Cherry Chip Cake with chocolate ganache, vanilla whipped buttercream, and a retro, diner-inspired finish.
This cake is so much fun!! A bright pink interior from sugary sweet maraschino cherries with Tiffany blue buttercream? Yes, this cake certainly is a dream. But really – I've been thinking and dreaming about this cake for over a year now. I am constantly brainstorming new cake flavors and decoration ideas. This one in particular (blue frosting and all) popped into my brain last winter, and I am so excited to finally share it with you all!
Between holiday baking and seasonal assignments, this fun, whimsical cake kept getting pushed to the back-burner. I kept it on my "to-bake" list month after month. The idea waited patiently as berry season came and went, while my short obsession for braided pie crust took up all of fall 2016, and for my brief trial with gluten-free baking to last just long enough to stock up on a dozen different alternative flours that have now been pushed to the back of the pantry.
But as winter rolled around again, this cake idea floated back up to the top of the list. When the only produce in season is citrus and you need something bright and playful to chase away the winter blues, jarred cherries and artificial hues come to the rescue!!
For as long as I've been decorating cakes, I've been wanting to make a cake inspired by my favorite Wayne Thiebaud paintings. He attended college in my hometown of Sacramento, CA and even taught at my Alma mater, UC Davis, so I've always felt a small connection to his work. Plus cake, obviously (Does anyone know if they are still on display at the Crocker Art Museum?). This cherry cake is not quite like his paintings, but the swag detail is definitely similar. One day, I would LOVE to create a scene of cakes that replicates this famous painting, but today I will settle for a Thiebaud X retro diner cake "swag" instead.
As you can imagine, the cake here itself is fairly sweet. Studded with maraschino cherries, the pink hued layers will have your tastebuds dancing in no time. My recipes tend to encompass all sorts of ingredients and styles from rustic bakes using wholesome grains and seasonal produce to death-by-chocoalte pastries and technicolored cakes. This cake definitely lies on the playful, sugar-filled end of the spectrum. To help balance out the flavors, a thin layer of bittersweet ganache is spread between the cherry chip cake and whipped vanilla frosting.
Head on over to The Cake Blog for the full recipe!!