Hi friends– Last weekend was a cake-o-rama around here. My sis and I made cakes for a big family baby shower– anticipating baby Wyatt’s coming to the big wide world soon! And our dear younger friends Travis & Bekah were married in this most hopeful happy wedding– simply beautiful. More cake baking!
So here’s my favorite of the bunch. Fresh cherries in the cake and in the frosting– with rich ganache and cherries on top!
CHOCOLATE CHERRY CAKE
1 dark chocolate cake mix
1 cup fresh cherries, pitted & chopped
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
8 oz. cream cheese
6 oz. butter (1 1/3 stick)
4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. amaretto (or vanilla)
2/3 cup cherries, pitted & chopped very fine
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tab. butter
1 cup chocolate chips
stemmed fresh cherries
Make the cake according to the directions on the box–mine used 1 1/4 cup water, 1/2 cup oil and 3 eggs. Beat for 2 minutes with an electric mixer. Then fold in the cherries and chocolate chips.
Pour the batter into 3 –9″ cake pans that have been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake them up at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes–until they are firm to the touch. Let them cool completely before adding the frosting!
To make the chocolate ganache, bring the cream and 2 tab. butter to a low simmer in a pan on the stove top. Take it off the heat and beat in the chocolate chips for 2 or 3 minutes until they are melted and the ganache is glossy. Let this cool completely before your pour it over the frosting (so you won’t melt the frosting!!)
With an electric mixer, beat together the cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar and amaretto (start on the lowest setting so you won’t have powdered sugar flying out of the mixing bowl!). When that is blended, stir in the cherries with a wooden spoon until they are thoroughly mixed in and the frosting is colored a light pink from the cherries.
Frost the 3 layers of the cooled cake, stacking as you go. When the ganache is thoroughly cooled drizzle it over the cake letting little streams pour down the sides. Top with a mound of fresh cherries– Done! and so pretty!