Scout asked if his girlfriend could come over and I said yes, then I thought: What the heck will I cook for dinner? OK - I admit first I thought: What about dessert? I remembered a recipe "teaser" from a Southern Living ad hawking their newest cookbook. No, I do not want the cookbook, thank you, but I will take all the free recipes you throw at me!
And I'm a sucker for cake recipes! So here is my version of their recipe:
Chocolate Cherry Fudge Cake
1 box devil's food cake mix
1 t. almond extract
1 can cherry pie filling
Pre-heat oven to 350. Throw all that together in your mixer and beat til smooth; grease a 13x9 pan and pour in batter. Bake for 40 minutes. Note: if you have a deep 13x9, decrease the cooking time a little - mine is shallow and took 40 minutes - I do the touch test to see if the cake springs back so I know it's done!
While the cake is cooling, beat 1 stick softened butter with 1 box powdered sugar, another teaspoon of almond extract, and about 1/2 cup or so of powdered cocoa. Frost while the cake is warm, not hot. A little frosting goes a long way - you can always freeze the extra for another cake. Serve with cherry vanilla ice cream - and be sure to eat a square of it to "taste test" like I do....
So, I decided to make a Stouffer's lasagna after that, served with a loaf of Italian bread halved, and smeared with garlic butter. And some corn and brussel sprouts....
but we all know the real star of the show was the cake...