This all-time favourite is worth the effort it takes to make. If you're in a hurry, but still crave that combination of chocolate, cherries and cream, make the cake without the shortcrust pastry base. It will still taste delicious.
in a nutshell: DISASTER -- DO NOT USE THIS RECIPE. this is the worst recipe i have ever attempted. The cake has NO raising ingredient, creating (possibly) the worlds biggest cookie. The shortbread pastry was too dry and crumbly (i used xlarge eggs too). The cherry juice was no where near thick enough, it stayed as juice...... In fact, the best part of this entire recipe was getting to drink the rest of the bottle of Kirsch. - 14 Jul 2009 (Review from Allrecipes AU | NZ)
Used different ingredients. do not make the cake!!! it does not work!!! - 05 Jun 2011 (Review from Allrecipes AU | NZ)
Yes in a nutshell....the cake part was a DISASTER!! There is no raising agent in the recipe so I too ended up with a big cookie which had the consistency of a brick! I wish I had read bft_chromeguy's comments before making!! I did not make the pastry so can not comment. I did not have any problems with the juice - I actually ended up with a very nice jelly. I had to quickly whip up a "packet cake" mix in order to have something to complete this recipe. In the end I have a decent result, but not as good a cake as I would have liked and a waste of 7 eggs plus other ingredients! A real shame! - 05 Jun 2011 (Review from Allrecipes AU | NZ)