Festive Raw Black Forest Cake

I made this cake to have at our Christmas Eve dinner. After being asked to bring dessert, I knew I would have to come up with something new (and super impressive!) to even come close to being on par with my mumma’s highly acclaimed tiramisu. Sitting next to mum’s tiramisu on the family dinner table is a big ask from any dessert, but I truly believe this raw Black forest cake held it’s own and impressed some very harsh dessert-loving critics.

½ cup fresh cherries
½ cup fresh cherries, de-stemed and pitted

Chocolate Cake:
1 ½ cups walnuts
1 ½ cups almonds
1 ½ cups oats
¾ cup cocoa
2 cups dates
3 tablespoons Kirsch (cherry liqueur)
Pinch salt

Vanilla Cream:
1 ½ cups cashews, soaked overnight
½ cup coconut oil
2 tablespoons vanilla
1 teaspoon lucuma
2 tablespoon rice malt syrup

Chocolate Icing:
1 ½ cups cashews, soaked overnight
3 tablespoons cocoa
3 tablespoon rice malt syrup
3 tablespoons coconut cream
¼ cup coconut oil
Pinch salt

For the chocolate cake, blitz the dry ingredients in a food processor until broken down. Add in the wet ingredients and pulse until a rough dough comes together. In two lined and greased 3-inch spring-form cake tins, evenly distribute the mix. Press down firmly and put in the freezer to set.

In the meantime, make the vanilla cashew cream. Blitz all ingredients together until smooth. Set aside.

For the chocolate icing, copy the same process as the vanilla cream. Set aside.

To assemble, remove the two cakes from their tins. Place one of the cakes on a serving board or plate. Layer with a generous helping of the vanilla cream and stud with fresh, pitted cherries. Place the second cake on top, pressing down slightly and smoothing any cream or cherries that ooze out. Put the cake back in the freezer to set. Once the centre layer of cream has hardened, the cake will be easier to ice. Spoon over the chocolate icing, smoothing the edges with a palate knife to create an even finish. Adorn with more cherries, pieces of raw chocolate and a raw chocolate drizzle.