Mocha Cherry Slice
Total Time: 4 Hours 15 Minutes
Rich chocolate cake and creamy coffee icing with sweet cherries are the perfect combination for this indulgent tea-time treat!
All You Need Is ...
- 125ml vegetable oil, plus extra for greasing
- 1 box Betty Crocker™ Tempting Chocolate Cake Mix
- 230ml water
- 3 medium free range eggs
- 1 tablespoon espresso coffee powder
For the filling and decoration
- 2 1/2 tubs Betty Crocker™ Classic Coffee Icing
- 6 tablespoons cherry conserve (see Tips)
- 50g dark chocolate, melted
Betty's Easy Steps
- Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C for fan assisted ovens)/Gas Mark 4. Lightly grease a 38cm x 26cm Swiss roll tin and line the base and sides with baking paper.
- Stir the cake mix, oil, water and eggs together gently in a bowl. Add the espresso powder, then whisk (by hand or with an electric mixer) for 2-3 minutes, until smooth and creamy.
- Pour the cake mixture into the tin and use a palette knife to spread the mixture to the corners of the tin and to level the surface. Bake for 20-23 minutes until risen and springy to the touch. Leave to cool in the tin; about 30 minutes.
- Turn the cake out onto a large cake board and cut widthways (across the shorter edge) into 6 equal strips. Freeze for 1 hour.
- Spread a quarter of a tub of icing onto 3 of the strips, then top each with 2 tablespoons of cherry conserve. Gently press the remaining 3 cake strips on top. Spread a thin layer of coffee icing over the top and sides of each sandwiched strip (leaving the ends un-iced) to seal in the crumbs. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Spread the rest of the coffee icing over the top and sides of each strip and chill for a further 30 minutes. Cut each strip into 6 slices. Spoon the melted chocolate into a paper or disposable piping bag and snip off the end. Pipe a chocolate zig-zag on the top of each slice. Leave in a cool place until set; about 20 minutes. Serve immediately. Store any leftover slices in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
- If the cherry conserve has big chunks of cherries in it, use a small sharp knife to chop the cherries into small pieces before using – this will make slicing the cakes easier.
- Replace the cherry conserve with raspberry or strawberry conserve, if you prefer.
- If you find the cake is sticking to the palette knife as you are smoothing on the icing, simply dip the palette knife into some hot water.