Black forest cakes are made up of a rich and delectable combination of flavours, but there are so many ways to take the traditional elements and make fresh new desserts and treats. This year, I decided to turn this Christmas favourite into my own creation: Black Forest Cupcakes!
My version is made with a standard chocolate base, a little (more if you like) kirsch, fresh and tinned cherries and thick, dark chocolate ganache. The recipe doesn't call for any whipped cream, instead using a cherry-flavoured buttercream that can be made in advance. In fact, all of the elements can be made ahead of time, and either frozen for up to a month or stored in the refrigerator for a few days.
As usual, this recipe is vegan but will be loved by everyone, and is ideal for Christmas parties, picnics and celebrations.