Loaded with delicious chocolate and tempting cherries, this is a quick to make, moist and fudgy cake you won’t forget. Treat yourself to a piece of pure indulgence and brighten up a dull chilly day.


  • 220g plain flour
  • 60g cocoa powder
  • 350g granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 120ml vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 240ml freshly brewed strong hot coffee
  • 200g fresh cherries, pitted and halved

For the ganache icing


  • Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan. Lightly grease two 22cm cake tins and line the base and sides with baking paper.
  • Whisk the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl. Set aside.
  • Whisk the oil, eggs and vanilla together until combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, add the hot water/coffee, and whisk until the batter is completely combined. The batter will be quite thin.
  • Divide batter evenly between pans and dot the pitted cherries evenly between the two pans over the mixture.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Remove the cakes from the oven and set on a wire rack. Allow to cool completely in the pan.
  • For the ganache icing, place the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to just below boiling point. Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Pour over the hot cream and stir until melted and smooth. Allow to cool slightly.
  • Combine the ganache and icing sugar thoroughly.
  • Once the cakes have fully cooled, assemble the layers. Place the first layer on a serving plate then spread with half the ganache. Repeat with the next layer of cake and spread the remaining ganache on top and garnish with fresh cherries, if using.
  • Serve at room temperature.
  • Cake can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

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