Rich cherry chocolate cake

    1 hour 25 min

    A moist and rich chocolate cake that is studded with cherries. This is fantastic with a chocolate buttercream spread over it. You can also bake this cake in two 23cm (9 in) round cake tins, or three 20cm (8 in) round cake tins - simply adjust baking time as needed.

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    Serves: 24 

    • 110g butter
    • 300g caster sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon almond extract
    • 60g unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 250g cake flour
    • 1 1/4 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 1/2 (410g) tins cherry fruit filling

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Extra time:30min cooling  ›  Ready in:1hr25min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Lightly grease and flour one 20x30cm baking tin.
    2. Cream the butter with sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the eggs and almond extract and beat well. Add the cocoa powder and mix until well combined.
    3. By hand, stir the cake flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt together. Add flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until just combined. Stir in the cherry fruit filling. Pour the cake mixture into the prepared tin.
    4. Bake at 180 C / Gas 4 for 30 to 35 minutes or until a skewer inserted near the middle comes out clean. Cool and ice with your favourite Chocolate Buttercream recipe.

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    Very good cake. I make this same cake using a boxed devils food cake mix, 1 tsp. almond extract, 2 eggs and a can of cherry pie filling. It's basically the same recipe only faster. I put it in a oiled bundt pan and bake it for approx. 30 minutes. The glaze is made of 5 tablespoons of butter, 1/3 cup milk and 1 cup white sugar mix and bring to boil for 2 minutes, remove from heat and add 1 cup chocolate chips....put on the cooled cake and garnish with halves of maraschino cherries. Wonderful easy version of this same cake. It can also be made in a 9x13" pan (which I spray with cooking oil with flour)....Both the recipe submitted and the easier version is wonderful!  -  17 Jun 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This cake is quite good. There's a similar recipe on this site that uses cake mix, and I liked this one much better! Make a good, chocolatey frosting and it's rich and impressive.  -  04 May 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was a big hit with my family. I'm not a cake aficionado, so I really made this cake for my wife. She was very impressed and said it was "great." I used Chocolate Fudge Buttercream Frosting from the allrecipes website and it was a good choice. If you are a beginner to cake making as I am, this may help you: In step #4, the recipe mentions serving the cake with chocolate buttercream frosting. That could be interpreted to mean the "frosting" that is made in step #2, because it could certainly pass for frosting. After realizing that the dry ingredients wouldn't work without the butter mixture in step two, it all came together in my mind, but it did give me pause. Even I, the non-cake fan, have already had three pieces. Between three of us, there's only about 25% of the cake left even though it was finished less than 12 hours ago. The combination of cherries and chocolate is genius. This cake is as moist as cakes come.  -  06 Dec 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)