On the menu today is Tipsy Chocolate Cherry Sheet Cake. I think cherries and chocolate are quite possibly one of my favorite food combinations, and any time you throw a bunch of liquor at anything, I'm going to be a fan. One of the top visited recipes on my blog is for these chocolate covered brandy cherries, and these chocolate covered cherry cookies aren't too far behind, so I guess I'm not the only person who things chocolate and cherries and alcohol play nicely together.
I've been making variations of this cake forever but this is the first time I made it in sheet cake form, and I'll have to say I'm a fan. It was ever so much easier to disguise the fact that my oven doesn't heat evenly so one side of my cakes is always two inches higher than the other.
WHAT YOU NEED:
1 chocolate cake mix of your choice
1 10 oz. jar of maraschino cherries
1 can of cream cheese frosting
1 can of chocolate frosting of your choice
eggs and oil to the cake mix directions
1/4 teaspoon cherry extract
1 cup (approximate) cherry flavored liquor. I have used cherry brandy, but I was out this time so I used UV Cherry Vodka, and it was yummy. Yummy. Yummy.
WHAT YOU DO:
At least two to three hours before you plan to bake your cake, drain the juice from the cherries and reserve it in a separate container. Then fill the container (with the cherries still inside) back up with cherry flavored liquor. I usually do this the day before I'm baking the cake, if I remember to.
Prepare the cake batter according to package directions, EXCEPT replace any water needed with a combo of the reserved cherry juice and the cherry liquor your drain from the cherries, up to the amount of water the directions call for.
Bake in a 9x11 or 9x13 sheet pan according to the directions on the mix.
Allow the cake to cool completely.
Add 1/4 teaspoon of cherry extract to the chocolate frosting and stir well. Frost the cake. Use the cream cheese frosting to frost around the edges. When I make a layer cake, I use the cream cheese between the layers. Top with the liquor soaked, drained cherries.