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Cherry Chocolate Marble Cake

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours + cooling

Makes

12 servings

Cherries and chocolate are natural partners that make desserts such as this simply scrumptious! The marbled effect is easily achieved by layering the two contrasting batters. —Sandra Campbell, Chase Mills, New York
Cherry Chocolate Marble Cake Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups sour cream
  • 3/4 cup chopped maraschino cherries, drained
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the cherry juice, water and extract; mix well. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream, beating well after each addition.
  2. Divide batter in half. To 1 portion, add cherries and walnuts; mix well. To the second portion, add chocolate; mix well. Spoon half the cherry mixture into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan. Cover with half of the chocolate mixture. Repeat layers.
  3. Bake at 350° until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean, about 1-1/4 hours. Cool for 15 minutes; remove from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioners' sugar if desired.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 606 calories, 31g fat (16g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 544mg sodium, 74g carbohydrate (39g sugars, 3g fiber), 9g protein.

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