comfort zone but the show really inspired me to rise to the challenges.
This week I was well and truly surprised when I heard that Tesco who were sponsoring the Bloggers bake had selected three winners, I am most excited to have come second place which is totally unexpected.



In  celebration of this win I have made an eggless black forest cake, Black forest gateau is one of my favourite flavours so this is a variation of it.



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Black Forest Cake
Delicious and moist chocolate cake flavoured with morello cherries and decorated with whipped cream and morello cherries and chocolate shavings.
Ingredients:
  • 300 g plain flour
  • 240 g sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 60 g cocoa powder
  • 75 ml sunflower oil
  • 220 ml water
  • 410 g black cherry pie filling
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 240 ml whipping cream
  • 60 g icing Sugar
  • Dark chocolate shavings 
Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C/ 350 Degrees F.2. Grease a loose bottom cake tin and line it with grease proof paper.3. Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and cocoa in a large mixing bowl.Stir in the sugar.4. In a jug add the oil, water,vanilla essence and vinegar and mix together 5. Fold the wet ingredients from the jug into the sifted flour mixture.6. Open the can of cherries and remove half the cherries and keep them a side for garnish. The remaining juice and cherries add to the cake batter and fold gently. Transfer the batter to the cake tin and bake in the preheated oven at 180 degrees C for 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the cake comes out clean.7.While the cake is baking, add the cream to a bowl and whisk it with the icing sugar to form stiff peaks. Spoon the cream into an icing bag fitted with a star nozzle. and keep the cream in the fridge to chill.8. Once the cake is baked, remove it from oven and allow it to cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then remove it from the tin and leave to fully cool on a wire rack.9. Transfer the cooled cake onto a serving dish and pipe circles of rosettes on the the top of the cake with the cream. In the centre add the remaining cherries.Garnish with some dark chocolate shavings to finish off.
Details
Prep time: Cooking time: Total time: Yield: 1 cake /8 slices




I baked my cake in my new non stick 100% leak proof and watertight PushPan. The PushPan is easy to use, it 's base is sealed by a silicon gasket which prevents any leaks whilst baking. The pan ensures an even bake. it is dishwasher safe, ovenproof and freezer safe too. The PushPan range comes in various sizes and are perfect for all types of baking.


I was sent a press sample of the PushPan to test out, all views and opinions are my own. The PushPan  photos are used with permission.

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110 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your second place!! I love your choice of celebratory cake, Black Forset gateuxs are amazing, especially at this time of year!

    The cake pan looks great too - love the idea of the silicone - cake leaks are so annoying so great to find a solution!

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  2. This sounds delicious! I always love your recipes. Congratulations on second place

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  3. That looks amazing and could easily be made vegan by whipping coconut cream instead of cream. Excellent!

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  4. I've had black forest gateau lots of times and love it but never tried the cake version, sounds lovely x

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  5. Oh wow, congratulations! I was a member of the group this year but I didn't take part as I was just too busy. Well done :) I adore Black Forest, this looks super yummy! x x

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  6. Congrats on coming second that's an amazing accomplishment.
    I just bought similar push pans for my baking too just yesterday. This cake looks absolutely delicious

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  7. Congratulations! Although I would have definitely given you first place myself with all the delicious bakes you post on here!

    Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to rummage through my cupboard to see if I can make this tomorrow! Ha!

    - Elodie x

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  8. Ive never made a cake like this before but wow this looks yummy! will have to make one soon

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  9. Congratulation! I bet you had a lot of fun taking part in the challenge. Shame I've missed it. I love baking.

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  10. Well done on that second spot and this cake looks just incredible, I am almost drooling down my screen x

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  11. Oh wow this looks amazing! I may have to give this a try this Christmas x

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  12. This looks so decadent and lovely! Big congratulations on coming second too, fantastic@

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  13. This eggless black forest looks exactly like what the doctor ordered. It looks heavenly!

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  14. Well done on coming second!! I love that this is eggless, I'm going to try and make this myself!

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  15. Oh I love Black Forest flavours and this eggless version looks superb - so easy to veganise. That cake tin looks excellent, mine are always leaking! And big congrats on coming second - what an honour and well deserved!

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  16. This cake looks really delicious. Would love to try it.

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  17. This cake looks so tasty! I love the British baked off and got inspired to bake too xx

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  18. This looks absolutely delicious - and so pretty too, I love the little hint of colour on the cream. Congratulations on coming second too :)

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  19. I have about 4 baking tins, smallish ones.

