Chocolate Cherry Cake

Written by Roar Elias

Chocolate cherry cake is something that chocoholics will delight in. Some people mix this up with the famous, Black Forest Cake, which is another sensation, but something completely different.

Then there are people who will opt for the short cut method, saying you can just make a fudge cake and buy a cherry pie filling. Short cuts in the kitchen are all good and well, but in this case, it's best to go the traditional route to ensure that you get all the flavours coming through. I don't consider putting mixes together to be proper cooking or baking. How can get any joy from opening up a packet of something and throwing it in with a packet of something else? This is not baking!

Have a look at this divine chocolate cherry cake recipe:

There is some alcohol in here for extra flavour so if it is a family occasion then just take this out because kids are not that fond of a cake with loads of rum or brandy inside.

Ingredients

  • 400g (14oz) cherries, stoned
  • 4 Tbsp brandy
  • 125g (4½ oz) good quality chocolate
  • 55g (2 oz) plain cake flour
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 3 medium sized eggs, separated
  • 125g (4½ oz) butter, softened
  • 125g (4½ oz) caster sugar
  • Ganache
  • 225g (8oz), chocolate, chopped
  • 450ml (16fl oz) single cream

Directions

  1. For the topping, leave the stoned cherries in a bowl with 3 Tbsp of the brandy. Leave this to soak overnight.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C/350 degrees F/Gas mark 4. Grease a 23cm (9in) springform tin.
  3. Melt the chocolate that you need for the cake. When it has melted, take it off the heat and beat in the egg yolks with the remaining tablespoon of brandy. Set this aside until it is cool.
  4. Beat the sugar and butter together until it is light in color.
  5. Stir in the chocolate mix and then fold in the flour.
  6. Whisk the egg whites to soft peak stage and then fold this in gently to the rest of the mix.
  7. Now you can pour this into your tin and bake for 30-35 minutes until it is cooked. Leave it to cool.
  8. When you make the ganache, this is a case of bringing the cream to a boil, taking it off the heat and then adding the chocolate. Leave this to stand for 5 minutes.
  9. Pour over the cherries and then spoon over the ganache on top.

Chocolate Cherry Cake with Trifle

Now, if you want to serve this as a dessert then I have just the thing for you. If you like trifle, chocolate and cherries, then there is no way why you won't like the chocolate cherry trifle. You are still basically using the same idea as the recipe above, but you are just going to be turning it into the dessert with the use of cream and custard.

You can add in alcohol, but this is a family dessert. My cousins and I don't like alcohol in our trifle and my aunt is not so happy about that, but if it's Christmas time - come on, there are always kids running about and you wouldn't want to deny them of a slice of the greatest trifle ever. Of course, if you are having a fancy dinner party then you can raid the liquor cabinet. Go for a cherry flavour if you do, such as cherry brandy.

Ingredients

  • 2 chocolate cakes
  • 1/2 cupblack cherry jam
  • 2 cups cherries
  • 4 oz bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 1/3 cups plus 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 1/3 cups plus 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 3 cups heavy cream

Directions

  1. Make a sandwich out of the cakes by slicing them and spreading them with cherry jam.
  2. Melt the chocolate over a gentle heat and then start making the custard.
  3. Warm the milk and the cream. Whisk the sugar, cocoa nad the egg yolks separately and then pour the milk on top, whisking it together.
  4. Pour the custard into a saucepan with the melted chocolate and cook this on a gentle heat, stirring constantly until it thickens. Don't let this boil.
  5. Now you pour this into a bowl tocool. Once it is cool, arrange the cake in a trifle bowl and pour the custard over.
  6. Leave this to set in the refrigerator and then put your whipped cream on for the final topping.
  7. Grate some chocolate to add to the decoration. You can also use a cherry compote here as an optional extra in a nice kind of swirly design. This always looks good.

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