Talk about amazing. This Chocolate Cake with Red Wine Chocolate Covered Cherries is going to knock your socks off! Pairing a wonderfully rich red wine with chocolate is a fantastic way to excite your taste buds!
To make this cake you will need:
Red wine chocolate covered cherry recipe (below)
White buttercream (1/2 recipe)
Baker’s Corner maraschino cherries (this is for between the layers of cake, not for the chocolate covered cherries)
Red Wine (Such as Pinot Noir)
1 cup Baker’s Corner powdered sugar
#808 large open round tip
chocolate jimmies (optional)
Begin by preparing the Red Wine Chocolate Covered Cherries. (Recipe below)
This can take several hours due to the chilling times. You can prepare the Chocolate Covered Cherries a day or two in advance, just make sure they remained chilled. (Remember to save all the juice from your maraschino cherries, you will be using it as a simple syrup for the cake!)
Bake the chocolate cake in 8-inch round cake pans. When done baking, allow cakes to cool to room temperature.
Prepare chocolate buttercream.
Prepare white buttercream. I used approximately 2 cups for this cake, so you can safely halve this recipe.
Place one layer of cake on cake stand. Generously brush on maraschino cherry juice (left over from your chocolate covered cherries). I used about 2 tablespoons.
Pipe out chocolate buttercream around the edge of the cake. Fill in the center of the cake with white buttercream. Cover in maraschino cherries. Place next layer of cake on top. Brush with cherry juice. Cover cake with chocolate buttercream.
Place remaining white buttercream in a pastry bag fitted with a #808 tip. Pipe out dollops around the edge of the cake.
Set a red wine chocolate covered cherry on each dollop.
Prepare cherry juice glaze. Add 1 cup of powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon of cherry juice. (You can use up to 3 teaspoons depending on how runny you want to glaze.) Stir until smooth. Place in pastry bag and cut off a very small portion of the tip. Pipe lines over the chocolate covered cherries.
Chill until ready to serve!
Let me tell you the most wonderful part about this cake. There is only a small portion of wine used in the actual recipe, which means the rest is for drinking! I only cook with wines that are good enough for drinking, and this happens to be one of my favorite labels.
I hope you love these red wine chocolate covered cherries as much as I did. It really is hard to eat just one! They are delicious and can most definitely be a snack all on their own! (Just maybe not for the kiddies!)
It's always better when homemade! These Red Wine Chocolate Covered Cherries are delightful!
- 3 cups (375g) confectioner's sugar
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tablespoon Red Wine, like Pinot Noir
- 16 ounces (1 jar) maraschino cherries, drained (save all juice!)
- 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate for coating
Combine sifted powdered sugar, butter, sweetened condensed milk, and wine until well blended and smooth. (It is best to use a handheld mixer here) Place in fridge until firm.
Meanwhile, spread out the drained cherries on a cookie sheet and freeze for at least 1 hour.
When ready to assemble, scoop out about 1-2 teaspoon of filling and form into a ball around frozen cherry. (If your filling does not seem thick enough, you can add up to 1/2 cup more of powdered sugar.)
Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet and freeze for 1 hour after you have formed them all.
Melt semi-sweet chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 1 minute, stir, then heat in 15-second increments until smooth. Using a fork, dip each chilled filling covered cherry in warm chocolate. Shake until excess chocolate is removed.
Set on the parchment lined cookie sheet and chill in the fridge until chocolate is solid.
Best served chilled.
You can omit the red wine if you prefer. 🙂