Tuesday, February 7, 2012

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!



  1. Wow! Look at that cake! Your presentation is beautiful! And yum, I'd like a huge piece right now, please!

  2. What a pretty cake! I love chocolate and cherry together. Perfect for Valentine's Day!

  3. Cream cheese icing is the best! I just loooove it! Which is why I can't ever make a batch. Because none would get to the cake ... I'd eat it all straight from the bowl.

  4. this is so interesting! I can finally follow you with my wordpress reader - so happy about that :) But I cannot comment with my wordpress ID!

  5. Oh my gosh! Cherry filling sounds wonderful!

  6. What a pretty cake! Thanks so much for coming by and seeing my chocolate cake too.

    Would love if you shared at my "Beat the Winter Blues" party on Saturday.

  7. I love the picture of your cut cake. The color layers are pretty. Just right for Valentine's Day.

  8. that is just gorgeous looking! Wow!!

  9. This does look amazing and just perfect for Valentines Day. I wish I had a big family to eat it all - I think it's a bit too big for just me and my husband!

  10. That cherry filling looks divine!! And I bet the cream cheese icing was a really nice flavour contrast to the chocolate cake. :D

  11. Wow!What a beautiful cake! Thanks for visiting over at A House and Yard.

  12. I Think this is a fabulous way to show some love! Love cherry chocolate combo!

  13. Love the sour cream in the batter and such a pretty cake for Valentine's Day.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my Crazy Cooking Challenge entry: Double Chocolate Meyer Lemon Mousse Cake

    Cook Lisa Cook

  14. This cake looks so good, I love the chocolate and cherry combination. Its perfect for Valentine's Day. Stopping by from CCC#45.

  15. I've made that cake before - it's yummy! - but I never thought to put cherries and cream cheese icing with it. I'll definitely have to try that!

  16. Your cake turned out so beautiful.The cherry filling and the chocolate cake make a great combination!

  17. Oh this cake is too cute! I'm in love with it! And cherry filling also?!

  18. This is so impressive. Cherry and chocolate is my absolute fave!

  19. This is a beautiful presentation for your very special Valentine Cake. Thanks for sharing and hope you have a wonderful week!
    Miz Helen

  20. Your cake looks so cute! I love how you made it so fancy for Valentines.

  21. OMG your choc cherry cake looks AH-MAZING!!! Love the filling!

  22. Mmm I love cherries! And you made it look so pretty!

    Jen #79

  23. What a gorgeous cake...perfect for Valentine's Day :)

  24. Your cake is so beautiful and looks fabulously rich inside, lucky hubs! I am #83, coe visit me if you like at Moore or Less Cooking! Nettie

  25. Love it! Can't wait to make this. My family will definitely be ecstatic when they see this.

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