Black Forest gateau

The Great British Bake Off 2015, Week 1 – Cake Showstopper.

I've knocked up a little black forest gateau after watching the Great British Bake Off last night. I've been dying to make one for a long time.

My Nan was famous for her gateaux back in the 80’s. Perhaps that's where my love of cakes stems from.

I can’t remember much about the detail of her cakes but I remember how much I enjoyed them. I'm quite a nostalgic baker, I love to make things from my childhood, for me baking is connected to so many memories to do with family and happy times.

I'm so glad I’ve finally recreated this cake, I hope my Nan would be proud. It was a bit of a fiddle – the chocolate work in particular, my kitchen was like a chocolate bomb had gone off! I've gone for quite a rustic look and made shards of chocolate bark to decorate the outside with.

Photograph of Black Forest gateau baked by Jane.

Inside I’ve layered a chocolate Genoise and brushed each layer with Kirsch, filled with a Chantilly cream and boozy black cherries. To cover the cake I’ve used a dark chocolate ganache and attached my chocolate shards while the ganache was still soft. 

Photograph of Black Forest gateau baked by Jane.
Photograph of Black Forest gateau baked by Jane.

Finishing touches of some fresh cherries dipped in dark chocolate and dusted with some gold lustre dust. I'm really pleased with the outcome.

Photograph of Black Forest gateau baked by Jane.
If you’d like to give it a go I used the recipe from Richard Bertinet’s (see credit section) but in my own style.

Recipe by Richard Bertinet’s book Patisserie Maison


Published by Jane Lewis


In 2015 I made it through to the last 50 in the last audition of The Great British Bake Off. Sadly I wasn't chosen for the programme but I need to carry on my journey as I can't imagine my life without baking.

I'd love to start writing my own recipes. So what better place to do it than starting a blog.