Platinum Ridge Cherry and Lark Distillery Forrest Cakes
  |  First Published: April 2013

For a change this issue I thought I would do something different and the sweet toothed anglers out there should be happy! Late season cherries are still pretty good at the moment so go and grab some.

Platinum Ridge is located in the Huon region at Glaziers Bay in Tasmania overlooking the Huon River and Hartz Mountains. They produce export quality cherries, Royal Gala apples and extra virgin olive oil among other orchard fruits. I recently purchased a 2kg box of the Lapin cherries and they are probably the nicest cherries I have eaten. Two kilo is a fair whack of cherries so I decided to turn some into a Tasmanian version of the German classic (Black Forrest Cake) with a little help from the Lark Distillery whiskey liqueur, and they turned out just how I wanted.



Makes six individual cakes or one large cake

250ml free range eggs

125g caster sugar

125g plain flour

25g good quality cocoa

Dash of vanilla paste

500ml thickened cream

350g cherries pitted

Dash of vanilla paste

TWo heaped tablespoons icing sugar

Good quality 70% cocoa chocolate for grating

Whiskey liqueur for the sponge

Preheat the oven to 180°C, then in a kitchen mixer place the eggs, sugar and vanilla paste and whisk on high speed until light and fluffy and remove from the mixer.

Sieve the flour and cocoa into the egg mix and gently fold in with a spatula until combined, place into well greased cake pans evenly and place into the oven. Bake for about 15-20 minutes for the individual size or 35-40 minutes for a large size.

Whisk together the cream, vanilla paste and icing sugar until it can hold peaks.

Pit the cherries and cut into half.

Once the cake is removed from the oven allow to cool out of the tin on a wire rack.

Once cool, cut the cakes into three slices and lay out on kitchen bench, drizzle with whiskey liqueur, then a dollop of cream on the two bottom slices, place the cherry halves on, a little more cream on top then put together.

Place a layer of cream on top of each cake and spread out evenly, grate the chocolate on top of each cake and serve.

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