Rich Chocolate Cherry Sandwich Cake

    Rich Chocolate Cherry Sandwich Cake

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    Chocolate and cherries are a match made in heaven. Make this cake for the someone special in your life on Valentine's Day or their birthday!

    Ingredients
    Serves: 12 

    • Cake
    • 2 cups (250g) plain flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon bicarb soda
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 125g cooking chocolate, chopped
    • 1/2 cup copha
    • 2 cups (440g) white sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 3/4 cup (190ml) water
    • 3/4 cup (185ml) buttermilk
    • 1/2 cup maraschino cherries, drained and juice reserved
    • Chocolate Cherry Icing
    • 30g cooking chocolate, chopped
    • 125g butter
    • 4 cups (750g) icing sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon almond essence
    • 1/3 cup maraschino cherry juice

    Directions
    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:1hour10min 

    1. Cake: Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and flour two 23cm round cake tins.
    2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, bicarb soda and salt. Set aside. In the top of a double boiler heat chocolate, stirring occasionally, until chocolate is melted and smooth. Remove from heat and allow to cool to lukewarm.
    3. In a large bowl cream together the copha and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time then beat in melted chocolate. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the water and buttermilk, mixing just until incorporated. Finely chop cherries and fold in. Pour batter into prepared cake tins.
    4. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in the tins for 10 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.
    5. Chocolate Cherry Icing: In the top of a double boiler heat chocolate, stirring occasionally, until chocolate is melted and smooth. Remove from heat and allow to cool to lukewarm. In a large bowl combine butter, icing sugar, melted chocolate and almond essence. Cream with an electric mixer. Add reserved cherry juice by the tablespoon until icing reaches desired consistency.
    6. To Assemble: Fill and cover the two cakes with the chocolate cherry icing.

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