Black Forest Snack Cake has all the delicious chocolate and cherry flavors is an easy to make snack cake. The chocolate snack cake has cherry flavors inside the cake and has a cherry topping.
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I have a slight obsession with all things that are chocolate and cherry. And chocolate and peanut butter but that’s another story. It all stems from a Christmas tradition that started when we first moved to this area. A tradition that I miss every holiday season. But no matter how many hints I drop, it’s solely up to me to re-instate this tradition.
When we first moved here, it was a whole new world to us. We came from a VERY small town in Kentucky to what appeared to us to be a LARGE city. And with that what seemed to be an endless number of stores. I don’t even remember seeing a shopping mall when I was little.
I do, however, remember the general store. That was the closest store to the house. The grocery was much farther. And we had to plan trips to go shopping there. Little kids and car trips usually don’t go well. And the grocery was, if memory serves, at least an hour away. Can you even imagine?
My parents quickly found Godiva chocolates. There was, or still is I think, a store in the mall dedicated to all things Godiva. However, I don’t think that’s where they purchased these gold boxes of deliciousness. I’m almost positive they purchased them at Macy’s. That expensive, well for us it was expensive and for some it still is, store at the mall. Back in the day, it carried the top-quality items. Now, not so much.
The gold box of Godiva goodness!
Every Christmas my sister would wake me up to go downstairs and check out the stocking gifts. Our parents allowed us to open those before they came downstairs. And my sister couldn’t wait to see what we got. Sometimes she woke me up well before sunrise.
The first thing I would open is that golden box of chocolate goodness. I would nibble on the ones less desirable to me. Anything with fruit crème. I don’t think there were any jellies, but if there were they’d go first, too. The last piece of chocolate I would savor is the cordial cherry.
Don’t judge. Since I haven’t gone to Macy’s or the mall to get proper cordial cherries, I purchase a box of dark chocolate covered cherries at my grocery store. I said don’t judge!! Sheesh. A girl must get her chocolate covered cherry fix somehow. I still savor every bite of those cherries. They’re just not as rich and delicious as the Godiva version.
How do you make Black Forest Snack Cake?
It’s sort of like your basic cake, combine the dry ingredients then the wet ingredients and then combine them both together. However, there’s a little caveat to that. The water and vinegar will go in at the end. It’s a chemical thing, I think. I haven’t quite read up on it to make sure I know the science behind it. But, what I do know is you only add vinegar and water to cakes when you’re only using one egg. And with the prices of eggs these days, I might be making more of these cakes.
I put my batter in my new Anolon pan. I love all their baking pans. The nonstick ones are perfect use after use. This is the first professional grade pan I’ve received from them. I love the crisp corners of this pan. I mean, I have square baking pans, but this one makes them look amateur grade. It has super crisp corners.
Now, I had a dilemma. Do I slice the Black Forest Snack Cake in half and put the cherries in the middle? I thought about that. But I’m not the best at slicing things in half. Especially cakes. I don’t have one of those guides. I’ve tried the toothpick method and failed miserably. So, I opted to not slice the cake and simply put the topping on top of the cake with the whipped topping. Yes, it was the easy route, but sometimes easiest is best.
I tried to spoon out as many of the cherries I could and leave some of the cherry sauce. My fear was the cake might get a little too wet. You could totally make this a poke like cake, I guess, and poke holes for the cherry juice to penetrate the cake. I didn’t even think of that. Actually, that’s not a bad idea! I might have to try that next time.
What does Black Forest Snack Cake taste like?
Well, not exactly like cordial cherries, but in a good way. The Black Forest Snack Cake is rich and delicious. There’s such a delicious chocolate flavor throughout this cake. Then there’s the cherry topping. It makes the cake super moist and delicious. And the combination of cherries and chocolate together is just divine. For me, there’s no other way to describe it.
The cake is not super rich, but has plenty of chocolate flavor with the cocoa powder and flecks of the chocolate chips. I love adding chips to cake for little pockets of chocolate goodness. They’re bites of yum throughout this Black Forest Snack Cake.
And kudos to the Anolon pan. It’s the best baking I have now. And I thought I had some pretty good baking pans. But no. This pan is the best pan. The corners are sharp, the cake cooked perfectly, there was no hot spots of undercooked spots. This pan is my new go to pan for baking snack cakes like this one.
And since the hubs doesn’t really do cake, I’ll be using this pan to make small, snack cakes. They’re the perfect size for me to snack on. Hence the snack cake. And I can easily pop a slice into my lunch as a sweet treat at the end of the day. That’s why I love snack cakes. They’re easy to snack on!
Black Forest Snack Cake has all the delicious chocolate and cherry flavors in an easy to make snack cake. The chocolate snack cake has cherry flavors inside the cake and has a cherry topping.
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 room temperature egg
- 1 teaspoon cherry extract or cherry liquor
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1 cup warm water (or coffee)
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
- 14 ounces cherry pie filling
- 8 ounces whipped topping
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl and stir with a whisk. Set it aside.
- Combine the brown sugar, granulated sugar, and vegetable oil in a large mixing bowl. Using the whisk attachment on a hand mixer, beat until the mixture is light and fluffy. Stir in the cherry extract of liquor, if using.
- Stir in the chocolate chips and dry ingredients until combined. Add the warm water, vinegar, and vanilla bean paste and stir until well combined.
- Pour the batter into a 9 x 9 square baking pan lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 for 30 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out almost completely clean.
- Cool the cake in the pan for 5 minutes then remove from the pan to a wire rack and cool completely.
- Top with the cherry pie filling and then the whipped topping before serving.
Amount Per Serving Calories 438Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 21mgSodium 285mgCarbohydrates 63gFiber 2gSugar 32gProtein 4g
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