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Gramma Moutaw’s Chocolate Maraschino Cherry Cake

My Gramma Moutaw did a variety of things exceptionally well. One, she was one of those people who was gut-bustingly funny in a way where she was surprised you laughed at her brilliance, which made her even funnier. Two, she could crochet like a dream. Three, she accessorized beautifully.

And last, my gramma could COOK!

We lived in Indiana and she lived in California so we didn’t see her often. But I remember, every time we saw her, it was a good time full of laughter, love, warmth…and food.

This is one of several of my favorite recipes of hers. The cake is moist, chocolate/cherry deliciousness. No, this cake is moist, chocolate/cherry, marzipan-ish freaking amazingness. It’s also Benny Bianchi’s (from The Promise) favorite cake, the cake Frankie bakes for him for his birthday, the cake his mom gives up the recipe to without a fight because she knows Frankie is “The One.”

And now I give it to you!



1 cup Sugar
½ cup Shortening (or Trex for those in the UK)
1½ cup Flour
1 ounce Square Plain Chocolate (melted)
1 Jar (4 oz) Maraschino Cherries
½ cup Maraschino Cherry Juice
½ cup Chopped Nuts (optional, I never use these)
1 Egg
1 cup Buttermilk or Single Cream
2 teaspoon Soda
1/8 t Salt

½ cup Powdered Sugar (be prepared to need more)
1/3 C Butter
1 Egg
1 t Vanilla
1 ounce Square Plain Chocolate (melted)
Pinch Salt

How to do it…

The hilariousness of this is that the instructions are simple. No faffing about. Just mix ingredients together and bake at 350° F in a greased and floured 8″ square pan. That’s it!

As for the icing: Cream sugar and butter, add egg, and salt. Add melted chocolate and vanilla then ice the yummy cake!

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