There is something about vinegar that I crave. Call me weird, but I love a bowl of steamed broccoli with a healthy drizzle of balsamic vinegar on top. Heck, I’ll even use plain ol’ white vinegar if I don’t happen to have any fun balsamic available. The zesty, almost sour tang, makes my tastebuds jump. Weird, I know. And this cherry chocolate chip cake includes a deliciously fun twist on balsamic vinegar.
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The Best Cherry Chocolate Chip Cake Recipe
I have wanted to use my beloved balsamic vinegar in a cake for a while now and my cake idea lightbulb went off when I saw a box of cherry Jell-O in my dad’s kitchen cupboard. I immediately knew that the sweetness of cherry would contrast beautifully with the zing of balsamic. I love a texture element in most of my cakes so I added some mini chocolate chips and an oh-so-decadent chocolate cookie crumb base to give you a crunch in every bite.
Balsamic Vinegar Reduction
Much like using fruit juice or nectar in a cake recipe, the flavour doesn’t pack enough punch for the quantity needed. To solve this problem, just like my guava cake, I reduced the balsamic vinegar to amp up the flavour. Now you could totally buy a balsamic reduction straight from the grocery store no problem and feel free to do so but if you already have a tasty balsamic vinegar in your pantry no need to run downtown.
In a small pot over medium heat bring the balsamic vinegar (I added chopped almonds for a subtle almond aftertaste) to a boil and immediately turn down the heat to low and allow it to gently simmer until it reduces by half. That means you get all the flavour but only half the liquid measurement.
Adding In The Almonds
Hello, delicious almond balsamic reduction. You can start drooling now because you’re kitchen will smell divine. If you used almonds make sure you strain them out after. I kept mine and used them as cake decor at the end for a tasty crunch element but they would also make for a bomb salad add-in.
Allow the balsamic reduction to cool and as it does it will thicken. This is what is going to flavour the buttercream and give a delicious zingy contrast to the sweet cherry chocolate chip cake layers.
Can I Make This Without Balsamic Vinegar?
Not a balsamic vinegar fan? No, problem! You can totally omit the balsamic vinegar element in this buttercream. You’ll be left with a flavorful whipped almond frosting that will pair gorgeously with the bright cherry chocolate chip cake layers.
Easy Cherry Chocolate Chip Cake
So there you have it, a melt-in-your-mouth cherry chocolate chip cake that is not only delicious but a totally fun and pretty cake slice to boot.
Cherry-Inspired Baking Ideas
Are you a cherry connoisseur? Me, too!
Here are a few other delicious cherry bakes that I know you’ll love.Print