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Deconstructed Food Recipes: Deconstruct Your Favorite Foods

For National Black Forest Cake Day, March 28th, we deconstructed the Black Forest Cake (photo #1), inspired by the dessert (photo #2) at Compère Lapin in New Orleans.

We had so much fun with it, that today’s tip is: Deconstruct one of your favorite recipes.

Here’s what we did with Black Forest Cake, but you can also deconstruct many cakes and pies. Think about it!

Instead of a chocolate layer cake with cherry filling, garnished with shaved chocolate and whipped cream, we followed Compère Lapin’s lead with:

  • An individual chocolate round covered with ganache.
  • A side of morello cherries in Kirschwasser (cherry liqueur).
  • A scoop of cherry sorbet atop a bed of flakes of grated chocolate.
    We like the deconstructed version even better than the traditional layer cake!

  • It’s elegant and sophisticated, as opposed to the old-fashioned layer cake with whipped cream.
  • The richness of the chocolate ganache added an intense chocolate hit, lacking in the original.
  • The morello cherries in Kirschwasser (we bought them) added just the right counterpoint to a sweet dessert.
    Serve it with a liqueur glass (or snifter, or jigger) of kirschwasser.
    If this seems like too much work, here’s a super-easy deconstructed Black Forest Cake:

  • Take a slice of chocolate pound cake, chocolate sour cream cake, or even a brownie.
  • Top with a quality cherry topping, like the Red Sour Cherry Fruit Sauce from Chukar Cherries (or a quality cherry pie filling) with some Kirschwasser stirred in.
  • Don’t forget a generous topping or a side of whipped cream.
    > There’s more about Black Forest Cake below.

    Deconstruction is an avant-garde culinary trend of the last 15 years or so, championed by the famed Catalan chef Ferran Adrià, who has referred to his cooking as “deconstructivist.”

    Hervé This, the “father of molecular gastronomy,” reintroduced the concept in 2004 as “culinary constructivism.” Essentially, all of the components and flavors of a classic dish are taken apart and presented in a new shape or form.

    Black Forest Cake
    [1] A conventional Black Forest Cake (photo © Sweet Street Desserts.

    Deconstructed Black Forest Cake
    [2] Black Forest Cake deconstructed into a rich chocolate cake, Kirsch-infused cherry ice cream atop chocolate crumbs, and fresh cherries, at Compère Lapin restaurant | New Orleans.

    A Bottle Of Luxardo Kirschwasser With A Cherry Cocktail
    [3] A bottle of Kirschwasser—a colorless brandy made from double distillation of morello cherries (photo © Luxardo).


    The idea is art plus fun, and the deconstruction must taste as good as the original. For example:

  • Deconstructed pecan pie could be brown sugar custard [emulating the filling], with crumbled shortbread cookies [for the crust] and a side of caramelized pecans.
  • Deconstructed key lime pie could be the key lime filling in a Martini glass, topped with graham cracker crumbs.
  • Deconstructed stuffed cabbage is our favorite way to make stuffed cabbage. We’ve done this for some 25 years—who knew we were so avant-garde ? We slice the cabbage and cook it in the tomato sauce (sweet-and-sour, with raisins and vinegar) along with rice-filled meatballs.
    The deconstruction saves hours of blanching cabbage leaves, filling them with chopped meat and rice, rolling them, and simmering in tomato sauce.

    All the flavors are there, and it’s also easier to eat: One often needs a steak knife to saw through those blanched cabbage leaves. We say: Our deconstructed version is better than the original.


    Deconstructed Buffalo Wings
    [4] Two ways to deconstruct Buffalo Wings: as a parfait, in the photo above (photo © Hungry Girl)…

    Deconstructed Buffalo Wings
    [5] Deconstructed Buffalo Wings as chicken meatballs topped with blue cheese (photo © Carlos Andres Varela Photography).

    [6] Is Fruit Loops ice cream a deconstructed bowl of cereal (photo © Ample Hills Creamery)?


    Study these for ideas and create your deconstructed food fun.

  • Deconstructed Banana Split
  • Deconstructed Black Forest Cake
  • Deconstructed Blueberry Pie
  • Deconstructed Cocktails: Bellini, Bloody Mary, Kir Royale & Pina Colada
  • Deconstructed Buffalo Wings Parfait
  • Deconstructed Buffalo Wings
  • Deconstructed Caesar Salad
  • Deconstructed Cannoli
  • Deconstructed Caprese Salad
  • Deconstructed Ceviche
  • Deconstructed Coffee Ice Cream
  • Deconstructed Crab Cake
  • Deconstructed Enchilada Salad
  • Deconstructed Fajita Salad
  • Deconstructed Fruit Loops Cereal
  • Deconstructed Guacamole
  • Deconstructed Lobster
  • Deconstructed Margarita
  • Deconstructed Ratatouille
  • Deconstructed Spring Roll

    The Black Forest region of southern Germany is known for its sour morello cherries and kirsch, or kirschwasser, a clear cherry brandy made from them.

    It’s not surprising, then, that desserts made with both cherries and the kirsch are part of the regional repertoire.

    Black Forest Cherry Torte—torte is the German word for cake and Schwarzwälderkirschtorte is its name in German—is a chocolate layer cake filled with layers of whipped cream and Kirsch-soaked morello cherries.

    The cake is garnished with more whipped cream, morello or maraschino cherries (the latter more readily available in the U.S.), and chocolate curls or shavings.

    In the traditional German cake, the chocolate layers are soaked in kirsch syrup, although brandy or rum can substitute. American recipes tend to omit all spirits to make the cake family-friendly (and nowhere near as interesting).

    The earliest version of Black Forest possibly dates to the late 16th century, when costly New World cacao beans were first integrated into puddings and drinks.

    The first “Black Forest Cake” was probably not a conventional cake but a dessert comprising cooked cherries, cream, kirsch, and a biscuit—similar to the original berry shortcake. Subsequently, the cream could be infused with ground cacao beans.

    The ingredients evolved into a layer cake.

    One of the quintessential Old World desserts, Black Forest Cake transports us to eras past, when the thought of chocolate cake, cherries, liqueur, and whipped cream was the dessert equivalent of heaven.

    If you want to make a traditional Black Forest Cake, here’s a recipe.




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