I make a lot of chocolate cake. So sometimes I like to mix it up a little.
Case in point, my pared-down Black Forest Cake, which essentially is just chocolate cake with a cherry filling.
I use this chocolate cake recipe which is my favourite to use lately, because it’s moist and rich, and also because it can be mixed together in one bowl.
Make up some of my basic buttercream icing, but add a little bit cherry liquor if you have it, or just brandy essence for a non-alcoholic version. I mix half of the icing with a good cherry jam (with visible pieces of fruit in it) and use that to fill the middle of the cake. Ice the top of the cake and dot with bright-red maraschino cherries and sprinkle on some chocolate shavings.