I've been planning this creation in my mind for some time and at the weekend I finally got the baking tins out and came up with this - Chocolate and Black Cherry Cake. Not quite a Black Forest Gateau, due to the absence of any alcohol, but deliciously chocolatey with fresh cream and black cherries.
My "secret ingredient" on this occasion (i.e. cheat ingredient!) was a tin of black cherries in syrup.
I made a simple gluten-free chocolate cake mix cooked in two 8-inch sandwich tins. Then I layered together with fresh whipped cream and some of the syrup from the cherries. I spread another layer of cream over the top and piped swirls of cream all around the edge before filling the space in the centre with cherries and syrup.
I sprinkled crushed chocolate Flake all over the top, too.
I had leftover cherries and syrup, so I made individual versions - chocolate cupcakes topped with fresh cream, cherries and syrup and chocolate flakes.
We took the large cake to my mums for after dinner and needless to say within a couple of days all traces of this cake were completely gone!