I made this cake for my daughter's b'day & everybody enjoyed it.
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup butter
1 cup cherry pie filling
1 tub whipped cream
1 bar of chocolate
sugar & water for simple syrup
1/2 tsp cherry extract
Sift together flour, baking powder & cocoa.
In a bowl, beat the butter & sugar till creamy. Add eggs & beat till frothy. Fold in the dry ingredients.
Beat well for a min. This measurement is for 1 chocolate cake. We will need 2 cakes like this. So repeat this process for the 2nd cake.
Pour each separately prepared batter into a separate greased pan. Bake both cakes in a 350F pre-heated oven for 30-35 mins.
Remove the baked cakes from the oven & cool on a cooling rack.
Meanwhile prepare a sugar syrup with 1/2 cup sugar & 1/4 cup water. When the sugar syrup is ready, let it cool & add 1/2 tsp cherry extract.
Process 3-4 tbsp of cherry pie filling in a food processor till the filling is slightly crushed. Save the rest of the cherry filling for later.
Now, to assemble the cake.
Place the 1st layer of the chocolate cake on a platter.
Drizzle with the cherry flavored sugar syrup till the cake is moist.
Spread with one layer of whipped cream. Top with the processed cherry pie filling.
Now place the 2nd layer of the cake. Spoon whipped cream onto the top layer & frost the cake using a spatula.
After the whole cake has been frosted with the whipped topping, spoon some cherry pie filling onto the middle of the top cake layer.
Now decorate around the cherry filling using a piping bag filled with whipped topping fitted with a star shaped nozzle.
Grate the chocolate bar to get chocolate shavings. Sprinkle this on the sides of the cake.
Decorate the lower part of the cake with the star nozzle piping bag.
Refrigerate till you are ready to cut it.