Tag Archives: Chocolate cake

Black Forest Gateau – origins, controversies, and step-by-step recipe

Black Forest Gateau At last, a proper article + recipe for the site’s flagship cake. It’s got words and everything. The Black Forest gateau, a.k.a. Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, is a traditional German layer cake that may or may not have been invented by the witch from “Hansel and Gretel”. It typically comprises dark sponge, white filling, […]

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Easy chocolate cake with raspberries

There is a time for complicated cake and then there is a time for simple, easy cake. I decided that today was the latter. I generally prefer my cake to be complicated, as such cakes lend themselves easily to the exploration of the artistic aspect of baking. I also like the challenge – at least […]

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Donauwelle a.k.a. Danube waves

I have been wanting to make the traditional German cake Danube waves (“Donauwelle”) for quite some time now, but have been postponing this because I didn’t think I had what it takes to create the elaborate wave effects. I still don’t think I have what it takes but I’ve decided to go for it nevertheless. […]

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The recipe: Hazelnut layer: 1 egg 80g sugar 100g butter 100g roasted ground hazelnuts 80g flour Chocolate layer: 5 eggs 80g sugar 100g butter 100g dark chocolate 1tbsp flour To make the hazelnut base, mix one egg with sugar, add softened butter, ground hazelnuts and flour. Bake for 10 min on 180C. For the chocolate layer, mix the egg yolks with sugar, add softened butter, melted chocolate and flour. Beat the egg whites until stiff and fold into the chocolate mixture. Pour over the hazelnut base and bake for 50min on 150C. If you can be bothered, you can also construct a slice-sized eight-pointed star on a piece paper, cut out the star shape and use the paper as a template for creating star shapes on each slice by sprinkling icing sugar over the star-shaped hole. Otherwise, once the cake has cooled down, cover it with chocolate glazing (melt 100g chocolate and 40g butter in a pan and pour over the top). This cake stays fresh for quite a long time and tastes just as great on the third or fourth day as it does on the first. The aerial view of the chocolate and hazelnut slices:

Light chocolate and hazelnut cake

This hazelnut cake is either quick and easy to make if you live somewhere where it’s possible to buy ground hazelnuts or moderately easy if you have to grind them yourself. I had to grind the hazelnuts using a plastic hand-held nut-grinding contraption which took me about 20min, but the rest of the cake-making process was […]

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Chocolate chestnut cake recipe for baking heavyweights

This chocolate chestnut cake recipe is for all you baking heavyweights who fancy a new baking challenge. And please note that by “baking challenge” I mean “epic baking challenge”. This is no recipe for the insecure, the impatient and the unmotivated. This recipe requires skill, focus and perseverance. You have been warned. The process of […]

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Chocolate hazelnut cake

As I must have said a few (dozen) times already, November is a special time of year. It is also the most baking-oriented time of year, at least for me. I made this fine chocolate hazelnut cake (torte) to mark the beginning of a very baking-intense November. The recipe Ingredients 100g ground blanched hazelnuts 170g […]

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Easter Sacher torte recipe

This is one of my many Sacher torte efforts and, although it may not be the best one, it certainly is the heaviest (in the how “full you feel after you’ve had a few bites” sense). On a 1 to 10 heaviness scale, this one would be a solid 8, perhaps even an 8.5. Coincidentally, […]

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