No-Bake Chocolate Cherry ‘Cake’

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No-Bake Chocolate Cherry ‘Cake’

This ‘cake’ is so so good. I made it for afternoon tea recently and Finbar (my 2-year-old) ate a whole slice before I realized what was happening. Of course he was then awake in the middle of the night from all the caffeine in the chocolate.

A mistake I won’t make again!

Back to the glories of this cake. It’s an awesome stress-free dinner party show-stopper because you can make it ahead. It’s super rich so serve dainty slices… You can always go back for seconds!

enough for: 6-8
takes: an hour

250g (1 cup) whipping cream (35% milk fat)
200g (7oz) dark chocolate
250g (9oz) pitted cherries (defrosted if frozen)

1. Line a loaf tin with baking paper so the sides are covered. Place cream in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer.

2. Roughly chop the chocolate into chunks and place in a bowl. Pour hot cream over the chocolate and allow to stand for 5 minutes so it melts.

3. Stir until smooth then pour into the prepared pan. Arrange cherries on top.

4. Freeze until set – about 30 minutes.

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WINE MATCH: A nice up of tea.

Variations & Substitutions

white chocolate – don’t be tempted to substitute in white chocolate because there won’t be enough cocoa butter coming from the chocolate to ‘set’ the cake. Plus all that sugar!

dairy free – replace the cream with coconut milk OR other dairy-free milk like soy milk or almond milk. The flavour profile will change, but not necessarily in a bad way.

crunchy – Sprinkle over shopped roast hazelnut, walnuts or almonds.

lower carb – use 90% cocoa solids chocolate. You may or may not want to add a little stevia.

different fruit – any berries or a mixture of berries are lovely with chocolate. As are these Vanilla Roast Pears.

short on time – serve cherries + shaved chocolate and cream.

nutty – replace cherries with roasted nuts. I especially love it with roast walnuts.

Prepare Ahead

Will keep in the fridge for 2-3 days (if no one knows it’s there). Can be frozen.

Waste Avoidance Strategy

cream – unopened cartons will generally keep in the fridge for another week. If you need to store for longer, just pop in the freezer in a sealed container. Or freeze in icecube trays so you can easily defrost just what you need.

dark chocolate – keep it in the pantry.

pitted cherries – freeze them.

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