Recipe by MarthaStewartWanabe
This is one of my grandmother's famous church ladies' luncheon recipes. The cake itself is simple and turns out moist with morsels of cherries throughout. With the cake being so simple, that allows time to make a fabulous frosting. For the frosting, use Elaine's Fudge Frosting or your preferred chocolate frosting. (Note: Preparation time does not include time required for cake or frosting to set.) In response to one of my reviews, I have adjusted the ingredients to improve the cake--omitted the vegetable oil and replaced it with water and eggs. This recipe is an old one of my grandmother's. I have not made it myself and wonder if her recollection of the ingredients was incorrect. Hopefully the 1-star review doesn't discourage anyone from trying the adjusted cake recipe. I'm not sure what was so terrible about the cake--if it was too dry, too moist, etc. Please be brave, try and give me your thoughts! :)
Top Review by Shanna Bittner-Borell
I thought this was good. It was very moist. I made it with the fudge frosting, which was SO rich. The pieces should be TINY. OMG, I ate a regular-sized piece and really regretted it. SO sweet. The cake was tasty, though.
- 1 (18 ounce) box chocolate cake mix (I use Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge)
- 1 cup water
- 1 (21 ounce) can cherry pie filling
- 3 eggs
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Sift cake mix into a medium mixing bowl until all lumps are removed. Then add other three ingredients and thoroughly combine. (Note: Be careful to not break up the cherries too much while combining).
- Pour cake batter into a greased 9" x 13" cake pan and spread evenly.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
- Allow to cool on a wire rack for one hour.
- When ready to frost the cake, prepare Recipe #281675 as directed. Apply to cake immediately, spreading evenly.
- Allow to set for 30-40 minutes.
- Cut into 15-20 slices and serve.