Chocolate Buttermilk Cake with Cherries and Mascarpone Cream

chocolate buttermilk cake with cherries & mascarpone cream

. . . One bowl fudgy chocolate buttermilk cake filled with vanilla mascarpone cream and cherry compote and topped with fresh cherries . . .

I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since I last posted, time just seems to be disappearing at the moment!

The weather has been absolutely gorgeous here for the last few weeks, definitely the hottest, sunniest July we’ve had for a long time. I’ve spent most of my life dreaming of other – far away – places I’d rather be, but right now England in the sunshine is looking pretty nice. After day after day of cloudless blue skies, everything is greener and lusher than I ever remember seeing and it definitely makes it easier to appreciate what’s around me a little more.

It’s not exactly ideal baking weather at the moment, but still I couldn’t resist making this cheeky little chocolate cake this morning. Luckily it turned out to be worth sweating it out in the kitchen for!

This cake is moist and fudgy, but still light and not too rich ~ filled with mascarpone cream and cherries, i think it makes a pretty great summer cake!

Hope you have a lovely weekend xx


chocolate buttermilk cake with cherries & mascarpone cream

Chocolate Cake with Cherry Compote & Mascarpone Cream
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For the cake
200g (7oz) dark chocolate
100g (3 1/2 oz/ 7tbsp) unsalted butter
200g (1 cup) soft light brown sugar
2 eggs + 1 yolk
200g (1 1/3 cups) plain/ all purpose flour
pinch salt
2 tsp baking powder
150ml (2/3 cup) buttermilk
For the compote
150g (1 cup) cherries, pitted
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp orange juice
For the filling and topping
200ml (1 cup) double/ heavy cream
200g (7oz) mascarpone
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp sugar
fresh cherries to decorate
To make the cake
- Melt the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl, over a pan of gently simmering water. Remove the bowl from the pan and leave to cool.
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 and lightly grease to 6" cake tins.
- Stir the sugar into the cooled chocolate mixture, then beat in the eggs - using an electric hand mixer - for about a minute until the mixture is really smooth and creamy.
- Fold in the flour, baking powder and salt, then gradually whisk in the buttermilk until completely combined. Spoon an equal amount of cake batter into each of the prepared tins. Bake for 25-30 minutes until risen and cooked all the way through (insert a skewer into the middle of the cake to check - it should come out clean.)
- Cool the cakes in the tins for 10 minutes, then turn out on to a wire rack to finish cooling.
To make the compote
- Place the cherries, sugar and juice in a heavy based saucepan and simmer gently for about 15 minutes - stirring and pressing the cherries down with the back of a wooden spoon occasionally - until most of the liquid has been absorbed. Leave to cool.
To make the mascarpone cream and assemble
- Whisk together the cream, mascarpone, vanilla and sugar until soft peaks form.
- Choose which half of the cake you want for the bottom layer and carefully cut of the domed top with a sharp knife. Spread the top of the cake liberally with about 2/3 of the mascarpone cream. Top with the cherry compote.
- Spread the remaining cream on to the top of the cake (I left a 1/2" gap around the edge), sandwich on top of the bottom layer and top with fresh cherries.
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chocolate buttermilk cake with cherries & mascarpone cream

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22 Thoughts on “Chocolate Buttermilk Cake with Cherries and Mascarpone Cream

  1. Fantastic looking cake!
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  2. Beautiful! Hope you have many more lovely days this summer! :-)
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  3. Rosie, you more than made it up for being absent with this fantastic cake! LOVE cherries. It´s winter here and I have a hard time posting too!
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  4. I’m obsessed with mascarpone cream! Your cake looks divine!
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  5. This cakes looks SO delicious!! I love the cherry garnish on top.

  6. Rosie, this is a beautiful post. I love anything masacarpone, particularly if it’s accompanied by fruit! In recent weeks, I’ve also been posting very sporadically. I think it’s better to wait for inspiration and time rather than to try and stressfully produce posts for the sake of it! Thanks for this lovely cake recipe! xx
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  7. Rosie this cake is so pretty! I’ve been buying cherries like they are going out of style lately – I’m thinking I need to start using them in desserts!
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  8. Can I have a bite now? I am seriously drooling over this cake! P.S. Cherries are a fave at home!

  9. Yummmmy , this looks almost too good to eat
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  10. What a beautiful cake! I love the ingredients and flavors you have combined here, and the presentation is just the cherry on top (no pun intended)
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  11. It’s just beautiful!
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  12. Gorgeous cake: so light and fluffy looking! And I love the cherries on top!
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  13. Yum! I’m making this cake on Christmas eve!
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