This is a great cake for Valentine's Day, Presidents' Day, or any day! The cake is very rich and has a texture that is somewhere between cake and brownie. I love chocolate, but the almond-cherry flavor in this cake is wonderful! For the ganache I used chocolate chips. I was surprised at how well it turned out--very smooth and shiny just like it should be!
Yes, this recipe starts with a cake mix and contains cherry pie filling. I know there are differing views on using mixes and ready-made fillings in recipes. Some refer to this kind of recipe as "semi-homemade" or don't even consider it homemade at all. My view is that cake mix and pie filling are just ingredients you add to the recipe like eggs or butter. As long as it tastes good, I am not bothered by recipes that use mixes or pie fillings. Call it what you want, but some of my favorite recipes contain these shortcuts. And they quick and easy recipes so I tend to make them over and over again!
What's your view on recipes that have mixes and pie fillings as ingredients?
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips