Cherry Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Cherry Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

I really love to combine chocolate with cheese cream. The "cherries on top of the cake" made it just divine.

Prep time clock
40 mins
Cook time clock
25 mins
Total time clock
1 hr 5 mins
  • Makes 6 servings
  • Cake Layers
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 tbsp cold water
  • 12 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 7 tbsp unsweetened dark cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • Cherry Syrup
  • 1 cup cherries, seeded and puree
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 50-70 ml water
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 250 g Mascarpone
  • 250 g light cream cheese
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp cherry syrup
  • Garnish
  • 1 cup cherries, seeded
Directions
  1. Make cake layers: Preheat oven to 375 F (180 C) and grease 3 (7 inch) round pans dishes with butter. Line the bottoms with rounds of parchment paper.
  2. Separate egg whites from the yolks and add water to egg whites. Whip whites until foamy with a mixer and gradually add the sugar whipping the whole time until it holds very stiff peaks. In a separate bowl mix egg yolks with baking powder. Fold yolks mixture into egg whites. Using a metal spoon, lightly fold in the cocoa powder and flour until combined well. Divide mixture between the 3 pans and bake for 20-25 minutes. 
  3. Run a sharp knife completely around the inside edge of the pans. Remove parchment paper and let them cool completely at room temperature on a rack.
  4. Meanwhile prepare the cherry syrup. Combine pureed cherries with sugar and water and bring to boil. Let simmer for 5 minutes and remove from heat. It results a thick syrup. Let cool completely.
  5. Prepare the frosting. In a medium bowl combine all ingredients and mix until smooth. 
  6. When layers are cool enough punch them with a toothpick from place to place.  Add 3 tbsp of syrup on top of the surface of each layer and allow syrup to moist the layers. 
  7. Split the frosting in 3 and assemble the cake. Garnish with cherries on top.  
Nutrition facts 1 Serving - Calories:463, Fat:25.2 g, Saturated Fat:14.5 g, Carbohydrates:48.9 g, Sugar:36.4 g, Fiber:2.1 g, Protein:14.8 g, Cholesterol:253 mg, Calories from Fat 227, Sodium 225mg, Vitamin A 20%, Calcium 19%, Vitamin C 1%, Iron 15%, Nutrition Grade D+, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
On June 09, 2011 at 01:24 pm, Claudie said...
I have one word for this cake: wow!
On June 09, 2011 at 06:51 pm, Liz said...
Wow, what a gorgeous cake...I can't resist anything iced with cream cheese frosting...DELISH!!!
On June 10, 2011 at 04:03 am, Juanita said...
Cherries are my favourite fruit. This is really making my mouth water, as it's Winter here, and cherries (which are always crazily over-priced) are nowhere to be found for the next 6 months! Other than the obvious luscious colour they give the cake, the rustic appeal they add is divine!
On June 10, 2011 at 09:34 am, The Chocolate Priestess said...
Oh, it looks like restaurant quality in your photos. How pretty!
On June 10, 2011 at 10:49 am, Julia said...
Beautiful!
On June 10, 2011 at 07:42 pm, Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts said...
How pictures perfect this is! Amazing!
On June 12, 2011 at 07:21 pm, Sandra said...
This gives a whole new meaning to "with a cherry on top". Stunning cake that sounds and looks divine.
On July 11, 2011 at 10:17 am, Paul@cookingmesofly said...
...what a wonderfull cakeeee! ciao from Italy

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