Chocolate & Cherry Cake


As regular readers to my blog will know, I am often making recipes based on whatever I can lay my hands on in my house that day. I rarely stick to recipes , despite my huuuge collection of recipe books! Often my recipes are an accident because I have an idea but when I go to make it, I am an ingredient short, for example.

Anyway, the other day I wanted to make a cake for playgroup and when I looked into my baking drawer, I discovered that I did not have enough flour to make a cake, buuut I did have some ground almonds. I also found that I had some glace cherries and some chocolate buttons (sssh don’t tell the boys I used some of theirs!) , and some ready made chocolate buttercream. Hence, I decided to make a Cherry and Chocolate Cake with the flavour of almond which, might sound like a very odd flavour combination, but it worked and it was deeeelicious!

Here is how I made it

Cherry and Chocolate Cake
Serves 10
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Cook Time
25 min
Cook Time
25 min
  1. 200g unsalted butter
  2. 150g self raising flour
  3. 50g ground almonds
  4. 4 eggs
  5. 200g caster sugar
  6. 100g glace cherries, halved
  7. 25g chocolate buttons/ chips
  8. 1 tub of Betty Crocker chocolate buttercream
  1. Pre heat the oven to 18oC / 160o C (fan)
  2. grease and line 2 x 8 inch cake tins
  3. cream the butter and sugar together for about 5 minutes until pale and fluffy
  4. meanwhile dust the cherries in a bowl with a little of the flour
  5. once the butter and sugar have been creamed, add the eggs and a spoonful of the flour and beat well for a few more minutes
  6. add the remaining flour and the ground almonds and fold in lightly
  7. carefully stir through the cherries and chocolate buttons/chips
  8. divide the batter into the two tins and cook in the oven for 20-25 minutes until risen and cooked right through
  9. Once the cake has cooled completely, sandwich the sponges with the buttercream and it is ready to serve - flower is optional of course 😉






Perfect for a sunny day with a glass of something cold or, if like me, a cup of tea!


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4 thoughts on “Chocolate & Cherry Cake

  1. Absolutely lovely – bet it tasted so delicious and I love the outdoor photos. Thanks for linking with #CookBlogShare

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