Chocolate Cherry Chip Red Velvet Cake

READY IN: 2hrs 30mins
SERVES: 20
YIELD: 1 cake
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • Red Velvet Cake
  • 3
    cups flour
  • 2
    cups sugar
  • 1
    tablespoon baking powder
  • 3
    tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 14
  • 1 14
    cups cherries, chopped (use 1/4 cup of this for the batter, the rest is for assembling the cake)
  • 2
    cups milk chocolate pieces, and shavings (use 1 cup of this for the batter, the rest is for assembling the cake) or 2 cups dark chocolate, chunks and shavings
  • 1 12
    teaspoons vanilla
  • 12
    teaspoon pink himalayan sea salt
  • 12
    cup vegetable oil
  • 2 12
    tablespoons no-taste red food coloring
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 8
    ounces by liquid measure egg whites . about 4-5 large eggs (I recommend using REAL eggs, avoid carton egg whites)
  • 2
    cups sugar (granulated, avoid powdered sugar)
  • 3
    cups unsalted butter (room temperature and YES, unsalted makes a difference)
  • 12
  • 3 -4
  • 1
    teaspoon cream cheese extract (you can find this at your local baking aisle of your craft or baking supply store)
  • 8
    ounces cream cheese, room temperature
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DIRECTIONS

  • For the Cake:
  • 1. Mix dry ingredients in a Kitchen Aid mixer with a paddle attachment, except the cherries and chocolate.
  • 2. Add cherry juice, eggs, veggie oil, vanilla, no-taste food coloring and mix until incorporated. Scrape bowl in between mixing.
  • 3. Add chopped cherries and chocolate.
  • 4. Bake at 350 F, until toothpick comes out clean and has a bouncy spring when pressed in the middle of the cake.
  • For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 1. Place sterilized kitchen aid bowl (just make sure it's super clean and dry) with whites unto a pan with water, barely simmering (a.ka. double boiler).
  • 2. Heat to 160 F, constantly stirring. Be sure to watch it and keep stirring or else it'll turn into an omelette.
  • 3. Whip on stand mixer or hand mixer until cool. Place in refrigerator or freezer if necessary, after reaching a medium peak. You could totally make this ahead of time and place it in the fridge or freezer and whip until ready.
  • 4. Place back on whip and gradually add butter, one stick at a time. Make sure the meringue is cooled down or at least room temperature, prior to adding it to the mixture or else it will be a soupy mess. The mixture should separate at first (don't be alarmed and freak out). Be patient and keep mixing; it'll come back together. Add softened cream cheese and cream cheese extract. Mix until smooth and well incorporated.
  • For the Cake Assembly:
  • 1. Add 1 tbsp of sugar and a pinch of salt to your chopped cherries in a small bowl, mix and set aside.
  • 2. With the first layer of cake, top with a light drizzle of the juice from the cherries unto the cake.
  • 3. Top with a layer of cream cheese frosting, making a small well in the center with your spatula or create a barrier/dam with a piping filled with frosting. Fill with a modest amount of chopped cherries.
  • 4. Apply your next layer of cake and alternate with chocolate and cherries, until you get to your desired cake height.
  • 5. Complete the cake by frosting it completely around the top and sides. You can also do a "naked cake" with this!
  • 6. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Allow the cake to get to room temperature before serving. Enjoy!
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