Chocolate Cherry Cake – aka ‘The Funeral Cake’

My nephew, Patrick Richard, brought this recipe home to his mother when he was in middle school. (He is now 27.) When he brought the recipe home, it was in his pocket, folded into a little bitty square.  He asked his mother to make it saying “This is the best cake I have ever eaten; it tastes like a chocolate covered cherry!”

Over the years we have started calling this cake The Funeral Cake because it is so easy to make with only a few ingredients needed.  Who doesn’t have the below ingredients in their pantry at all times?

1 box Chocolate Cake Mix (choose any flavor chocolate you like, Butter Fudge, Devil’s Food, etc.)
1 can Cherry Pie Filling
2 eggs slightly beaten
1 teaspoon almond extract
Mix everything together in 1 bowl until thoroughly blended. Pour into a greased and floured 9X13 pan and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes before adding the icing.

Icing
5 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup Carnation evaporated milk
1 cup granulated sugar
While the cake is cooling, over medium heat, bring the butter, milk, and sugar to a boil. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from the fire and add 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Stir until it cools and thickens. Pour over warm cake.

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