black-cherry-gateau-recipe

For the ultimate summer showstopper, this black cherry gateau is one of our top choices!

 

YOU WILL NEED:

2 x 410g cans Princes Black Cherry Fruit Filling

3 large eggs

100g caster sugar

80g plain flour

20g cocoa powder

300ml double cream

Grated chocolate (milk or plain), to decorate

Vegetable oil, for greasing

 

HOW TO MAKE IT:

1. Preheat the oven to 220°C, fan oven 200°C, Gas Mark 7. Grease two 18 cm (7 inch) sandwich tins with a little vegetable oil and line the bases with circles of baking paper.

2. Using a hand-held electric mixer, whisk the eggs and sugar together in a large bowl until very pale and light in texture — this will take about 5 minutes on full power. To check that the mixture is thick enough, lift up the beaters (switched off!) — they should leave a trail for a few seconds.

3. Sift the flour and cocoa powder together, then add to the mixture and fold it in gently but thoroughly, using a large metal spoon (do not use the electric whisk). Divide the mixture between the prepared tins and level the tops.

4. Bake the cakes for 8-9 minutes until firm and springy to the touch. Remove from the oven and turn them out onto a cooling rack. Cover with a clean damp tea towel and leave until completely cold. Remove the lining paper. Using a bread knife, slice through the cakes horizontally (you will just be using three of the layers).

5. Whip the cream in a chilled bowl until it holds its shape. Reserve about one third for decoration. Share the remaining cream between two of the cakes, spreading it out evenly over the surface. Reserve 8 cherries from the Princes Black Cherry Fruit Filling for decoration. Put the rest of the Fruit Filling into a large sieve to remove some of the sauce, then spoon the cherries onto the cream-topped cakes. Layer the cakes on top of each other, then place a third cake on top.

6. Spread a very thin layer of cream over the top cake, then sprinkle grated chocolate evenly over it. Pipe 8 swirls of cream onto the cake (or just use heaped teaspoons, if preferred), then put a cherry on top of each swirl. Keep chilled, though take the cake out of the fridge half an hour before serving.

 

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