Thursday, October 20, 2011

Chocolate Cherry Bite-size Cakes

To me, chocolate and cherry are always like best partners in creating the most sexy desserts...
For this bake-along, Lena, from Frozen Wings and Joyce from Kitchen flavours and I are baking according to a baking theme, "Chocolate and Cherries", and this is my creation...

To maximize the flavour of chocolate and cherries, I've added a little bit of liqueur in these cakes, putting these "sexy" little cakes in a fine line between being "naughty" and being kids friendly. In the actual situation, my son was excited, seeing me baking these cakes and wanted these cakes so much that he was very upset when I had second thoughts of giving him these cakes. Eventually, I gave in and he really enjoyed eating these cakes. As he was eating his first cake, I had to quickly hide the rest to moderate his consumption...LOL

When I first saw this recipe, I was very much attracted to its addition of cherry puree in a chocolate cake base. The hidden cherries in these chocolate cake has indeed enhance these cakes making them extra moist and velvety.

For our next bake-along, we are baking Key Lime Cupcakes which is to be posted on 21 November 2011. Please join us for this bake-along. You may choose to use the Key Lime Cupcakes recipe from the book, Bon Appetit by Barbara Fairchild or bake your own key lime cupcakes and link your post with ours on 21 November 2011 or within the next 5 days.


chocolate cherry cake 
 

These miniature cake bases were made mainly based on the recipe of "Black Forest Cakes" from Australian women's weekly mini cookbook, Cupcakes and Cookies and here's part of the recipe that I used (with my modification in blue):

425g can pitted cherries in syrup
165g butter, chopped
100g dark eating chocolate, chopped coarsely (I use 70% cocoa cooking chocolate)
1 1/3 cup (295g) caster sugar
1/4 cup (60ml) cherry brandy (I use rum)
1 up (150g) plain flour
2 tbsp self-raising flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder (I use the Dutch-processed ones)
1 egg

150g dark chocolate (70% cocoa) - melted to drizzle the cake before serve

Preheat oven to 160°C/140°C fan forced. Line a 12-hole standard (1/3 cup, 80ml capacity) muffin pan with paper cases. (Instead of using paper cases, I've used rice bran oil spray to grease a 24-hole standard (30ml capacity) muffin pan.)

Drain cherries; reserve syrup. Process 1/2 cup cherries with 1/2 cup syrup until smooth. Halves remaining cherries (I keep them as whole cherries to serve); reserve for decorating cakes. Discard remaining syrup.

Combine butter, chocolate, sugar, brandy (rum) and cherry puree in small saucepan; stir over low heat until chocolate is melted. Transfer mixture to medium bowl; cool 15 min.

Whisk in sifted flours and cocoa, then egg. Divide mixture among cases; smooth surface.

Bake 1/3 cup-sized cakes for 45 min. (I baked my 30ml-sized cakes for 35 min.) turn cakes, top side up onto wire rack to cool.

My baking notes:

- Using 1/3 of the recipe, I've made 11 of these bite-sized cakes.

- As there isn't much raising agents present in this cake base, each muffin cup is 85-90% filled.

- To serve, spread slightly less than 1/2 teaspoonful of melted chocolate on each cake. Place one whole cherry onto the cake and drizzle the cherry and cake with melted dark chocolate.

Happy Baking

Here are our baking friends that have joined us for this bake-along. Please visit their blogs for more chocolate and cherry baking ideas.

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43 comments:

  1. These are gorgeous cakes! Cherries and chocolate - how decadent!

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  2. Looks so chocolaty and yummy! The melted chocolate definitely is a thumbs-up addition. Lovely bake, Zoe!

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  3. they look so elegant! Putting in some rum is a good idea, pity that you hv these away from your son!!

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  4. these look absolutely delicious and gorgeous - I would love to joint the Key Lime cupcake bake along - do I submit my link now? sorry to be such a dits!
    Mary x

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  5. Zoe look delicious and the pictures amazing, so tempting!! gloria

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  6. Mmmm, I also adore chocolate and cherry! And booze just gives it a nice little kick ;)

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  7. delicious looking combination for these cakes

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  8. Picture perfect :D They look so decadent ;)

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  9. Looks extremely good and delicious. Lovely picture.

