Chocolate Cherry Almond Cake

Here is a cake that always delivers on taste, I have never had a negative comment about this recipe as it is so moist and tasty and is perfect for any occasion. The only thing I found tricky this time I made it was the ganache, as I made the mistake of using double cream instead of single cream and every time I do it I manage to split the mixture! 

Once I tried again with single cream it worked, but you just have to remember to very slowly heat the cream and chocolate and watch as you mix it for the right consistency. I wanted to adapt the recipe to add the cherry syrup as I love the combination of chocolate and cherry and it works so well as it is so subtle. I used raspberries and cream in the centre of the cake but it works just as well with fresh (or tinned) cherries too. As the cake contains fresh cream store in the fridge. You can also adapt the recipe to make a large tray bake style cake and serve into squares which works particularly well for school bakes as you can cut into bite sized portions for the children. 

It’s nice to have a no-fail chocolate cake ready to make for any occasion, and this is mine as it can be adapted in a number of ways and is so tasty, if you prefer the richer taste of dark chocolate just swap the milk chocolate for a high cocoa percentage of dark chocolate, or try it with milk chocolate only. It’s good to have quite a thick layer of ganache on the cake and a tip for getting this finish is to let the ganache cool slightly before pouring over the cake. 

Chocolate Cherry Almond Cake Photos by My Family Ties


  • 180g Milk chocolate broken into pieces
  • 1005 Dark chocolate broken into pieces
  • 7 eggs – 6 separated
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Cherry Syrup (I used Monin Black Forest Cherry Syrup)
  • 215g caster sugar
  • 165g Ground almonds
  • 200ml Whipping cream
  • 140g Raspberries
  • 110ml Single Cream
  • 60g Milk chocolate
  • 60g Dark chocolate 


  • First pre-heat the oven to gas mark 4 / 180C and line and grease a loose-bottomed baking tin with a little butter and baking paper.
  • Melt the milk and dark chocolate in a heat proof bowl over a small pan of just simmering water, taking care not to overheat.
  • Set the melted chocolate aside while you get on with whisking the egg whites in a large bowl until they are stiff.
  • Next whisk the egg yolks and the whole egg adding in the caster sugar until pale and fluffy.
  • With the food mixer on whisk the egg yolk and sugar mixture adding in the ground almonds, melted chocolate and 1 spoon of the whisked egg whites.
  • Once combined and using a metal spoon very carefully fold in the remaining whisked egg whites, taking care not to knock too much air out of the egg whites.
  • Add to the prepared cake tin and bake in the oven for 45 minutes, then remove from the oven and cool in the tin for 10 minutes before transferring the cake to a wire rack to cool completely. 
  • While the cake is cooling you can make the ganache by adding the single cream and the milk and dark chocolate to a heatproof bowl over some just simmering water, stir until melted taking care not to over heat.
  • Once the cake has cooled whip the cream and carefully cut the cake evenly into two, and spread the cream with a spatula adding raspberries or cherries before placing the top layer back on the cake.
  • Heat the Cherry Syrup slightly and brush over the entire cake before pouring over the chocolate ganache letting it run down the sides to cover. Once covered leave to set and serve with some edible gold leaf and fresh fruit. 
Serve and Enjoy!

Chocolate Cherry Almond Cake Recipe Photos by My Family Ties

Chocolate Cherry Almond Cake Recipe Photos by My Family Ties

Chocolate Cherry Almond Cake Recipe Photos by My Family Ties

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  1. November 17, 2015 / 9:04 pm

    I can resist anything except temptation… and this truly is temptation. I'm in love.

  2. November 18, 2015 / 11:38 am

    This looks delicious and would go down a treat Christmas Day I may attempt to make one my family would be impressed 🙂

  3. Claire Elizabeth Noke
    November 18, 2015 / 10:55 pm

    Oh my! My bellys rumbing and my sweet tooth is twitching !! 🙂

  4. November 23, 2015 / 8:46 pm

    Oh wow! I have to try this recipe.

  5. November 25, 2015 / 9:47 am

    This would be lovely for Christmas with the almonds! A real treat for when the family come round for tea too!

  6. November 25, 2015 / 10:15 am

    my sort of cake, looks great and I bet it tasted divine.

  7. November 25, 2015 / 12:11 pm

    Wow this looks amazing! Absolutely love Cherry and Chocolate! Katherine De Riera

  8. November 25, 2015 / 1:35 pm

    wow looks so simple, and sounds so delicious

  9. November 25, 2015 / 4:12 pm

    This looks amazing, we love baking and I think this will have to be the next recipe we try 🙂

  10. November 25, 2015 / 7:31 pm

    Oh my! I'm in heaven! definitely trying it out over the weekend 🙂

  11. November 26, 2015 / 8:49 am

    this looks yummy, not a huge almond lover but i'd make an exception lol x

  12. November 26, 2015 / 11:30 am

    Sounds delicious and looks amazing, another recipe for my ever expanding file – thanks for sharing

    (Real name: Christine Lockley)

  13. November 26, 2015 / 3:22 pm

    Thank you for this recipe will try this over Christmas when all the pud has gone x

  14. November 26, 2015 / 9:19 pm

    the cake sounds lush but cant have it in our house as my 8 year old son has a life threatening allergy to all nuts 🙁

  15. Anonymous
    November 29, 2015 / 7:51 am

    Margaret Clarkson
    This sounds gorgeous, really special.

