CHOCOLATE TREES FOR A BLACK FOREST CAKE. WIN.


This isn't really a recipe, but its awesome so I'll post it anyways.

I love making Black Forest Cake like something fierce. It became even more of a favorite when my overachieving impulse kicked in a few years ago and I decided that it actually needed a black forest... or rather, a semi-sweet forest. This is a paragraph of a tutorial, but I hope you'll try it with some trees... or flowers or swirls or any design really. The options for this chocolate application really are endless.

You can melt your chocolate on a double boiler, or I like to do it the quick way... in a microwave. I put my chocolate in a completely dry plastic bowl and microwave it in 10 second intervals. I "whisk" it with a fork in between until its nice and smooth and creamy and pretty. For these particular trees, I printed out a few silhouettes but if you wanna free hand it, go for it. I used parchment paper and a piping bag to create my forest masterpiece... a freezer ziploc bag and plastic wrap works too. Make sure to keep your chocolate drawing on a flat surface especially when you finish piping and put it in the freezer for 5-10 minutes. After it has "set" and solidified in the freezer, take it out, peel off the paper, and quickly transfer to your cake. You'll want to keep your cake refrigerated until you serve it so that your chocolate stands upright and doesnt fold or melt.

That's it. Really.


You can make a quick black forest cake with chocolate rounds, cherry pie filling and whipped cream frosting. Fucking delicious.

Best of luck with your chocolatey art!

16 comments

  1. gorgeous, and looks so tasty!

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  2. That is seriously cool! I love that idea!

    I keep trying to plot how to make a lego block cake a la Ace of Cakes - it can't be that hard really

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    1. Oh man, I don't think a one brick lego cake would be too difficult... a four tier wedding lego cake... not so easy:)

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  3. this is so awesome - your Black Forest Cake looks like the best one ever ...

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  4. That is so beautiful! You are so incredibly talented!

    Becky
    xx

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  5. That's so pretty! I feel like it could take on a Halloween-y spin really easily, too.

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    1. totally. I bet this would do well on pinterest!

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  6. Favourite kind of cake. Ever. I LOVE the actual forest motif and MAN! does that look outstanding.

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    1. meeeeeeeeeeeeeee too. especially when its super moist!!!

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  7. you just changed my life. and i love you for that.

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  8. I love making butterflys with this method, and now they shall sit upon trees! That is one badass cake.

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  9. I just found your blog and I love it!!

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  10. Black Forest Cake is my absolute favourite, but this is the best-decorated one I've ever seen. It looks like an enchanted, slightly scary fairy forest, which I imagine the Black Forest to be like. I once made white chocolate fir trees for a Christmas cake, but they looked nowhere near this awesome!

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  11. Not a big dark chocolate or cherry fan but this cake LOOKS incredible :) Love the chocolate trees...you make them look so easy...and here I was thinking they'd be impossible to create.

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  12. this is awesome. i'd like to know how to do that twisted frosting on the top— is yours whip cream?!

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