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Chocolate Cherry Cake

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 3/4 cup milk (I used 2%)
  • 1/4 cup maraschino cherry juice
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate (melted)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup chopped maraschino cherries

CHOCOLATE CHERRY FROSTING:

  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate (melted)
  • 3-5 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
  • 1 cup chopped maraschino cherries (drained well)

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and lightly flour the bottom and sides of two 8″ round baking pans.
  • In a large mixer bowl, combine the flour, sugar, soda, salt, butter, milk, cherry juice, melted chocolate and eggs. Mix well on medium speed for about 2 minutes until the batter is smooth. Scrape the bowl as needed.
  • Add in the cherries and beat for an additional 1 minute on medium speed.
  • Divide the batter between the two prepared pans.
  • Bake for 27-30 minutes or until the center of the cake springs back when you touch it.
  • Allow the cakes to cool for 5 minutes, then turn them out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  • While the cakes are cooling, make the frosting.
  • In a mixer bowl, beat the butter for 2-3 minutes until it is creamy and almost white in appearance.
  • Add in the powdered sugar, melted chocolate and 3 tablespoons of cherry juice until light and fluffy. (Add in additional juice, one tablespoon at a time, until the frosting is the consistency you like.)
  • Gently fold in the drained chopped cherries (these should be well drained so that it doesn’t add more liquid to your frosting). 
  • Now it’s time to frost the cake!
  • Place one cake down on a cake plate. Frost the top of the cake. Place the other cake on top of that.
  • Cover the sides and top with the frosting, smoothing the frosting with a knife or spatula.
  • Place stemmed maraschino cherries on top if you’d like!
  • Store the cake at room temperature. Cover the cake once it has been cut into.

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