Dark Chocolate Cake With Cherries

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Cakes with glossy chocolate frosting have always fascinated me.
For this reason, many years ago I attended a course on working with chocolate in Perugia during the “Eurociocolat”event. From that experience I remember many funny moments, but the process of rendering chocolate to a shiny frosting remains a laborious practice to manage at home.
So, when in February 2008 on the occasion of Valentine’s Day I found in the magazine “LA CUCINA ITALIANA” this recipe for a heart with shiny frosting, and I discovered that you could get good results through an easier and faster process. This cake has a delicious flavor as it should be a moment of love.
“LA CUCINA ITALIANA” always offers ideas and solutions within the reach of those who want excellent food at home and this is also the spirit of my blog.
Use 2 heart shaped molds of 10 cm in diameter.

Preparation time: 60 minutes | Cooking time: 25 minutes
(Serves 2)

For the hearts:
3 oz of dark chocolate
4 tablespoon of softened butter
2 tablespoon powdered sugar
2 tablespoon of cornstarch
2 tablespoon of flour
¼ tablespoon of baking powder
2 eggs
1 jar of cherries in syrup

Chocolate Frosting:
6 oz dark chocolate
3.5 fluid ounces of cream
¼ cup of sugar
2 tablespoon of cocoa
1 tablespoon of butter

Melt chocolate in a double boiler and keep warm.

Work the butter with sugar, add a pinch of salt, the egg yolks and mix to a cream (use an electric whisk if you have one). When it’s well mounted, slowly add the melted chocolate and the flour and cornstarch. Beat the egg whites until firm and add to the mixture, stirring gently from bottom to top.

Grease and flour the 2 heart-shaped molds and pour into the mixture. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Take the hearts out of the oven, remove the molds and place them on a clean surface to cool down. When they are cold cut them in half horizontally and fill with two chopped cherries and a little bit of their syrup. Recompose forming a single heart like in the photo.

Shred the dark chocolate and put it in a bowl. In a saucepan put the sugar and 2 fl. oz. of water. Boil for three minutes, then add the cocoa and butter.

Pour the boiling mixture over the chocolate chips, stirring until it is completely melted, finally add the cream. You must have a glaze smooth and homogeneous.

Pour over the hearts, making sure that they cover completely. Allow to cool. Decorate as desired using marzipan or chocolate.



  1. ma quanto sono grandi (circa) ?

    • Daniela Francescutto

      Sono grandi circa 10 cm.

      • Wow this looks delicious! Since our cnapmoy, Oregon Fruit Products, packs the dark sweet cherries in syrup you refer to I would love you use this recipe and the mini tarts with chocolate cherry filling on my blog as well, giving you due credit of course! Thanks so much, The Queen of Tarts

  2. When I was a year or so old, my parents lived in Germany, near the Black Forest. My dad was doing post-doc raecersh at the university and my mom was at loose ends with me. One day we were at a restaurant in the Black Forest (maybe it was the same one you were at, Jen S.) and my mother ordered the Black Forest Cherry cake (I can’t type the German version of the word, too difficult, check Strictly’s post above). She was eating the cake and spooning the whipped cream from the top of the cake into my mouth. The ladies at the next table were getting all bent out of shape and were trying to get my mom’s attention. My mom didn’t speak any German and just smiled politely at them and kept on feeding me the cream. Finally, one of the ladies was upset enough to go and fetch a waiter who spoke some English. He told my mother that the whipped cream was full of kirsch, a really potent cherry liqueur, probably something that you wouldn’t want to feed to a baby. Mum ate the rest of the cream herself, but she did say that I napped really well that afternoon.