A Show-Stopping Chocolate Cherry Cake
There is nothing as nice as a BIG home-made chocolate cake on the tea time-table and although I am primarily a savoury person (cheese, bread and pies are my downfall) I do love a slice of chocolate cake now and then. And, as it is Chocolate Week this week in the UK, here’s my excuse to make a chocolate cake, and one that is a bit of a show-stopper, I think you’ll agree. I first made this cake over a year ago, as a birthday cake for a close friend, and, it has been made many times since then as it is a favourite with all the family at “Chez Lavender and Lovage”. I realise that cherries are not in season right now, but I still like to make this cake and you can use other fruits to coat in chocolate if you wish……or even coat some glacé cherries.
The secret ingredients in this cake are drinking chocolate and Bols cherry liqueur! The cake layers are soaked with cherry liqueur before being sandwiched together with butter-cream icing, and the actual sponge is made from my recipe for THE FAMOUS DRINKING CHOCOLATE CAKE. It’s a simple cake to make, but it is always the focal point of any tea time treats table when I make it, and for that reason I am calling it a Show-Stopper cake. This also makes it eminently suitable as my last entry into the Euphorium Bakery campaign, where I join in with five other bloggers to enter a cake (or a bake), which will be judged by John Whaite, winner of the GBBO 2012. (The prize is a £299 coffee machine package).
My last entry into this baking challenge was also for a cherry cake, but not with fresh cherries and not with chocolate either – it was my version of Mary Berry’s cherry cake here: Mary Berry Cherry Cake Recipe.
The recipe for this Show-stopping Chocolate Cherry Cake is shared below; it is the basic recipe for the Famous Drinking Chocolate Cake, BUT baked in four sandwich tins or in two tins and then cut in half to make 4 cakes. Then you soak each layer with Bols Cherry Liqueur (or any other cherry liqueur) before adding the chocolate butter-cream to sandwich the layers together; melt 100g of chocolate and dip your fresh cherries into the melted chocolate, leaving the stems on the cherries for decoration – then just decorate the cake with the chocolate coated cherries as you can see in the photographs. It’s very easy but looks spectacular and is the perfect Sunday afternoon tea time cake, a birthday cake for a chocoholic or even for Christmas day afternoon tea……basically, it’s a cake worthy of any occasion.
That’s all for today, I hope you enjoy my Chocolate Cherry Cake if you make it, and do pop back as I have lots of new recipes to share, as well as some reviews and travel stories! Have a great week, Karen
Chocolate Week, the nation’s favourite themed week, returns for a tenth consecutive year, celebrating the world of fine chocolate from 13th to 19th October, 2014. The week culminates with the Chocolate Show London at Olympia West from 17th to 19th October, bringing the best of the industry together all under one roof.
Hundreds of events are expected this Chocolate Week around the UK, with the country’s top chocolatiers and chocolate companies, as well as hotels, bars and restaurants celebrating by hosting talks, tastings, demonstrations and sampling, as well as creating exclusive products, new launches, offers, chocolate meals, cocktails and recipes using some of the best chocolate brands from around the world.
Chocolate Week aims to promote fine flavour chocolate, the independent artisan chocolatiers and the chocolate companies who work in direct partnership with cocoa farmers, encouraging consumers to pay a fairer price for their chocolate.
Chocolate Week is organised by Sylvie Douce and François Jeantet, founders and organizers of the Salon du Chocolat around the world including the Chocolate Show London.