Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Monday, 2nd August 2010

I was entertaining over the weekend and wanted to make an extra special, moist chocolate cake, something simple yet luxurious and Donna Hay’s Chocolate Mud Cake with Dark Chocolate Ganache was perfect.  When I was flipping through Donna’s magazine I also noticed sweet glazed cherries. The shine on the cherries was incredible and I thought they would look stunning on the cake.

A photo of Chocolate Mud Cake with Dark Chocolate Ganache on a white cake stand with a pale blue and white ribbon.

The mud cake is dense and rich with a deep-chocolate flavour and truly decadent with the smooth, dark chocolate ganache.  If you want to impress your guests, look no further, this is definitely a winner.

The fresh cherries were a nice contrast to the rich chocolate.  You could also garnish it with some light, sweetened whipped cream or with fresh berries of any type.  I made a slightly smaller cake and I had left over batter and decided to make a few individual cakes with ganache glaze.

A photo of 2 individual sized chocolate mud cakes with chocolate ganache glaze with sweet glazed cherries on a wire rack.

My niece is getting married on Saturday and my brother is having the rehearsal party at his home Friday night.  I told him I would make a few special cakes for the festivities.  I planned on making a few varieties of  baked cheesecake.  After indulging in a piece of this cake and thoroughly enjoying it I am adding it to the list.

Not only will the look (all the deep dark chocolate) get a few oohs and aahs but the taste of this luscious, moist chocolate cake will long be remembered. One of the best chocolate cakes I’ve ever tasted!

A close up photo of chocolate mud cake with dark chocolate ganache frosting.

A photo of 3 spoons partially coated in dark chocolate ganache.

A close up photo of sweet, glazed cherries and 2 individual sized chocolate mud cakes with ganache glaze.

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Comments (46)

46 Responses to “Chocolate Mud Cake, Dark Chocolate Ganache and Sweet Glazed Cherries”

  1. Michelle Says:

    Oh my, this is stunning.

  2. Grace Says:

    Thank you Michelle

  3. Ryan Says:

    I think the cherry on top compliments the cake beautifully, mmm.
    Have a great time at the wedding.

  4. Grace Says:

    Thank you Ryan, can’t wait for my family to get here and so excited for the wedding!

  5. Tara Says:


  6. Grace Says:

    Thank you Tara!

  7. Marjorie Says:

    This looks amazing! Can I come to the rehearsal party? LOL

  8. Marly Says:

    What an elegant looking dessert. I agree that the cherry on top really sets this apart from a typical chocolate cake. Your family is so lucky to have you cooking for them!

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  12. Couscous & Consciousness Says:

    This cake looks awesome – I am a huge Donna Hay fan, and have about half a dozen of her books which I use all the time.

  13. Grace Says:

    I think she is amazing Sue, all her dishes always come out fantastic. I am just starting my collection of her books.

  14. The Food Hunter Says:

    It looks amazing and I’m sure tastes delicious. Now if I can just get some for myself :-)

  15. Evan Thomas Says:

    This makes my chocolate-loving heart skip a beat! It sounds delicious

  16. Grace Says:

    Evan I felt exactly the same way, it was so delicious!

  17. briarrose Says:

    Lovely! The cherries look amazing.

  18. Amy Says:

    This is beautiful…especially the glossy cherries!

  19. Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels Says:

    I am just SO impressed with all of the delicious food you make. Everything looks SO incredibly beautiful and tasty. Your chocolate cake is just gorgeous. You’re really amazing and so talented! :)

  20. Grace Says:

    Thank you Lindsey, you just made my day!

  21. penny aka jeroxie Says:

    chocolate and more chocolate! I love it

  22. Jenny Nguyen Says:

    This looks incredible!

  23. Grace Says:

    Thanks Jenny, one of my favourites.

  24. Karen Says:

    This looks so good. The cherries are amazing. I don’t like the different measurments, as I hate math. Any way we can get the recipe with standard measurements?

  25. Grace Says:

    Hi Karen, I have updated the measurements for you. I so hate the math too and finally broke down and bought a scale, life has become much easier when baking. The measurement conversion is a little weird, doesn’t seem to match but it is right, have checked it over and over.

  26. ALIMENTA Says:

    Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww MARAVILLOSO!!!!!!

  27. nesrine Says:

    Gorgeous pics, congrats on top 9..
    from Italy with love..:))

  28. Grace Says:

    Thanks Nesrine!

  29. Jenny Says:

    This looks DIVINE! wow, so good : )

  30. Sandra Says:

    Congrats on Today’s Top 9 and this looks awesome.
    Hope the festivities go well this weekend.

  31. Grace Says:

    Thank you Sandra

  32. Michael Says:

    Looks divine! I wish I was having that for dessert tonight! Well done Gracie.

  33. Chef Dennis Says:

    Congrats on your #1 on top 9!! That cake looks so very very good! I love Donna Hay, always feel a little strange reading it but I do like there recipes!

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  35. Sidra Says:

    This was incredible! I confess I didn’t make the ganache as i used the cake to make a princess cake for two yr olds birthday but Oh My God! this is one decadent and supremely delicious chocolate cake!

  36. Grace Says:

    So happy you enjoyed Sidra! Happy Birthday to your little one.

  37. Mehreen Says:

    Looks great! I was wondering, could I use all purpose flour for the cake and use baking powder instead as a leavening agent? Thanks!!

  38. Grace Says:

    Yes you can, to make 1 cup of self rising flour using all-purpose flour; take 1 cup all purpose flour and combine with 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Hope this helps. Enjoy!

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  41. Sarah at Buttered-Up Says:

    Hi Grace,
    I made this today and it turned out wonderful. I was thrilled with the result and couldn’t get enough of the Ooohs and Aahs you talked about that were sent my way. This is a keeper. For life. Thank you for sharing. x.

  42. Grace Says:

    So happy you enjoyed it Sarah, all the best!

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  45. Marla Says:

    This looks fabulous! What type of molds would you recommend for making individual cakes? And any tips for making the ganache look smooth? Thanks!

  46. Grace Massa Langlois Says:

    Good Afternoon Marla, I used these mini 3 x 3-inch baking pans but you could also use these 3 x 2-inch round baking moulds. If you follow the instructions the ganache should be very smooth. I recommend preparing it just before you’re going to cover the cakes.

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