Another birthday... and yes, I decided to make another cake. You may remember my post about my husband's delicious, yet god forsaken ugly Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake. I swore in that post that I would never bake a cake again unless it was a bundt cake or cupcakes, and I have stayed true to that promise. ;)
For my son's birthday, I decided to combine a few of his favorites- fudgy chocolate and Cherry Coke.
I have always heard about those Coca-Cola chocolate cakes, and it has been on my list of recipes to try. So, I thought why not try it with Cherry Coke instead of Coke?
I created this recipe from hodge podge of a couple of Coca-Cola chocolate cake recipes and one of my favorite bundt cake recipes, the Better Than Pretty Much Everything Chocolate Cake from the Is This Really My Life? blog. I kind of pieced it together and prayed that it turned out edible. Lucky for myself, my son, and our birthday party guests, it turned out decadently fabulous.
What you will need:
For the bundt cake:
16.5oz box of Dark Chocolate Fudge cake mix
5.9oz box of Chocolate Fudge instant pudding mix
1/2 cup of sour cream
12oz can of Cherry Coke
1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
For the Chocolate Covered Cherry glaze:
1 cup of fresh cherries, pitted and halved
3/4 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 tbsp of butter
1 tbsp light corn syrup
1/4 tsp vanilla
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a bundt pan with cooking spray and coat with flour. Mix together all the ingredients for the bundt cake except for the chocolate chips. Mix right away because the pudding mix will quickly make the batter thick. Once the batter is well mixed, stir in the chocolate chips. Pour into your prepared bundt cake pan and bake for about 55 minutes.
Once baked, let the bundt cake cool for about an hour before turning it out onto a serving plate.
Halve and pit about 1 cup of fresh cherries. I wish that I could tell you that I have a fancy trick for this, but I do not. Someone told me to try using a straw to poke out the pits. It sort of worked, but my knife and fingers worked them out way quicker.
Now for the Chocolate Covered Cherry glaze...
Melt the butter, chocolate chips, light syrup, and vanilla in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring often. When completely melted and well incorporated, add the cherry halves. Simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes. Let it cool slightly (maybe 5 minutes), and then pour the chocolate and cherries over the top of the cooled cake.
And there you go! Chocolate Covered Cherry Coke Cake! :) This cake is pretty rich, and oh so sinful. It was really moist. I was actually surprised at how much of the liquids were successfully replaced by the Cherry Coke in the recipe. No oil, no water, and only 1 egg.
Happy 14th Birthday to my sweet young man!