Saturday, July 19, 2008

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cake

1 box chocolate cake mix
2 pkg cream cheese, softened
1 cup mini chocolate chips
1 jar maraschino cherries
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Dash of milk
1 large Hershey chocolate bar
1 small tub chocolate frosting
Preheat oven to 350° F.
Mix cake according to pkg directions and spread it evenly between 3 round, greased and floured cake pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on wire racks.
In a small bowl, combine cream cheese, milk, powdered sugar and vanilla. Set aside.
Drain maraschino cherries, then place them on a paper towel to drain some more. Chop the cherries FINE and place again on a clean paper towel to drain again. Set aside.
Begin building your cake. Place the first cake round on your cake plate or platter. Spread 1/2 of your cream cheese mixture on the cake, leaving a 1/4 inch edge unfrosted around. Sprinkle 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips and 1/2 the cherries on the cream cheese mixture.
Top with next cake round. Repeat the cream cheese, chocolate chip and cherry layers. Place the last cake round on top.
Frost the entire cake with the chocolate frosting. Using a vegetable peeler, peel shavings of the Hershey bar onto the top of your cake for garnish.