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For the choco­late cake lay­ers:

200 g but­ter

125 ml milk

240 g all pur­pose flour 1 1/2 tsp bak­ing soda

70 g co­coa pow­der

300 g gran­u­lated sugar 1/2 tsp salt flakes

2 eggs

150 ml sour cream

125 ml hot cof­fee or wa­ter Pre­heat the oven to 175°C. Then but­ter 3 15 cm cake pans and dust them with a lit­tle co­coa pow­der. Melt the but­ter and mix it with the milk. Set aside to cool.

Place the flour, bak­ing soda, co­coa pow­der, sugar and salt into a large bowl and mix well. Add the but­ter mix­ture, sour cream and eggs to the dry in­gre­di­ents and beat un­til rea­son­ably smooth. Pour the hot cof­fee or wa­ter and stir un­til quite smooth.

Di­vide the bat­ter evenly be­tween the two pre­pared cake pans and bake the cakes on them for about 25 min­utes.

When the cakes are done re­move from the oven and leave them in their pans for 10 min­utes. Then in­vert onto a rack to cool com­pletely.

For the mas­car­pone ic­ing:

300 g mas­car­pone cheese

125 ml whip­ping cream

2 tbsp ic­ing sugar

Cherry syrup

350 g can of sour cher­ries in syrup In a large bowl mix the mas­car­pone cheese, ic­ing sugar and whipped cream for 1 to 2 min­utes un­til they are well com­bined and medium soft peaks form. Drain the sour cher­ries through the sieve. Pour the cherry syrup into a small saucepan and heat on a medium high heat for about 5 - 8 min­utes to re­duce in half. Pour the re­duced syrup into a clean bowl and then set aside to cool to room tem­per­a­ture.

For cake dec­o­rat­ing:

2 - 3 hand­fuls of fresh cher­ries

50 g dark choco­late

To as­sem­ble the cake, use a sharp knife to make choco­late shav­ings and set them aside.

Place the first cake layer on a serv­ing plate and brush it with the cherry syrup. Use 1/3rd of the syrup, put 1/3rd of the cher­ries from the syrup and spread on 1/3rd of the mas­car­pone ic­ing. Re­peat the process with the re­main­ing lay­ers. Spread the mas­car­pone ic­ing on the top of the cake, top with fresh cher­ries and sprin­kle with the choco­late shav­ings.

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