I was trying to figure out what to make for Small Group a couple weeks ago. I was talking on the phone to my mom and flipping through recipes when this idea formulated. I saw a picture of cherry topped brownie bites and told my mom. She asked if I remembered when she made the brownies topped with cream cheese and cherries. That got me thinking! I really wanted to do something Black Forrest like, I just didn't know what. I was trying to figure out which brownie recipe might work well when I saw a Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe that I had saved from King Arthur Flour. It all fell together from there and I was super excited.
The recipe was to be made in an 8" round pan lined with parchment paper. My only 8" round pan that is deep enough is a spring-form pan. I coated it really well with olive oil spray, but didn't use the parchment. I will next time. I didn't have any trouble with it sticking, but to ease the serving, I had loosened the bottom of the cake with a large offset spatula. It would be a lot easier just to use the parchment lining and turn the cake out with ease. I made the recipe pretty much as listed, except I only used 2 whole eggs and 1 egg white. I did not make the ganache since I was making my own topping.
I baked the cake for 20 minutes and it was the recommended 200 degrees. This was the first cake that I ever tested the interior temperature to see if it was done.
Once the cake was cool, I mixed a package of cream cheese with about a 1/2 cup of powdered sugar. I spread that on the cake, and then topped with 3/4 of a can of cherry pie filling.
Recipe for the cake - King Arthur Flour
Cream Cheese Layer - 1 8oz package cream cheese softened, 1/2 cup powdered sugar
Cherry Pie Filling
So delicious! This just has Valentine's Day written all over it!
|Flourless Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese and Cherries|