A moist and irresistible chocolate cherry cake that will have you coming back for more. This cake is simple to put together and is full of great flavor.
My two-year blogiversary happened a couple of weeks ago! I wanted to celebrate on the day, but I had so much trouble deciding on a cake. When I came up with one (A chocolate bourbon cake with chocolate frosting and a mini crombouche on top), I couldn’t help but feel too intimidated to actually take it on. I wanted something a little more simple.
I was talking to one of my friends (my long time bestie from high school) about her birthday cake that I was going to make for her and that was what inspired this chocolate cherry cake. Something a little more like me. Simple. So that we can focus on the heart of the matter which is flavor. I used the same chocolate cake base that I’ve used in my Christmas cake and added a bit more chocolate. I then brushed it with a cherry liquer and covered it in cherry Swiss meringue buttercream. And since I hate frosting cakes and this is a cake for me, I left it naked. In my opinion, chocolate and cherry is the best combination. I might even love it even more than I love chocolate and orange.
I suppose now is the time I should reflect on the past year of blogging. I enjoyed it so much more than my first year and in many ways think of this as being my true first year of really blogging. Before I was simply throwing stuff out there and embarrassingly clueless as to what I was doing. I’ve been able to get to know some truly amazing and talented people and work with some of my absolute favorite brands that I am honored to have even had the chance to collaborate together. It was also my first full year of blogging full-time. I learned a lot about balancing being a single mom and working at home with a four-year old. It’s been a challenge, but so worth it.
What’s kept me going are people like you. No, really. You coming to the blog and reading my rambling and sharing my recipes and subscribing to the newsletter and following me on social media. I wouldn’t be able to do what I do if it weren’t for you. You’ve given me the chance to follow a dream and turn it into something wonderful that makes me delieriously happy. You are awesome, and I love you.
Okay, so mushy stuff aside, let’s get on to the chocolate cherry cake…… annnnnnnd a little giveaway! I didn’t really plan anything ahead of time, but my friends at Rodelle were kind enough to give away some of my favorite Rodelle products to one person!
All you have to do to enter is to comment below and tell me your favorite food memory. It can be a particular moment in time like when your mom made you homemade chicken noodle soup when you were sick one day, or a dish that immediately takes you back to your childhood.
Chocolate Cherry Cake Recipe Notes
If you aren’t great at handling cakes, I recommend using a cake leveler to split the cake in half. Taste the frosting as you add the cherries. You may end up needing less. Also be careful with the consistency, you don’t want it too loose. So when I tell you to add the cherries 1/4 cup at a time to this chocolate cherry cake, please listen! If you want to bump up that cherry flavor even more, add 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract.
Swiss Meringue Buttercream