Cherry Chocolate Cake
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Serves: 23cm cake
 
(adapted from gourmet traveller magazine)
Ingredients
  • CAKE
  • 150g dark chocolate
  • 150g butter, softened
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 6 eggs, separated
  • 150g self raising flour
  • 250ml cream
  • CHERRY COMPOTE
  • 1½ cups caster sugar
  • 500g pitted cherries
  • 3 teaspoons cornflour
  • GANACHE
  • 150g dark chocolate
  • 130ml cream
Method
  1. TO MAKE CHERRY COMPOTE
  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
  5. TO MAKE CAKE
  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
  12. TO MAKE GANACHE
  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
Recipe by Small Kitchen Tales at http://smallkitchentales.com/cherry-chocolate-cake/