Chocolate Cherry Cakes


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World Cup winners 2014! Unless you managed to hide away under a very thick duvet, could you have possibly missed this?

Germany’s football team is proudly returning home today to show off the trophy to the hundreds of thousands who line the streets of Berlin, celebrating, singing and dancing. I’ve been thinking about a fitting tribute to the team and here’s my ultimate celebration food: World CupCakes
While I’m writing this I’m keeping an eye on the live stream from the Brandenburg Gate, where the atmosphere is simply ELECTRIC! To see the whole world come to Brazil to ‘play together’ seems particularly poignant at a time when thousands are continuing to flee their homes because of war and unrest. I hope some of that spirit and sportsmanship will leave a longer lasting legacy than any trophy ever could.

Cherry Golden Cakes

During the tournament, Alex (my 5 year old) has taken an real shine to Bayern München player Thomas Müller: ‘He’s so cool!’ and ‘He’s just the best, Mummy!’.
And out of the blue he popped his most important question during the World Cup final: ‘Mummy, is Thomas Müller vegan?’

Thomas Mueller

I promised him to look it up online (answer, as far as I can tell, is no). He insisted that I should find out his address so that he can send him a letter ‘because being vegan is sooo much better’. Following in the footsteps of veggie and vegan athletes like Carl Lewis, Ed Moses, Martina Navratilova and the Olympic cycling medalist Lizzie Armitstead? He’s got a point… gotta love the innocence and passion of a five year old!

World CupCake

Chocolate Cherry Cakes with Cream Cheese Icing

The German colours black, red and gold definitely needed to feature in today’s post. There were various ideas, including dark rye bread with red pepper humous and yellow tomatoes…  But I think we’ll stick with scrumptious cupcakes and I hope you’ll approve of my choice 😉

Makes 15

Chocolate cake:
180g self-raising flour
3 tbsp cocoa powder
225g sugar
5 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tbsp vinegar
275ml water

For the icing:
75g dairy-free cream cheese
225g icing sugar
1 tsp red cabbage powder

30 cherries, half of them stoned
gold sprinkles and edible gold leaf

Preheat the oven to 180˚C.
Mix all dry ingredients for the cake and then slowly blend in the combined liquid ingredients until you have a smooth, runny cake batter. Should you end up with lumps you can give the mix a quick blast with a hand blender.
Line a muffin tray with cupcake cases and place a cherry into each case. Pour in the cake mix until just over half full as these cakes rise quite a bit.
Bake for about 25 minutes, then set aside to cool completely.

In the meantime, combine the cream cheese with the icing sugar and red cabbage juice powder. I really wanted to use a natural food dye in this recipe and I bet you could experiment with very concentrated blueberry or beetroot juice too. Just remember that by adding more liquid you will also need to use more icing sugar.

Pipe the icing on the cakes and add a cherry and golden sprinkles.

Cherry Cakes
For the first time in my life I have experimented with edible gold leaf. It costs a whopping £4 for two tiny sheets but it seems worth the investment for the beautiful celebration cakes below! Wouldn’t they make the most gorgeous dessert for a romantic meal too?
I’m looking forward to bringing these to the 3rd Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck and also to Angie’s super fun Fiesta Friday #25.

Gold Cherry Cake
My cupcake
Cherry Cupcake2

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55 thoughts on “Chocolate Cherry Cakes”

  1. theveganmuffinwoman said:

    These look excellent! Loving the declarations!

  2. What a great recipe! The only part of I am not familiar with is the icing, as I haven’t seen vegan cream cheese. I will look for it at the market. These cupcakes look beautiful and tasty. Congrats to Germany on their great World Cup play! These cakes are worthy of champions. 🙂 Oh, the edible gold leafs are beautiful, as is your piping.

    • There are a couple of well known brands available here. I think Tofutti is the most internationally known.
      The gold leaf is really good fun but I literally had to hold my breath as it just blows away and sticks to everything 😉

  3. These look delicious! Love the photos! And your son is such a cutie!

    • Thank you so much. I’ve had the golden plate for years and haven’t used it as a prop in ages – works so well in these pics. It has justified its existence in my busy crockery cupboard under the stairs!

