My Mother-in-Law asked if I could make a Black Forest Cake, because Uncle is a fan. I had never made one before, but I love an excuse to try new things.
For the cake: I threw in a tsp of espresso powder for kicks. Recipe books and television bakers always say coffee or espresso enhances the flavor of a chocolate cake. I had some, so why not?
For the cherries: I bought a bag of fresh cherries (which I sadly can not eat fresh due to allergies.) I pitted them by hand. (It was very difficult to resist licking my fingers.) I had about 18oz after reserving a dozen for the top and a handful for Hubby. I put them in a pot with 1/2 C sugar and 1/2 C water and stirred them around for several minutes. Then I thickened the syrup with a bit of cornstarch. I brushed the syrup on each cooled cake layer before assembling.
I tend to be conservative when adding sugar. If you like things sweet, more sugar would have been fine. Also, at Uncle's I learned what fresh sour cherries look like. If I could get my hands on those, I'm sure that the cherry filling would have had even more pronounced cherry flavor.
For the whipped cream: I doubled the recipe. Also, in an effort to ensure the cake would survive a three hour car ride, I stabilized the whipped cream with gelatin.
Still, the cake was delightful, and everyone gobbled it down. The chocolate cake was wonderful and paired beautifully with the whipped cream frosting.
We were also spoiled with a super tasty Berry Crumble from my Sister-in-Law.