Food on the Hill: Cooking for Valentine’s Day

This week’s recipe: 

Cherry Chocolate Cake

For Valentine’s Day (next two weeks) I am going to have recipes in that ANYONE can cook. I feel it is very important that you show the people that you love (Sweethearts, Family, and Friends) that you think they are important. Surprise your loved ones with a great dinner.


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  • Devil’s food cake mix

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

  • 1 pound 5 oz cherry pie filling (strawberry can also be used)


  • 1/3 cup milk

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 5 Tablespoons butter

  • 6 – 7 oz chocolate chips


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Mix well and pour into a greased and floured 9×13 pan. To grease and flour a pan, spray it with a non-stick spray like PAM and then sprinkle some flour in the bottom of the pan. Shake it around, hitting it on the edges to move the flour around. Do the same with the edges of the pan. 


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Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes until done. Cool a little. This version of the cake is an easy option for beginning cooks. Bakers can make the cake as simple or as fancy as they wish.


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Mix milk, butter, sugar and boil hard for 1 minute. REMOVE from heat and add chocolate chips. Stir until melted and spread on warm cake.


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*** I have made this cake a few different ways just to demonstrate that you can make it in all sizes and shapes. The full round cake was made with strawberry pie filling and the filling between each layer was 12 oz cream cheese, ½ cup powdered sugar and 2/3 cup “just fruit” jam mixed together. You can use the same recipe to make cup cakes.

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