Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese and Berries

Ananás e Hortelã
Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese and Berries


Sometimes just the name of a recipe can get the mouth watering when you say it out loud, and this is one of those recipes. Chocolate. Cake. With. Cream. Cheese. (you had us there) And... (there's an "and"?). What's more, you make it all from scratch. Don't worry, the jam is an easier version that can even be made the day before. As for the cake, it's rich with chocolate pieces and cocoa powder, for double the flavor, plus maple syrup, for depth.


350 grams strawberries
200 grams blueberries
150 grams sugar
100 grams dark chocolate
75 grams cocoa butter
75 grams butter
1 cup water
3 eggs
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
250 milliliters plain yogurt
1/2 cup ground almonds
2 cups spelt flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
350 grams cream cheese
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
350 milliliters natural Greek yogurt
5 teaspoons strawberry jam


1For the jam, in a saucepan, heat strawberries, blueberries and sugar and bring to a boil.
2Simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally until thick sauce is formed. Grind with hand blender and set aside to cool.
3Tip: Jam can be prepared the day before. Preheat oven to 180°C (approximately 350°F. Grease two small cake pans and line with parchment paper.
4Set aside. For the cake, in a saucepan, heat chocolate pieces, cocoa, butter and water until you mixture is smooth and glossy.
5In a bowl, place eggs, maple syrup, sugar, and yogurt. Mix with an electric mixer for about 5 minutes until mixture is creamy and fluffy.
6Add chocolate mixture and mix well.
7Gradually add ground almonds, flour, baking powder and baking soda and gently wrap dough.
8Divide dough and place in two prepared baking pans. Bake in preheated oven.
9Cake is done when toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.
10Remove from oven and cool.
11For the filling, in a bowl, mix cream cheese and powdered sugar.
12Add yogurt and jam. Mix well. Refrigerate until ready to use.
13Cut cooled cakes in half horizontally.
14Place first cake layer on serving plate and spread 1/4 cream cheese mixture on top, smoothing with a knife.
15Repeat steps with cake and filling, finishing with a layer of cream cheese.
16Top with jam. With a knife make a decorative swirl.
17To serve, garnish with fresh berries, if desired.
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