Is there anything better than layers and layers of decadent chocolate cake? Why yes, yes there is as a matter of fact! My Sinful Special Dark Chocolate Layer Cake with Black Sweet Cherries will send you straight into chocolate-cherry nirvana!
This incredibly delicious, rich cake starts with a boxed mix, but you’d never know it after all the goodies that I add to make it absolutely sinful!
One of the secrets to this cake, is the use of special dark cocoa powder. Much more chocolate-y in flavor, and really helps to make this cake decadently rich!
The other more well-known trick, is adding instant chocolate pudding mix to the batter. But not just regular, use the chocolate fudge flavor! Even better!
Those are the simple, basic additions, and then the real magic happens! I add instant espresso powder, butter instead of the oil, vanilla and almond extracts, and a pinch of cinnamon!
All of these add up to making the cake extra special with an intense chocolate flavor!
And that’s just the cake!
(*This one is Pinterest-friendly!)
There are also two layers of black sweet cherry all-fruit spread, too! This is spread onto the cake layers while they’re hot, and some will seep seep into the cake, making it even more decadent and rich!
It will also help to keep the cake moist longer, too.
And now, my favorite part, that homemade special dark chocolate frosting!!
Prepare yourself by tying your hair back into a ponytail, because you will lick the bowl. (And the spoon and the beaters…)
Just warning you ahead of time.
Just like the cake, it has all of the goodies added as well! Melt-in-your-mouth creamy, rich and insanely delicious, special dark chocolate buttercream frosting… *sigh* …is there anything better?
Keep that ponytail a little longer….just saying.
Swoon-worthy! Absolutely divine!
You will need to keep this refrigerated in hot weather, though, because the buttercream frosting will melt in the heat. But an icebox-cold cake is the perfect treat on a hot and humid day, anyways!
This was made awhile back for my hubby’s birthday, but you don’t have to wait for a special occasion to make this. This cake will make unordinary day special, just when you need it the most!
So be sure to save this cake to your Pinterest boards for safe keeping! You don’t want to lose this Sinful Special Dark Chocolate Layer Cake with Black Sweet Cherries! It really is amazing! Enjoy!