Furnaces cleaned, wood stoves readied, cleaning up the garden , and making time for hikes and walks before the snow, lots of time in the kitchen, making ratatouille and this wonderful cake from Life's a Feast : a light chocolate snacking cake, filed with dark unsweetened cherries and semi-sweet chocolate chips. We had a party in the kitchen one morning at 8 am with a roomful of family and lots and lots of food, including this cake, a stellar memory of September .
The original recipe (see it here) called for bottled cherries, but I used my favorite flash frozen dark sweet pitted cherries, sprinkled a little sugar on them, and let them thaw for 20 minutes or so, so the batter wouldn't be cold. And for a little more chocolate for all the chocolate lovers I added chocolate chips, but otherwise followed the recipe. It came out perfectly.
Chocolate and dark cherry cake
Preheat oven to 350F.
Butter or grease a bundt pan very well. Set aside.
7 tablespoons soft unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 3/4 King Arthur flour
3 T. unsweetened cocoa powder ( I used Ghirardelli)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup milk
1 t. vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups thawed frozen dark unsweetened cherries
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
Cream the butter and sugar for 5 minutes until fluffy.
Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.
Measure the flour, cocoa powder, making powder, cinnamon and salt into a bowl and stir, set aside.
Measure the milk and vanilla in a cup and set aside.
Add the dry ingredients in three additions, alternating with the milk and vanilla mixture.
Mix until blended well, then fold in the semisweet chocolate chips and the cherries.
Carefully fill the bundt pan evenly, then bake for 50 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool on cooling rack for at least 20 minutes.
Carefully tap around the bundt pan with a rolling pin - hopefully this will help the cake slide out easily.
Upend the cake onto cooling rack and let cool. Dust with confectioner's sugar or cocoa powder and serve.