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Cherry “Pancho” Cake Recipe


I am not sure where the name came from but this irresistible cake is called “Pancho” cake.

 Even though the name is not Russian, the cake is very popular in Russia. 



The cake has moist layers of chocolate and vanilla cake, soaked in vanilla cream, filled with cherries and walnuts. To finish it off the cake is covered with a chocolate glaze. 


If you are looking for a fun, unique, and delicious cake, give this cake a try!



2 eggs

1 cup sugar

1 cup sour cream

1/2 can condensed milk

1 1/2 cups flour

2-3 Tbsp. Cocoa Powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1 Tbsp. Vanilla extract

1 Tbsp. white Vinegar



1 1/2cup sour cream

1  can condensed milk

1 Tbsp. Vanilla Extract

2 cups  cherries  (fresh or frozen)

1 cup walnuts- crushed


Chocolate Ganache

1/2 cup melting chocolate chips

1 Tbsp. butter

1 Tbsp. heavy cream



Preheat oven to 350°F

With electric mixer on medium speed beat 2 eggs with 1 cup sugar until you get a light yellow color, for about 2 minutes. Lower the speed to slow and add sour cream, condensed milk and vanilla, mix until incorporated. In a separate little bowl mix baking soda and vinegar (This will carbonate the soda so that you won’t taste it) and stir into the batter mixture. Gradually add flour and mix thoroughly. Pour half of the batter into round 9” greased pan.  For the remaining second half of the batter add cocoa powder and mix thoroughly.  Pour that into another round 9” greased pan. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean, 30-35 minutes. Let them cool.

Mix together sour cream, condensed milk and vanilla extract.

Cut chocolate layer horizontally in two layers. Cut one half (upper part) of the chocolate layer and entire vanilla layer into 1 1/2 inch squares.

Place bottom of the chocolate layer on a serving plate, spread with filling (about 3 Tbsp.),

sprinkle with crushed walnuts.  Throw in about 7-8 squares at a time in to the bowl with cream, mix them with spoon to make sure they are soaked and covered with cream.  Take them out and place on top of the chocolate layer.  Sprinkle with walnuts and cherries. Repeat the process until all the cut squares are gone.

In top of a double boiler over hot water, combine the chocolate, cream and butter. Stir until melted and completely combined. Remove from heat and let cool about 2 minutes.  Spoon the ganache in to zipper bag, make a small cut in the one corner of the bag and drizzle it on top of the cake. 

Refrigerate for at least 8-10 hours or overnight.


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  • Lea@ Leascooking 07/23/2012, 9:41 AM

    This cake sounds so delicious:) I love all the ingredients in the cake:))))
    Yummy post Inessa!!!

    • Inessa 07/23/2012, 12:04 PM

      It is very delicious 🙂 I love cherries and walnuts in it 🙂
      Thanks Lea

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook 07/23/2012, 9:49 PM

    Hi Inessa! I’ve never seen or heard of Pancho cake before, but now I’ll never forget because this looks so delicious!!!! The look of the cake is amazing too. I can’t put my fork down when I start eating this. 😉

    • Inessa 07/23/2012, 11:43 PM

      Nami, me too… I have to “watch” myself around this cake…. 🙂

  • Nadia 07/23/2012, 11:41 PM

    Yes, this is a delicious cake, tried it before.love your presentation.

    • Inessa 07/23/2012, 11:45 PM

      Then you know what I am talking about… 🙂
      Thank you Nadia

  • Sandra 07/26/2012, 7:26 AM

    This would not last long at my house. It even looks fun to make!

    • Inessa 07/26/2012, 9:27 AM

      Sandra, you are right, it is fun t make; especially if you have your kids helping you 🙂

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  • Purabi Naha 08/06/2012, 3:19 AM

    Gorgeous cake! Who will not like this? God! Give me this cake everyday, this is too tempting!

    • Inessa 08/07/2012, 10:27 PM

      Yup, I agree….sooooo tempting 🙂

  • Sasha 08/06/2012, 8:41 AM

    This is STUNNING! What a unique and just plain gorgeous looking cake 🙂

  • Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes 08/06/2012, 10:31 AM

    Yum Yum YUM – this looks like heaven!

  • Pat 08/07/2012, 10:21 AM

    This cake looks wonderful! I am wondering about the condensed milk ingredient in the filling. Is it supposed to be SWEETENED condensed milk, or just your regular evaporated milk? I notice that there is no other sweetener for the filling. The cake also lists condensed milk as an ingredient, but there is also sugar. Would you please clarify this for me? I would love to make this cake. It looks like a show-stopper.


    • Inessa 08/07/2012, 10:25 PM

      Hi Pat. Thanks for your comment.
      Yes, it is Sweetened Condensed milk not evaporated milk.
      For the filling you can adjust the sweetness by reducing Sweetened Condensed milk and adding more sour cream, or the other way.
      and yes the cake batter has Sweetened Condensed milk also.

      You are right, it is show-stopper. Good luck 🙂

  • ally 08/07/2012, 12:54 PM

    how pillowy soft, full of flavour & absolutely delicious does this look!? amazing job. wow! thank you!

    • Inessa 08/07/2012, 10:26 PM

      You are welcome Ally. Enjoy!!! 🙂

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  • Karine 05/24/2014, 6:18 PM

    I really like this cake, but when I make it the filling comes out really liquid. In the picture it looks more creamy. Mine just runs down the cake and all over the counter… What am i doing wrong??

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