Chocolate Cherry Cordial Checkerboard Cake!
A delicious, budget-savvy recipe, that turns an ordinary chocolate cake recipe, into a cherry cordial-inspired treat!
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1 hr 5 min
1 hr 5 min
For the Cake
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup cherry morsels
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons almond extract
- 1 cup boiling water
For the Icing & Filling
- 2 3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 5 tablespoons evaporated milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1/2 cup nutella
- 1/2 cup organic chocolate peanut butter
- 1 can cherry pie filling
- Oreo cookies, or other cookies on hand.
Directions For Cake
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Grease and flour two nine inch round pans.
- In a large bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- Add the eggs, milk, oil and extracts, mix for 2 minutes on medium speed of mixer.
- Stir in the boiling water and cherry morsels last. Batter will be thin.
- Pour evenly into the prepared pans.
- Bake 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until the cake tests done with a toothpick.
- Cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
Directions for Assembling
- In a medium bowl, sift together the confectioners’ sugar and cocoa, and set aside.
- Next, in a large glass bowl, cream butter until smooth, then gradually beat in sugar mixture alternately with evaporated milk.
- Blend in vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy; adjust consistency with more milk or sugar if needed.
- Fold in nutella, peanut butter, and almond extract, and let icing rest in bowl, at room temperature for five minutes.
- Place 1 cake round on cake stand, adding half the contents of one can of cherry pie filling on top, then top with second cake round.
- Ice cake, then place two dozen oreo cookies around the edge of cake, side-by-side, and then in a checker board pattern on top of the cake.
- Then use remaining cherry pie filling centered on top of cake, when finished crumble oreos around top, and reserve several to rim bottom of cake.
- This recipe is generally my go-to recipe for my husband, as his birthday cake. It's family-friendly, affordable, and generally can be made with ingredients on hand; I can make this cake for under $6.00, a forth of what similar cakes would cost if purchased in a bakery! This cake can cheer up the gloomiest of gooses, and I'm sure you'll love it, too! Enjoy!
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