Depending upon the tartness of your cherries I would adjust the amount of sugar added. I really did not need much sugar as my cherries were sweet. I like to use either chocolate buttercream frosting or my favorite Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Frosting when I make this cake but you can use whatever kind of frosting that you like.
In a small saucepan stir the sugar and the cornstarch together, then add the cherries and mix. Place over low-medium heat to melt the cherries. If using fresh cherries I add a couple tablespoons of water to make a little syrup. Continue to cook for about 4 minutes until there is a thick syrup and the mixture comes to a boil. Do not leave unattended or the mixture will burn. Remove from heat and add the butter and the almond extract and mix well. Set aside to cool.
Melt butter in large bowl, whisk or use electric hand held mixer to blend in
cocoa Add one cup of powdered sugar, and a little milk, alternating between the two until both are used up and the frosting is creamy. Add vanilla and blend. Then use to frost the top and sides of the cake.
To assemble cake, cut one layer in half horizontally then place one layer on a plate and add 1/3 of the cherry filling to the center. spread around. Then top with the next layer of cake add 1/3 filling to the top, add the next layer, top with filling and then add the final layer.
Do not top with the filling( you should not have any left). Frost the entire cake with the Hershey’s chocolate frosting.
Note: You can add frosting to the layers and then add the cherry filling if you like. You may have some frosting left over depending upon how much frosting you like on your cake or the size of cake pans that you use.
Chocolate Covered Cherry Garnish
Ghirardelli Chocolate Melting Wafers
Follow the directions on the melting wafers and dip in the cherries. Let cool/set and then garnish cake.
I know that it is only August but the stores are filled to the brim with Fall decor, in fact yesterday I was at TJ Maxx and I saw people with carts filled with pumpkins, wreaths and more. So I thought I would share some of the Fall decor that I have I found lately just in case you want to start your shopping early.
Have a great day friends.