Schwartzwalder roulade (Black Forest roll)

Schwartzwalder roulade (Black Forest roll)

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About this recipe: This is a cross between a Black Forest cake and a Swiss roll .I got this recipe while I was working in Germany. It is so rich and delicious - you just will not believe it! It takes a little time, but it's worth it.


Serves: 8 

  • 650g black cherries pitted in juice
  • 2 tablespoons Kirsch liqueur or cherry brandy
  • For the filling
  • 250g dark chocolate
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • For the base
  • 6 large eggs, separated
  • 155g caster sugar
  • 60g cocoa powder, sifted
  • For the topping
  • 300ml thickened cream
  • Melted dark chocolate or icing sugar for decoration

Prep:1hr10min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:1hr30min 

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees C.
  2. Line a swiss-roll tin with baking paper, cut and folded to give a depth of at least 4cm.
  3. Drain the cherries; discard the syrup, then place them in a shallow dish, spoon over the Kirsch and set aside.
  4. To make the filling: Break the pieces of chocolate into a bowl and add 2 tablespoons of water. Melt the chocolate, either in the microwave or in a double boiler, then beat it with a wooden spoon until smooth.
  5. Next beat the 2 egg yolks until frothy. Add them to the warm chocolate mixture. As soon as the mixture has cooled, whisk the egg whites to the soft-peak stage then gently cut and fold them into the chocolate mixture. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour.
  6. To make the base: Whisk the 6 egg yolks until they begin to thicken. Add the caster sugar and continue to whisk, but be careful not to overdo this - stop when it falls off the whisk in ribbons. Fold in the sifted cocoa powder.
  7. In a clean bowl, whisk the egg whites to the soft-peak stage. Fold one spoonful of the whites into the egg/cocoa powder mix and then gently fold in the rest of the egg whites.
  8. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake the cake on the middle shelf of the oven for about 20 minutes or until it's springy in the centre. It will look very puffy, but a little finger gently pressed into the centre should reveal that it is cooked. It's important not to overcook it; otherwise it will be difficult to roll.
  9. Remove it from the oven (it will sink a little)and let cool.When it's absolutely cold, turn it out onto another sheet of baking paper, which has been lightly dusted with sifted cocoa powder. Then carefully peel away the layer of paper that it was cooked on.
  10. Strain the soaked cherries and pour the liquid over the base.
  11. Next remove the chocolate filling from the fridge and spread it carefully and evenly all over the surface of the base. Whip the cream softly, and spread this all over the chocolate filling, leaving a good 2.5 cm border all round to allow for it spreading, then lightly press the cherries into the cream.
  12. Rolling this cake up is going to be a lot easier than you think. All you do is take hold of the shorter edge of the baking paper, lift it and bring it over the top of the cake forcing it to roll up. Don't worry about cracks.
  13. Serve on a platter, with drizzled chocolate, dusted cocoa powder or icing sugar.

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