Culinary Institute of America Recipe
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Chocolate Cherry Glaze

Try using this glaze on our Sour Cream Pound cake recipe. Watch our video on how to glaze cakes. Makes a great hostess gift!
CIA's Chocolate Cherry Glaze recipe



Makes about 1 cup

  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 teaspoons corn syrup
  • 3 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped dark chocolate (61%)
  • 1 1/3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 tablespoons chopped pistachios, lightly toasted
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries


  1. Place the butter, corn syrup, milk, and vanilla extract in a small pot over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally until the butter is fully melted, about 3 minutes.
  2. Reduce the heat to low, add the chocolate, and whisk until combined and creamy, about 1 minute.
  3. Remove from the heat, add the confectioners’ sugar, and whisk until smooth.
  4. Pour the glaze into a bowl, and place plastic wrap directly on the surface of the glaze. Allow to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  5. Uncover the glaze, whisk lightly, and pour over the pound cake in a steady, quick stream, moving from one end to the other and back. Sprinkle with pistachios and cherries. Allow to rest at room temperature for at least 1 hour before slicing to let the glaze set.

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