This is one potent cake. The dried cherries soaked up the cognac and turned into plump little boozy things. It all works with the dark chocolate but my heavens!
I made two single layers and sliced both. On one I spread strawberry jam for the kids, the other cherry/cognac elixir. I then slathered on ganache. The frosting was over powering so I opted to frost only the tops. The cherries were too big after sitting overnight in the cognac. A spin in the mini food processor fixed that. I spooned the cherries over the top of the cake. They immediately sank into the ganache.
This cake is quite decadent. It's the kind of cake to wow dinner party guests.
I would like to say the batter before adding the chocolate was amazing. And the ganache before adding the cocoa powder and water mixture was spectacular. If it's possible to use these flavors as a cake and anyone knows how to adjust the recipe, please let me know!