Black Forest Cake
Why This Recipe Works
For our Black Forest cake recipe, we switched from chocolate butter cake to a chocolate genoise, a French sponge cake made with cocoa powder, and were pleased with its lightness and more temperate chocolate flavor. We found jarred sour cherries, which have a firm texture and bright, tangy taste, a good substitute for hard-to-find fresh sour cherries. For our Black Forest cake recipe we spiked drained jarred sour cherries with a little kirsch (cherry-flavored brandy), then soaked them briefly in their own lightly sweetened reduced juices, and they were ready for layering into the cake; the juices also served as a soaking liquid to moisten and add flavor to the cake layers during assembly.