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White Forest Cake

Servings 12

Ingredients

For the vanilla sponges

  • 500 g Butter or baking spread
  • 500 g Caster sugar
  • 9 Eggs large
  • 500 g Self raising flour
  • 2 tsp Vanilla extract

For the cherry and kirsch jam

  • 400 g Fresh cherries pitted & cut in half
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 260 g Granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp Kirsch or cherry brandy

For the filling

  • 600 ml Double cream
  • 2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp Icing sugar
  • 50 g White chocolate chips

For decoration

  • White chocolate curls
  • Fresh cherries

Instructions

  1. I advise making the jam first as it gives it time to cool down. Put a saucer in the freezer as you'll need this to check the jam is set

  2. Put your pitted and sliced cherries along with the granulated sugar and lemon juice in a pan, and warm on a low heat until the sugar is dissolved and the cherries are soft

  3. Mash the cherries down a bit with a potato masher

  4. Bring to the boil and let it bubble for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally

  5. Take it off the heat and drip about a teaspoon of the jam onto the saucer that you put in the freezer. Leave it for a minute, then if it has set so it doesn't drip down the saucer when you tip it, and it feels sticky when you touch it, then it's done. If not, boil for another 2 minutes, and check again

  6. Pour the jam it into a bowl and add the kirsch. Stir it in, then put the jam in fridge to cool down. Give it another stir after an hour

  7. Pre-heat your oven to 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4, and grease and line three 8" cake tins

  8. Make the vanilla sponge by mixing the butter and caster sugar in a large bowl with a spoon until fluffy, or mix using an electric mixer

  9. Add the eggs and vanilla extract, and whisk until fully incorporated

  10. Add the self raising flour and whisk in until you can't see any flour anymore

  11. Divide the mixture between the tins, use scales for accuracy

  12. Bake them for 30-35 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Leave them to fully cool either in the tins or on cooling racks

  13. If the cakes have domed on top, level them off with a cake leveller

  14. To make the filling use an electric hand whisk or food mixer to whisk up the double cream, vanilla extract and icing sugar until thick

  15. Put the first sponge on your cake stand and spread over some of the cream filling. Then sprinkle some white chocolate chips over the cream. Then add some jam, letting it drip down the sides

  16. Add the second sponge and do the same

  17. Add the third sponge, pipe the remaining cream around the edge, add the remaining cherry jam in the middle, add the fresh cherries on top of the cream around the edge, and finally some white chocolate curls in the centre (you can make the curls by using a vegetable peeler to peel a block of white chocolate)

  18. Serve immediately, leftovers will keep for 1-2 days in the fridge