So. I’m back on the diet after Christmas and the wedding (and seeing fat belly pictures of me from said wedding.) But this weekend I am going to a friend’s house for dinner and the birthday boy, Lord Prater, has requested a Black Forest gateaux.
As I have spent this week watching the The Great Sport Relief Bake Off, I have caught a bit of the baking bug. So, I have decided to make the Black Forest thing myself.
Whilst researching recipes, I found this (pictured above) bad boy of a Black Forest cake, a recipe by Australian Masterchef judge Gary Mehigan. I don’t usually like Black Forest Cake at all but this got my interest. UNTIL I read the recipe. Jeez. Making your own glace cherries, cherry compote, cherry syrup, hazelnut praline etc… way too much stress for me, so have reverted to a Nigella recipe and will ‘steal’ the ideas I like from Gary Mehigan’s complicated cake. I’m going to do the four layers and different fillings. Plus I am going to pipe a corny birthday message on the top! Get me!
I will have one slice, which will be bad for the diet, but the good point is that I get to bake and leave the cake at our friends house so that I am not tempted to hoover the remainder up!
I also saw another couple of cakes that I would love to make. I need more birthdays so that I can give the cake away and not eat it all myself!
I’d love to make this Sweet & Salty Cake by The Boy Who Bakes, Edd Kimber
And also this fabulous looking Chocolate and Caramel layer cake *drool*
This is supposedly a diet zone. I am just taunting myself with food and calorie p*rn!