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  10. what a twist on black forest! looks super indulgent zoe!

    guess what, i am currently waiting for my realllllly soft rolls to rise the 2nd time before putting them into the oven! :) thx so much for your tips and also where to locate potato flakes too otherwise id be so lost abt where to start looking at coles lol.

    think i should've added bit more water (i used 1 cup instead of 1 1/8) coz the final dough was slightly dry >< hopefully it all turns out well! cant wait :D

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  11. zoe, i think you are responsible for my lethargy and possible weight gain :P after i baked the rolls i had 4 rolls in one go. soooo good. but now i feel sick from 'overdose' lol need to work on my self control :P thanks for sharing such great recipe :)

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  12. looks so chocolatey, moist and definitely sexy!
    yum! :)

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  13. Wow, so decadent and chocolaty! Looks like a must try! Agree! Chocolate and cherries are good partners in bake goods...yum yum!

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  14. WOW, fantastic clicks! I love this cake idea, really irresistible.

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  15. Omg, stunning and extremely inviting cake.

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  16. YUM! so delicious, chocolate and cherry is a heavenly combination.

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  17. This one is calling to me-one of my favorite flavor combinations is cherry and chocolate. These really look like a winner. I have saved the recipe to try at a future day-so glad you posted this one-yum!

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  18. Sexy indeed :)) Love them to bits! wish I could lay my hands on them!

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  19. mmm looks yum! I love the cherry on top!

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  20. At the first look, I thought the topping is chocolate then relized it is a cherry! This is so beautiful!

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  21. This is amazing!!! Good job!

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  22. They look absolutely perfect - wish I could dive into one now!

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  23. How gorgeous- I'm always on the hunt for great black forrest combinations- every year it's what my husband requests for his birthday. He's an addict.

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  24. Ohh my goodness, this looks sooooo good! I want to lick the screen :))) I love it Zoe!!!

    Have a wonderful Friday!!!xoxo

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  25. Looks really chocolatey good! Would love to sink my teeth into one of those!

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  26. I thought the cherry is chocolate at first LOL, really love the idea that you bake it in bite sizes, gorgeous!

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  27. Really cool looking of cupcakes! Love the chocolate & cherry topping. Simply alluring!
    Hope you're having a lovely evening.
    Kristy

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  28. After seeing Joyce beautiful Choc Cherry Slice and now your Cherry Bite-Size cake also makes me salivating... :)

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  29. I actually gasped, Zoe. LOVE the cherry on top.

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  30. yumm, thats a cute little cupcake

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  31. These cakes look delicious!!! I can definitely see why you had to hide them from your son ;) I've never actually tried anything with chocolate and cherries before, other than perhaps a black forest cake with not much of a cherry taste...
    I might have to try making chocolate cherry cakes just to try out the flavour combination! haha.....
    btw, I love these photos!

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  32. I've never seen a cake shaped like this before....very original. Can imagine the first bite of the cherry soaked in choc!

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  33. Amazing!!! I love the little ball on the top :D

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  34. It's so clever of you to place the cherry right on top of the cake and drizzle it with choc. This will be great for entertaining friends. Wonderful bake of yours yet again.

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  35. These elegant little cakes look so good! Chocolate and cherries is a wonderful combination. :)

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  36. These little cakes offer BIG flavor! Beautiful!

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  37. The cherry atop the cake looks like chocolate! And always like the idea of bite-size cakes as it takes away the task of slicing the cake...;)

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  38. Zoe, you are a angel to the kids! You make so many wonderful bakes that will make them happy boys and girls! this chocolate cherry bite size cake is out of this world! I will turn into a kid if you give me one of these.

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  39. Oh wow! These look so lovely :D
    I gave you a versatile award! Yay!!

    Kara :)

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  40. Hi Zoe!

    I just saw this recipe on Cheah's pinterest board and I just had to stop for a bite. Yummy!

    Thank you so much for sharing...

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