Brownies & Bars, Cakes

Chocolate Cherry Bars

This is a recipe that I grew up with, a family favorite.  It is from they call them bars but to me it is cake.  It is an incredibly moist fudgy cake with bites of sweet cherry, and a ganache like frosting.  Make a 13″x9″ cake or a sheet cake to feed more.  A quick fix for dessert at home or travels well to take and share with others.

1 chocolate cake mix
1 can (21 oz) cherry pie filling
1 tsp almond extract
3 eggs

Preheat oven to 350°.  Decide whether you will use a 13″x9″ pan or 15″x10″ sheet pan, spray with non-stick cooking spray and flour.  In large bowl with electric mixer, combine cake mix, cherry pie filling, almond extract, and eggs.  Mix until well combined.  Pour into prepared pan and bake for 25-35 minutes for 13″x9″ and 20-30 minutes for 15″x10″.  Watch carefully and test with toothpick in center to come out clean.  Make frosting.

5 Tbl butter
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup milk (I use cream)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

In small saucepan, combine butter, sugar, and milk.  Bring to boil.  Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and stir in chocolate chips until smooth.  Pour and spread over warm cake.  Cool completely.

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