Thursday, December 11, 2008

Lightning Fast Black Forest Cake

Well, here it is... the 100th post!! YAY!! Thanks to everyone who reads my blog for making it a success.

So here is a dessert that is very decadent but can be made lightning fast and no one has to know that it is a cake mix cake rather than from scratch. It is that good! If you do not have time to make a great dessert, consider this one. Here it is:

Lightning Fast Black Forest Cake

1 devils food cake mix
1 can cherry pie filling
1 8 oz tub of whipped topping
chocolate curls for garnish if desired

Make cake by box directions. Let cool. On the top layer, frost with whipped topping lightly (just enough to put half the cherries on that bottom layer so they stick there). Put second layer on top. Frost all the way around with whipped topping and then put the other half of cherries on that top layer. Garnish with chocolate curls (directions for chocolate curls to follow). Store in refrigerator. Add a dollop of whip cream if desired when serving (can use regular or chocolate flavor whip for garnish).

- To make a richer cake, you can add a box of chocolate pudding mix to the cake mix and follow directions on the box.
- For richer topping, use heavy whipping cream and add 3 Tbsp sugar and 1 tsp vanilla to the cream and whip until heavy peaks form. With this you cannot finish the cake until right before serving. That is so the heavy whip cream does not turn to liquid from sitting. This makes a more decadent cake, but if you do not have the time to spend decorating your cake right before serving, this may not be an option for you.
- For chocolate curls, I just get a Hershey chocolate bar and grate it with a grater for fine curls; or using a vegetable peeler, I slowly peel the chocolate into thin long strips that will curl while peeling and then garnish my cake.

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