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Dark Chocolate Cherry Cake


The Sweet and Savory Sisters

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  • Unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 package chocolate fudge cake mix
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 (3.8 ounce) package French vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 (8 ounce) container sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 (3-ounce) dark chocolate bars
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped dried cherries
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream


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Step 1

Get your Bundt pan out and go on and grease it up good. Dust with cocoa powder, not flour. The flour will not look so pretty when you turn your cake out. Don’t frown upon the Sisters for using a cake mix. It makes life easy and to be honest, once we get done adding all of these other ingredients, you or your friends and family will never know the difference.

Anyway, combine your cake mix, sugar and pudding mix in a large mixing bowl. The pudding mix makes the cake extra moist. Next, in a separate bowl, beat your eggs and the next four ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended.

You’re going to gradually add the oil mixture to the dry ingredients. Beat for about 2 minutes or so. Coarsely chop one chocolate bar. Don’t be eating the candy bar because you are going to need it all for the cake recipe. Fold your cherries and chopped chocolate bar into the batter. Then you’re going to pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

When the cake comes out of the oven you will be tempted to pinch some off to taste. Don’t you will mess up the cake. Cool the cake in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Remove the cake from the pan and cool completely on the wire rack. Coarsely chop 1 more chocolate bar. As if we didn’t have enough chocolate already. Place the chopped chocolate and butter in a small bowl, set aside.

In a small sauce pan over medium high heat bring your whipping cream just to a simmer. Remove from heat, and immediately pour over chocolate and butter.

Oh my, this is going to be sinful. Whisk gently until smooth. Cool this yummy chocolate for about 3 minutes or until slightly thickened. Now let’s drizzle the glaze all over the cake. Coarsely chop 1 more chocolate bar and sprinkle that bad boy on top of the cake.

Get you a big ol’ glass of milk and a slice of heaven and enjoy!

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