08 Mar

Cherry cake with swiss meringue buttercream and dark chocolate glaze

A sweet guilty pleasure.

Cherry Cake

Ingredients
  • 180 g Cake flour
  • 160 g Sugar
  • 125 g Unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp. Baking powder
  • 2 Eggs lightly beaten
  • 100 ml Whole milk
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla paste or extract
  • 20 g Cake flour
  • 200 g Cherries ( Fresh or in syrup) in halves
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F / 160°C.  Line three round 5 x 3.5 inch / 12.7 x 9 cm cake pans or two round 6 inches / 15 cm cake pans with parchment paper.
  2. Mix together cherries and the second part of cake flour. Set aside.
  3. Sift cake flour and baking powder together. Set aside.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the flat attachment, beat butter and sugar on medium speed for 15 minutes until pale and fluffy.
  5. Add lightly beaten eggs slowly beating at medium speed. Add vanilla extract and beat until combine. (if the mixture looks curdled add 1tbsp. of the flour mixture and beat until combine.
  6. Add half of the flour mixture, then the milk and then the remaining flour. Beat on low speed just to integrate the flour and the mixture is smooth. No more than 2 minutes.
  7. Add cherries and mix gently using a rubber spatula.
  8. Optional: Mix 1tbsp. of the cherries syrup with the mixture to dye the batter in pink.
  9. Pour the mixture evenly into cake pans and bake about 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  10. Cool the cakes in their pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Place a wire rack on top of the cake pan and invert, lifting off the pan. Let cool at room temperature and freeze 30 minutes at least.

Dark Chocolate Glaze

{ 1/3 cup }

Ingredients
  • 75 g Dark chocolate best quality
  • 35 g Milk
  • 25 g Unsalted butter
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan mix all the ingredients. Bring pan over medium heat until ingredients dissolve completely.
  2. Let cool and use it at 30 ° C / 86 ° F. If you don’t have a thermometer, make sure the ganache is at room temperature before using it; so chocolate will not melt buttercream and you will get a more interesting thickness.

Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Ingredients
  • 150 g Egg whites ( whites of about 4 eggs )
  • 200 g White sugar
  • 250 g Unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp Cherry syrup
Instructions
  1. Mix egg whites with sugar in a small saucepan and put it over a saucepan with simmering water a few minutes until sugar dissolves or using a thermometer until it gets 64°C exactly. Whisk constantly. Sift the mix through a small sieve if you get any egg white lumps.
  2. Using a stand mixer, whisk for about 10 minutes or until Swiss meringue is firm and bowl feels cool.
  3. Once meringue is ready, start adding butter slowly until it is fully incorporated. Add vanilla extract and cherry syrup.
  4. Whip 20 minutes at medium- high speed and the frosting will look bright and silky.

To assemble and decorate the cake

  1. If cakes are domed on top, even out with a knife or a cake leveler (Cold cakes work better here).
  2. Add a little bit of frosting on a cake board and place the first layer of cake over it. Use your hands to press down over the cake.
  3. Using a pastry bag, pipe the frosting around the top and smooth using a offset spatula. Place the next cake layer on top and repeat the process.
  4. Spread some frosting all over the cake, just for the crumb coat and then take off any excess with the icing smoother and place the cake in the refrigerator about 15 minutes.
  5. Bring the cake from the refrigerator and using an offset spatula cover with frosting. Begin coating the cake using different shades of pink frosting and smoothing slowly. Be patient. Pay attention to get smooth surfaces and sharp edges. Take it to the fridge again for 15 minutes.
  6. Bring the cake from the refrigerator. Make sure white glaze is at room temperature before using it, so the chocolate will not melt the buttercream and you will get a more interesting thickness. Drip it over the edges of the cake using a spoon.
  7. Use the remaining buttercream to pipe on the top of the cake. I used Wilton 1M.
  8. Decorate with some cherries.
  9. Enjoy.
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