Rich cherry and chocolate loaf

I often end up serving cake as a pudding. It satisfies my craving for something sweet. It can also “rescue” a cake from a multitude of culinary mishaps. There isn’t much lashings of custard can’t put right!

This week though I’m turning this tendency to a positive. A coulis with some edge to turn the cake into a bit of a treat for dessert. Enjoy one day as a cake, the next as a special pudding. (And, of course, it works well as just a cake.)


To make the cherry and chocolate loaf cake, you will need

For the cake

  • Half cup unsalted butter or baking fat (softened)
  • One and a half cups of sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla essence
  • One and a quarter cups of self-raising flour
  • Two thirds cup of cocoa powder
  • Half cupĀ chocolate chips
  • cup of cherries
  • Three quarters cup of plain yoghurt
  • 3 large eggs

For the coulis

  • Quarter cup Water
  • Two cups cherries, fresh or frozen (defrosted)
  • 3 cups sugar
  • Couple of dashes of your favourite liquor, for example Kirsch works well.

To make the rich cherry and chocolate loaf cake is easy.

  1. Line a large to medium sized loaf tin with baking paper.
  2. Set oven to 350/176/4. Preheat.
  3. Cream together the sugar and butter.
  4. Gradually fold in the eggs, one at a time.
  5. Fold in the cocoa and half the flour through a sieve.
  6. Add the cherries and chocolate. Mix.
  7. Add the yoghurt and vanilla. Mix.
  8. Add the balance of the shifted flour. Mix well.
  9. Pour into the tin and cook for 60 to 65 minutes or until a knife inserted into the cake comes away clean.

For the coulis, just do the following

  1. Put cherries, sugarĀ and water in small pan and bring to the boil.
  2. Boil for 5 minutes.
  3. Add liquor if using.
  4. Blend, cool if desired, or serve warm!

Serve the cake just as it is or dose liberally with the coulis, hot or cold.

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About sarah

Old enough to know better, still young enough not to care. Property lawyer, sometime developer, writer and mother, coffee lover and cat-napper. I blog about life as a mum in North Wilts.
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9 Responses to Rich cherry and chocolate loaf

  1. Alison says:

    What a clever idea, this looks gorgeous and custard is always brilliant.

  2. This is a great combination, it looks lovely #tastytuesdays

  3. Ooh gorgeous – Can’t beat a bit of cherry (or in fact, a LOT of cherry). Cake for pudding is totally acceptable. Thanks for joining in with #Bakeoftheweek

    • sarah says:

      Thanks Helen. Yes, rather a lot of cherry, but then I like something to take off a bit of the sweetness! OH says it is a bit like a Black Forest Gateuax in parts!

  4. I love the combination of chocolate and cherry!!! great recipe #tastytuesdays

  5. Honest Mum says:

    This soft, delicate, dreamy cake might just be my favourite post of yours yet, why do you live so far away?! Adore this! Thanks so much for linking up to #tastytuesdays x

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