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BLACK FOREST CAKE

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INGREDIENTS:

For the Chocolate Cake Layers:

1 and 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups granulated sugar

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 large eggs

1 cup milk

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup boiling water

For the Cherry Filling:

2 cans (21 oz each) cherry pie filling

For the Whipped Cream Frosting:

2 cups heavy whipping cream, cold

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For Assembly and Decoration:

Chocolate shavings or curls (optional)

Maraschino cherries (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

For the Chocolate Cake Layers:

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Add the eggs, milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract to the dry ingredients. Mix until well combined.

Gradually stir in the boiling water until the batter is smooth. The batter will be thin, but that’s okay.

Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cake pans.

Bake in the preheated oven for about 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean.

Remove the cakes from the oven and let them cool in the pans for 10 minutes. Then, transfer the cakes to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the Whipped Cream Frosting:

In a chilled mixing bowl, beat the heavy whipping cream until it starts to thicken.

Gradually add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract while continuing to beat. Beat until stiff peaks form.

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Assembly:

Once the cake layers are completely cooled, place one layer on a serving plate.

Spread a generous layer of cherry pie filling on top of the first cake layer.

Place the second cake layer on top of the cherry filling.

Frost the entire cake with the whipped cream frosting, covering the top and sides.

If desired, garnish the cake with chocolate shavings or curls and maraschino cherries.

Refrigerate the cake for at least an hour before serving to allow the flavors to meld.

Slice and serve your delicious homemade Black Forest Cake!

Note: You can customize the cake by adding a splash of cherry liqueur to the cherry filling for an authentic touch.

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