1/13/12

Chocolate Cherry Torte

I would like to make a pretty Valentine's Day dessert this year, so I have been thinking about different recipes that would fit the theme of the day. One that I thought of for Valentine's Day was this quick and easy Chocolate Cherry Torte. This beautiful dessert is just a dolled-up cake mix. I visualized it baked in heart-shaped pans, but after a search of my bakeware, my pans were not to be found. Could I have loaned them to someone? Or do I just need to go on a search and rescue mission for the pans by cleaning out my cabinets?




Chocolate Cherry Torte
1 (18.25 ounce) package German Chocolate cake mix
1 can (20 ounces) cherry pie filling
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 container (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping (Cool Whip), thawed and divided
1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds, for garnish

To toast almonds: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread almonds in a single layer on parchment paper. Bake at 325 degrees F for 5 minutes or until fragrant and golden. Let cool.

To make torte: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare two 9-inch cake pans by greasing and flouring or spray with cooking spray. Prepare and cool cake according to package directions.
In a small bowl, combine cherry pie filling and almond extract; stir until blended.
Assemble the torte by placing one cake layer on a serving plate. Spread with 1 cup Cool Whip, then half of the cherry pie filling mixture. Top with the second cake layer. Decorate around the outer 1 1/2 inches of the top cake layer edge with Cool Whip. Spread remaining cherry pie filling in center of Cool Whip. Garnish with sliced almonds.


To toast the almonds - bake for 5 minutes at 325 degrees.






Wouldn't this be beautiful baked in a heart-shaped pan?




This dessert is much lighter than it looks. The Cool Whip and cherry pie filling are great companions for the flavor of the German chocolate cake.



28 comments:

  1. How pretty....I'd love for you to share this at my very first linky party @CountryMommaCooks.com starts tonight at 9 central....Have a wonderful weekend!

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  2. Very pretty. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I love chocolata with cherries! Amazing!

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  4. Anita,
    That is my kind of cake.. It looks amazing, heart shaped or not. What a presentation!

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  5. Hi anita, I think this is a wonderful cake for Valentines's day. You can make a heart shape cake with 2 round cake pan's. Never done it but I saw it someplace around the blogland. Then you won't have to clean cupboards you can cook instead! Have a great weekend..............andi
    thewednesdaybaker.blogspot.com

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  6. That is a beautiful cake! Very pretty for Valentines day. :)

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  7. The cake looks beautiful, Anita! Sounds delicious too :)

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  8. Thanks for Linking up @CountryMommaCooks Link & Greet!

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  9. This looks absolutely amazing!!!! Chocolate and cherry is my husband's favorite cake flavor, maybe I'll try this for Valentine's day! Thanks for the recipe!
    PS. I also loved your scarf that you made!

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  10. Oh, Anita, what a beautiful dessert! I'm going to be looking for my heart-shaped pans. I hope I find them. I do have a heart-shaped bundt pan. Maybe that'd work!! You share the prettiest recipes.

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  11. Absolutely stunning! I absolutely love this kind of cake, too - chocolate and cherry are such a natural combination. And you're right, in heart-shaped pans it would be even that much prettier - but I'm sure it tastes phenomenal either way. ;) Thanks for linking this up, there was no way

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  12. ...I could resist clicking on it! ;)

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  13. Anita! You're not supposed to put such good looking yet bad for you food up when I'm trying to eat better! *grin* Now you're making me want cake. This looks mouthwatering! Thanks for sharing at my party!

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  14. Wow wow wow 0 this cake is amazinggggggggg!!
    Looks so pretty and so delicious
    Just love it!:)

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  15. This looks delicious in any shape! Thanks for sharing at Mrs Foxs Sweet Party :)

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  16. ooo...looks so yummy! I love chocolate/cherry combonations!

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  17. Hi Anita,
    Your Chocolate Cherry Torte would be a perfect Valentine dessert, it looks beautiful and I know it would be delicious. Hope you have a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  18. Yum! My dad's favorite cake has always been Black Forest, I will have to try this for him. It seems similar to what I remember my mom making when I was little.

    Thanks for linking up to Friday Food on Momtrends.com!

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  19. Just wanted to say thanks so much Anita for linking up another great post to Thriving on Thursdays. Can always count on fantastic recipes and crafts from you.

    Anne xx

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  20. I am so glad, I am featuring this beautiful cake.I could just look at it for minutes, no for hours. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. YUMMY.. SO LOVELY.. THANKS SO MUCH again for linking up last week to Pin'Inspirational Thursday's.. YOU are FEATURED HAPPILY this evening.. Hope you can come by and snag a button.. LOVELY creative recipe..It's pinned on my pin'board.. I adore it.. ;)) Thanks SO much again.. Wishing you an inspirational rest of week.. xoxo~ M

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  22. Just BEAUTIFUL! Gotta be even yummier to eat it. WOW - I'm impressed!

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  23. WOW! How amazingly yummy is this! Love it! Thanks for linking up at Thematic Thursday.

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  24. wow!!Gorgeous & delicious!!Thanks a lot for sharing with Decorating Challenge!!

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