Cherry Cake with a Marsala Splash

Mom taught me many years ago a cake formula that could be altered with flavoring extracts, liqueurs, fruits, cream, custard or zabaione. The wonderful thing about this cake is that it's all prepared in one pan. So we call it the, "One Pan Wonder". I add all the ingredients in a glass baking dish, blend just until incorporated and bake. Easy clean up for sure!

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 Eggs
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!


The Food Hunter said...

That looks awesome...and so easy. Thanks for sharing. How interesting you're from South Philly too. I don't think I'll ever find a bakery that compares to Termini's! Whenever we go home we buy pastries at Termini's to take back to Phx with us. What neighborhood is your family from?

Lori Lynn said...

Great holiday dessert. I love the cherries and marsala together.

fadt said...

Wow! Very nice blog and very interesting presentation...well done!

The Blonde Duck said...

It looks lovely! Perfect for Christmas! Have a merry Christmas!

Vera said...

The dessert looks delicious, Laurie!
Happy Holidays to you and your family!

€llY said...

It's delicious, brava!
I hope you had a merry xmas!
Elly from Dolce Mania per la Pasticceria

Haley said...

Mmmm... this really is a one pan wonder! It looks fantastic! Love your blog :)

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