I decided last minute to attend church out of town so that I could visit good friends and I wanted to bring them a cake. It had been a long day out of town and I still had several loads of laundry to do, dishes to wash and a ton of hamburger to fry up and freeze. I needed the recipe to be easy and not require a trip to the store. I looked at my ingredients and decided to make a chocolate cake with maraschino cherries. I googled and searched Pinterest for a recipe, but in the short time I looked, I only found recipes using cherry pie filling, not actual cherries. So, I texted my friend Jenna, whom I believe to be a direct decedent of Laura Ingalls and told her what I was planning. She thought it would work and I got started.
Dump into a large bowl the chocolate cake mix, cherries (reserve the cherry juice!), oil and egg as called for on the box. I used a 16oz jar of cherries and threw them in whole. They were awfully big cherries and I may or may not cut them in half next time.
Poor the reserved cherry juice into a measuring cup and add water to equal the amount of water called for on the cake mix box. Add to the cake mix mixture and stir/beat as instructed on the box. Bake according to box directions.
I used two 8” rounds as I wanted to share the cake with two friends. I was worried about them overflowing and one got really close to the edge. They baked A LOT longer than instructed. One round baked an additional 9 minutes, the other 15 minutes! I checked and did have the oven preheated and to the correct temperature.
I let cool and texted Jenna again to ask how to frost and transport them. Everyone needs a Jenna and a Dede. I thank God for blessing me with these two wonderful Christian friends! Jenna suggested cutting off the top (as I had described them as puffy) and frosting them, which got me to thinking…. How about if I just flip them out into an 8” square pan, which I had on hand and bonus; those pans came with plastic lids! YES! I love it when something works out! Here’s one of the cakes after I flipped it into the square pan. See the cherries?
I frosted using store bought milk chocolate frosting. I could have done the sides, but I just frosted the top. I’m finding for myself that I like cake more than frosting and a little frosting goes a long ways. I know not all feel the same.
Speaking of chocolate… I pinched my finger in the saw horse three weeks ago. A blood blister formed and eventually drained, but the spot remains. I’m finally used to it, but there for a while I frequently found myself trying to wash or lick off what I believed to be chocolate and/or freaking out when I saw it while cross stitching thinking that it was chocolate that I might get on my stitched piece!