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Cherry Chocolate Upside-Down Cake

Servings: 9
Serve this easy Cherry Chocolate Upside Down Cake with whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side for a quick dessert when you've had a busy day. It tastes terrific!!

1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon cold water
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
1 can (21 oz.) cherry pie filling
1-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For Garnish, Optional
Whipped Cream or, thawed frozen whipped topping
Vanilla Ice Cream

1. Heat oven to 350°F. In medium size bowl stir together cornstarch, 1 tablespoon water and almond extract until cornstarch is dissolved. Gently stir in pie filling and spread mixture evenly on bottom of ungreased 9-inch square baking pan.

2. In a large bowl stir together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Add 1 cup water, oil, vinegar and vanilla and beat with spoon until batter is smooth and well blended. Pour batter evenly over cherries.

3. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Invert onto serving plate. Serve warm with whipped cream, thawed frozen whipped topping, or vanilla ice cream.
Makes: 9 Servings

Recipe Adapted From: Hersheys Kitchens

Source: DianasDesserts.com
Date: May 28, 2002