Chocolate Cherry Cake

Ananás e Hortelã
Chocolate Cherry Cake


What doesn't go well with chocolate, anyway? Not fresh (or even frozen) cherries, that's for sure. The two are pitch perfect together. Take this cake, for starters: It has cocoa powder in the batter, plus lemon juice, ground cinnamon, and buttermilk, for well rounded flavor, and then a cherry on top, make that many cherries that are evenly distributed on top of the cake before it goes into the oven to bake.


  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 150 grams wheat flour (+ 2 tablespoons)
  • 50 grams cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter (at room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/4 cups pitted cherries


  1. 1For the buttermilk, mix 1/2 cup milk with 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice.
  2. 2Let stand for 15 minutes before using.
  3. 3Preheat oven to 180°C (approximately 350°F.
  4. 4Grease a round cake pan with butter and line the bottom with parchment paper.
  5. 5In a bowl, mix flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  6. 6Set aside.
  7. 7In another bowl, beat the butter and sugar until creamy.
  8. 8Add egg and beat very well. Gradually add flour mixture, alternating with buttermilk.
  9. 9Pour batter into pan and smooth the surface.
  10. 10Place cherries on top layer of batter.
  11. 11Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes.
  12. 12Cake center should remain moist. Remove from oven, let cool, and remove from pan.
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