Sunday, May 27, 2007

Chocolate cherry cake.....

Well I'm back from Florida. I worked on Friday and I havent done much cooking since then( I made Robin coal fired wings again). While in Florida, my grandpa had his 97th birthday. My sister and I( thats her in the pic) made him a chocolate cherry cake. We also made him the jam thumbprint cookies and he loved those. This is another one of those cakes that starts with pre-measured ingredients. My sister recently aquired both Cake Mix doctor books( thanks to her generous older sister) and she was anxious to try out a recipe. I've made this cake before but in a milk chocolate version. The recipe is actually called Milk chocolate cherry pound cake, but since it calls for a Swiss Chocolate mix and thats not availble in Florida, we used a devils food mix. You add 1/4 cup of milk, 1/4 cup of water and a 1/4 cup of cherry juice( from the marashino cherries) and the eggs and oil the mix calls for. You also add chopped up cherries and choc. chips and a package of pudding mix. The frosting is supposed to be hershey choc. bars but since we went with a devils food mix, we used choc. chips. Powdered sugar, some milk and more cherry juice. Its a sweet cake, but everyone really loved it. I'm over the whole cake mix phase, but in certain instances(like me on vacation) it works.

Btw, I absolutely loved baking with my sisters insulated cake pan. She said she's had it for years and it came with a cover that she accidentally melted. I need to find one of those pans because the cake baked so evenly.

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Blogger Cyndi said...

Happy Birthday to your grandpa! I went through a cake mix phase, too, but can't any more because of the sugar. So I look for ways to make desserts that are low in sugar. Got any good ideas?

8:00 PM, May 29, 2007

Blogger The Cookbook Junkie said...

That cake sounds so good. That sounds great with some ice cream.

6:29 AM, May 30, 2007

Blogger Emmy said...

Happy Birthday wishes to your grandpa. Wow, 97, that's terrific :) I also have a grandparent in their 90's. My grandma turns 96 next month.

3:05 AM, June 02, 2007

Blogger KleoPatra said...

Happy B'day grandpa!! Lucky him to have you... and vice versa, i'm sure.

G-d Bless him!!!

Fab photo of your sister and him. Sweet family memories...

9:12 PM, June 06, 2007


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