Saturday, February 12, 2011

Dark Chocolate Cherry Cake

Love is all around!!! What better way to celebrate St.Valentine's day than with a deep dark chocolate cake recipe, with a luscious chocolate and cherry Kirsch filling oozing out with every bite.

Serving suggestion:  A dusting of icing sugar and a dollop of the chocolate cherry filling

1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup Dutch dark cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
1 1/4 cup water

Chocolate Cherry Filling:
19 ounce jar red sour cherries pitted and its juice
1 heaping tablespoon cornstarch
1-2 tablespoon Kirsch liqueur
125 grams dark Belgium chocolate (1 cup chocolate disks or pieces)

Filling: Drain the cherries, reserving the juice. In a small saucepan add the cornstarch and whisk in the cherry juice. Cook on medium/low heat, whisking to prevent lumps and the juice from sticking as it thickens. Remove from the heat and with a wooden spoon stir in the chocolate and Kirsch liqueur. Fold in the cherries. Set aside.

CAKE: In a large mixing bowl sift together the flour, Dutch dark cocoa, baking powder,baking soda, and salt.  In a separate bowl beat two eggs and whisk in the sugar, oil, water and vanilla.
Pour the wet ingredients into the flour/cocoa mixture and mix to combine. The batter will be somewhat liquidy.  Pour the batter into prepared muffin tins (makes 18 regular) or 6 mini bundt pans, half way. Drop a large spoonful of the chocolate cherry mixture on the center of the batter. Spoon on more batter on top of the cherry filling (a heaping tablespoon or two). Bake in a pre-heated 350º F oven for 20 minutes.



  1. Oh WOW - All that gooey chocolate dripping from the middle is quite a turn on - LOVE IT!

  2. ...and Happy Valentine's Day to you too, Anna!
    Wow! You're all "decked" out, luscious dark chocolate, with the cherries... ooey, gooey, amazing cake, such a beautiful photo of it, and the LOVE photo, as well!
    Absolutely loving it!!!

  3. Yum, that cake is amazing. Happy Valentine's Day. I'd like to invite you to come by and link this up to Sweets for a Saturday #4.

  4. I would still love a large slice of cherry chocolate cake even though we don't celebrate V-Day. :-))

  5. Wow! Absolutely amazing and delicious looking. Nicely done Anna! Now I just have to see if I can find some sour cherries. :)

  6. lovely recipe Anna! happy valentine's day!

  7. Muy tentador es el chocolate y tu receta de AMOR está exquisita,que linda se ve la foto y la celebración de San Valentín ,Bravo!!!muy lindo,abrazos.

  8. Your post is making me crave some warm and melting chocolate right now! Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe. I hope you are having a day of sweet treats and love. Happy Valentine's!

  9. Anna, this cake looks INSANE! I love the way sour cherries offset the intensity of all that chocolate- a perfect combination.

    By the way, you just commented on my old blog- the one where I was still bemoaning my morning sickness? Well, that's over! I've got a 6 month old gorgeous boy, and a new blog!

    Cheers and see you soon, Angela

  10. You just won my heart. And I've been looking at desserts all evening. But this combination made my heart skip a beat.

  11. What a gorgeous cake!Love chocolate-cherry filling, YUM!!!

  12. omg...this one is richer than the valentine...lovely. thank you for sharing!!

  13. Wow this cake looks super yummm....

  14. This cake is fabulous! The sourness of the cherry, the strength of the liqueur and the purity of the dark chocolate = the taste of passion, that's why I named it Mon Chéri!!! I've translated this recipe and shared it with my friends, hope you don't mind. Of course, I mentioned where I took it from!
    Best wishes from Serbia!

  15. I've almost forgot to post the link :
    I made it in 9" and 8" round pan! Next time I'll make it in muffin tins :)
    Thank you!