You know it as well as I do: the holidays are a time for amazing desserts. But amazing doesn’t have to mean difficult – after all, there is something to be said for simple elegance, am I right? Of course I am. The other day I was perusing the aisles of my local Super Target (aka my favorite grocery destination besides Sam’s Club) when I happened upon their monthly coupon packet. Where they had some amazing recipe suggestions, including one for an easy chocolate cake. Add in a little of my own variation and BAM! You have this little number – perfect for any holiday function you’ll be attending over the next six weeks. Don’t worry, you can thank me later.
Start with – gasp! – a box of chocolate cake mix. I prefer the Pillsbury kind because it already has the pudding mixed in. If you choose a different brand, that’s cool – just add a box of instant chocolate pudding to the mix. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
Prepare the cake mix using the directions on the back of the box. Bake in two round pans according to instructions…on.the.box. I know – I can’t believe I didn’t make the actual cake part from scratch, either!
After you take the cakes out of the oven and they’ve cooled, start whipping up your frosting. Blend one 8 oz package of 1/3 less fat cream cheese with two 8 oz containers of Cool Whip Lite and 1/2 cup of white sugar. Make sure it’s REALLY well blended – or you will have a chunky frosting. And no one likes a chunky frosting…
Pick out your serving dish and set it out on the counter. Don’t worry if you end up getting a little side frosting on it while you’re putting the cake together – you can use a towel at the end to wipe any mistakes up!
Put your first cake layer on the serving platter – upside down. This will help the top layer to lie better – and make it less likely to slide off of the top of the cake!
Add a light layer of your frosting and top it with a full can of cherry pie filling. Mmmm - are you starting to see the direction that this is taking??
Add another layer of the chocolate cake – this time, the bottom of the cake can actually face down. Top with a final layer of frosting.
Use a spatula to apply frosting all the way around the cake. It’s ok if a little of the cherry sauce gets mixed in – it just makes the cake look more festive! And the frosting is meant to look a little wavy – it’s prettier with a little texture, doncha think?
The best part about this frosting is that it’s super light and not overly sweet. Which means you can eat more – right? Anyone? …Bueller?
Simply Delicious Chocolate Cake
What you’ll need:
1 box of chocolate cake mix
Any ingredients listed on the back of the cake mix box
1 8 oz package of 1/3 less fat cream cheese
2 8 oz packages of Cool Whip Lite
1/2 cup sugar
1 can of cherry pie filling
1. Mix the cake mix and bake it according to the directions – in two round pans.
2. Once the cakes are cooked, let them cool completely.
3. Mix the cream cheese, cool whip and sugar until well blended – there should be no chunks.
4. On your serving tray layer one layer of cake, one layer of frosting and the full can of cherry pie filling. Top with one more layer of cake and frosting.
5. Use a spatula to apply frosting all the way around the cake. Lick the bowl.
6. Use a towel to wipe up any excess frosting that landed on the serving tray. DO NOT USE YOUR FINGER. It will leave fingerprints and take away from the pretty. Not that I’ve done that or anything.