The Freshman Cook: March 2012

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A few weeks ago, a friend of a friend had an impromptu Birthday party. Since no one had given much thought to the Birthday Cake, my husband volunteered me! Now, don’t get me wrong, I love to bake. Anything, pretty much anytime. But I only had 2 hours to have it completely ready to go. So, I grabbed a box of Devil’s Food cake mix, and made my favorite cake from The Cake Doctor, Anne Byrn. I have posted cakes in the past that I have made from her book. I just love it, because the cakes are so moist. (I think I have said that before! :o)!!) But the question of how to decorate the cake was really driving me crazy.! I thought about peanut butter, reese cups, chocolate chips, all of the usual cast of characters. Time was flying by, and going to the grocery was out of the question. Here is what I finally came up with.

Chocolate Cherry Double Layer Birthday Cake


1 box Duncan Hines Devil’s Food Cake Mix

3 tablespoons unsweetened Cocoa Powder

1 13 cups Buttermilk

1/2 cup Corn Oil

3 Eggs

1 teaspoon Vanilla

Mix all the ingredients together in your mixing bowl

Mix on low for 1 minute, then scrape the sides of your bowl,

and mix on medium for 2 minutes.

Pour into 8″ pans, and bake for 30-40 minutes.

Remove from oven, cool on rack.

After 5 minutes of cooling, take a knife or offset spatula

around the edge of the cake, between the cake and the pan.

Let the cake continue to cool for 15 more minutes.

Release cake from the pan. and let it continue to cool

on the cooling rack.

I made Chocolate Ganache for the frosting. 

Melt 1/2 cup chocolate chips in a double boiler on the stove.

Add 1/4 cup of heavy duty whipping cream. This is my normal

recipe, but I ended up adding another 

1/4 cup of whipping cream because I wanted this ganache to 

drip down the cake.

Mix the ganache until completely smooth.

Cover the top of the bottom layer with ganache.

Cover the ganache with a thin layer of

cherry pie filling.

Top with top layer.

Cover top layer with ganache. 

Add some additional ganache on top until it drips

down the sides and looks pretty.

Add a circle of cherry pie filling in the middle of the top layer.

Happy Birthday My Friend !!

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