INDULGENT CHERRY CHOCOLATE & ALMOND CAKE

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This luscious cake will be the star at any party! It’s very rich in flavour, chocolatey and moist and perfect for special occasions, yet fairly easy to make. And the combination of cherries, chocolate and almonds is very indulgent without being too heavy.


For this recipe you can either use fresh pitted cherries or tinned pitted cherries. So far I've actually always only used the tinned ones and the result was great.


cherry chocolate almond cake


What I like especially about this cake that it's so moist and rich, it doesn't need anything else with it. If you feel especially naughty however you can add a bit of vegan cream or vegan whipped cream. I have a vegan sweet cream recipe on my site as well (have a look here and scroll down).


And because it was so much fun making this vegan cherry, chocolate and almond cake I had to make a video of it as well showing all instructions in a simple way. I hope you like it, this is actually my first proper cooking video! I filmed and edited it all by myself.



INDULGENT CHERRY CHOCOLATE & ALMOND CAKE


The cake was super moist inside, my absolute favourite cake so far.
Let me know what you think of it! Happy baking!


vegan cherry chocolate and almond cake


Comment below to let me know what you think!



INGREDIENTS:


Dry ingredients:

  • 200g flour
  • 100g ground almonds/almond flour
  • 200g brown sugar
  • 30g cacao
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Wet ingredients:

  • 230ml cherry juice (use from tinned cherries)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (warm)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract

Other ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 220g of cherries, which is roughly 2 tins of cherries in juice or use 220g of pitted fresh cherries (in that case you will need to buy cherry juice separately)
  • Icing sugar
  • Flaked and toasted almonds



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METHOD:


Preheat the over to 180C (360F).


Combine all wet ingredients and mix together well in a bowl (drain the tinned cherries and use the juice from the tin).


Then combine all dry ingredients in a separate larger bowl and mix together well.


Now pour the wet ingredient mixture into the dry ingredients and stir well so there are no lumps.


Then add 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar and combine stir well again.


Finally add the cherries (save one or two for decoration) and combine with the batter.


Line the bottom of spring form baking tin with baking paper (this is important as it will stick otherwise) and grease the sides with margarine.


Bake for 50 min, switch off oven and leave in there for another 30min.


Take out and let cool down.

Then sprinkle icing sugar and optional flaked and toasted almonds on it and add the literal cherry on top for decoration. Enjoy!


And if you like a bit of fruitiness in your life (pardon the pun) then also check out my vegan summer nectarine cake (you can also make it with other soft fruits like plums and peach halves).


vegan summer nectarine cake


Enjoy!
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