Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Saturday, 21st July 2012

I love the combination of dark chocolate and raspberries but when I want an extra special chocolate cake I bring out the cherries. Cherries marry well with a lot of flavours, almonds, coffee, orange, vanilla, white chocolate but they pair especially magnificent with dark chocolate.

A close up, cropped photo of a Chocolate Ganache Cake decorated with sweet, Glazed Cherries displayed on a pale green frosted glass cake stand.

And the best thing about these juicy, dark gems is that you don’t have to do much to them to make them shine (no pun intended). I glazed them in reduced simple syrup infused with Crème de Cassis (black currant liqueur) and vanilla. For those of you that would prefer a non-alcoholic glaze, replace the liqueur with black currant juice, orange juice or apricot nectar (apricot and cherries – yum!).

A photo of two slices of chocolate cake on red dessert plates decorated with sweet glazed bing cherries.

When I shared my recipe for Vanilla Bean-Chocolate Chip Cheesecake with you I mentioned I’d purchased a new cookbook, Bake Wise by Shirley Corriher. I’m not sure if I should classify it as a cookbook, it does contain recipes so in principal I guess it is a cookbook but it’s so much more than that. If you’re interested in the science of baking this book is for you.

A photo of a chocolate cake frosted with chocolate ganache and decorated with fresh glazed cherries.

I’ve picked up so many wonderful tips from Shirley and I was anxious to try her technique for producing a dark chocolate cake that is almost black.

A photo of Chocolate Cake frosted with Chocolate Ganache and decorated with Glazed Cherries with a slice removed and displayed on a pale green frosted glass cake stand.

At first glance, the recipe may appear over leavened, well it is.  And because it’s over leavened you may be concerned that the cake will sink in the middle. It’s a valid concern but let me alleviate your fears, using Shirley’s technique will prevent the cake from sinking in the middle and the end result produces a dark, almost black chocolate cake.

A photo of a Chocolate Cake with a slice removed displayed on a pale green cake stand with the slice of cake displayed in front on a stack of square white plates.

To get a deep dark colour Shirley uses Dutch process cocoa and adds a good amount of baking soda because it makes the chocolate alkaline and therefore it produces a cake that is almost black. To counter the over leavening, Shirley adds boiling water to the mixture of Dutch process cocoa and baking soda causing the soda to react (bubbles up) and give off a lot of carbon dioxide, which in turn reduces the leavening and prevents the cake from sinking – genius!

A photo of a slice of Dark Chocolate Cake with chocolate ganache and sweet glazed cherries on a square, white dessert dish.

Another tip to keep in mind when using cocoa in your recipes, adding boiling water to the cocoa before adding it to the other ingredients will enhance its flavours.

A close up photo of a Cherry Chocolate Cake on a green cake stand.

I was compelled (the inner voice was relentless) to carry on with the dark chocolate and cherry combination so I topped this moist chocolate cake with a sinful layer of extra bittersweet Dark Chocolate-Cherry Ganache.

A photo taken looking down on a Dark Chocolate Cake frosted with Dark Chocolate-Cherry Ganache and decorated with Glazed Cherries.

If there’s every a day you need a pick me up, turn to this Chocolate Cherry Cake – pure chocolate-cherry bliss!

A photo of a Chocolate Cherry Cake with a slice removed on a green frosted glass cake stand.

Happy Weekend!

A photo of a Moist Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Ganache and fresh, glazed cherries.

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Comments (28)

28 Responses to “Dark Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate-Cherry Ganache”

  1. Jenn Says:

    This cake is GORGEOUS! Love that chocolate spilling over the sides and beautiful ripe cherries on top. Heavenly!

  2. Ilan (IronWhisk Blog) Says:

    That cake looks really good. I love the combination of cherries and chocolate – it’s amazing. I have so many yellow cherries on my table right now.. perhaps I should snack on them with a bar of chocolate.


  3. Amy @ fragrantvanillacake Says:

    Grace, this is so beautiful with the cherries piled on top! I imagine it tastes delicious as well with the decadent cake and sweet cherries!

  4. Marina@Picnic at Marina Says:

    Hi Grace, I printed your recipe for cannolis. Oh dear, wish me luck! :)

  5. Grace Says:

    You can do it Marina!

  6. PatriciaCK @ The Answer Is Cake Says:

    Grace you’ve done it again – another phenomenal cake. Chocolate and cherries are good, but DARK chocolate and cherries – utterly divine!

    So pleased that you listened to that relentless inner voice and added the Dark Chocolate-Cherry Ganache. Yum!

  7. Grace Says:

    Patricia the only problem is the inner voice always wins when it comes to chocolate.

  8. DB-The Foodie Stuntman Says:

    Wow! Very impressive and congratulations on making the foodbuzz Top 9!

  9. Grace Says:

    Thanks! What a nice surprise, Foodbuzz forgot to let me know.

  10. Hailey Says:

    I LOVE YOU Grace! Marry me?

  11. Grace Says:

    Hailey – you are hilarious!

  12. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen Says:

    Such a stunning cake to serve to guests.. and you’ve done such beautiful styling in the photos as well! I’ll check out that cookbook.. I’ve been thinking if I understood the “science” behind most of what I bake, I’d be able to change up recipes a little easier! xx Smidge

  13. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel Says:

    Gorgeous! I love the darkness of the shot too. Now I wish I had some deep dark chocolate cake!

  14. Kaitlin Says:

    Absolutely stunning! I am in awe of your recipes / photos! Congrats on the Top 9 today!!

  15. Kristina Says:

    this is stunning! I am loving cherries lately, and with chocolate, that’s just perfect.

  16. Purabi Naha Says:

    I loved this recipe and saved this instantly on Foodbuzz. I love to try baking chocolate cake with different combinations and this one with cherries is awesome! Congrats on Top 9. Really a very detailed post…simply awesome!!! Glad to meet you, Grace!

  17. Grace Says:

    Very nice to meet you to Purabi! And thank you.

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  19. Jeanette Says:

    Stunning Grace, just stunning – love the cherries on top!

  20. Brighton Restaurants Says:

    This is undoubtedly a heavenly Food ! Amazing chocolicious bake !

  21. Annamaria Says:

    Looks delicious. Beautiful presentation.

  22. Vera Zecevic Says:

    Hey Grace , it looks so delicious! Why don’t you have Pin it button for Pinterest! It is for my chocolate board! Regards

  23. Grace Says:

    Thanks Vera, stay tuned…coming very soon

  24. Mariam Says:

    Omg this cake looks to die for! I’m not a big fan of choc/cherry but with an ordinary or mocha ganache this would make a killer cake i’m sure. Totally will make soon. Grace all your recipes and presentations look so good and your recipes are very thorough and well detailed leaving no room for error! Keep up the great work :)

  25. Grace Says:

    Thank you so much Mariam!

  26. Just Plain Elise Says:

    the little cherries look like they are swimming around in the chocolate! whee! the little cherries are all swimming around in the chocolate! whee!

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