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  20. We only have a couple of baking tins left after helping out recently married. my son settle in with his family

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  21. Looks delicious! I have 3 cake baking tins - one small, medium and large!

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  22. i have about eight tins but never seem to have the size i am looking for!!!

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  23. looks a great recipe for a timeless classic

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  24. I have 3 baking tins - none are perfect! (always need more). LL sk4

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  25. looks fab and love black cherry

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  26. Unfortunately presently none.

    Rachel Craig

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  27. I have two springform pans, 8" & 6", and two loose base pans, 8" & 10".

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  28. Margaret Clarkson
    Not sure, but quite a few.

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  29. I don't have any baking tins yet but my husband has just started baking so I think I need to get some :)

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  30. I only have a couple of baking tins :) I do love baking xx

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  31. looks delicious, not sure exactly how many baking time i have about 10 i think

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  32. I only have 2 baking tins,just starting out baking.

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  33. Would love this, looks amazing

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  34. That looks really, really good. I had a kitchen cull recently and got rid of all my old battered tins that weren't non-stick any more. I've still got half a dozen though!

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  35. Congrats on coming second! This looks like a lovely dessert, I love how moist black forest cake usually is :)

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  36. Love baking - have over a dozen tins x

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  37. Wow this looks so gorgeous - my partner's favourite flavours so I'll be trying it out!

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  38. I don't have any baking tins! Terri Kelly

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  39. i've lost count with how many tins i have!

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  40. i have one tin and i love the look of yoyur cake i shall deffo be giving it a go

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  41. I only have one baking tin, i keep meaning to get more, but never get around to it

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  42. I have a lovely cupcake tin and 2 very old round cake tins.

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  43. This looks and sounds so amazing! Definitely one I need to try!

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  44. I don't have any baking tins. Really would love to give baking a go

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  45. about 5 a bun tin a muffin tin a loaf tin a square tin and a round tin

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  46. I only have three, 2 the same so I can stack and a loaf tin

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  47. I've lost count, I just seem to aquire them

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  48. i think i have about 4. i never seem to have the right one though x

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  49. Oh funny, I've just asked my partner, and she counted them last week. No reason. And 14 in different shapes and sizes.

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  50. I've got two 9" spring forms. Two muffin tins, a tart tin, a loaf pan and countless cookie sheets :D

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  51. Congrats on second place! I have i believe two cake tins, they're different size and super sticky which makes them a little pointless when i want to bake a sponge!

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  52. I HAVE ONE ROUND ONE LUSH CAKE MMM

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  53. I currently only have the one so everything I make from a sponge cake to a sheperds pie comes in the shape of a loaf tin!

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  54. I have 4 or 5 but they are well used.x

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  55. At the moment i currently have three baking tins

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  56. I only have 1 baking tray at the moment!

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  57. two really nice ones, and several horrible cheap ones hat need replacing

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  58. 7 big ones in different shapes and 4 mini heart ones! I love baking :D

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  59. I have lost track of the number of baking tins I have but they take up 2 cupboards and some are over 40 years old and still in use

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  60. I have hardly any baking tins, so could do with these

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  61. I bake but for a tin just got one for cakes.x

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  62. I have a square loaf tin and 2 round shallow tins

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  63. I have one square tin and one round one ~ never had a push pan before

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  64. I had one but unfortunately lost the base!

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  65. i actually dont have many baking tins and seem to use the same one for everything

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  66. Only about two as we're currently moving and have had to de-clutter!

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  67. I've got about four or five, but they are all very very old!

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  68. lots of different kinds but some are really not very good ansd stick so I need to get rid and buy some good quality ones

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  69. wow your cake looks fab! I've got too many tins of different types to count but this one looks like a nice deep cake tin which i don't have one quite like this.

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  70. I have 3 currently. But they are all getting a bit rusty.

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  71. I have two decent ones and three that are a bit battered

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  72. I only have 1 cake tin and 1 small loaf tin - so this prize would be very much appreciated!! :) Fingers, toes and everything else crossed! x

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  73. I have got about 10 but they are old and I have had most of them for over 45 years!

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  74. A loaf tin and half a dozen round and square ones

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  75. I have four baking tins that I use regularly :) This looks incredible - I *love* black forest cakes

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  76. I have one sandwich tin and one loaf

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  77. I tend to borrow Mum's tins at the moment so need to get some of my own really ;) x

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  78. Lots, but all the wrong shapes and sizes

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  79. I don't have any at the moment and congrats on 2nd place well done

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