recipe: simplified holiday black forest cake

My mum’s favourite cake growing up was Black Forest Cake. We always had it for her birthday and special occasions, and it was always store bought. So now, I always associate this cake with such events. 

When I had it in my mind that I wanted to bake a more elaborate cake for Christmas, I immediately thought of Black Forest Cake. I searched online for recipes, and chose a few that had fewer ingredients, lesser time, and higher reviews. Then I combined them into this one.

This is a seriously moist and delicious cake that will impress your guests this holiday season. It looks beautiful and like you spent hours upon hours baking it, when it reality, it didn’t take long at all!

Simplified Holiday Black Forest Cake

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda 
1 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup oil (I used canola)
2 large eggs
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup hot water
1 bag frozen dark sweet cherries, pitted and thawed
2 containers whipped cream
1 bar dark chocolate
Butter, to grease

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 3 8” or 9” round cake pans. Sprinkle flour overtop. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix well and put off to the side.

3. In a medium bowl, add the buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Beat on medium speed with an electric mixer for 1 minute. Then pour wet mixture into dry mixture. Add the hot water, and beat for an additional 2 minutes, or until well-blended.

4. Put cakes in oven. Bake for approximately 23 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool for at least 30 minutes before expelling from cake pans.

5. Remove enough whole cherries to line the perimeter of the cake. Then, begin slicing the remaining cherries in half. Once cakes have completely cooled, you can start assembling the cake. Set one cake down and slather in approximately 2 cups of the whipped cream. Put half of the sliced cherries on top. Top with another cake layer, and repeat these steps. Finally, add the last cake layer and cover the entire cake in whipped cream. Line the top of the cake with the whole cherries. Finally, cut the chocolate bar into thin pieces. Sprinkle half of the bar on the sides of the cake and the other half on top. Immediately refrigerate and devour within a day or two. Merry Christmas!

 

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recipe: haunted halloween brownies

Makes 18 squares

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups water, boiling
3/4 cup oil (I used canola)
4 tbsp butter, more to grease
2 1/2 cups icing sugar
8 tbsp milk
18 marshmallows
36 chocolate chips

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, add all of the dry ingredients. Mix well. Next add 1 tsp of vanilla, boiling water, and oil. Stir or beat until well-combined.

2. Grease an oblong baking dish. Pour the brownie mixture evenly into it. Put in oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool for at least 15 minutes.

3. While the brownies are cooling, prepare the icing. Follow the directions listed on the icing sugar, making sure to use approximately 2 1/2 cups. You will also want to make sure that the icing is a little on the runnier side, as it needs to be poured onto the brownie. (If it’s too thick, you won’t see the marshmallow ghost.)

4. Top each brownie with one marshmallow. Pour the icing over the marshmallow and onto the brownie. Then give each one two chocolate chip eyes. Keep covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Enjoy your boo-tiful brownies!

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no-bake chocolate & peanut butter cookies

These are tremendously delicious cookies to make that will probably remind you of your childhood. I made them when we had no stove, and relied on the use of our microwave instead. They came out great! Please try them out for yourselves.

No-Bake Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cookies:

½ cup milk
1 ½ cup white sugar
1 cup peanut butter
¼ cup cocoa powder

¾ cup butter
½ tsp salt
½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut

3 cups large flake oats

1. Combine first six ingredients in a medium saucepan. Stir over medium heat. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add oats until well combined. (You can also make this in a microwave. Put first six ingredients in a microwave safe container and cook on high for about 8 minutes. Remove and add coconut and oats.)

2. Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Using a spoon, drop mixture onto wax paper. Put in refrigerator for 1 hour. Serve chilled.

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purdy’s chocolatier saskatoon

Purdy’s Chocolatier is a family-owned company based in British Columbia, Canada. In operation since 1907, they have been a “national favourite” for over 100 years.

Purdy’s Chocolatier recently opened its first store in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. I am so excited for this. Their chocolates are elegant, velvety, and delicious. Ranging from Himalayan Pink Salt Caramel to Snowball, they are unique and distinctive as well. I would say that my favourites so far are Mini Hedgehog, Petit Chocolat, and Almond Caramel. I prefer any chocolate that is simple and melts in my mouth.

Honestly, they were all so good! Try them out for yourself!

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vegan oatmeal raisin cookies

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetNow that I have eliminated so many foods and food groups from my breastfeeding diet, when it comes to indulging in sweet treats, I am limited to but a few options. Certainly nothing that involves dairy or chocolate. So what’s left? Nothing that is store-bought and tastes good!

I was going through my old recipe book one day and as luck would have it, I came across my vegan oatmeal raisin cookie recipe. I used to eat these cookies on a daily basis years ago when I was still a barista at a local coffee shop. The recipe is actually inspired by one of their vegan cookie recipes, but instead of raisins, they used dairy-free chocolate chips. It’s delicious either way.

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetVegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetMakes 18 cookies

Ingredients:

3 bananas
2 cups rolled oats
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup raisins/dairy-free chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup brown sugar

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetSteps:

1. Stir ingredients together in a large bowl. Let stand 15 minutes.

2. Preheat oven to 350°F.

3. Spoon a tablespoon full of batter into the palm of your hand. Press together, then place onto a cookie sheet.

Processed with VSCO with a4 preset4. Place cookie sheet in oven. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove, let cool, and enjoy!

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetI will add that if the batter is too runny, the cookies won’t hold together. In the event that you use large bananas, be sure to add more oats so that it has a thicker consistency.

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