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Black Forest Brownie birthday “cake”

Black Forest Brownies
I love baking. So, this year, when my birthday rolled around, I wanted to make my own birthday cake. Again. But this time, I wasn’t going to make cake.

I don’t really like cake. Strange I know. But, that probably comes from decorating cakes for more than 10 years…
Black Forest Brownies
Anyway, for those of you who don’t already know this, I love chocolate. And cherries. I especially love it when real chocolate is combined with real cherries. (Maraschino cherries are not cherries…they’re scary and should not be eaten.)

So, the best birthday cake for me? Delicious chocolate brownies with a fresh cherry filling.
Black Forest Brownies
We went to Matt and Nicole’s for dinner, and they made us some seriously amazing cheese enchiladas. I’ve seriously been thinking of them daily every since.

When I mentioned what I was making for dessert, Matt shared my enthusiastic-ness to the fullest extent! Yay! Someone whose dessert tastes run in exactly the same vein as mine.

So, here it is…my version of Black Forrest Brownies (minus the whipped cream…because who needs it). (Yes, whipped cream is another one of those things that I just don’t like. I know that that makes no sense for someone who loves baking, but I just can’t eat the stuff.)
Black Forest Brownies
Black Forrest Brownies
• 1 Cup of the best quality chocolate you can find (256 grams)
• 1 stick of butter (113 grams)
• 1 C sugar, 2 Tablespoons
• ½ cup of flour
• ¼ sugar free cocoa powder
• Pinch salt
• 3 eggs
• 1 lb (.76kg) fresh cherries, pitted and halved
• Water (or cherry liqueur)
Preheat the oven to 176 C or 350 F.
Melt the chocolate and the butter over a double boiler until smooth. Meanwhile, add cherries with 2 T sugar and a bit of water or liqueur to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil until cherries are soft and have released their juice.
Add sugar to the chocolate and butter mixture, and mix until smooth. Remove from heat.
Add eggs and mix well, one at a time.
Add flour, cocoa powder, and salt, mix gently, just until mixed.
Pour 1/3 of the chocolate mixture into a 9×9 square baking pan.
Add cherries (strained, reserving the juice).
Top with the remaining brownie batter. Bake for about 45 minutes…until your nose tells you they’re done.
Serve with the cherry juice.
Top with Birthday Candles!
Black Forest Brownies

7 thoughts on “Black Forest Brownie birthday “cake”

  1. Adam

    I don’t know if we’ve discovered this before…but that is another food thing we have in common…I don’t like Whipped Cream either.

    1. strive4impact

      Cool… so now you both have two things you don’t like.

      That doesn’t really help when we get together the four of us for dinner, y’know?

      Could you two please discover some things that both of you DO like?


    2. carrie Post author

      Yay! Now we know what not to serve for dinner…whipped cream!

      I don’t think we’ve discovered this yet, but it’s definitely good to know.

    1. carrie Post author

      Hi Lynn, Thank you! I love you too! You can make some of these brownies…they’re delicious, if I do say so myself; and I do.

  2. Darrin

    I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good. I don’t know who you are but certainly you are going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already 😉 Cheers!

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