Chocolate Cherry Loaf Cake Recipe

Chocolate Cherry Loaf Cake recipe - a delicious loaf cake that celebrates the wonderful flavours of chocolate and fresh cherries
Chocolate and cherries are natural foodie friends. There’s just something magical about the deep, rich flavour of the chocolate and how it contrasts with the sweet cherries. My Chocolate Cherry Loaf Cake recipe is a celebration of this enduring partnership, a moist and delicious loaf, perfect for just about any occasion.

After I shared my Cherry Loaf Cake recipe earlier this year, I got to thinking about other recipes I could make with all the wonderful cherries we’ve bought from our local farm shop and farmer’s markets. I’m currently writing a cookbook based on my late Mom’s collection of family recipes, some of which go back four generations, so I’ve got vintage recipes constantly on my mind. This led me to think of that classic dessert from the 1980’s, Black Forest Cake – or Black Forest Gateau as it was known over here in the UK. It was a cherry studded chocolate cake with a rich frosting and lots of cream and there was generally some sort of cherry syrup as well. Tooth achingly sweet, it was a real restaurant classic. While Black Forest Cake has fallen out of fashion in recent years, nothing beats that wonderful chocolate cherry flavour combination – and I suddenly knew just what recipe I wanted to make next!

My Chocolate Cherry Loaf Cake recipe is seriously easy to make. You can see just how easy in this step by step video!

The batter is enriched with yogurt, making it moist but with a delicious tang. It’s sweet, but not overly sweet, so it is perfect any time of day. I even had a sneaky piece for breakfast one morning. I love serving it with a hot, steaming cup of coffee. My Chocolate Cherry Loaf Cake recipe is real comfort food. I like to keep the cake in one of those lovely domed cake stands on the kitchen counter so folks can just come in and help themselves to a slice whenever they want to. It keeps really well and is great to have on hand for unexpected guests.

Chocolate Cherry Loaf Cake recipe - a delicious loaf cake that celebrates the wonderful flavours of chocolate and fresh cherries

Chocolate Cherry Loaf Cake Ingredients

a bit of butter for greasing the loaf pan
1¼ cups + 1 teaspoon all purpose (plain) flour
¼ cup cocoa
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup granulated or caster sugar
1 cup cherry yogurt
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup mild vegetable oil (I use mild olive oil – not extra-virgin)
1 cup cherries

For the glaze
1 cup icing sugar (confectioner’s sugar)
2 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
about 1 tablespoon water
a drop of pink food colouring (optional)

Chocolate Cherry Loaf Cake Recipe

Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C or 165° for fan ovens, Gas Mark 4).
Grease a 2 lb (8½ x 4¼ x 2½ inch) loaf pan with some butter.
Remove the pits from the cherries and cut each one in half.
Put the cherries in a small bowl, sprinkle the 1 teaspoon flour over top and toss gently.
Sift the 1¼ cups flour, the cocoa, baking powder and salt into a medium bowl.
Stir in the sugar.
Set the dry ingredients aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the yogurt, eggs, vanilla and oil.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and beat with a wooden spoon until all the flour is mixed in and the batter is smooth.
Gently fold in the flour-coated cherries.
Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean.
Cool in the pan for 20 minutes before removing the cake and placing it on a wire rack to cool completely.
When the cake is cold, prepare the glaze (if using) by putting the icing sugar in a small bowl and whisking in the maraschino cherry juice.
Gradually whisk in the water, a bit at a time, until a smooth, drizzle-able consistency is reached.
Whisk in the food colouring, if using.
Place a piece of parchment or waxed paper underneath the rack the cake is sitting on and drizzle the glaze over the cake.
Allow the glaze to set for at least half an hour before slicing.

