Cream Cake with Cherry Sauce


1 (18.25 ounce) package white cake mix
2 cups milk
1/2 cup white sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon butter
1 pint heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup white sugar
2 ounces semisweet chocolate
1 (21 ounce) can cherry pie filling
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup water


Prepare and bake cake mix according to manufacturers instructions for two 9 inch layers. While the cake is baking, make the filling. Put milk into a saucepan over medium heat. whisk together the sugar, salt and cornstarch, stir into the milk. Add the egg, and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. When the mixture thickens, remove from heat and stir in the butter and vanilla. Pour into a dish. Place plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the pudding, and refrigerate until cool. Make the frosting after the cake and pudding are cooled. To make the frosting, combine the heavy cream, sugar and vanilla. Whip until stiff. Using a serrated knife, cut each cake layer in half horizontally. spread the filling between the layers. Frost with the whipped cream frosting. using a vegetable peeler, carve chocolate curls off of the chocolate bar directly onto the cake. If this does not work well for you, you can use a cheese grater to shave the chocolate, then sprinkle over the cake. Refrigerate the cake for at least 3 hours. Before serving combine the cherry pie filling, cornstarch and water. Heat to thicken and serve as a warm sauce with the cake.

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