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RECIPE BOX: Black Forest cake brings back fond childhood memories

Black Forest cake is sure to please any sweet tooth this Holiday season.
 Top this chocolate cake with Cool Whip and cherries. 

Black Forest cake is sure to please any sweet tooth this Holiday season. Top this chocolate cake with Cool Whip and cherries. 

Start to finish: 45 minutes (5 minutes active)

One box of Devil’s food cake mix

Two 20-ounce cans of cherry pie filling

One 8-ounce tub of Cool Whip, thawed

Bake the cake as directed, using the directions for two round cake pans.

Let cake cool completely.

Place one layer of the cake on a cake plate and spread half the Cool Whip on top.

Add the cherries.

Place the other layer of cake on top of the first layer and repeat the steps above.

Tip: Use the Splenda cake mix, Lite Cool Whip and Comstock’s cherry pie filling made with Splenda for a lower calorie dessert.

E-mail recipes to: julie.wells@rockdalecitizen.com.

We all have a certain dish that makes us smile from the inside out when the holidays appear. Maybe it's the turkey you just ate. Or maybe it is your mom's homemade fudge. For me, it is Black Forest cake.

My grandparents used to make Black Forest cake every holiday season. It was a tradition in our household. I even requested it as my birthday cake a few years.

But I knew when Grandma purchased that box of devil's food cake mix, cans of cherries and tub of Cool Whip, she was gearing up for the holiday cooking season.

There are several things I love about this cake. The first thing is it's chocolatey, but not too much so, It has just to right amount of chocolate. Secondly, it has cherries in it, and I love cherries. But I have to say, now that I'm an adult and unfortunately both of my grandparents have left this world, it brings back the best of childhood memories.

Did mention it is a cinch to make?

When Grandma made this cake, she let me stick my finger in the bowl after she was done mixing it up and get what little of the cake batter was left off the sides of the bowl. But when Papa made it, I'd have to share that bowl-licking fun with him. Lord knows, I'd give anything to lick that bowl with him one more time.

I hope making this cake becomes a holiday tradition at your home and the memories last a lifetime.