When we were stationed in Germany we lived in civilian housing. Our Land lady showed me this cake and taught me how to make it. She told me the Germans use either a very rich Vanilla White or the Dark Chocolate Cake. I in turn taught her Tacos & Peanut Butter cookies. One of my sons tried to sell this recipe in grade school. I was so embarrassed & had to laugh. I was always asked to make this for Birthdays & family gatherings & holiday dinners! Today 30 + years later I look back and feel a little pride that he liked it that much. This is a very impressive looking, divinely rich dessert!
1Preheat oven 350* / Dark Pans 325* Place Whipping Cream & Cherry Filling aside for later!
Place all liquids and eggs, sugar in mixer bowl. Mix in other container all dry ingredients, slowly add to liquid mixture till well mixed and smooth, about 3 minutes.
2Lightly grease two 9" round cake pans & dust with Cocoa Powder. You can use a 9x13" for a one layer.
Tap pans on counter to break any air bubbles. Bake for about 30 -40 min. depending on which size pans used and all ovens are different - so watch. While cake is baking place mixer bowl & beaters in freezer. Cake is done, when tooth pick comes out clean. Let cake / layers cool for 5 or so minutes, till cake can be removed to wax paper to finish cooling to room temp. When cooled totally stack with wax paper between & place in refrigerator.
3With Cold Mixing bowl & beater, pour Whipping Cream and on high speed whip till soft peaks form, then slowly add 1/2 cup sugar and 2 Tablespoons Pure Vanilla while mixing. Continue mixing until stiff peaks form.
4Level one layer's top as this will be the top of cake. Open Cherry Pie Filling and spoon onto middle layer and top with light layer of whipped cream. Place top layer on. Ice whole cake with Whipped Cream except leveled Top. Build Cream to about 1 - 2 inch ridge about an inch towards & encircling top center. Spoon Cherry Filling to cover entire top, place a dollop of Whipped Cream in center over Cherry center. Refrigerate till ready to serve.
5OPT. few Curls of Sweet Real Chocolate over top. If you do not have all needed for cake, you can sub a Fudge or Dark Chocolate Cake Mix for the cake.