Black Forest Cherry Cake


      6    Eggs, Large
      1 c  Sugar
      1 t  Vanilla Extract
      4 oz Unsweetened BakingChocolate*
      1 c  Flour, Sifted
    1/4 c  Sugar
    1/3 c  Water
      2 T  Kirsch
  1 1/2 c  Confectioners' Sugar
    1/3 c  Butter, Unsalted
      1    Egg Yolk, Large
      2 T  Kirsch Liqueur
      2 c  Sour Cherries, Canned, Drain
      2 T  Confectioners' Sugar
      1 c  Cream; Heavy, Whipped
      8 oz Semisweet Chocolate Bar (1)
  *  There should be 4 squares of chocolate and it should be melted.


CAKE: Beat eggs, sugar, and vanilla together until thick and fluffy, about 10 minutes. Alternately fold chocolate and flour into the egg mixture, ending with flour. Pour the batter into 3 8-inch cake pans that have been well greased and floured. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F. oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool cakes in pans for 5 minutes; turn out on racks to cool completely. SYRUP: Make syrup by mixing together sugar and water and boiling for 5 minutes. When syrup has cooled, stir in kirsch. Prick the cake layers and pour syrup over all 3 layers. FILLING: To make the butter-cream filling, beat together sugar and butter until well blended. Add egg yolk; beat until light and fluffy, about 3 to 5 minutes. Fold in Kirsch. CAKE ASSEMBLY: To assemble cake, place 1 layer on a cake plate. Spread with butter cream filling. Using 3/4 cup of the cherries, which have been patted dry, drop cherries evenly over cream. Place second layer on cake. Repeat. Place third layer on top. Fold 2 T confectioners' sugar into the whipped cream. Cover the sides and top of the cake with whipped cream. Decorate top of cake with remaining 1/2 cup cherries. To make chocolate curls from chocolate bar, shave (at room temperature) with a vegetable peeler. Refrigerate curls until ready to use. Press chocolate curls on sides of cake and sprinkle a few on the top. Chill until serving time.