A Bite Inspired by… Kids Baking Championship (TV Show):
Cake in a waffle iron. That’s right– stop what you’re doing. This is BIG. This Black Forest Waffle Cake is one of the best things that’s ever happened to dessert at my house. NO JOKE! With only 4 simple ingredients, you can create a decadent, incredibly delicious waffle cake that looks like breakfast, but tastes like dessert! Making cake in a waffle iron is genius because 1) it’s way faster than baking it and 2) it creates a moist interior and a crispy exterior that’s downright addicting. Thanks Kids Baking Championship for the delicious inspiration!
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As you probably know by now if you’re a regular reader of my blog, I’m a huge lover of Food Network TV shows (see Smoky Vegan Chipotle Ranch Dip and Creamy Vegan Fruit Dip). Also, commercial break. If you’re not a regular reader of my blog, you should be! Subscribe here and never miss a post! Okay, back to your regularly scheduled program. 😉
I love love LOVE Food Network. Why shouldn’t I? I love food, cooking, and, just like anyone else, a bit of drama. That’s why the cooking competition shows are my absolute favorite! You get to see people cook in a fun, fast-paced environment that puts you on the edge of your seat. Yes—wondering if that frittata is going to be done in 30 minutes puts me on the edge of my seat. I live a thrilling life.
As much as I love the competitions where adults are the contestants, I’m even more obsessed with the kids’ competitions. It is equal parts cute and impressive to see 12 years olds cook as well as, and sometimes better, than I do. There is just no end to the amount of talent these pint-sized cooks and bakers have. Plus, they say a lot of hysterical, adorable things.
I just finished watching the 3rd season of Kids Baking Championship a few weeks ago. If you haven’t watched it before, you MUST! It’s so much fun. This season started with 12 of the best kid bakers in the country. They completed all sorts of crazy challenges ranging from creating volcano cakes to tie dye cakes to superhero cakes. Each week, one contestant was eliminated until the finale, which saw the final three competing for the highly coveted title of Kids Baking Champion.
That’s the toughest part of the kids’ cooking competitions. It’s hard enough to see adults crying because they were eliminated, but it’s way, WAY harder to see the kids being let go. I wish every single kid could win a prize on these shows, but sadly that’s not the way it works. Talk about finding out life’s disappointments at an early age.
On the flip side, one of my favorite things about the show, besides how cute the kids are, is the two hosts: Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli. How do you not love Valerine Bertinelli? She is just so darn sweet! And, yes, it’s the same Valerie Bertinelli who starred in “One Day at a Time” in the 70s and 80s, but now she COOKS! Plus, the chemistry between Goldman and Bertinelli is just so warm and real. A lot of times cooking show hosts come across as kind of over-the-top and insincere—to me, at least. But, Duff and Valerie really seem to enjoy being on the show together and they clearly love the kids, which makes watching even more fun!
This season, there was an episode of the show that really intrigued me. It was called “Breakfast Desserts”. In this episode, the kids were charged with creating layer cakes that looked like pancakes or waffles, but tasted like… well, cake! So, basically, these cakes looked like breakfast, but they tasted like dessert! Pretty clever, huh?
This episode took the fun a step further by dividing the kids into two teams, waffle or pancake, and making the winning team safe from elimination that week. Spoiler alert: the waffle team won and Duff pledged to get a waffle tattoo in their honor (watch the show to see how this panned out!)
I decided to take a page out the winning team’s book (sorry, pancakes!) and make a beautiful waffle cake of my very own. In another episode of the show, “Throwback Eclairs”, the kids had to make eclairs based on old school desserts, such as Banana Cream Pie, Cherry Cheesecake, and Black Forest Cake. I honestly didn’t know those desserts were considered dated. I actually eat them all the time. Anyone else or am I just lame? Anyway, I’m a particularly big fan of Black Forest Cake, so I decided to put the two episodes together to create a Black Forest Waffle Cake (aka chocolate, whipped cream, and cherries!)
This cake looks fancy because of all the layers of sticky cherry and smooth whipped cream decadence, but it’s SO easy to make. You just take chocolate cake batter (store-bought to save time) and throw it in a waffle maker. This creates a beautiful chocolate waffle with a moist, cake-like consistency and crispy edges. I actually didn’t own a waffle maker prior to being inspired to create this recipe (tragic, I know), so I bought the Hamilton Beach 4-Piece Belgian Waffle Maker specifically for this recipe. The price was right at $29 and I couldn’t be happier with it. It’s non-stick and makes four beautiful waffles at a time.
For this recipe, you make six delicious waffle “cakes”, allow them to cool, and then the fun starts! A little whipped cream along the edges with tons of juicy, sour cherries in the middle. Delicious! And, don’t worry if the cake is a little messy. It’s supposed to be! That’s part of the fun. 😃
This cake is amazing chocolate, cherry goodness from top to bottom! The waffle “cake” almost tastes better than regular cake because the waffle iron creates a crispy exterior that adds lovely texture to the layers. The waffle ridges only serve to hold the cake filling even better. Plus, the waffles take way less time to cook than baking a traditional cake does. Cake in 20 minutes? Yes, please!
This exciting cake is a dream come true for kids and adults alike! It looks like breakfast, but it tastes like dessert! Thanks Kids Baking Championship! Can’t wait to see what inspiration next season brings. Until then, enjoy!
- 1 bowl of chocolate cake batter made from a standard (17 oz) store-bought package of cake mix (made according to package directions)
- 1 (7 oz) can of light, real dairy whipped cream
- 1 (21 oz) jar of sour cherries (see note)
- Chocolate sauce, for drizzling
- Make 6 waffles using the chocolate cake batter, according to your waffle maker's instructions. I do about a ⅓ cup of batter for 3-4 minutes. If you have a waffle maker that makes larger waffles, adjust the amount of batter and cooking time, as necessary.
- Allow the waffles to cool completely for about 5-10 miutes. It's super important that you let the waffles cool, so that the whipped cream won't melt when you stack your cake.
- Once waffles are cool, put one waffle on a plate. Spray whipped cream around the outer edges of the waffle. Fill the the inside of the waffle with a 3-4 tablespoons of cherries. Top with another waffle.
- Repeat step 3 with the remaining layers, including the top layer. Drizzle chocolate sauce on the top and around the plate. Enjoy!
You may need to tweak the ingredient amounts a little bit depending on what kind of waffle maker you're using and the size of your waffles.
Tip: If you're using a similar waffle maker to mine (makes 4 square waffles at one time), you should have enough batter to make 8 waffles. I like to make all 8 waffles and then choose the 6 prettiest ones for my cake... and eat the other 2! 😉