Growing up, I thought cherries were gross. In my own defense, the only thing “cherry” I had ever tasted was cherry cough syrup, those red-dyed cherries in a jar, and the little pre-packaged cherry hand pies from the convenience store…Hawaii wasn’t the best nor most affordable place to purchase imported fruits! Why not use this delicious fruit in a white forest cake?
Fast forward several years later and I finally got around to tasting REAL cherries! Let me tell you, just like most things, fresh cherries taste nothing like those artificial flavors. Lately, we’ve been buying pounds and pounds of cherries just to snack on since they’re one of my son’s favorite fruits. Although the little pits on the inside are quite annoying, they at least slow him down when he’s eating them…otherwise, just like grapes in our house, they wouldn’t even last the afternoon! 🙂
Since our produce drawer was overflowing with this delicious fruit, I really wanted to include some in a dessert. The only question was what? A pie, ice cream, brownies, cake…the possibilities are endless!
I decided to make a variation of a black forest cake. Instead of chocolate cake, I would make vanilla cake layers filled with a white chocolate buttercream, sweet cherries, and covered in a dark chocolate ganache. YUM!
The vanilla cake is completely free of gluten, dairy, and refined sugar too! I even made a refined sugar free swiss meringue buttercream (if you omit the white chocolate, of course!)
If you need a dairy-free buttercream, try this one!
This cake was so delicious and really just the best combo of both vanilla, chocolate, and cherries! If you make this, don’t forget to tag me and #wifemamafoodie on Instagram to show me your creations! I love seeing the things you all are whipping up in your kitchens!