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German Black Forest Cherry Cake



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8 eggs
1 cup 3 tbsp. sugar, divided
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla, divided
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup 3 tbsp. kirsch, divided
17 oz. pitted dark sweet cherries, canned
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
3 tbsp. cornstarch
3 tbsp. cold water
3 cups gourmet or heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted


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    Combine eggs, 1 cup of the sugar and 1 tsp. of the vanilla, mixing on high speed with electric mixer until fluffy and thick, about 10 to 15 minutes. Sift together cocoa and flour. Sprinkle small amount cocoa mixture over egg mixture; gently fold in. Repeat with remaining cocoa mixture. Gently fold in butter, one tablespoon at a time. Pour into three well-buttered and floured 8" layer pans. Bake at 325°F for 15 to 20 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes; remove from pans.
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    Combine 1/2 cup water and 3 tbsp. sugar in small saucepan; bring to boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Cool; stir in 3 tbsp. kirsch. Place cakes on cookie sheets; gently prick each layer with fork. Brush each cake evenly with syrup; let stand at least 10 minutes.
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    Drain cherries, reserving 3/4 cup juice. In small saucepan, combine reserved juice, 1 cup cherries, sugar and cloves; bring to boil. Stir in combined cornstarch and water. Boil 1 minute or until clear and thickened, stirring constantly. Cool.
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    Beat whipping cream on high speed with electric mixer until slightly thickened. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Add 1/4 cup kirsch and 1/2 tsp. vanilla, beating only until well-combined.
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    To assemble, place one cake layer on serving plate; spread with cherry mixture. Place second cake layer over cherries; spread with 2 cups whipped cream mixture. Top with remaining cake layer; spread top and sides of torte with remaining whipped cream mixture. Chill several hours. Just before serving, garnish top with remaining cherries.

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