TWD: Cherry Fudge Brownie Torte tweaked

This week’s recipe is available online from our gracious host, April of Short + Rose. If you own the book, Baking From My Home to Yours, you can turn to pages 284 and 285 to get the recipe instructions.

This dreamy torte originally called for dried sour cherries, Kirsch, and cherry jam. I had none of the above, so I substituted the following:

dried strawberries, I used a scant cup instead of a full cup as I was concerned about the sweetness compared to sour cherries


grenadine, no alcohol in this as it’s a simple syrup made from pomegranates, so no flambe for me.

red raspberry preserves, this was the closest I had to cherry jam.

I also chose to mix semi sweet and bitter sweet chocolate, though the recipe indicates you can use either one. I had 3 ounces of bittersweet and 8 ounces of semi sweet squares, so this torte became a pantry torte allowing me to use up several ingredients I already had on hand. Always a frugal bonus!

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The results were nothing short of fabulous. The brownies had a subtle strawberry flavor while the mousse topping was to die for! It does take some time, so this would make a fabulous holiday dessert. Another winner from Dorie!


  1. jillbert says

    Amanda that looks fabulous! I made a tiny one, so it's nice to see the full-size version. I didn't know that grenadine was made from pomegranates. Interesting!

  2. Marie says

    Amanda, your torte looks fabulous! I didn't make this. With a chocolate hating hubby and myself not really doing desserts at all lately I just couldn't justify the expense. Doesn't stop me from drooling over yours though!! Wonderful!

  3. Fresh Local and Best says

    Oh my goodness! This torta is a show-stopper! I;m impressed with the dried fruit, jams and grenadine you added. Fabulous!

  4. Sweet and Savory says

    Yours looks beautiful. A bonus, indeed.

    I want to make one of the versions of this, I am viewing. I can't rush this one though so it means I have to plan. Thanks for your version. It is a beauty.

  5. Katrina says

    That really looks good. Looks like the brownie was nice and fudgy! You rocked this one!
    I made half a recipe and made individual brownies in ramekins with my own non-fruity twist!

  6. Megan says

    So that's what it's supposed to look like! Fabulous – and yes, quite a bit of work. But the end result does pay off, so next time I might splurge and make the mousse after all.

  7. Nina says

    Wow–your torte looks fabulous! Love that you used dried strawberries and raspb preserves! I skipped the fruit on this one, but would enjoy those! Definitely worth making again!

  8. Lauryn says

    Your torte looks professional! Like it could be sold in a bakery! Love your combo of strawberries and raspberry preserves. I bet it tasted incredible!!

  9. Emily Rose says

    strawberries sound like a delicious substitution!! Honestly, I think any dried fruit would be wonderful because let's face it the cake itself was sooo good!! Your cake looks lovely!

  10. margot says

    Beautiful torte, Amanda! I'm glad to hear the substitutions worked so well. I am really bad about not using up what I have and buying too many extraneous ingredients.

  11. Sweet as Coco says

    Oh my! Yours looks amazing~ I cut mine in half so it not as impressive as the larger size! Great idea for using up what you had–I did the same with my chocolate too ;) Glad you liked it too!

  12. Ingrid says

    Good job on the adaptions! I've enjoyed everyone's photos of this one. Just wish someone would share a slice!

  13. lasinthekitchen says

    Wow, sounds like using your pantry ingredients turned out wonderful for you! The brownie torte looks beautiful! =)

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