Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cake

So, I was daydreaming about delicious holiday sweets...
and how I could create them in cake form.
(What, you don't do that?)

My mind wandered to chocolate covered cherries...
because I really, really love them...
then inspiration hit me!

I realized if I made my Maraschino Cherry Cake and covered it in chocolate,
it would taste like a giant chocolate covered cherry!

Fabulous idea, don't you think??

This cake is full of maraschino cherry chunks, covered with whipped chocolate ganache
and topped with homemade chocolate covered cherries.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cake 
by Bird On A Cake

Maraschino Cherry Cake
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon cherry extract
  • 10 oz. bottle of maraschino cherries - reserve the juice and cut the cherries in eighths
  • 2 tablespoons flour for sprinkling over diced cherries
Whipped Chocolate Ganache
  • 1 (12 oz.) package mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter (softened)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom of three 6 inch cake pans (or two 8 inch) with wax paper. Grease the sides.

In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until creamy. Beat in the egg whites. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder. In another bowl, combine the sour cream, cherry extract and reserved maraschino cherry juice. Alternate adding the dry and wet mixtures to the butter/sugar/eggs until combined.

In a small bowl, sprinkle the 2 tablespoons of flour over the diced cherries and stir until the flour has been completely absorbed. Stir the cherries into the batter.

Pour batter into prepared cake pans and bake for 30-35 minutes. Remove from pans and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.

Microwave chocolate chips and whipping cream in a microwave-safe bowl on medium power, 2 1/2 to 3 minutes or until chocolate begins to melt. Whisk until chocolate melts and mixture is smooth. Whisk in butter; let stand 20 minutes. Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer 3 to 4 minutes or until ganache forms soft peaks. Spread on cooled cake.

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How to make Chocolate Covered Cherries
  • Drain maraschino cherries with stems and pat them dry with a paper towel.
  • Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler or microwave.
  • Dip the cherries in the melted chocolate, then place on wax paper to harden.
  • Arrange on top of your cake immediately after spreading the whipped ganache.

This cake would be a showstopper at any holiday party or family gathering!


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  1. What a lovely cake!!!, What a beautiful colour inside, really nice!.
    Thanks for sharing
    Love from the north of Spain

  2. I am pinning this and hoping someone makes it for me for my birthday - looks delicious!

  3. This cake looks and sounds delicious! I'm adding it to my mental 'must bake' list.

  4. I am not usually a great fan of cakes, but I think I'll make an exception for this one! It looks divine!

  5. It's funny - I DO do that. Except I think about them in pie form. :) Love this cake, it's gorg!

  6. Oh. My. Gosh. I would LOVE this! Totally just pinned it.

  7. My daughters fave holiday treat is chocolate cherries. I can't wait to surprise her with this.

  8. This cake sounds so good! Great photo!

    Im saving on Pinterest, love chocolate.. =)

  9. Oh. Yum.

    I have a weekend party I'd love for you to share this on:



  10. Oh my goodness Robin. This looks so beautiful and you can't go wrong with cherry and chocolate. I want to lick the screen but that won't get me anywhere. Sooo indulgent. Thanks for linking up on Sugar & Slice Link Party too.

    Sweet 2 Eat Baking

  11. Amazing cake made it for my moms birthday everyone loved it

  12. oh my goodness, that looks to die for! and it's so cute! I would be honored if you shared this at my Ginger Jamboree Link Party!

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  14. Would love a slice of this cake right now! Looks so delicious!

  15. I made your cake for Thanksgiving, it was terrific, it really did taste like chocolate covered cherries!

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  17. I am curious about something. I went back to look at your original maraschino cherry cake post and noticed you didn't put sour cream in that. Is there a reason why you added it to the chocolate covered cherry version? Just wondering! Thanks!

  18. Made for dessert tonight ...was wonderful!!!

  19. Thanks for putting this recipe up, it made for an excellent birthday cake.

  20. My cake looks great. Too bad my ganache is liquid!

    1. Linda, try whipping it longer! Mine took a good 4 minutes to thicken.

    2. I put it in the fridge for about a half hour. Then it whipped up fine. Turned out awesome.


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