There's usually no occasion when I bake anything. And when there is an occasion, I either run out of time or get lazy to bake anything!
I bring desserts in like 1 out of 4 Sundays a month (used to be more frequent before I got an office job) -- just lucky enough to bring it on the right day!
The real reason I made this cake was because my dad bought 3 jars of maraschino cherries, and they were about to expire. Very thoughtful, eh? :))
I've been meaning to make a cake for a long time already. I just keep on passing the idea because (1) I get lazy and (2) I don't have time! :( But if you know that an ingredient is about to expire, trust me, you make time for baking.
And it's a tasty push! I was looking into making a black forest cake, but I don't have whipped cream. Yes, it's me again being completely lazy to go out and buy one. Then I got frustrated. Then I cried while looking at Pinterest photos of black forest cakes, thinking how close I was yet so far. I already made the chocolate cake layer!! But whipped cream. And laziness. :(
Then I used this little head of mine and thought of what can I substitute whipped cream with. I thought about making whipped buttercream, and it felt like that works!
And since the opportunity was already there, why not make the most out of the 3 jars by making cherry buttercream instead?
I love how natural this buttercream tastes. I usually use food flavoring to add a fruity taste on my frosting, but the maraschino cherry juice is a good flavoring agent!
- 1 cup Butter (softened)
- 6-7 cups Powdered Sugar
- 1 tbsp Vanilla
- 6 tbsp Maraschino Cherry juice (approximate)
- Pinch of Salt
- Using an electric mixer, whisk butter on medium-high until it lightens in color.
- Mix in vanilla and salt.
- Add in powdered sugar, one cup at a time. Mix on medium speed. Add a tablespoon of cherry juice in between cups of sugar to soften the frosting.
- Mix to desired consistency.
Frosts 1 8" cake with 2 layers.
Recipe adapted from Frost and Serve.
I added chopped cherries and mixed it to 1 cup of buttercream that I spread on the middle layer. I actually regret that I thought about this after baking the chocolate layer, but I could have mixed some chopped cherries on the batter before baking it for a more fruity surprise! Maybe you could try it for me and tell me how it goes? :)