Sunday, May 10, 2009

#43 Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cake

Vegetable oil or spray for misting the cake pan
1 box devils' food or chocolate fudge cake mix
1 21 oz can cherry pie filling
2 large eggs
1 tsp almond extract

1 c. sugar
1/2 c. butter
1/3 c. whole milk
1 c. semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease 13 x 9 pan with oil or mist with spray and set aside.

Place cake mix, pie filling, eggs, and extract in a large mixing bowl and mix on low with electric mixer for 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, increase speed to medium, and beat 2 minutes more, until batter is thick and well-blended. Pour batter into the pan, smoothing the top with a rubber spatula. Bake in the center of the oven about 30-35 minutes, until the cake begins to pull away from the sides of the pan and springs back when lightly touched with your finger. Remove pan from the oven and place it on a wire rack while you prepare the glaze.

For the glaze, place the sugar, butter, and milk in a small saucepan over medium low heat and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Boil, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in the chocolate chips. When the chips have melted and the glaze is smooth, pour it over the warm cake so that it covers the entire surface. The glaze will be thin, but will firm up as it cools. Cool cake for at least 20 minutes before cutting into squares and serving. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

This is the cake version of Lisa's cherry chocolate brownies. You wouldn't think it would work without any water or oil, but it does. It's a hit with everyone except my husband, Steve, who likes his chocolate cake with chocolate frosting "without any gunk in it." Recipe is from "The Cake Doctor" by Anne Byrn. Every recipe I've tried from this book is fabulous.


Sylvia said...

I made this for Tim's birthday. I used a bundt pan instead of the 13x9(too long a story) and it really needed to be backed at least 10 minutes more. The glaze was good, but for the bundt shape it was way too much. I would cut that in half. The glaze is very similar to fudge. Everyone loved the cake despite the pool of fudge in the middle.

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