Chocolate and Cherry Poke Cake

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This Chocolate and Cherry Poke Cake recipe comes to us today from the Cozy Country Living food blog. Who doesn't love a good poke cake recipe these days? It seems the poke cake recipe is popping up with all kinds of combinations. Have you tried a lemon poke cake recipe, a chocolate poke cake recipe, a coconut cream pie poke cake recipe? They all exist and so many more recipes just like this yummy chocolate cherry poke cake which is perfect for any occasion, but of course is always a fun one to serve on the red themed holidays like Valentines, Christmas or birthdays.

Just what is a poke cake, you ask? The basic idea of all poke cake recipes is to bake a cake, poke some holes in it, fill the holes with some delicious sauce, and then top with a frosting recipe of some kind. In this recipe the cake recipe is a delicious chocolate cake base. The recipe calls for a cake mix, which of course you can use in a pinch, but it is just as easy to find a homemade chocolate cake recipe from scratch and make your own cake. The sauce poured into the holes of this poke cake recipe is made from cherry jello in boiling water. A healthier alternative to this would be to use some canned cherry juice and a little bit of gelatin to create a similar effect. Finally the frosting of this chocolate cherry poke cake recipe is a combination of Dream Whip, Instant Jello Chocolate Pudding Mix, and milk. As always, being an advocate of from-scratch homemade recipes, it would be simple enough to replicate this type of frosting with your own combination of similar ingredients like whipping cream, cocoa powder and milk. The entire cake recipe, once assembled, has to sit and chill in the fridge for a few hours in order for the gelatin to set and to make the recipe cuttable.

If you plan to make your own chocolate cake mix recipe (which can be stored in a glass jar) or other airtight container, here is a great mixture. Try even doubling or tripling the recipe and making a huge batch so you always have it on hand for these kinds of recipes that call for instant chocolate cake mix. Here it goes for a homemade chocolate cake mix. 3 cups of flour, 2 cups of sugar, 8 tablespoons of cocoa powder, 2 teaspoons of baking soda and 2 teaspoons of salt. Mix and keep stored in an airtight container. When the time comes to make your chocolate cake just add 2 cups of cold water, 2 teaspoons of vanilla, 2 tablespoons of white vinegar and 3/4 cup of oil. Stir together and bake!

If you are looking for other quick and easy dessert recipes like this poke cake recipe, check out the recipe index at the Cozy Country Living blog and you will find goodies like a raspberry banana bread recipe, chocolate chip and coconut cookie recipe, a delicious Italian cookie recipe and so many more!*

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