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Presenting Mini Baker "Sweet Story" Series

by Christa on May 1, 2011

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Black Forest Gateau – Mini Baker from Mini Baker on Vimeo.

That’s right folks! After receiving a package from Jessie Steele (full of adorable aprons!) my fiance and I were inspired to create a series of old-fashioned baking videos. Our goal is to bring back some of the charm, fashion and baking of the roaring twenties through the 1950’s. Our first video features the “Black Forest Gateau“. Don’t know what it is? Check out the video!



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Black Forest Gateau:

Dark Chocolate Cake:

2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 cup oil (I use canola)
2 cups hot water
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 
2. Spray and line three 6″ round pans with wax or parchment paper. 
3. Mix everything in a bowl until you get a thin batter. Divide the batter evenly into the three pans. 
4. Bake them at 350 degrees for 25-29 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool the cakes completely before cutting, layering and frosting.
Cherry Buttercream Filling:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon strong brewed coffee
  • 1-2 TBSP. heavy cream
  • 1-2 TSP. Cherry pie filling
1. Cream the butter until light and fluffy.
2. Add the salt, confectioners’ sugar, salt, coffee, cream and cherry pie filling. If needed, add extra cream.
3. Set the mixture aside until you’re ready to layer your cake.

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon kirschwasser
  • 1 14 oz. can cherry pie filling, or fresh pitted Bing cherries
1. Beat the heavy whipping cream on HIGH for 5-7 minutes until it holds soft peaks. Add the vanilla and kirschwasser to the whipping cream. Set aside.
2. Wash and strain your cherry pie filling so you are left with just the cherries (no juice). Set these aside.
3. After leveling off your cooled cakes, use a squirt bottle to squirt some Kirsch on top of all three cakes. (I used about a 1/2 cup total. You can also use a pastry brush if you don’t have a squirt bottle). 
4. Spread 1/2 of the butter cream mixture on top of the first layer of cake. Top that with 1/2 of your cherries. Repeat with the other two layers.
5. Top the entire cake with your whipped topping. 
6. If you’d like, add some chocolate shavings, whipped cream rosettes and maraschino cherries like I did! 

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Alsurdelsur May 1, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Preciosa y deliciosa.



Mary May 1, 2011 at 11:50 pm

Very cute love the music!


Emily May 2, 2011 at 7:34 am

Oh my gosh! That video was so good! And so professional! I loved it. Your caked looked AMAZING! You decorated it perfectly. I hope you do more videos.


Pink Little Cake May 2, 2011 at 6:44 pm

You look adorable, totally made for the camara. Great video and thank you for the recipe!! This cake looks delicious!


Barbara May 2, 2011 at 11:32 pm

You are so cute! And that was such a perfect video, music and all. Looks like a really yummy cake, too!


Comfy Cook May 3, 2011 at 1:13 am

Fantastic. I am not sure which is more impressive the cake or the video. Both are winners. Please make more of these.


Tiffanee May 3, 2011 at 2:48 am

Amazing!! I stumbled upon your blog and I am loving it!! Now following!!


Jeannie May 3, 2011 at 6:23 am

Wow! That looks so good! Lovely frosting! Love it! FOllowing you:)


Rosa's Yummy Yums May 3, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Splendid! That cake could be sold in a bakery.

I really loved your cute video and want to congrat you on your marvelous blog!




Rosa's Yummy Yums May 3, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Sorry, I meant to "congratulate you"… LOL!




Three-Cookies May 3, 2011 at 10:06 pm

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Parsley Sage May 4, 2011 at 1:41 am

Brilliant video 🙂 Way to bring it back to 'back in the day.' Fantastic cake as well, looks super yummy. Thanks so much for sharing!

Oh, and I officially have apron envy.


cookies and cups May 4, 2011 at 1:00 pm

I am dying right now at your video!! Could you be any cuter and I only hope you had those heels on for the video and kicked those suckers off as soon as he yelled "cut"! I would have fallen, tripped and that gorgeous cake would have been all over my dining room wall.


Leslie May 5, 2011 at 12:54 am

OMG..I loved the video. The editing, music and you were just perfect!


From the Kitchen May 5, 2011 at 12:46 pm

I'm happy you stopped by my blog–my waistline maybe?? What beautiful cakes! And what a lovely video to introduce them.



Mary May 5, 2011 at 3:11 pm

This was a class act of a post today. What a fabulous job! The cake sounds delicious and brings back lots of memories. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary


grace May 6, 2011 at 6:27 am

that filling is MOST excellent–i'd take a bowl of it and be content. the dessert in its entirety is phenomenal–well done!


Yoshi Blade May 12, 2011 at 3:55 pm

This black forest cake looks wonderful. Thanks for the recipe.


Hazel June 3, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Fit for a queen! This is beautiful!


Curious Cook September 2, 2011 at 12:09 pm

This looks absolutely amazing. I've never tried my hand at black forest cake. In my mind its always in a special pedestal and not for home baking..Dunno why I have that mentality. But perhaps soon, I will try it! Thanks for the recipe. Bookmarking it!


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