  16. November 30, 2015 / 1:38 pm

    Phowa this looks so delicious. Looks great for Christmas.

  17. December 1, 2015 / 11:28 am

    This looks delicious! Cherry and chocolate is a great combo for sure.

  18. Donna Lee
    December 2, 2015 / 12:36 am

    Sounds and looks devine! 🙂

  19. December 3, 2015 / 6:31 pm

    Holy Moly! Looks like one new recipe for my new stand mixer!

  20. December 3, 2015 / 7:20 pm

    Su[erb – I just love cherries and almonds.

  21. December 4, 2015 / 9:41 pm

    I'm going to have to make this for Christmas, it looks and sounds delicious x

  22. Kim Styles
    December 4, 2015 / 10:57 pm

    That looks totally luxurious -mmm what a lovely combination of ingredients

  23. December 4, 2015 / 11:15 pm

    oh my goodness it sounds absolutely delicious

  24. kelly morgan
    December 5, 2015 / 9:01 am

    looks lovely

  25. December 5, 2015 / 1:26 pm

    This looks amazing! The pictures are really great too, thanks for sharing!! 🙂

  26. December 5, 2015 / 2:44 pm

    This is a definite must try.

  27. Susan B
    December 5, 2015 / 4:34 pm

    Oh, yum! I usually run for the hills when I see 'cherry' in the name or ingredient list of cakes because I dislike those dreadful glace cherries so much. But cherry syrup is new to me so definitely want to try this one. Thank you!

  28. December 5, 2015 / 7:59 pm

    It looks and sounds delicous and not that difficult to make definately going to give it a try

  29. December 5, 2015 / 8:37 pm

    this recipelooks and sound amazing hoping to try to make iit for Christmas gorgeous

  30. December 5, 2015 / 9:27 pm

    My other half would love this. I don't like cherries or almonds so I'd have to make a different version for myself. Great recipe!

  31. December 10, 2015 / 1:36 pm

    OMG. I'm literally drooling!!!!

  32. December 13, 2015 / 1:32 am

    If the cherry syrup can be replaced this would be fantastic, we're not cherry lovers in our house though!

  33. December 16, 2015 / 11:35 am

    NOM NOM NOM …. sounds divine !!

  34. Tracy B
    December 18, 2015 / 6:36 am

    This looks INCREDIBLE!!!! I may have to make one for over the Christmas period!

  35. December 20, 2015 / 12:12 am

    This looks good – have to try it sometime

  36. December 20, 2015 / 6:35 pm

    I like the idea of a chocolate cake made with Black Forest Cherry Syrup, hadnt thought of that before, thanks!

  37. December 31, 2015 / 1:44 am

    This looks delicious.

  38. January 25, 2016 / 7:29 pm

    This looks amazing – will definitely be trying!

  39. sharon martin
    February 8, 2016 / 11:47 am

    looks delicious, i must try this recipe

  40. February 8, 2016 / 12:16 pm

    this recepe is great and so easy to follow,we made it over the weekend and enjoyed it

  41. February 8, 2016 / 2:16 pm

    Yum my favorite, thanks for sharing this fantastic recipe.


  42. lynn r
    February 12, 2016 / 1:37 pm

    Your cake looks amazing! Am going to give it a go myself.

  43. February 21, 2016 / 9:14 pm

    Wow looks totally amazing!


  44. February 24, 2016 / 6:30 pm

    It looks absolutely delicious, it's something I would definitely try and make

    Kirsty Fox

  45. March 1, 2016 / 8:33 pm

    This sounds and looks yummy 🙂

  46. March 2, 2016 / 11:49 am

    Sounds absolutely delicious. Will be getting the ingredients and trying it. 🙂 Yum! 🙂

  47. March 23, 2016 / 8:18 pm

    Yummy yummy this looks delicious
    Thankyou for the recipe

  48. March 28, 2016 / 9:01 am

    It looks rich and delicious, something I would make for a special occasion.

  49. Tracy
    April 6, 2016 / 9:17 am

    Oh my goodness! This looks incredible!

  50. April 14, 2016 / 4:37 pm

    I tried them and they were great

  51. May 27, 2016 / 10:56 am

    Oh me oh my this looks delicious, I'm dying to try this recipe

  52. Kim Styles
    June 2, 2016 / 4:46 pm

    sounds heavenly- you ant beat the cherry and chocolate combination

  53. June 5, 2016 / 6:19 am

    I love this combination as despite not having a big sweet tooth, cherry and almonds are two of my favourite additions to a dessert.

  54. Michelle Jenkins
    July 15, 2016 / 9:33 pm

    Oh my ive book marked this to try at Christmas

  55. Natalie Gillham
    July 15, 2016 / 11:36 pm

    This looks divine, thanks so much for the recipe x

  56. Hayley Todd
    July 16, 2016 / 7:22 am

    Oh my goodness, this looks absolutely scrumptious! I have just started a lovely long 7 week holiday from work and plan to do lots of baking, this is definitely first on the list!