Nicole's Cherry Almond Cake

See that picture above? 
 That was one lucky girl's birthday cake. Mine? Ha! I do all my best work when I'm going to give it away. No, this lucky girl, Nicole, was a coworker. And she was turning 25 and had to work night shift on her birthday. And when that happens, parties will be had in the break room! Surprise!

Red Velvet & Brownie Swirl Cake

 1 box red velvet cake mix
1 box brownie mix
2 cans chocolate buttercream frosting
sliced almonds for decoration
large jar of maraschino cherries
water and eggs as needed for box recipes
replace vegetable oil with almond oil


Preheat oven to temperature stated on red velvet cake mix.
In a large bowl, mix ingredients for red velvet cake as stated on box, except using almond oil in place of regular vegetable oil.
In a separate large bowl, mix brownie mix as stated on box but also using almond oil instead of vegetable oil.
Lightly grease 3 round 8" cake pans with cooking spray.
Divide red velvet mix equally between two pans.
With brownie mix, make several stripes of batter on top of red velvet. Marble brownie mix into red velvet with a knife. (Or see this blog for another example of marbling)
Bake until tooth pick come out clean, approx 20 min.
Baked, the brownie batter is hidden 

Cool on rack completely.

Cooling, with the extra brownie batter in ramekins

To Assemble:

Place one of the cake layers on a plate, frost top only. 
Place second layer atop the frosted bottom layer. Frost top only.
Place third and final layer on top. Frost top and sides evenly.
Next, decorate side of cake by pressing sliced almonds against it one by one.
Now place remainder of frosting in a piping bag fitted with a star shaped tip.
Pipe small spots along bottom rim and top outer rim of cake. You will want to make a nice thick rim on the top of cake so the cherries don't roll off if your cake is rounded on top.
Decorate the top with cherries covering the whole top and then pipe dots of frosting in between the cherries. 

There was none left by the end of our 12hr shift!

 This was such a delicious moist cake! Any chocolate lover will adore it.


  1. holy crap this cake looks fantastic. haha, I love that you say you don't put this much work into something if it's just for you - sadly, I'm the same way.

    I bet your friend was so fricken excited to get such a work of art! Looks delicioso - great work. Did it taste as good as it looks ?


  2. Haha thanks Gabrielle! It really was quite yummy, my friend loved it :)