Monday, July 22, 2013

Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cake

Well, here I am, one week down of being a cat-less cat owner. I feel like shit today. It started last night. I just miss Dixie quite a bit. I've managed to go only one day without crying so far (last Saturday). I mean, I was listening to the radio the other day, and "Same Love" by Macklemore came on the radio. I've heard this song a load of times before having Dixie put to sleep, and part of it (as sung by Mary Lambert) has ALWAYS made me think of me and Dixie together.

"And I can't change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
And I can't change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
My love, my love, my love
She keeps me warm."

It always made me think about me and Dixie, how she liked sleeping with us, most times, right on top of me. I used to joke I was a cat bed. I miss waking up at night, feeling her jump up on the bed and get comfortable on me. I miss waking up in the morning because she's feeling playful and happy while she is still with me in bed. I realized I couldn't change: I am a crazy cat/dog woman in training. I know where my pets are and what they are doing.

I don't regret putting her to sleep, I just regret having to do it.

So yeah, I'm driving down the street the other day, listening to Macklemore on the radio, crying like a baby. The fact that she was a cat and not human (as I'm trying to remind myself) isn't really working for me. I guess grief is grief, no matter what or who it's for, and I'm just going to have to deal with it.

I've felt no kind of creative spark lately. The closest thing I got to being creative was baking a cake last night. I was trying to organize some loose recipes the other day and came across this one. Apparently, Chocolate Covered Cherry Cake was an award winner of some kind in the early 1970's. And I've decided I hate being upstairs in my crafting room alone now, because that's where Dixie and I would hang out quite a bit.

I'm not much of a chocolate cake fan, but this was really good. It was fudgey but I think in the future, I would actually add another half can of cherries to it. They bake right into the cake very well. If you mix it well enough, the sauce from the cherries permeates the chocolate flavoring like a dream.

--Vegetable oil spray for misting
--1 package (18.25 ounces) plain devil's food cake mix or devil's food mix with pudding (I used the regular Kroger brand of devil's food cake box mix)
--1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling
--2 large eggs  OR 3 medium eggs
--1 teaspoon pure almond extract
--Your choice of chocolate frosting

Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly mist a 13- by 9-inch baking pan with vegetable oil spray. Set the pan aside.

Place the cake mix, cherry pie filling, eggs, and almond extract in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat 2 minutes more, scraping the sides down again if needed. The batter should look thick and well blended. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with the rubber spatula. Place the pan in the oven.

Bake the cake until it springs back when lightly pressed with your finger and just starts to pull away from the sides of the pan, 30 to 35 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and place it on a wire rack while you prepare the glaze, or in my case, let it cool for 30 minutes and then crack open your container of store-bought frosting.


  1. Amy, I am so, so sorry for the loss of Dixie. Hugs to you. <3

  2. Thanks. It hit me harder than I thought it would, but things are okay. I know she's not sick or hurting anymore, so that's a plus.