Black Forest Cheesecake Shots – Three years of blogging, Alhamdulillah!

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Β Today my blog is three years old. A ferocious toddler, mustn’t I say? I can’t leave it alone, nor can I hold it tight. It will get out of control. πŸ™‚ I don’t know what exactly I am feeling, but whatever it is, it is elation. Alhamdulillah, I can’t believe I have held on to this little space for three years. It was not something I expected to do when I started the blog. Nor can I predict how it will be tomorrow since it is all in His Hands. The blog has gone from being a dot blogspot to its own domain name – exactly the one that I wanted and now it is qualified as a website, since it is self hosted, but whatever said and done, it is still my little space. A little space I started with a lot of trepidation, that went on to become a little part of my life. It witnessed my insecurities, my ups and downs and in a lot of ways, was my biggest support when I felt all alone. The blog helped me discover my strength, made me discover more about the Almighty and get over my complexes. I guess that’s just one side to it… πŸ™‚

 

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As much as it helped me, it almost damaged me too. But the blog made up for whatever it had done. It kept me going. It kept assuring me that whatever it may have been, there is life ahead planned, waiting to be executed as per His Master Plan. It helped me pull out of the throngs of the past and thrust me into the present and the future. Or maybe I helped myself. Does that happen? No, He helped me help myself out of my cocoon, I must say. Whatever said and done, this blog has definitely made me a better person, much stronger than what I used to be and better sensitive that what I used to be.

 

“For each one are successive [angels] before and behind him who protect him by the decree of Allah . Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves. And when Allah intends for a people ill, there is no repelling it. And there is not for them besides Him any patron.” (Surah Ar-Raad:11)

 

This is always a reminder… if He wills, He will protect us with angels and He will ensure our safety. Alhamdulillah, despite being a very haphazard slave, He has been very kind to me. That is how He is, Ar-Rahman and Ar-Raheem (The Most Beneficient, The Most Compassionate). All I want is to try is to become a better human being with at least some improvement in my dilly-dallying level of faith, InShaAllah…

 

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So, what do I have with me today? I am not a fan of cherry, but after becoming a food blogger, any ingredient catches my interest, even something like Asario seeds which I wouldn’t have even looked at otherwise. πŸ˜€ HD loves cherries and whenever he finds it on the aisles, he picks up a big box and comes and along with the girls, go on to make a mess of the table with all the spots and spills. Hehe… I guess when he is with them, he becomes less than their age! (I hope he doesn’t read this even in the future! πŸ˜‰ ) So on one such occassion, I “stole” some of his cherries and converted it into this cheesecake shots, served in glasses, in limited portions… and what a dessert it was! At times I always tend to forget that the little one is growing up to be someone who will demand her own portion, and most of the time my part of the dessert goes to her and the remaining what she wants to it, she will dig out of HD’s and Rasha’s dessert bowl. πŸ˜€

 

Black forest cake is a universally accepted and liked cake, and it is just a humble attempt to convert it into a cheesecake served in a glass. Cream cheese with some chocolate, layered with cherry compote and topped off with some whipped cream and you have some melting goodness! Dig in a spoon and get it in your mouth and sink into the lavish flavors of this dessert – as I type this, I am salivating as well! Hehe… Before I make a mess out of myself, let me quickly hope onto the recipe! πŸ™‚

 

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Before that: This is how I started off on this very day in the previous years: I was wondering why I celebrated the blog anniversary on January 18, when my first post was on January 17… Hmm… I guess from this year onwards, I declare January 17 as the official blog birthday and InShaAllah, from now on, the birthday gets celebrated on this day! πŸ˜‰

 

2015: The Blogoversary Event and Giveaway

2014: Dulche De Leche Ice-Cream

2013: A little step…

 

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Black Forest Cheesecake Shots

Course Dessert
Cuisine International
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda

Ingredients

  • For compote and sauce:
  • 1 cup fresh cherries pitted
  • 50 ml water
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp cornflour
  • For rest:
  • 2 sachets non-diary whipped powder I used DreamWhip
  • 125 ml cold milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 200 gm Philadelphia cheese
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • For decoration:
  • 1 sachet non-diary whipped powder I used DreamWhip
  • 60 ml cold milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cherries for topping

Instructions

  • First we make the compote and the sauce. Add the cherries, water and sugar into a saucepan and cook on low flame till the cherries are all smashed up.
  • Drain the smashed cherries and reserve. Allow the liquid to cool slightly.
  • Mix in the cornflour and cook on low flame till slightly thickened. Allow to cool completely.
  • In a clean bowl, add the whipped powder, milk and vanilla and beat till it becomes stiff. Tip in the cheese and cocoa powder and beat till combined.
  • Keep four bowl ready. Spread little of the cheese mixture, top with some of the smashed cherries, top with some more cheese mixture and drizzle with some sauce.
  • Do this for all cups. Allow to set for an hour.
  • Beat the powder, milk and vanilla till stiff. Put into a piping bag and decorate on top of the prepared bowls.
  • Drizzle some more sauce and top with a cherry to finish off.

