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Holly’s Black Forest Cake

Holly's Black Forest Cake

Ingredients

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  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 3/4 cups white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 1/3 cups water

  • 1/2 cup shortening

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 2 eggs

  • 3 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate, melted

  • 1/3 cup butter

  • 4 1/2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar

  • 1/4 cup milk

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 (16.5 ounce) can pitted dark sweet cherries, drained with juice reserved

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 6 teaspoons orange liqueur

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Holly's Black Forest Cake

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour 2- 8 or 9 inch round cake pans.
  2. In a medium sized bowl combine flour, white sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add water, shortening, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on low to medium speed until combined. Then beat on high speed for 2 minutes. Add eggs and melted chocolate and beat 2 minutes more. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  3. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Cool cakes on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove cakes from pans and let cool thoroughly on a wire rack.
  4. To Make Frosting: Beat butter until fluffy. Gradually add 2 cups of confectioner’s sugar and the cocoa. Beat well than add the milk, and 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract. Beat in the remaining confectioner’s sugar and any additional milk as needed for spreadability.
  5. To Make Filling: Drain cherries reserving 2/3 cup of the liquid. In a medium sauce pan combine reserved liquid and cornstarch, add fruit. Cook over medium heat and stir until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for more 2 minutes and then stir in the orange or cherry liqueur. Remove from heat cover and cool without stirring.
  6. Arrange one cake layer on a serving dish and spread the cooled cherry filling over the top (reserve some cherries for a garnish for top of cake). Place second layer on top filling and frost sides and top of cake with frosting.

Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 586 kcal
  • 29%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 103.6 g
  • 33%
  • Cholesterol
  • 49 mg
  • 16%
  • Fat
  • 19 g
  • 29%
  • Fiber
  • 3.5 g
  • 14%
  • Protein
  • 5.4 g
  • 11%
  • Sodium
  • 223 mg
  • 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Recipe by Holly Brazzell

“This is a recipe that is simple to make and always makes people at parties rave. Garnish with dollops of whipped cream and reserved cherries.”

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