Black Sesame Forest Cake

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  • Difficulty

    Medium

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Baking With Licker: Home Baking With Asian Accents

Baking With Licker

By Jason Licker

Published 2020

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A dark path awaits anyone who refuses to make a black forest cake with black sesame mousse.

Black forest cake is definitely the scariest sounding thing to be made of chocolate, cherries and whipped cream. However, it is also one of the most iconic cakes in the world. It came from Germany, this infamous tower of decadent chocolate cake, fresh cherries, cherry liqueur and whipped cream. You see, it’s the Kirsch, the famed German cherry liqueur, which creates the real forest magic. Distilled from dark cherries, Kirsch carries a unique brandy-like flavor and cherry pit notes that make this cake as enchanting as it is.

In this version, we are going to amp the flavors right up with a bit of Japanese yuzu. This provides a subtle and almost seductive level of complexity that maximizes the harmony between citrus and sweet, ripe cherries. Bringing some much needed cultural diversity to the forest, we are also going to fold black sesame paste into the whipped cream. This introduces a toasty, nutty edge that marries the rich chocolate cake, citrus and cherries together in a spectacular way. The Black Forest Sesame is a great example of using novel flavors to amplify an established cake without sacrificing the mystique of the original. You can definitely get lost in this cake.

“The Black Forest Sesame is a great example of using novel flavors to amplify an established cake without sacrificing the mystique of the original.”

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