Recipe For Sourdough Chocolate Cherry Cake

The Sunday Times Newspaper recently held a competition for chocolate cakes. As I have not heard anything back from them I am going to assume I did not win. That does not matter, as this cake is a winner in my eyes. I have to find new and innovative ways to use up the left over fed sourdough I have each weekend. As I bake a cake most weekends I decided to kill two birds with one stone and bake a cake using sourdough starter. The idea for the cake came from my aunt Michelle, who lives in Germany. She told me that her version always rises, and so far, each time I have made this cake it has risen wonderfully. It does not stay fresh for long so I would suggest that if you are going to make this sourdough chocolate cherry cake that you bake it for an occasion, when you are expecting guests. I used frozen cherries as they are sugar free and what I had available at the time. Feel free to use preserved or even fresh cherries when they are in season.

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Sourdough Chocolate Cherry Cake
Sourdough Chocolate Cherry Cake

Sourdough Chocolate Cherry Cake
 
Ingredients
  • 150g butter
  • 100g sugar - I used fructose
  • 4 eggs
  • 85g fed sourdough starter
  • 190g flour, sieved
  • 30mls Brandy
  • 12.5mls baking powder
  • 10g cocoa powder
  • 150g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 100g frozen cherries
Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°Celsius
  2. Line an 18cm round baking tin
  3. Cream the butter and the sugar
  4. Add the eggs, sourdough starter, flour, Brandy, baking powder and cocoa powder
  5. Mix until well combined
  6. Fold in the chocolate and turn out into the baking tin
  7. Pop the cherries into the top of the batter, pushing them in to submerge them slightly
  8. Bake for 45 minutes and leave to cool for 15 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely

 

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48 thoughts on “Recipe For Sourdough Chocolate Cherry Cake

  1. Looks like a great alternative Christmas cake idea, worth a try I think?

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    1. That would be a great idea xxx

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  2. I will, I also blogged about it and linked the photo from this page to your blog as a credit acknowledgement!! I did your recipe this time, but am so going to try it again!!

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    1. Thanks Mia 🙂

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  3. I am baking this right now, but wanted to know, if I used the starter and no baking powder.. and left to rise overnight.. would that work?

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    1. I am sure it would – please let me know the outcome as I never thought to try it that way 🙂

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  4. I’ve never seen a sweet sourdough cake. How interesting! I was going to begin a starter today, so I’ll save this recipe for when I’ve got the hang of the basic sourdough and am ready to move onto something a bit more advanced…!

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    1. Good luck with your starter Rachel – you are going to love the process 🙂

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  5. That looks tummy-rumblingly moist, Tandy! I shall use this recipe for sure, but I have never used sour- dough before. How do I get hold of it or make it?

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    1. Hi Kate, I will do a post about making your own sourdough from scratch soon for you 🙂

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  6. This sounds amazing Tandy! Is it weird to want a big slice of this at midnight?! 😉

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    1. I can eat cake for breakfast, so no reason to not want some for a midnight snack 🙂

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  7. Your sourdough cake looks very nice and moist. Chocolate and cherries are such a terrific match.

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    1. I am on a bit of a chocolate cherry binge at the moment 🙂

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  8. almost like a black forest cake sourdough version, sounds good to me 🙂

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    1. I still have to make a black forest cake sometime 🙂

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  9. Your cake is a winner in my eyes Tandy xx

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    1. Thank you Lisa 🙂

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  10. Brandy and Cherries and chocolate? Sign me up. Your cake looks so moist and a great way to celebrate the end of the cherry season.

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    1. And for you Bam, you can replace the flour with spelt 🙂

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  11. Absolutely loving the combo of chocolate with cherries. Yum!
    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com sharing the blog ♥ Tiramisu ParfaitMy Profile

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    1. Thanks Kiran 🙂

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  12. LOVE the combination of chocolate and cherry in this sourdough cake! Yum – it is most definitely a winner indeed!

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    1. Thanks Shashi 🙂

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  13. Haven’t entered a baking competition for a long time. Must find the time as I enjoy them so much. Cherry choc cake = fantastic combination 🙂

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    1. I made another cherry chocolate cake yesterday as I love the flavour combination so much 🙂

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  14. Love the sound of a sourdough cake, looks moist and bursting with flavour, yum! I too like baking competitions, I love the inspiration of creating something you may not have thought of otherwise and usually, if there are prizes, they are something very useful like a baking course or kitchen gadgets, what’s not to love about that?!
    Aimee / Wallflower Girl sharing the blog ♥ Mango, White Chocolate & Cardamom Trifle (+ failed macarons)My Profile

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    1. I agree, the prizes offered are usually so worth while 🙂

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  15. I have never entered a baking competition, but I’d be happy to judge one. 🙂 This cake looks marvelously dense and moist – just the way I like cake best. 🙂

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    1. I like your way of thinking Krista – judging would be a better option 🙂

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  16. This actually almost made me drool. Yum!
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    1. Glad to hear that Mary Frances 🙂

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  17. I’ve never thought to pair these together but it looks and sounds incredible!!!

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    1. I am on a chocolate cherry mission Squishy 🙂

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  18. I don’t bake. I never enter baking competitions but that cake looks moist and amazing. I know I’d like it.

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    1. Wish I could send you a slice!

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  19. Doesn’t matter if you didn’t win because as you say, this cake is a winner! I’ve never baked anything but bread with a sourdough starter so this is really interesting! 😀
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    1. I would use my sourdough for everything if I could, and thanks Lorraine 🙂

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  20. I never think to do anything with sourdough other than make bread! But this cake is genius!

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    1. Thanks Joanne – I hope to come up with some more baking recipes soon 🙂

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  21. Scrumptious!

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    1. thank you!

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  22. I’m not a person for competitions…love the look of the cake, however:)

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    1. Thanks Roger 🙂

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  23. This does sound like a winner Tandy. Hope you hear from the paper soon.
    🙂 Mandy xo

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    1. They are only letting the winners know next week as far as I can gather 🙂

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  24. Innovative is right, this is quite a perfect cherry cake 😀
    I love the flavour so much! And it looks so moist!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. Thank you Uru 🙂

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