Cherry Chocolate Cake

After watching it on Masterchef, I just had to try it, I mean, it looked sooo good.

It’s not as complicated as it seems, but there are a few steps to it..and of course my favourite..lots of dishes to wash!

But from the “more please mum” and “thank you mum for making me cake” I guess they liked it.

Cherry Chocolate Cake
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(adapted from gourmet traveller magazine)
Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 23cm cake
  • CAKE
  • 150g dark chocolate
  • 150g butter, softened
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 6 eggs, separated
  • 150g self raising flour
  • 250ml cream
  • 1½ cups caster sugar
  • 500g pitted cherries
  • 3 teaspoons cornflour
  • 150g dark chocolate
  • 130ml cream
  2. combine sugar and 2 cups of water in a saucepan cook over medium heat until sugar is dissolved
  3. bring to the boil, add cherries and allow to boil again, reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes
  4. preheat oven to 170C, grease and line a 23 cm spring form cake tin
  6. melt chocolate in a bowl over simmering water, allow to cool slightly
  7. beat butter and sugar until pale and creamy, add egg yolks one at a time, beating well after each one
  8. fold in melted chocolate, then slowly add and fold in sifted flour
  9. whisk egg whites until soft peaks, gently fold through chocolate mix
  10. pour into tin and bake for about 35-40 minutes, check with skewer
  11. to finish off cherry compote, drain juice from cherries in a bowl, putting 200ml in a small saucepan. Mix cornflour with a couple of tablespoons of the juice to make a paste. Add reserved juice and cherries and place over low heat and allow to boil and thicken (about 5 minutes). allow to cool
  13. place chocolate and cream in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and stir to combine, remove from heat
  14. to make cream, whisk cream and 2 tablespoons caster sugar until stiff peaks form, add a few tablespoons of the drained cherry juice and whisk just until combined
  15. assembly, halve cake, drizzle base with a few tablespoons of drained cherry juice, spread with cream and spoon over cherry compote
  16. sandwich cake together then drizzle a few more tablespoons of the cherry juice on top of cake, then pour ganache over and decorate with chocolate










Thank you for stopping by and for your sweet comments, I may not visit for a few days as our internet connection has been maxed out…ooops, but put the kettle on, I’ll pop by soon!

Happy day to you and happy festivities to a lovely friend

  • Cathie, that just looks so delicious it is ridiculous! I bet it didn't last long either. When I have a few spare hours I am going to give that a go!

  • That looks sooooo good!!!

  • That looks super delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  • This will be my Husbands Birthday cake…he will love it!!! Thanks for sharing the yumminess. xoxoxo

  • mmmmmmffff….. yum!!! This would suit my guy to a "T" as well…. lots of chocolate… and, of course, I wouldn't turn up my nose at several slices either!

    where do you find the recipes from Masterchef: …??

  • yum! yum! yum!

  • That is the most beautiful cake! Seriously I'm craving a piece right now!!! You are the BEST baker…. everything you create make me want a large slice of it!! Wishing you a wonderful day,

  • Oh my I never saw something that looked soooo good,lol.My girls would love this for their birthdays.Both in June!Thanks, and it smells so good too.;)

  • yummm, i'd like some right now! and the lemon cake for your mom looks so tasty too 🙂

  • Hmmmm, i want that cake – and i bet my kids would love it as well! Everything you post looks so delicious 😉

  • Pure scrumptiousness, Cathie. A slice of heaven! That gateau looks too good to be true. You made some perfect pictures, my friend. Will have to try it one fine day.
    Have a happy Wednesday, enjoy your morning coffee, I'm enjoying my evening tea at the moment ^ _ ^

  • That looks extremely wicked!!!

  • This looks sooo freaking yummy…..And I am not even a fan of cherries. 🙂

  • Oh Cathie, this looks so delectable…My son is coming home next weekend{ YIPPEE}, and this will be his welcome home cake! Thanks so very much my dear…have a lovely afternoon…love Rosie

  • That looks delicious!!! I am going to have to make one of those!

    Have a wonderful day,

  • Stooooooooooooooooooooooooooopppppp!!!! Nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!! You are killing me!!!!

  • Pam

    Thanks you Cathie! As usual a feast for the eyes, and by the looks of the pics, for the belly too! lol. Definitely one for the "Cathie's yummy recipes to give a go" list!
    Hurry back! x

  • Mon cheri! (I always thought that meant my cherry. Never really thought that much about it….apparently not!) That looks totally decadent! Cherry chocolaty goodness!

  • I'm glad photos don't contain calories. You're killing me over here! The worst thing is our oven does 210º or nothing so I can't even try recipes out at home!

  • thats insane…i think im in love.

  • Me

    That cake looks sinfully delicious! Love the pics you took in the process!

  • Oh my goodness!

  • its absolutely perfect! Its my dads favorite cake and with his birthday next month I may have to make this…if only it looks like yours!

  • oh Cathie, our very own Master Chef, looks fantabulous!

  • It was bad enough watching it on Masterchef then texting everyone I knew to try to get them to bring me some! Now I see it on the computer as well! Looks absolutely fabulous!

  • Cathie darling I wish I had a slice of this heavenly sweet here with me now. Darling popped in to let you know I treasure you my friend and to thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and for the heartfelt comments you leave behind even when I am unable to return the visit, you are a gem of a friend. I pray to have the opportunity to meet you in person one day.

    Take care luv
    Love & hugs

  • That looks incredible! Yum! Do you post to WA? ;p

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a sweet message 🙂

  • I think I gain 5 extra pounds every time I pop over here and just look at your lovely photos! How yummy does this cake look ~ and well chocolate ~ let's just say it ~ what could be better! 🙂

    Excuse me now…I must go jog around the block a few times to get rid of a few calories from reading your post… ha!

    xo Catherine

  • This looks too good. I actually won't try recipes if I think it sounds like there is too much washing involved – bad huh?!

    Kate x
    P.S I tried your almond and raspberry tart recipe a few weeks back – it was sensational – the testers all approved!

  • You never cease to amaze me! It looks divine!

  • That just looks so delicious……why do I read your blog when I am so feeling like a sweet treat. There will be no holding back now!!!!!

  • So you're just trying to make us drool, aren't you!?! It looks magnificent! I must admit that the amount of washing up does tend to impact my recipe selection (though my washer uperer (husband) might disagree!), but golly it's very nearly worth it to get such a brilliant result!

  • Drooooolllll…oops, sorry about the mess, I'll wipe it up straight away. This looks so wonderful. Just as well I walked with Miss Bee to school today – I think I'm still ahead in calories!

  • Ohh my goodness! That looks devine

  • Cherry Choc cake…I am all jelly! Looks far too nice Cathie!
    Sorry to be a bit behind the times but I just have to say those shoes in your previous post ARE gorgeous!!!

  • Oh My – this is wonderful! Just wonderful!

  • Om my goodness…how good does that look!!

  • Ash

    This looks utterly amazing!! nothing is better then a cherry choc combo!! LOVE!!