  4. Looks delicious Chava, two of my favorites chocolate and cherries! I have been eating 1 to 2 pounds of fresh cherries everyday for 3 week now, I love them. A $1.99 US per pound is the less expensive I have found them and as high as $3.99 US per pound, so they are expensive here. Nice recipe! 🙂

    • My absolute favourite fruit. You’ll laugh at this… my grandmother was a dentist and if she ever needed to get the drill out she told me to think of something beautiful. To this day, it’s still the image of a big bowl of cherries that comes to me when I need to take my mind elsewhere 😉

  5. What absolutely beautiful little cupcakes! And I love the colour the red cabbage has produced!

    • I agree, and so much nicer knowing that it’s a completely natural colour. I’ve also bought some beetroot and will definitely try that too for a comparison.

  6. huntfortheverybest said:

    they look great!

  7. Love the color of the frosting with the gold leaf – lovely! Thanks so much for sharing at the VVLP3!

    • Such a pleasure to join – they would be the perfect dessert for a special occasion. So lovely to see my Rainbow Chard Tart from last week featured too, thank you 🙂

      PS: So amazing to read about your book too, congratulations! Please keep posting updates when it comes to publishing time 🙂

  8. So pretty!!

    • Thank you Poppy. It’s hilarious when you work with gold leaf and know you can hardly breathe or the fine sheet will blow away!
      I’ve still got half of it and will need to think of something fun to do with it.

      • Haha that’s too funny! So true! Must guard it with ones life! Save it for that occasion that just screams gold leaf adornment 😀

  9. The Chocolate Cherry Cakes look so tasty. Yum !!! And they look stunning.

  10. MY GOODNESS these look good, your photos are AMAZING! I could easily gobble up 2 of these.

  11. You certainly know how to celebrate a grand occasion like winning the world title. Congratulations on Germany’s victory. Your recipe looks delicious, and what can I say about the decorations to do it justice. Talk about the ‘cherry on top’! I have never used gold leaf, but thanks for warning about its fragility. I know the guests at Fiesta Friday will be impressed.

    • I didn’t even think about the ‘cherry on the top’ 😉 but I agree – a bit of sparkling gold transforms these into something rather special and celebratory. Thanks for your kind comment.

  12. Gorgeous!

  13. Oh my goodness, these cupcakes are just so perfect for the winning team and for Fiesta Friday! I just love the colours and the use of the gold leaf! It’s really nice to have a good vegan recipe for cupcakes. Thanks so much for bringing them to the party! 😀

    • Thank you for visiting. No party could possibly be complete without good cake.
      These cakes are really moist and gooey which works very well with the added cherry. Get ready for chocolatey fingers!

  14. Beautiful! I LOVE the gold leaf 🙂

  15. Adorable; I’m on a cherry kick so these are on my radar!

  16. yum, I love chocolate and cherry together. It’s a fitting tribute to germany, since chocolate and cherry are two very important parts of black forest! I don’t follow football much, I’m more of a rugby girl but my best friend is a HUGE germany fan (she’s american, but she supports Bayern Munich so sticks with Germany for the world cup) she was in tears when they won! She adores Muller, so she’d get on well with your son hehe

    • Thank you for your comment and for following. Great to have you on board 🙂
      I was playing with lots of ideas, including nods to the famous black forest gateau. Now I’ve got this black forest dessert idea that will, no doubt, turn up here sometime.
      Must admit that I’m not the biggest football fan in the world myself but the atmosphere around this World Cup, with Germany doing so well, was such fun! As my boys grow up bilingually I love it when they feel passionately about their German half. Maybe we’ll make our own international Mueller fan club.

  17. These look gorgeous Chava! I love the edible goldleaf bling too! You sure know how to celebrate 😀

  18. Such cute little cakes!! Cherries are a favorite of mine. I never thought of using red cabbage to color frosting. I’ve only used beet juice and blueberries. The beet juice is kind of a pain. 🙂

  19. Wow!!! This is too good!! Happy FF😃

  20. From one cupcake lover to another, looks delicious:)

  21. Mouth watering pics:) yummy

  22. love your story and recipe. The “World CupCakes” is such a great name. Your pictures are amazing and I love the gold!

  23. Where do you buy or how do you make the red cabbage powder?

    • I’m sorry, have been meaning to reply for ages. You can search for it online but I admit to borrowing some from our chemistry experiments supplies (better not tell my son!!). Red cabbage juice powder works as an indicator to help show the pH level of a liquid. Great fun!
      If you can’t find it online you can opt for beetroot or blueberry juice as natural colourings instead.

  24. These look amazing! Can’t wait to try them! I am sharing them on pinterest.

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