Cherry Chocolate Cake

Jeff and I are so grateful to be part of a really vibrant small group. We meet with four other families every Thursday night for a simple supper, visit and bible study. When there is a birthday among us, we stretch our group value of simplicity to include cake.  Last week, I tried a new recipe from the Mennonite Girls Can Cook website that was a huge hit. It tasted amazing and with just three ingredients, was more simple than just about every other cake I’ve ever made. The cherries add something really delicious to the chocolate cake.

Cherry Chocolate Cake
recipes adapted from Mennonite Girls Can Cook  and All Recipes
serves 10+

1 chocolate cake mix
1 can cherry pie filling
2 eggs

Mix above ingredients (ignore what the cake mix box says to add) until they are well combined. The cherries will make the batter a little lumpy but don’t worry! Transfer to a 9 X 13 pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until the cake tests done. Cook and frost with the following icing:

2 cups of whipping cream
1/4 cup icing sugar
1 cup cold milk
1 package chocolate instant pudding

Whip cream until thick and sift in icing sugar. In a separate bowl, mix pudding powder and milk until well combined (again, ignoring what the pudding box directions tell you to do!). Gently fold the whipped cream into the pudding and stir well to combine. Spread over cake and refrigerate until ready to serve.

** To make this dairy free, I substitute a container of cool whip for the whipping cream and omit the icing sugar.

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