Recipe by Chef Jeff Mall
Chocolate Pound Cake:
3⁄4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
1 3⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
1⁄2 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
3⁄4 cup (1 1⁄2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
6 tablespoons non-hydrogenated vegetable shortening
1 3⁄4 cups sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3⁄4 cup whole milk
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1⁄4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1⁄2 cups water
2 pounds fresh Bing cherries, pitted
1⁄2 cup brandy
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
Lightly sweetened whipped cream for serving
For the chocolate pound cake: Preheat the oven to 325°F. Spray a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with cooking oil spray.
In a small bowl, combine the chocolate chips with 1⁄4 cup of the flour and the 2 tablespoons cocoa powder. Stir with a whisk to blend. In a medium bowl, combine the remaining 1 1⁄2 cups flour and the 1⁄2 cup cocoa powder, the baking powder, and salt. Stir with a whisk to blend. Set both bowls aside.
Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter, shortening, and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract.
With the electric mixer on low speed; alternately add the flour mixture and the milk to the butter mixture in three additions. Stir in the chocolate chip mixture until blended.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, about 1 1⁄2 hours. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Run a knife around the sides of the pan and unmold the cake onto the rack.
For the jubilee cherries: In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch, salt, and water. Cook over low heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Add the cherries, increase the heat to medium, and cook until the syrup has thickened, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the brandy. Return to low heat and cook another 5 minutes. Whisk in the butter 1 tablespoon at a time and remove from the heat.