I barely made any changes to the actual cake portion of this recipe but did use 1/4 cup applesauce in addition to ¼ cup oil instead of a full ½ cup of oil. I also used half of Hershey’s Dark cocoa as well as regular unsweetened cocoa. Using the cake as a base, I added the following, loosely following another recipe:
Once cake cooled, I poked holes into each cake using a long tined fork then poured a mix of cherry juice and slight amount of brandy onto each cake. Then I used a mix of .5 cup creamed butter, .3 cup of /granulated sugar and almond extract to make a buttercream filling and put a layer on one of the cakes. I put one can of cherry pie filling (excluding juice) on that same cake then topped with slightly sweetened heavy whipping cream. I put the other cake on top then laid another can of cherry pie filling, sans juice, on top followed with more whipped cream. I used 2 cups of liquid heavy whipping cream when I made the cream for the middle and top of cake, which was perfect.
I had one slice right away and, while it was good, thought it was missing something, but didn’t know what. The cherries were somehow boring as well. The next day, somehow, it was wonderful! It was very moist and the flavors were enhanced. I originally thought the buttercream was a waste of time; however, each day that passes (day 3 now), the filling flavor comes out more and really makes this cake!
I will definitely use this recipe for any chocolate cakes I make from now on!
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I barely made any changes to the actual cake portion of this recipe but did use 1/4 cup...