For this cake I used canned cherry pie filling and Marsala wine for my flavoring. I made a Marsala sugar syrup for the soaking solution and I whipped heavy whipping cream with a few tablespoons of sugar and almond extract for a luxurious topping.
Basic Cake Directions
1 Can Fruit Pie Filling of Choice
2/3 Cups Oil
2 Tbsp. flavoring or Liqueur of Choice
1 Cup Sugar
2 Cups Flour
1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda
1 Cup Chopped Walnuts
Mix all ingredients in order given in a glass baking dish. Add Nuts last. Bake in a pre heated 350˚ oven for 30 - 40 minutes. Until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Putting it together is easy, after you have prepared your cake, whipped cream and flavored sugar syrup, either tear or cut up pieces of cake and fit into individual serving bowls, drizzle syrup over cake and let macerate for a few minutes. Top with whipped cream and drizzle lightly with a bit more syrup. Serve immediately and I know you'll enjoy! This is an easy and elegant holiday dessert.. we Italians love dunking and saturating our food.. if you haven't guessed so by now! :)
Ciao and Feste Felici!