Prep1 hr 30 min
Finally a recipe with cherries in it. Cherry is the name I go by since birth…almost everyone I know calls me Cherry and sometimes introducing myself by my real name sounds weird, so I do tell people to call me Cherry. Growing up, when my mother calls me by my real name, that would be an indication that I’ve actually done something mischievous …which also means…time to ruuuuuun!!!!
I live in a Canton that’s known for it’s cherries, cherry liquer known as Kirsch, and cherry liquer cake – Kirschtorte. It also has its own cherry day – chriesitag, where there’s a game of cherry stone pitting and a cherry market where the farmers sell their cherries and cherry produce, and as you enter the Canton by car, you can see a big signboard with cherries on it.
So, being called Cherry all my life, I decided this year to finally get some cherries from the cherry market for a cherry chocolate cake. I wanted to even wear my cherry cap to the market but chickened out. The hubby came along with me because I’m a bratty wife. The farmer even let us try out the cherries before purchasing it. Those cherries were the freshest I have ever had in my life and it was really juicy and good. So we got a kilo of it. As soon as we got home, I cleaned it and started pitting it. I also made some cherry juice from it for the cake frosting.
I got the recipe idea from Natasha’s Kitchen’s Drunken Cherry Chocolate Cake. However, mine was a virgin cherry chocolate cake. That was about the only thing I changed from the recipe. It was a delicious cake that I ate half of it over a span of 3 days. But every time I had a slice, there was a tingling feeling in my throat. And one night, I had about 3 slices of it and my tongue swelled up a little. So, sadly…I self diagnosed myself that I am ironically allergic to cherries. That did not stop me from finishing up the cake. 😛 I will go for a test soon though.
Chocolate Cake Layers
- ¼ cup (57 grams) Butter, softened
- 1½ cups Sugar
- 2 nos Eggs
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1 cup Milk
- 1⅓ cups All Purpose Flour
- ¾ cup Cocoa Powder, unsweetened
- 2½ teaspoons Baking Powder
- ⅛ teaspoon Salt (if using unsalted butter)
- 4 cups (900 grams) Fresh Pitted Cherries, chopped
- ½ cup Rum (optional - I did not use) soak overnight
Cherry Cream Cheese Frosting
- 1 cup Butter, softened
- 3 cups (+/-) Powdered Sugar
- ¼ teaspoon Salt
- 16oz (2 cups, 450 grams) Cream Cheese
- 4 tablespoons Cherry Juice*
- Chocolate Cake Layers
- Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Prepare two 8-inch (20 cm) cake pan with cooking spray or butter and dust with flour.
- In a bowl, whisk butter, sugar and salt until light and fluffy.
- Add eggs one by one followed by vanilla extract.
- In a separate bowl, sift flour, cocoa powder and baking powder.
- Add flour to creamed mixture alternating with milk. Mix until just combined.
- Divide batter equally between the two prepared cake pans.
- Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until your cake tester comes out clean.
- Cool cakes in cake pan. Once cool enough, transfer onto cooling racks.
- Cherry Filling
- Take 2½ cup of chopped cherries.
- Soak cherries in rum overnight (optional)
- Reserve 4 tablespoons of the juice and rum mixture for frosting. (When not using rum, see Cherry Puree for frosting.)
- *Cherry Juice
- Take 1½ cup of cherries from cherry filling and blend till smooth. Set aside.
- Cherry Cream Cheese Frosting
- Mix butter, powdered sugar and salt on low speed until combined. Then increase to medium speed and mix till fluffy.
- Add cream cheese and mix till incorporated. I prefer to keep the cream cheese cold. It does take a little longer to mix it together after that but it resists me from adding too much powdered sugar to thicken the frosting.
- Add 4 tablespoons of cherry juice, mix well. Keep the balance of the cherry puree/juice for layering.
- Refrigerate frosting before using.
- Assembly of cake
- Slice each cake into half horizontally with a long knife or a cake cutting wire.
- Place one layer on a cake stand.
- Take balance cherry juice and mix in 1/8 – 1/4 cups of water. Brush first cake layer with cherry juice.
- Cover the layer with cherry frosting and top with some cherry filling. Repeat process for the next 2 cake layers.
- Add the final cake layer without cherry juice and frosting.
- Leave to set in refrigerator for an hour.
- Once set, frost the top layer and the sides.
- Decorate with some cherries.
- Leave to set for 2 hours before serving.
- Cups to Grams conversions
- 1 cup pitted cherries = 225 grams
- Make a day ahead for best results
- Let cake sit at room temperature at least 30 minutes before serving.
Enjoy and happy baking!