The Freshman Cook: Chocolate Cake w/ Cherry Filling and Cream Cheese Frosting

It’s time again for the Crazy Cooking Challenge! This is such a fun challenge. Each month we are assigned a featured food. This month it is chocolate cake! Yum! Our job is to go out into blog land and find a chocolate cake made on a fellow bloggers blog. Then make the cake, and post it on your blog. There are some rules, of course, so once you join, you’ll have to read the fine print. But you are going to join, right? It easy, fun, tasty, and really interesting! You will love it!! You should join!
I found my chocolate cake on a blog called Chef in Training. This blog is so incredible! I love it. It is authored by Nikki, who has the most incredible recipes ever! Her chocolate cake is the BEST! EVER! I am in love with her Copycat Wingers Sticky Fingers recipe. I love Wingers, so I can’t wait to make them.¬† Her Navajo Tacos recipe looks incredible and honestly, I never met a Navajo Taco that I didn’t devour! But wait until you try the chocolate cake!! Here it is:


1 box Devil’s Food cake mix¬†

1 small pkg Jello instant chocolate pudding mix 

1 cup sour cream 

1 cup vegetable oil 

4 eggs, beaten 

1/2 cup milk 

1 tsp vanilla 

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 

Put all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well.

The batter will be thick.

Pour the batter into your prepared pans.

Let cook until done, about 20-30 minutes.

Let cool on a cooling rack.

  Cream Cheese Icing

2  8 ounce Cream Cheese, softened

1/2 cup Butter, softened

1 teaspoon Vanilla

2 cup Confectioners Sugar

Make your icing by creaming the cream cheese 

and the butter together. Add the vanilla.

Slowly add the confectioners sugar.

Make sure it incorporates and mix well.

Cut the two layers in half, widthwise.

Cover each inside half with a thin layer

of cream cheese frosting.

Then on top of the bottom cream cheese

frosting, place a layer of cherry filling.

Put the top on the cake.

Frost bottom layer.

Do the same thing to the top layer. 

Add top layer to cake before frosting. 

Frost top.

Decorate how you wish. 

Because it is the season of love I 

thought this cake was begging to be decorated with a heart!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Some changes:

I changed a couple things from the original recipe.

Nikki used chocolate chips in her cake. I omitted them.

In Nikki’s recipe she decorated with chocolate icing and

Skor candy bars. It looked beautiful, and I’m sure it¬†

tastes heavenly. But when my husband discovered that I was 

baking a chocolate cake, he asked if I would make cream cheese

icing and add cherries to the layers.

Because I can’t say no to him, I honored his request.

It was delicious!

My husband swears that this cake is 

the moistest, unbelievably best chocolate cake he has ever had!!

He is right! You will love this!

Here is the original recipe.

Thanks Nikki for making this such a great

Crazy Cooking Challenge!

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