The cake in this photo is not homemade, but it sure tastes like it. It’s made with only four ingredients with the help of a cookbook called The Cake Doctor by Anne Byrn. Yep, only four actual cake ingredients! Read on to find out which ones.
Chocolate Covered Cherries Cake is my son’s favorite cake and one I make frequently since we all love it too. It’s the most easy to prepare cake I’ve ever made and always turns out perfectly moist and dense. It’s so good no frosting is needed, but the recipe comes complete with directions for a chocolate glaze if you’d rather have it frosted. You can choose any brand of Devil’s Food Cake mix or Devil’s Food Pudding Cake Mix that you prefer. Also, any brand of Cherry Pie FILLING will work too, just as long as it’s not just canned cherries.
This original recipe took the grand prize in the 1974 Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest and Byrn incorporates it into her book with the newly created glaze. With the first taste of this cake, you’ll understand why we love it so much; that deep dark chocolate with the burst of cherry flavor says it all. This is only one of 175 fast and easy to make amazing cakes and desserts you can make with this book.
Believe me, If You Bake Cakes, You Need This Book
There are many reasons you need this cookbook, The Cake Doctor; The first is each of the recipes begin with a mix, making it easier, less time consuming. We never seem to have enough time these days. But number two is what you add to the mix that creates the homemade flavor and a fail-safe cake. Unless you tell them, NOBODY will ever know that these delightful desserts came from a mix and they ALWAYS turn out perfectly. But shhhh, keep it quiet! Unless you want to let someone know how clever you are to have found the fabulous Cake Doctor!
There are 500 Pages of Recipes and Helpful Hints
There are 500 pages in the book, including 175 recipes, tips for baking you may not have thought of, the bibiliography, the index (finding that favorite recipe easily) and a handy page of conversion for liquids, weights, oven temperatures (fahrenheit to celsius and vice versa) and approximate equivalents from Tablespoons to ounces and cups. Author Anne Byrn includes things you might not think of until you’re actually in the middle of making a cake. But if you thumb through the book once before baking, you’ll see all the helpful advice it contains and realize how valuable it can be to you.
Easily read, Easily Found
Thumb through helpful chapters listed at the front of the book, along with photos of each cake or dessert. Take your pick for that special occasion, or just because it looks so good!
- Chocolate Cakes
- Cakes With Fruit
- Strike It Rich Cakes
- Cake Mix Classics
- Special Occasion Cakes
- Cheesecakes and Gooey Cakes
- Coffee Cakes
- Cakes With Spirit
- Incredible Bars and Comforting Cookies
- This Can’t Contain Cake Mix
- Lighter Cakes
- Just The Basics
- Frostings, Glazes and One Compote
- Blue-Ribbon Recipes
There are also frequently asked questions and answers to be found, like these below:
Q: What happens if I pick the wrong pan size?
A: If the pan is too big, the cake will take less time to bake and it may shrink back while baking. If the pan is too small, the cake will take more time to bake and it may rise over the sides of the pan.
Q: Are you always supposed to grease a pan before baking a cake?
A: Not always. Roulades and angel food cakes call for ungreased sides so the batter can reach up and cling onto the side of the pan, not slide back down.
Tips on Every Page
There are baking tips on each cake or dessert page, for instance on this one, the Chocolate Covered Cherry Cake, it says:
“Emulsifiers in the cake mix work together with the cherry pie filling to keep the cake moist for days. Store this cake, covered in aluminum foil, at room temperature for up to 5 days or in the refrigerator for up to a week. Or freeze the cake, wrapped in foil, for up to 6 months. Thaw the cake overnight on the counter before serving.”
About The Author
Author Anne Byrn is a national award-winning newspaper and magazine food writer with 20 years of experience. She is the former food editor of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, author of Cooking in the New South, Food Gifts for All Seasons and Chocolate from the Cake Mix Doctor.
Byrn appeared on many television shows including: Good Morning America, Roker on the Road, as well as QVC and local stations. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and three children. Her newest cookbook, The American Cookie Tour is now out and spotlighted on her website at Anne Byrn. Check it out!
Now here it is, the recipe you’ve waited for, that wonderful, sink-your-teeth-into-rich…..
Chocolate Covered Cherries Cake
- Vegetable spray for misting the pan or baking dish.
- 1 package (18.25 ounces) plain Devil’s Food Cake Mix or Devil’s Food Cake Mix With Pudding.
- 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie FILLING (not just cherries)
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure almond extract to accentuate the cherry flavor
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.
- Spray 9X13-inch baking dish with vegetable spray. Set aside.
- Put cake mix, almond extract, eggs and cherry pie mix into a large mixing bowl.
- Beat with hand mixer on low for 1 minute.
- Scrape down the sides of the bowl occasionally.
- Pour the batter into prepared pan, spreading out the top evenly with spatula.
- Put the dish in the oven and bake for about 30-35 minutes, until it springs back when lightly pressed with a finger.
- Remove dish from the oven and place it on a wire rack while preparing the glaze.
Chocolate Glaze (optional)
- 1 cup sugar
- ⅓ cup butter
- ⅓ cup whole milk
- 1 package (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
- Combine sugar, butter and milk in a small saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until it boils.
- Boil, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.
- Take saucepan off the heat, allow to stand for one minute, then stir in chocolate chips.
- When chips have melted keep stirring until glaze is smooth.
- Pour it over the warm cake so that it covers the surface.
- Glaze will be thin while warm but will set up as it cools.
- Allow cake to cool for about 20 more minutes then cut it into serving squares.
- This cake keeps well, covered, for five days at room temperature.
- It keeps well in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
- If frozen and wrapped in foil or other wrap, it will still be moist and tasty for up to 6 months.
- Thaw overnight before serving, if cake is frozen.
I really like baking cake in a glass baking dish. I just like the way it looks when it’s served, and it always seems to bake better for me too. The recipe for the Chocolate Covered Cherries Cake calls for a 13X9-inch baking dish and if you prefer a glass baking dish like I do, here’s the one I use. It’s Pyrex, and I have the long one and the half size one, shown here. Of course the 13X9-inch is the one I use for the Chocolate Covered Cherries Cake.
Recipe Works Great For Cupcakes
for something different, I decided to see if cupcakes would work from this recipe for Chocolate Covered Cherry Cake, and they work just great. But remember that the baking time will be different. In my experience I found that baking them for only about 20-25 minutes is enough, and I made the notation on the recipe in my book. Since all ovens seem to bake differently, you should experiment with how they do best in your own oven. Baking them as long as the cake recipe, you may find they’re dry, or even a bit burnt tasting.
Want to know if they’re done? Here’s a tip; after 20 minutes, put a toothpick straight down through the center of a couple of the cupcakes in different areas of the pan. Use a clean toothpick for each cupcake. If the toothpick comes out clean, the cupcakes are done. If it doesn’t, give it 5 more minutes. No more than 25 minutes should be sufficient to have moist, chewy chocolate cherry cupcakes. Here’s a handy 12 cupcake pan that will suit this cake well for cupcakes!
What You’ll Find Below
I’ve given you a few Ann Byrn cookbooks to choose from below for other things, meals, dinners, even gluten free foods. Happy Cooking and Baking!