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Chocolate Cherry Loaf Cake Recipe
 
Ingredients
  • a bit of butter for greasing the loaf pan
  • 1¼ cups + 1 teaspoon all purpose (plain) flour
  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup granulated or caster sugar
  • 1 cup cherry yogurt
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup mild vegetable oil (I use mild olive oil - not extra-virgin)
  • 1 cup cherries
  • For the glaze
  • 1 cup icing sugar (confectioner's sugar)
  • 2 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
  • about 1 tablespoon water
  • a drop of pink food colouring (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C or 165° for fan ovens, Gas Mark 4).
  2. Grease a 2 lb (8½ x 4¼ x 2½ inch) loaf pan with some butter.
  3. Remove the pits from the cherries and cut each one in half.
  4. Put the cherries in a small bowl, sprinkle the 1 teaspoon flour over top and toss gently.
  5. Sift the 1¼ cups flour, the cocoa, baking powder and salt into a medium bowl.
  6. Stir in the sugar.
  7. Set the dry ingredients aside.
  8. In a large bowl, whisk together the yogurt, eggs, vanilla and oil.
  9. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and beat with a wooden spoon until all the flour is mixed in and the batter is smooth.
  10. Gently fold in the flour-coated cherries.
  11. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean.
  12. Cool in the pan for 20 minutes before removing the cake and placing it on a wire rack to cool completely.
  13. When the cake is cold, prepare the glaze (if using) by putting the icing sugar in a small bowl and whisking in the maraschino cherry juice.
  14. Gradually whisk in the water, a bit at a time, until a smooth, drizzle-able consistency is reached.
  15. Whisk in the food colouring, if using.
  16. Place a piece of parchment or waxed paper underneath the rack the cake is sitting on and drizzle the glaze over the cake.
  17. Allow the glaze to set for at least half an hour before slicing.

More Loaf Cake Recipes

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Lemon Drizzle Cake

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Article by April Harris

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Comments

  1. Surely, this can keep. Which means you get to send me one in the post? 🙂

  2. Jacqui Odell says:

    This sounds pretty yummy!!! I love anything with chocolate and cherries.

  3. What a neat project to be going through vintage recipes! I loved Black Forest Cake as a kid, but I haven’t seen it much recently. But chocolate and cherries – like in this cake! – is such a great combination.

  4. I just moved to the Pacific Northwest where cherries are overly abundant. After a trip u-picking I’m always looking for recipes to use them up quickly! This looks marvelous, and you’re definitely right about chocolate and cherries being foodie friends! 🙂

    • What a gorgeous part of the world to live in, Mackenzie! I really love the Pacific Northwest. Thank you for the compliment – the cake really is a wonderful way to showcase fresh cherries.

  5. I do agree with you that chocolate and cherries are a great combination of ingredients. The cake looks delicious and I am imaging a piece right now.

  6. Sometimes vintage recipes are the best – there’s a reason they’ve stuck around for so long 🙂 cherry and chocolate is such a good combination!

  7. I’d have that with a hot cup of coffee for breakfast too. This looks really good!

  8. That would make a splendid dessert for the upcoming holidays. Thanks for sharing your recipe with your readers!!

  9. This looks so incredibly delicious! I cannot wait to file this away for the holiday season. I bet my guests are going to LOVE it! Thank you for sharing.

  10. Lisa Jones says:

    This Looks So Very Yummy I Bet The Kids Will LOVE I Must Make Thank You!!

  11. Chocolate and cherries are one of my favorite flavor combinations, and this loaf cake looks phenomenal!

  12. Cherry and chocolate – a great combination, no doubt 🙂
    And this loaf looks AMAZING!

  13. Andrea McEvoy says:

    Hi April,
    Fab video to watch!
    I wonder…when I am baking my old favourite, a chocolate chunk chocolate loaf, would it be an idea for me to coat the chocolate chunks in flour? Sometimes, but not all the time, I find they sink to the bottom – I’m wondering if your cherry/flour trick will work in this instance too?!
    Andrea. 🙂

    • Hi Andrea, Thank you 🙂 I’ve never tried coating chocolate chunks in flour to be honest but in theory it should work. My only concern is that the flour might stick to the chocolate and be visible after baking. Another alternative might be to use slightly smaller chunks of chocolate, although as the recipe is called chocolate chunk loaf it might spoil the impact of the chocolate chunks – there’s nothing like a really lovely chocolate loaf cake 🙂

  14. I may or may not have drooled! YUM!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  15. I so agree, April! Chocolate and cherries are great together! Your loaf cake looks marvelous! I enjoyed watching the video too. Pinning and tweeting!

  16. Cheery loaf cake looks delicious april. I need to try it.

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