Merry Christmas! — If you’ve read this blog much, you must think all we do around here is sit and eat cake! It’s kind of true. Especially at Christmas–so many excuses to pull a good cake out of the oven.
This one is chocolatey and cranberry tart and creamy– all around delicious. And just about the right way to end a Christmas meal.*
CHOCOLATE CRANBERRY POKE CAKE
1 dark chocolate cake mix
1/3 cup canola oil
1 cup mini chocolate chips
1/2 cup sugar
1 tab. cornstarch
1/2 cup water
2 heaping cups of cranberries
3 to 4 tab. chocolate ice cream syrup
1 pint whipping cream
2 tsp. powdered sugar
2 tsp. instant vanilla pudding mix**
leaves for garnish
Make the cake according to the directions on the package (mine used 3 eggs, 1/3 cup canola oil & water). Mix in the chocolate chips. Then spoon the batter into two 8″ or 9″ cake pans and bake according the directions.
While the cakes are baking, make the cranberry sauce. In a saucepan stir together the sugar and cornstarch until there are no cornstarch lumps. Then mix in the 1/2 cup water and cranberries. Cook the mixture over medium high heat until it simmers for 2 to 3 minutes while all the cranberries “pop” and the liquid turns a deep red.
With a slotted spoon, lift the cranberries to a heat proof bowl to cool. Leave the sauce in the pan.
When the cakes and and sauce are cooled, poke holes all over the cakes with the handle end of a wooden spoon. Then drizzle the chocolate sauce into the holes. Next drizzle the cranberry sauce (not the cooked cranberries, just the sauce) into the holes.
Beat the whipping cream with an electric mixer, adding in the powdered sugar and the instant pudding mix.
Heap the whipped cream onto the cake and top with the cooked cranberries and garnish with a few (non poisonous!) leaves from your yard (these are rose geranium leaves). So pretty!
**The pudding mix stabilizes the cream so it stays whipped even after a couple hours out on the table.
*I made this recipe into two smaller cakes (8″ cake pans) because sometimes just a small liver of cake is a good way to cap off a meal.
*The cake mix makes two layers of cake. I did two individual one layer cakes, because sometimes a small little piece of cake is just enough after a big meal.
**The pudding mix stabilizes the cream, so it will hold up out of the fridge for hours.