Day 111-Black Forest Pake

No, the title is  not a typo! Yesterday, I made my very first pake (a cross between a pie and a cake). If there are any Drop Dead Diva Fans, you will know exactly what I am talking about.

Saturday was my friend’s birthday, so I decided to make a pake for her birthday and to enter a recipe contest. I think I have a winner too; this pake was delicious and pretty easy to make too! The only thing I made from scratch was the cake and the sweetened whipped cream. This recipe should make two pakes, but I made one pake and cupcakes.


  • 2 deep dish pie crusts (thawed, not baked)
  • 2 cups cherry filling (I used cherry preserves with whole cherries in it)
  • Chocolate cake batter
  • About 1 cup sweetened whipped cream
  • Bittersweet chocolate bar to shave for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Pour 1 cup of cherry filling into each pie tin.
  3. Prepare the cake batter and pour into each pie tin. Batter should be about 1/4  inch below the rim of the tin.
  4. Place tins on a cookie sheet and bake for about 35 minutes.
  5. Insert toothpick into cake, it will come out clean when the cake is done.
  6. Once done baking, let pake cool, then top with whipped cream and with a zester, shave chocolate over whipped cream. Note: I used a pastry bag and tip for the whipped cream.

Recipes for chocolate cake and whipped cream are below.  Also, if you do not want to make the cake from scratch; here is a quick way to alter the cake mix with a little more flavor. Altered Cake Mix: Instead of using water for the cake mix, use coffee, 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract, and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. P.S. This is mostly for my mother because she does not like baking cakes from scratch!

Chocolate Cake Recipe


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup hot coffee


  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. With the mixer on low setting, stir in hot coffee (batter will be thin).

Sweetened Whipped Cream:


  1. Whip heavy cream to stiff peaks.
  2. Add sifted confectioner’s sugar and vanilla, whip to combine.

This may seem like a lot of work, but it really wasn’t!


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