Saturday, January 28, 2012

Best Black Forest Cherry Cake

I am a huge fan of Black Forest Cakes, this is my own recipe with two layers of cake filled with a sweet vanilla and cherry center. It is pretty fool-proof and definitely worth the time it takes to make it. You won't want a Black Forest Cake any other way after you try this recipe!

  • 1 box Betty Crocker Devil's Food Cake Mix with pudding
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup drained juice from jarred Maraschino Cherries
  • 3 eggs, slightly whisked
  • 1/2 can Whipped Vanilla frosting
  • 1/2 jar Maraschino Cherries, drained and halved
  • 1 can fudge chocolate whipped frosting
  • 1/2 jar Maraschino Cherries, drained and halved
1. In a large mixer, slowly stir water, cherry juice, and eggs until combined.

2. Slowly add flour, then cake mix. Scrape sides to make sure it mixes well. Mix on medium-low speed for 2 minutes.

3. In 2 8-inch round cake pans, line them with tin foil (allows you to remove cakes very easy!) and grease with cooking spray. Pour batter evenly in to both pans. Make sure you have equal amounts of batter in each pan or they will not bake the same!

4. Bake cakes at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

5. Once cakes are done baking, set on cooling racks for 15 minutes. Carefully remove cakes by lifting the tin foil slowly from the pans. Keep tin foil on, and let cakes chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours ( I prefer overnight).

6. Once cakes have chilled, remove on cake from the refrigerator, remove tin foil, and place on a clean cake stand. Cover top of cake #1 with vanilla whipped frosting evenly, unless you want a lop-sided cake!

7. Then place halved cherries, flat side down on cake however you would like, a bulls-eye like shaped ensures cherries in every bite!

8. Remove cake #2 from refrigerator and carefully remove tin foil. Place evenly on top of cake #1.

9. Cover entire cake, from bottom to top with fudge chocolate frosting. You will need to use more frosting on the sides to fill in small gaps between the two cakes. Frost the sides very carefully so you don't mix the two frostings by accident.

10. Once the entire cake is evenly frosted, place remaining cherry halves on the top of the cake for decoration.

I couldn't wait to try a piece, so I cut right in!

It was like heaven in my mouth... can you say YUM?? Enjoy my fellow sweet toothers!

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