Black Forest Gateau

March 07, 2014
Black Forest Gateau

21st February...
Nineteen… he is Nineteen!!!

رب هب لي من الصلحين  (Oh Lord, bless me with a righteous son - 37:100)
Dear Son, 

Whatever needed to be said and taught, already been said and done. I hope that we did a good job (if not the best) as parents, to bring you up to be a humble, compassionate, loving young man. We hope those 'lessons' will help to prepare you to face challenges that you may encounter some time in your life. 

Life is a bittersweet experience. Look back and learn from the mistakes make. Those 'bitter' experiences will make us wiser. Celebrate the 'sweet' life throws your way and never forget to raise your hands and say your thanks (Alhamdullilah) to the ONE who blessed you with good things in life.

Happy Birthday Son

…. and this song says it all - Our wish for our grown up 'baby' :), you may have outgrown my lap but never my heart …. love you for always

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" I hope the days come easy and the moments pass slow
And each road leads you where you want to go
And if you're faced with the choice and you have to choose
I hope you choose the one that means the most to you

And if one door opens to another door closed
I hope you keep on walkin' til you find the window
If it's cold outside, show the world the warmth of your smile

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I hope you never look back 
but you never forget
All the ones who love you 
and the place you left
I hope you always forgive 
and you never regret
And you help somebody every chance you get

You'd find God's grace in every mistake
And always give more than you take
But more than anything…

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My wish for you
Is that this life becomes all that you want it to
Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small
You never need to carry more than you can hold

And while you're out there gettin' where you're gettin' to
I hope you know somebody loves you
And wants the same things too
And that is my Wish… "

My Wish ~ Lyrics and song by click Rascal Flatts to see the video

Black Forest Gateau

Black Forest Gateau

(no alcohol/ Kirsch added)
Adapted from BBC Good Food with changes
click here to print

175g salted butter
75g dark chocolate
300 g plain flour
150 dark brown sugar
225 g castor sugar
25 g cocoa powder
1teaspoon bicarbonate soda
2 x 28g eggs
180ml milk
1 tablespoon (20ml) lemon juice
95g hot water
a pinch of salt

680g jar of Morello sour pitted cherries
(drained into a bowl and reserved 1 cup of juice)
3tablespoon sugar

Chocolate Ganache
125g dark chocolate
200 ml cream

300 ml thickened cream or double cream
3tablespoon caster sugar
  1. Pre heat oven to 180C.  
  2. Line 3 x 20 cm round cake pan with baking paper (if you don’t have 3 cake pans…its ok, its not the end of the world…)
  3. Mix 180ml milk with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to make buttermilk. Set aside for 5 minutes.
  4. Place butter and 75g dark chocolate in a saucepan on medium heat and gently heat until butter and chocolate melted. 
  5. Mix all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.  
  6. Whisk eggs and buttermilk together in a jar. 
  7. Add egg-buttermilk mixture and butter-chocolate mixture and hot water into the dry ingredients.  
  8. Whisk until the batter is smooth, not lumpy. 
  9. Divide approximately 450g of batter into a cake pan. 
  10. Repeat if you have only 1 cake pan.
  11. Bake for 30-35 mins until skewer comes out clean. 
  12. Prick few times with skewer and drizzle about 1 tablespoon of Morello cherry juice and leave the cake to cool. 
  13. Repeat with remaining 2 cakes.
Making cherry syrup.
  1. Add 1 cup of the reserved Morello cherry juice with 3 tablespooon of sugar into a medium size saucepan. 
  2. Bring into boil then simmer until the sauce thicken into thick syrup. 
  3. Set aside to cool.
Chocolate ganache.
  1. Bring 200 ml cream to a near boiling point, then pour into 125 g dark chocolate (place the chocolate in a stainless steel bowl). 
  2. Whisk until chocolate melted.
Cream and putting them together...
  1. Whipped cream with sugar until sugar dissolved and softly whipped.
  2. Once the cake is cool, spread the cream over the cake 
  3. Drizzle the cherry syrup
  4. Arranged half of the cherries and drizzle a bit more syrup. 
  5. Repeat for the second layer. 
  6. Finally top with the 3rd cake. 
  7. Spread the chocolate ganache, and let it drizzle by the side. 
  8. Pile fresh cherries if available.


  1. Happy Belated Birthday to your son...and the cake is just so pretty, I am sure that your son appreciate all you have done for him.
    Hope you are having a great week :D

  2. Happy Birthday to your son, Lisa.
    The black forest gateau looks fabulous!

  3. Hi Lisa
    Happy birthday to your son. Im sure you being as a parent have brought him well educated and living as a good person and be filial to you at all times. What a great birthday cake made for him. I love black forest cake; it look so simple yet so lovely

  4. Happy birthday to your son, Lisa. Life is sometimes tough, but I am sure he will be alright since he has loving parents like you and your husband :) The cake looks amazing, it definitely shows your love towards him. And this song is also my favourite. No wonder it sounded familiar when I was reading the lyric. I have not listened to the song for a while. Have a great day~

  5. Fantastic! A fabulous cake. Happy Birthday to your son!



  6. Happy birthday to your son! Time flies doesn't it! The cake looks amazing with all those layers!

  7. Thank you Everyone for your kind wishes :D