Chocolate Covered Cherry Cake

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Occasion: Valentine’s Day #6 with the Hubs!

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Hubs’s cake with the beautiful flowers he got me.

Cake: You can use your favorite chocolate cake recipe. I always use this one: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/dark-chocolate-cake-i/.

Filling: This cake is filled with homemade chocolate covered cherries. All you need is bing (or maraschino) cherries, the cherry frosting (see below), and melted chocolate. I used Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Melting wafers.

Frosting: I created a cherry frosting for this cake, but it wasn’t quite as cherry-y as I would have liked. I think I preferred the one I made for this cake: https://professorofchocolate.wordpress.com/2014/07/07/22/.

Ganache: Any chocolate ganache recipe will do. I used Alton Brown’s at http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/ganache-frosting-recipe.html.

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Assembly:

  1. Cut each circular cake into a heart. Alternatively, if you have a heart shaped pan, you won’t have to worry about this part.
  2. Frost one of the layers with a generous amount of cherry frosting. Then press the cherries into the frosting, roughly a half inch apart.
  3. Drizzle melted chocolate over the cherries so that each cherry is nearly (but not completely) covered.
  4. Place the second cake layer on top of the first.
  5. Frost the entire cake with the cherry frosting.
  6. Drizzle a thin layer of ganache on top and over the sides of cake. Carefully spread it to completely coat the cake, being careful to avoid forming too many air bubbles.
  7. Let the ganache cool completely.
  8. Pipe the remaining cherry frosting in a heart shape on top of the cake.
  9. Repeat step 3 with cherries on top of the cake.
  10. Enjoy with your sweetie!

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day!
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