Black Forest Cake with Cherry Bowl Topper

Black Forest Cake with Cherry Bowl Topper

Black Forest Cake, with its quintessential chocolate-cherry combination, is a culinary classic. The presentation here has been updated. The cherries that typically top the cake are placed in a cream-filled chocolate bowl that is amazingly easy to make.

Serves 20.

Step 1

Step 1: Make the Chocolate Bowl

Melt Candy Melts following package instructions.  Pour into 1/2 the Sports Ball Pan.  Place pan on metal baking stand in refrigerate; chill until at least 1/4 in. candy has hardened around the top edge, about 20 minutes.  Pour off melted (liquid) candy remaining in pan; remove hardened candy from pan.  With warm, sharp knife, smooth top edge of candy “bowl”.

Step 2

Step 2: Make Chocolate Curls

Melt 1 package Candy Melts with 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening; pour into mini loaf pan.  Refrigerate until firm, at least 30 minutes.  Remove from pan and allow to come to room temperature.  Using a vegetable peeler or cheese plane, pull blade across surface of chocolate, creating curls.  Set curls aside.

Step 3

Step 3: Bake The Cake

Prepare cake mix following package instructions in two 8 in. round baking pans.  Cool cake layers completely.  Prepare whipped icing mix following package instructions.  Place one cooled cake layer on foil-wrapped cake circle.  Spread icing over layer; add 1 cup well-drained cherries.  Top with remaining cake layer.  Spatula ice cake; gently press chocolate curls onto sides of cake.  Add a tip 1M swirl top border.  Place chocolate bowl on cake top.  Fill with additional whipped icing.  Add remaining cherries to bowl and cake top.

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