I was given this incredible bottle of cherries soaked in alcohol from a Polish friend. It’s changed my life. Well it did change my life for a week because I ate drunken cherries with yogurt, on top of chocolate cupcakes, added to brownies and then to top off the week made this massive Black Forest gateau. I had to stop myself from adding them to my porridge on Friday morning! The back of the label simply states: Eat the cherries, Drink the alcohol, Long may it last. I’m sure you could get this stuff in your local Polish shop, I meant to check today. I’d be interested to see how much it is as the Bols Cherry Kirsch stuff that I usually buy is over 30 euro, ouch! And it doesn’t taste half as nice as this, and you get incredible cherries too!
You too can have a gorgeous giant boozey cake. Beeeeautiful! Just use your favourite chocolate cake recipe. Soak each layer with the cherry brandy and dot with cherries. Top with cream and more cherries then top with the second layer and more cream. So just to recap: Brandy, Cherries, Cream, Cherries, Cream, Cream, Brandy, cherries, Cream. Cherries. Oh and a generous dusting of cocoa.
I once made a Black Forest gateau with eight layers in an effort to woo a boy. He was totally wooed but it was very difficult to actually cut the towering cherry chocolate mass. So I’ve changed the cake and now make a flatter, larger two layer cake. I haven’t changed the boy though!