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Great American Chocolate Cherry Cake

Great American Chocolate Cherry CakeHershey's great American chocolate cake is built with two layers and filled with sweetened almond-flavored whipped cream and maraschino cherries. Easily add a patriotic flair to this cake with the addition of fresh blueberries as a garnish.

Recipe Ingredients:

2/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon each almond and vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup HERSHEY'S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa or HERSHEY'S Cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 cups dairy sour cream
2 (10-ounces each) jars maraschino cherries, drained, rinsed and divided use
Whipped Cream Filling (recipe follows)

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour two 9-inch round layer pans.
  2. In large bowl, beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add eggs, almond extract and vanilla; beat until light and fluffy.
  3. Stir together flour, cocoa and baking soda; add to butter mixture, alternately with sour cream, beating well after each addition. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  4. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.
  5. Lightly press cherries between layers of paper towels to remove excess moisture.
  6. Prepare Whipped Cream Filling.
  7. To assemble, place one layer, rounded side down, on serving plate; spread with 1/2-inch layer of whipped cream. Reserve 12 cherries; place remaining cherries over top. Place second layer, rounded side up, on top of cherries; spread and garnish top with remaining whipped cream. Cover; refrigerate until serving time.
  8. Garnish with reserved cherries. Cover; refrigerate leftover cake.

Makes 10 to 12 servings.

Whipped Cream Filling: In large bowl, beat 2 cups cold whipping cream, 1/3 cup powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon almond extract until stiff. Use immediately.

Recipe and photograph courtesy of the Hershey Kitchens, and reprinted with permission of The Hershey Company. © The Hershey Company.