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 Serving Size  : 10   Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Desserts                         Cakes
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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                         -----DRIED CHERRY FILLING & COFFE-----
    1 1/4   c            Dried sour cherries (see
    1       c            Water
    3       T            Granulated sugar
    1       T            Cornstarch
    3       T            Marsala
    1       t            Lemon juice
      1/3   c            Strong coffee
                         -----CHOCOLATE CAKE-----
      1/4   c            Boiling water
      1/4   c            Unsweetened cocoa powder
      3/4   c            Granulated sugar
      1/3   c            Vegetable shortening
    2       lg           Eggs
    1       t            Vanilla extract
    1 1/4   c            Cake flour
      1/2   t            Salt
      1/2   t            Baking powder
      1/4   t            Baking soda
    6       T            Buttermilk
                         -----CREAM-CHEESE FILLING-----
    1       pk           (8-oz) cream cheese,
      1/2   c            Confectioners' sugar
    1       c            (1/2 pint) heavy cream
                         Chocolate Meringue Twigs
                         -(recipe follows)
   56                    Inches decorative ribbon
                         Fresh sweet cherries (opt.)
   1. Prepare Dried Cherry Filling: In small saucepan, combine dried
   cherries, water, and 2 T sugar. Beat mixture to boiling over high
   heat; reduce heat to low and simmer cherries until soft and liquid is
   reduced by half. Remove from heat and transfer half of cherry mixture
   to blender or food processor fitted with chopping blade; process
   until a chunky puree forms. Return pureed mixture to saucepan with
   remaining dried cherry mixture; add cornstarch and stir until well
   blended. Heat mixture to boiling, stirring constantly; cook until
   thickened. Remove from heat and stir in 1 T Marsala and the lemon
   juice. Cool to room temperature.
   2. Prepare Coffee Syrup: Combine coffee with remaining T sugar and 2 T
   Marsala; set aside.
   3. Prepare Chocolate Cake: In small bowl, stir boiling water and cocoa
   until smooth; set aside to cool to room temperature. Heat oven to
   350'F. Grease a 15 1/2 by 10 1/2-inch jelly-roll pan and line with
   waxed paper; grease and flour paper.
   4. In large bowl, with electric mixer at medium speed, beat sugar and
   shortening until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after
   each addition. Beat in vanilla and cooled cocoa mixture.
   5. Into small bowl, sift flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
   Add flour mixture to shortening mixture alternately with buttermilk,
   beating until batter is smooth. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan
   and bake 18 to 20 minutes or until center springs back when gently
   pressed. Cool cake in pan on wire rack 10 minutes. Invert cake onto
   wire rack, remove waxed paper, and cool cake completely.
   6. Prepare Cream-Cheese Filling: In large bowl, with electric mixer at
   medium speed, beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar 2 minutes. In
   small bowl, beat cream until soft peaks form; fold whipped cream into
   cream-cheese mixture just until blended. (Do not over-mix.)
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   Country Living/December/92 Scanned & fixed by Di Pahl & <gg>
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