Cherry-Almond Torte

For a birthday or special occasion, bake a show-stopping cake with creamy frosting and tangy cherries.

  • prep time 25 min
  • total time 3 hr 35 min
  • ingredients 10
  • servings 12

Ingredients

Cake

1
box (1 lb 2.25 oz) yellow cake mix with pudding
1 1/4
cups water
1/3
cup vegetable oil
2
teaspoons almond extract
3
eggs

Cherry Mixture

1
can (21 oz) cherry pie filling
1
tablespoon cornstarch

Whipped Cream and Almond Cream

1 1/2
cups whipping cream
1
container (8 oz) cream cheese spread, softened
1/2
cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottoms only of two 9-inch round cake pans with shortening or cooking spray. In large bowl, beat all cake ingredients with electric mixer on low speed just until combined; beat on medium speed 2 minutes. Pour and spread batter evenly into pans.
  • 2 Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • 3 Meanwhile, in 2-quart saucepan, mix pie filling and cornstarch. Cook over medium heat about 7 minutes, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat to cool.
  • 4 In medium bowl, beat whipping cream on high speed until soft peaks form. Beat in cream cheese spread until fluffy. Reserve 1/2 cup whipped cream mixture for garnish. Stir almonds into remaining cream mixture.
  • 5 With serrated knife, cut each cake layer in half horizontally. To assemble torte, place 1 half cake layer on serving plate; spread with 1 cup almond cream. Top with second half layer; spread with 1 cup cherry mixture. Top with third half layer; spread with 1 cup almond cream. Place remaining half layer on top.
  • 6 Spoon remaining cherry mixture on top of torte, spreading almost to edge. Frost side of torte with remaining 1 1/4 cups almond cream. Spoon reserved 1/2 cup whipped cream mixture into decorating bag with large star tip. Pipe cream around top edge of torte. Refrigerate about 2 hours before serving. Store in refrigerator.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Serving
    Calories
    470
    (
    Calories from Fat
    250),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    28g
    28%
    (Saturated Fat
    12g,
    12%
    Trans Fat
    1 1/2g
    1 1/2%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    105mg
    105%;
    Sodium
    430mg
    430%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    50g
    50%
    (Dietary Fiber
    1g
    1%
      Sugars
    32g
    32%
    ),
    Protein
    6g
    6%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    10%;
    Vitamin C
    2%;
    Calcium
    10%;
    Iron
    8%;
    Exchanges:
    1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 3 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 4 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    3
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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