Notes

You may use whipping cream as well. I used around 2 cup of whipped cream for the cheesecake base and 1 cup of whipped cream for the topping.
I added a bit of sugar while beating the cheese mixture and regretted it! The sauce and the cherry had already made the whole dessert nice and sweet! So if you need more sugar, add it while beating the cheese and cocoa in.

Join the Conversation

  1. CONGRATULATIONS RAF!!!! πŸ˜€ many more years to come with many more fantastic recipes… I love to see the “website” grow more and more inspiring people to cook and eat! you big sweet toothed lady.. apt in all ways ! πŸ™‚ Muah!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      You are always the first one these days… πŸ˜€ Thank you so much Fami… πŸ™‚

  2. Mabrook!!! May Allah (swt) shower his blessings upon you and give you strength to continue with the same zest.My good wishes are always with you .Masha Allah the third click is just too good .

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Aameen… JazakAllah Khair for your lovely comments, Nusrath…

  3. Congrats Rafeeda!!!Very happy for you and looking forward for many more wonderful recipes!

  4. And your cheesecake looking yummilicious and nice photo too!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Shazia…

  5. Congrats Rafeeda! The black forest cheese cake looks yummy!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Priya….

  6. Happy anniversary to big sweet tooth and congratulations to you Rafee…lovely dessert to celebrate

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Amrita…

  7. Happy Anniversary to yr blog and congrats as well Rafeeda. Love the colour combo of this dessert.. Enjoyyy.. πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Seena… πŸ™‚

  8. Congrats Rafeeda! This is definitely a perfect dessert to celebrate!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Angie…

  9. Wow yummy treat dear.you rock always with yummy recipes.wishing you a great year ahead dear????

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Ramya… πŸ™‚

  10. I have to write something on your space for this special day .
    Congrats! On your third anniversary.! πŸ™‚ reading your post was like Mm Mm, no words πŸ™‚
    I was like in someone’s mind and life .
    You have achieved a milestone ,in this three years.
    Happy blogging:-)
    What a long post!!!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Hehe… that was such a long comment for a long post, Hiba… πŸ˜‰ Thank you so much dear… πŸ™‚

  11. Congratulations dear on completing 3 years! Wishing you loads of success in the coming years!
    This dessert is an absolute killer! Looks so yum!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Beulah…

  12. yummmmyyyy i love these cake shots…. and many many congratulations to you… πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Priya… πŸ™‚

  13. Congrats Rafee.. This looks amazing.. Lovely way to mark the milestone

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Veena…

  14. Congrats Rafee … wish u all the best . Hope u come up with more and more awesome dishes in the years to come too.
    Black forest shots look absolutely yuummm. I like the official bday announcement πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Meena… πŸ™‚

  15. Congrats Rafeeda,keep rocking..looks so yummy,perfect dessert.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Suja…

  16. Congrats!!! Black forest cheesecake shots look fabulous.. Really a tempting one and lovely pics too.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sona…

  17. Congrats Rafee, yummy treat i love cheese cakes

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Jaleelakka…

  18. Congrats Rafeeda. Lovely dessert

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Beena…

  19. Congrats dear ..Wishing many more years of blogging πŸ™‚ Lovely and yummy dessert…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Shabbu… πŸ™‚

  20. These cheesecake shots are lovely! Happy blog anniversary to you!!! 3 years of blogging… You are amazing!!!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Zoe…

  21. Congrats on your blog anniversary dear…..These cheesecake shots are to die for ..looks simply amazing….

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Gloria…

  22. Congrats on your blogiversary! !Such a well written post . Though I have recently started reading your posts, I can say that you are such a humble person . You have some amazing recipes in your blog Rafeeda. I have so much to read! The black forest Cheese cake shots are such gorgeous dessert for any party! Going to book mark this one!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Uma…

  23. Many congratulations of your 3rd blog anniversary dear…wishing you many more to come!!…Wonderfully written post and I must say after reading your post today, I feel a special bond towards you…Stay blessed!! …The black forest cheese cake shots are looking gorgeous dear!!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Padma…

  24. Congratulations Rafee ???? And many more years come! The cheese cake shots looks just perfect treat for the celebration. God bless!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Rekha… πŸ™‚

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