Beat the cream over a tray of icecubes with a hand beater. Do not overbeat. It should form soft peaks. Fold in the sugar and essence. Mix gently. Put some icing in a icing gun leave the rest in the bowl. Keep both in the refrigerator.
Slice the cake into 2 horizontal halves. Place on a tray on a mesh. Sprinkle 2-3 tbsp syrup of cherries on each half. Allow to soak for 10 minutes.
Spread the cream icing on lower half. Transfer to a cake plate. Place the cherries on the cream. Save a few for topping.
Place the other half on top. With icing gun decorate top edging. Spread the chocolate flakes all over and decorate with cherries.
shelf life 2-3 days
Making time 1/2 hour (excluding time making for the sponge cake)