½ cup butter, softened
1+¼ cup sugar
1+¼ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder, natural
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¾ cup buttermilk
Ingredients for filling
¼ cup Kirschwasser (Kirsch/cherry brandy), optional
2 cans cherry pie filling or pitted cherries
3 cups heavy whipping cream, chilled
¼ cup confectioners’ sugar
Milk chocolate curls or shavings, for garnish
Maraschino cherries or sweet cherries, for garnish, optional
- Preheat oven to 350 deg F
- Line a 9 inch cake pan with greaseproof or other non-stick paper.
- With an electric mixer, beat the softened butter with sugar until white and fluffy.
- Add one egg at a time, mix well between each egg.
- Add sifted flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla extract and buttermilk, and mix until the batter is smooth.
- Transfer to a cake pan and bake at 350 degrees just until set in the middle, approximately 45-60 minutes. A wooden pick inserted in center should come out with just a few moist crumbs on it. Do not over-bake!
- When cake is cool, use a long serrated knife to cut the cake horizontally into 3 equal layers. It is easier to cut if kept in a refrigerator for a few hours before cutting.
- Drain cherry pie filling in a colander to remove most of the thickened juices.
- Beat the whipping cream with confectioners’ sugar until it thickens.
- Using a vegetable peeler, shave chocolate; refrigerate until the cake is assembled.
- Sprinkle each layer of the cake with Kirschwasser.
- Place one cake layer on a serving plate.
- Spread about one fifth of the whipped cream on the layer, and strew half of the cherries on top of the whipped cream.
- Add the second cake layer.
- Spread one fifth of the whipped cream on the second layer and the remaining cherries on top.
- Add the third cake layer.
- Spread one fifth of the whipped cream on top and one fifth on the sides. Gently press chocolate curls on the sides and/or on top of the cake.
- You may substitute the cherry pie filling with cherry jam. In that case spread first the jam on the cake layers, then whipped cream on top.
- You may use three cake tins intead of one. In that case the baking time must be shortened.
- If cake flour is used, the cake comes out much fluffier