This one has been in the family since I was a kid. It was an uncle’s favorite cake and one my mother perfected! The recipe did not start out at our house, but my mom has made sure that it stayed alive there. It is a standard, from the box recipe, but one that stirs the nostalgia pot for me. My mom used to make this cake for my uncle’s birthday. She also used to make it as a standard summer fare. Makes want to have a barbecue and go camping!
1 box of devil’s food cake mix
1 21 oz can of cherry pie fruit filling
Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour a 9×13 baking dish and set aside. Combine cake mix, eggs, and cherry filling, mixing well by hand (don’t use a mixer or you will pulverize the cherries!). Pour into prepared baking dish and bake, uncovered for 35 -40 minutes. The toothpick test does not work for this cake because of the gooey cherries. When it has separated a little from the edges and looks pretty set in the middle, it is usually done. Let the cake cool completely on the counter.
1 C sugar
5 T butter
1/3 C milk
6 oz semi-sweet chocolate morsels
In small saucepan, combine sugar, butter, and milk; bring to a boil stirring constantly. Stir and cook (keep boiling) for 1 whole minute. Remove from heat, stir in semi-sweet morsels, keep stirring until melted (takes a few minutes). Pour over the completely cool cake.