Chocolate Cherry Cake

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by Heather Harris Brady

The sweet cherries were just in season here. I was thinking about making a black forest cake, but often those can be disappointing with dry cake and not a good ratio of cake to filling. What I was going for was a moister cake, more of a brownie texture. I found what I was looking for in Baking with Jim Dodge. His recipe, which I’ve tinkered with slightly below, uses brandied cherries (which would be delicious) but I was under a time crunch so I used fresh cherries.

Chocolate Cherry Cake, Makes one 8″ cake

For the cake:

  • 1 c. bittersweet chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli 60%)
  • 2 T. butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 c. milk (or 1/2 c. strong coffee)
  • 1/3 c. cocoa
  • 3/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1/2 t. salt

For the filling:

  • 1 c. bittersweet chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli 60%)
  • 1/2 c. heavy cream
  • 1 T. softened butter

2 c. stabilized whipped cream

1 lb. Bing cherries (or another sweet black cherry)

Preheat the oven to 375. To make the cake: combine the chocolate chips and butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until melted.

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Set it aside to cool slightly, then beat in the eggs, one at a time.

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Beat in the rest of the dry ingredients.

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Then add the milk. You should have a thick creamy batter.

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Spread the batter in a well-greased 8″ pan. I also dusted mine with cocoa powder before adding the batter, just to be sure it would come out.

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While the cake is baking make the chocolate filling. Combine the chips and cream over medium heat, stir to melted. Then stir in the butter and set it aside to cool (you can speed it up by putting it in the freezer).

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Whip the ganache until it’s light and fluffy.

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Let the cake cool thoroughly. If you have some Kirsch now would be a good time for a sprinkle.

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Wash the cherries, pit and halve them. It’s a messy job, there’s no getting around it.

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Split the cooled cake in two and put it on your serving dish. Arrange the halved cherries on the bottom layer.

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Top the cherries with the ganache and then add the second layer of cake.

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Top that with the stabilized whipped cream. Chill thoroughly before serving.

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Even fresh the cake will cut neatly.

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Store leftovers lightly covered in the refrigerator.

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Three years ago: Cheesecake Ice Cream
Two years ago: Gooseberry-Raspberry Pie
One year ago: Sunday Night Cake with Chocolate Sauce


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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Infoélla says:

    Yummy!! Great pictures, looks delicious!
    Tonee
    https://infoellablog.wordpress.com

    1. empirewriter says:

      Thank you for stopping by – happy baking!

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