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A Cake for your Valentine

I wouldn’t say that we get particularly into Valentine’s Day but since everybody is posting recipes, here is a perfect cake if you plan to make one.  I made this cake for my husband last October for his name day, just after our 30 years wedding anniversary and even after 30 years of marriage we are still deeply in love and he knows it all year round.

This rich and delicious dark chocolate cake is super moist, filled with cream cheese, whipped cream and sour cherries and gets all its flavour from the sour cherries.  I had to increase the dose of the sponge cake I have been making for years as I needed more ingredients to make the heart on top.  There is a little work involved to make this cake but when it’s made with love, it pays off when you see the satisfaction and pleasure when they enjoy it.

Sour Cherries Sponge Chocolate Cheesecake, Recipe by Ivy


Sponge cake:

8 eggs
1 1/3 cups sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
¼ cup corn flour (starch)
2 vanilla ampoules
1 tablespoon lemon rind
2 tablespoons baking powder
A pinch of salt

Sour Cherry spoon sweet with syrup

To wet the sponges:

½ cup sour cherries syrup

For filling:

½ cup sour cherries syrup
500 ml heavy cream
400 grams cream cheese

For ganache:

200 grams bitter chocolate
1 tablespoon thyme honey
½ tsp butter
2 – 3 tbsp whipped cream

For decoration:

250 ml heavy cream
1 teaspoon icing
1 vanilla

Sour cherries


Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C / 350F.

Sift the flour and corn flour with baking powder and salt.

Beat eggs and sugar for approximately 10 minutes till smooth and creamy.

Add vanilla powder and lemon zest and beat.

Fold in the flour mixture gently so that the beaten air doesn’t escape.

Line with parchment paper  a spring form 28 cm tin and a smaller one shaped in a heart.  Turn gently the batter into the tins and bake for about 25 minutes  (the small one) and 35 – 40 minutes (the big one) till done or until a toothpick comes out clean. Turn out onto racks to cool.

Cut each cake into two slices each and wet them with the syrup.

Whip all the heavy cream together and when peaks start to form remove 1/3 in which mix the icing sugar and vanilla and set aside in the refrigerator.

In the remaining whipped cream, add the cream cheese and sour cherries syrup and mix.

Put the first sponge cake in the spring form ring and add ¾ of cream cheese mixture  in the cake as well as some sour cherries and cover with the second half of the cake.  Add a little cream cheese in the middle of the cake in order to attach the smaller one.  Add the remaining cream cheese and cover with the second half of the cake. Refrigerate for an hour and then remove the spring form ring.

In a bain Marie add the chocolate with butter and honey and when it melts add 2 – 3 heaped tablespoons whipped cream and mix until it’s consistency become runny.

Cover the cakes with the ganache and set aside until the ganache cools.

Decorate the cake with whipped cream and sour cherries.

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi!!

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2 Responses

  1. This cake looks very tasty. I like the shape of it. Next time, on top of the ganache, try to use fondant. I am sure you will love the result.
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  2. Harshil Patel

    This is the best cake I have ever seen. I will surely have it for my Valentine this year.

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