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Saturday Do-It-Yourself: Black Forest Cake

Posted by on Sat, April 12th, 2014 at 11:00 am

If it was acceptable to eat cake every day, I would.  For today’s Do It Yourself, we’got a fantastic recipe provided by michllee, from North York, Ontario.  Check it out!

This Black Forest Cake is finicky to make but delicious to eat…

You will need:

  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) pitted cherries, drained
  • 1/2 cup kirsch
  • 1 package Duncan Hines Chocolate or Devil’s Food cake mix
  • 3 squares semi-sweet baking chocolate
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’/icing sugar
  • 10-12 maraschino cherries, well drained
Here’s what you do:
  1. Put the pitted cherries in a medium bowl with 1/3 cup of kirsch.  Leave at room temperature for a minimum of 4 hours, mixing occasionally.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 and prepare cake mix according to package instructions.  Pour into 3 nine inch round cake pans.  Ensure that batter is evenly distributed.
  3. Prepare chocolate curls and grated chocolate for garnish.  Warm chocolate squares in your hand and when slightly soft, use a potato peeler to shave the square into curls.  Make enough to put on top of the cake.  Grate the rest of the squares for putting on the sides of the cake.  Keep the prepared chocolate in a cool place, not in the refrigerator.
  4. After the cake is baked and cooled, select the best one for the top.  If the tops of the other 2 cake layers are uneven, try to level by cutting off some of the uneven parts so it is easier to layer.  Drain the cherries well, reserving the kirsh/cherry liquid.  Place 2 strips of wax paper under each cake layer on a separate plate — this will help to leverage each layer onto the other.
  5. Prick the cake tops with a fork and sprinkle with the kirsch/cherry liquid.  Do not oversaturate the layers or the cake will crumble or split.
  6. In a small bowl, use a mixer at medium speed to beat the whipping cream, confectioners’ sugar and 2 tbsp of the kirsch/cherry liquid until stiff peaks form.  Place one cake layer on a platter.  Spread with 1/4 of the whipped cream.  Top with 1/2 of the pitted cherries.  Hand press each cherry into the whipped cream and distribute the cherries as close to the edge of the cake as possible.  Place the second layer and repeat the whipped cream and cherries steps.  Finally, top with the third layer.  Remove the wax paper strips after placing the layers.
  7. Frost the sides of the cake with half of the remaining whipped cream mixture.  Gently place the grated chocolate onto the sides of the cake.
  8. Put 10 to 12 dollops of the remaining whipped cream mixture on the top and place a maraschino cherry in each dollop.  Pile the chocolate curls in the centre.

I think the only proper response is: dsflhdsfougruh#&^!!!k*S&D*  This looks insane!  Thank you for sharing!

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Saturday Do-It-Yourself: Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken!

Posted by on Sat, April 5th, 2014 at 11:00 am
We’re back at it, with today’s Do-It-Yourself!  We’ve got a delicious, easy to make recipe for you that we know you’ll love!  It comes from SassyNatty, of Melissa, TX! Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken: In a slow cooker, mix together: One 24-ounce jar medium or mild salsa Juice from one lime 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, ... Read More »

Tastemakers Presents: Bacon Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Posted by on Thu, April 3rd, 2014 at 2:00 pm
Welcome to the newest blog series, Swagbucks Tastemakers. In this series, we’ll periodically introduce you to our Tastemakers, who are some of our favorite bloggers and online Influencers with great recipes, DIY projects, and tips to make life a little simpler (and more delicious)! Let’s kick things off with Katrina of EnchantedSavings.com. Her 3-ingredient recipe mixes ... Read More »

Saturday Do-It-Yourself: Homemade Storage Covers!

Posted by on Sat, March 29th, 2014 at 11:00 am
Who loves a clever DIY arts and crafts project?  YOU DO!!  Check out this fun and easy DIY project from chelivia, from Leesburg, FL. This is a super easy, creative way to cover open storage, like bookshelves, cabinets, sinks, etc. Supplies: Measuring Tape Scissors Sewing machine or needle and thread to sew by hand Fabric Tension ... Read More »

Saturday Do-It-Yourself: Banana Nut Bread

Posted by on Sat, March 22nd, 2014 at 11:00 am
Food is good.  Plain and simple!  Today, we’ve got a really easy recipe for you, coming from StillSearching, of Norcross, GA! Banana Nut Bread 1/2 c. oil 1 c. sugar 2 eggs, beaten 3 bananas mashed 3 Tbsp. milk 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract 2 c. flour 1 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 ... Read More »

Saturday Do-It-Yourself: Cupcakes Galore!

Posted by on Sat, March 15th, 2014 at 11:00 am
Who doesn’t love a delicious cupcake?  They’re simply amazing.  Well, we’ve got 2 unique recipes for you, perfect for St. Patrick’s Day (or any day!).  They come from rockerfefe, from Indianapolis, IN. Here’s the first: This recipe is fun and easy to do for your st.patty’s day party or just for any day at all. They ... Read More »

Saturday Do-It-Yourself: Cheesy Artichoke Goodness

Posted by on Sat, March 8th, 2014 at 11:00 am
Attention Swaggernauts – Cheese is really delicious.  That is all.  And on that note, check out this delicious recipe from bmathers, from Carson City, NV. I made this recipe up when I decided I was in the mood to eat artichoke hearts, garlic, and cheese. My husband requests it often, and every time I make it ... Read More »

Saturday Do-It-Yourself: 3 Meat Pizza Casserole

Posted by on Sat, March 1st, 2014 at 11:00 am
If there’s one truth in this world it’s this: EVERYONE LOVES PIZZA.  So for the first DIY in March, check out this recipe for 3 Meat Pizza Casserole – from Jakethesnake07 – from High Point, NC: I’ve got a simple, and easy recipe for your (birthday) dinners. Great for all ages! Ingredients: 1 lb. bow tie ... Read More »

Saturday Do-It-Yourself: (6th Birthday) Garlic Mushroom Soup

Posted by on Sat, February 22nd, 2014 at 11:00 am
If you haven’t heard, our 6th Birthday is coming up next Tuesday, February 25th!  For todays DIY, we’ve got a delicious (birthday) soup recipe from a Swaggernaut Extreme6, all the way in India!  Check it out!! I have got a good recipe to share with you today: Garlic Mushroom Soup. It’s perfect for days when you need ... Read More »

Saturday Do-It-Yourself – Alfredo Beef Sandwiches!

Posted by on Sat, February 15th, 2014 at 11:00 am
Happy Weekend!  Today’s DIY comes from akenowinning, from North Lauderdale, FL.  This delicious recipe is easy to make and looks so tasty!  Read more below: Here’s what you’ll need to make the Alfredo Beef Sandwich: 1 egg, lightly beaten 1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1 pound lean ... Read More »