Total TimePrep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
I had some difficulties with this cake. First of all mine rather resembled a Pinterest fail lol. It wasn't until after I assembled it that I realized the edges had been trimmed in the photo, which was not mentioned in the recipe, so mine looked very different. Next when you mix 1/2 C milk with an entire package of pudding it is very thick and hard to mix. No need to let it set, it was very thick before even 2 minutes were up. I had great difficulty incorporating it into the beaten heavy cream. Then when mixing the chocolate layer it has you beat the softened cream cheese, cocoa powder, and powdered sugar into beaten cream. However I could not get the cream cheese to fully incorporate, it had little bits that weren't mixing in, and I was afraid of over beating the cream. So I think it would be better to beat the cream cheese, cocoa, and powdered sugar together before beating into the cream, then perhaps it will fully incorporate. Also this cake is VERY tall and very awkward to cut, it pretty much falls apart when you slice it. It is a rather expensive cake to make; 2 cake mixes, 1/2 dozen eggs, vegetable oil, heavy cream, package of cream cheese, package of pudding, jar of cherries, not counting the powdered sugar, milk, almond extract, and cocoa powder which I already had on hand. Because of the difficulties and expense, I would not make this cake again, although the taste was fine.
Personally did not like it although it made a pretty cake.