My Birthday Treat

Aside from some yummy cinnamon rolls my friend made me, a box of Sees candy, a Godiva Chocolate bar, and a chocolate molten cake at Roy’s in San Francisco, my official birthday treat was a chocolate cherry cake that Mr. Sugar Moon made for me (wow, that sounds bad. It’s a good thing I’m a runner)!It might not look that impressive, but it is one of my favorite desserts and guess what?  It could not be any easier!  There might actually be more effort in driving to the bakery then making this cake, but…. I dare you to find a cake as yummy! There’s really nothing like it!  Here’s the recipe:

Take 1 box of chocolate cake mix!  Yep that’s right… I said chocolate cake MIX!  Make it exactly like the box says and pour it into a well greased 9×13 pan. Here’s the trick to making it super moist… open a can of cherry pie filling and spoon it over the top in random places and make sure you use every last drop. Bake the cake for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees.  Just like regular cake, you should be able to insert a toothpick and have it come out clean or at least without wet cake (with this one you will probably get some moist crumbs).

About 2 minutes before the cake is ready to come out of the oven, start making your frosting.  On the stovetop, combine 1 cup of sugar, 7 tablespoons butter and 1/3 cup whole milk.  Bring it to a boil and then let it boil for 1 more minute.  Remove it from the heat and add 12 ounces of chocolate chips (I use bittersweet chips but you can use any kind) and 1 teaspoon vanilla.  Mix it until the chocolate melts and then POUR it over the warm cake, just out of the oven!

And there you have it!  This cake is a chocolate lovers dream!  It melts in your mouth!  Personally, I like it to cool for a while and let the chocolate set up.  Some people who like warm gooey desserts might want to eat it right away though.  Either way, I promise you will eat more than one piece!

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