Fale Dunaju (Waves of Danube)

Fale Dunaju (Waves of Danube)

Fale Dunaju (Waves of Danube)

In Polish this cake is called Fale Dunaju, which means Waves of Danube. One reason why it is named that is because the cherries sink in the cake, creating the appearance of waves and the chocolate topping also has waves. As for “Danube” it was a cake that was popular for those who lived along the Danube river in Europe. In Poland this cake is still popular for birthdays, name days etc. and can be prepared with other types of fruit. However the classic version makes use of sour cherries.

Fale Dunaju (Waves of Danube)
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12+

Ingredients
For the cake
  • 3 eggs
  • 2¼ cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon Kirkland pure vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons Rodelle dutch cocoa powder (now available at Costco)
  • ¾ cup canola oil
  • ¾ cup + 2 tablespoons milk
  • approximately 2 cups sour cherries (45-55 cherries)
For the cream
  • 1½ cups milk
  • 200 g soft unsalted butter
  • 6 tablespoons vanilla pudding (not the instant variety)
For the chocolate topping
  • 1½ cups Kirkland semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons Nutella (available in 2 packs at Costco at a great price)
  • 1½ tablespoons canola oil

Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 360F.
For the cake
  1. In a small bowl mix the flour and baking powder together.
  2. In another bowl whip the eggs and sugar together with an electric mixer until a light fluffy pale yellow.
  3. Continue mixing the eggs and very slowly add the oil.
  4. Continue mixing then add the flour mix and the 175 ml of milk, alternating in small batches of flour then milk. This is our cake batter.
  5. In a baking pan lined with parchment paper, pour in half of the cake batter.
  6. For the remaining cake batter, add in the cocoa powder and 2 tablespoons of milk. Mix with the electric mixer.
  7. Gently pour this cocoa batter in a zig-zag fashion on top of the white cake batter so that the white layer is completely covered.
  8. Add the cherries into the chocolate layer, approximately 2cm apart from each other. Gently press the cherries down into the batter.
  9. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out dry.
  10. Remove from heat and allow to completely cool.
Prepare the pudding cream
  1. As the cake is baking, mix the pudding mix with the milk and cook on medium until it thickens and begins to bubble.
  2. Remove from heat and allow to completely cool to room temperature. Stir occasionally as it is cooling.
  3. In a bowl add the butter and whip it with an electric mixer until it is light and fluffy.
  4. Start adding the pudding 1 spoon at a time and continue to mix with the mixer.
  5. Once it is all mixed together, spread the pudding cream over the cooled cake.
  6. Place in the fridge so that the pudding cream stiffens. I left mine in the fridge overnight.
Prepare the chocolate topping
  1. In a double boiler, melt the chocolate chips, Nutella and oil together, stirring frequently.
  2. When the pudding cream is stiff and cold enough, spread the melted chocolate topping over the top of the cake.
  3. Smooth out the chocolate top and then use a fork to create waves in the chocolate.
  4. Allow to cool in the fridge however before serving remove the cake from the fridge at least 30 minutes before serving. Otherwise the chocolate and pudding cream will be too hard.

The sour cherries are placed on top of the cake batter

The sour cherries are placed on top of the cake batter

The sour cherries have sunk into the baked cake

The sour cherries have sunk into the baked cake

Fale Dunaju (Waves of Danube)

Fale Dunaju (Waves of Danube)