Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Lucky Leaf Sweetheart Cherry Cake and a Giveaway!

This Valentine's Day was really special as I was able to make a delicious treat for my family this year. I was fortunate enough to be contacted by Krista who handles PR for Lucky Leaf, which is a great company that has a yummy selection of premium pie fillings. I was sent withing a day the greatest package including a heart shaped pan, two big cans of Lucky Leaf Premium Cherry Pie Filling, some heart shaped measuring spoons, and a recipe for a Sweetheart Cherry Cake. I admit it, I am not the greatest baker, but once in a while, I really enjoy whipping up something sweet like a cake or some cookies and this was a perfect opportunity being Valentine's Day for me to do just that. I actually made the cake on Valentine's Day and was so surprised that it turned out as well as it did. I love cherries, next to strawberries they are my favorite fruit. Hubby thoroughly enjoyed it and so did little one, with frosting all over her face and hands. The oldest got a chance to try it last night as she spent Valentine's Day with her grandmother. She really loved it too and she's really not a big fan of cherries, but she kept telling me how good this was. I thought it was really melt in your mouth delicious and really easy to make.

Here is the recipe:
*1 (18.25 oz) dry white cake mix (or your favorite flavor)
*2 Large eggs
*1 tsp. baking powder
*1 tsp. vanilla extract
*1 tsp. almond extract (optional)
*1 (21 oz) can Lucky Leaf Premium Cherry Pie Filling

*1 c. butter, softened
*1 tsp. vanilla extract
*1 tsp. almond extract (optional)
*4 c. (1 lb) confectioners' sugar, sifted
*2-4 tbsp milk

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9x2-1/2 inch heart-shaped cake pan. Mix together on medium speed, dry cake mix, eggs, baking powder, both extracts and 1/2 can of the Lucky Leaf Premium Cherry Pie Filling until moistened. Fold in the remaining 1/2 can of cherry pie filling by hand until blended. Batter should appear thick. Pour batter into pan and level with a spatula. Bake for 65-75 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Remove can from oven, and allow it to cool completely in the pan. Invert cake onto a serving platter to decorate.
FOR ICING- Cream together butter and both extracts. Slowly add sifted confectioners' sugar, beating well. Add 2 tbsp milk. Mix well, if needed, continue adding milk 1 tbsp at a time, until icing is smooth and spreadable.
DECORATING IDEA- Icing all sides of the cake, then evenly spoon 1/2 can of the additional cherry pie filling over the top (keeping the pie filling about one inch from the edge of the cake). Pat sliced almonds or mini chocolate chips onto the sides of the iced cake).
*SUBSTITUTIONS- Substitute a standard 13x9 inch pan for the heart-shaped cake pan. Bake at 325 degrees F for 40-45 minutes. Or substitute two 16 pz tubs of any flavor prepared icing for the buttercream recipe above.

I admit when I made my cake, I got a couple of tubs of cream cheese frosting which is my favorite and frosted my cake with that and also added some candy hearts to it. This cake was so pretty that I really didn't want to cut into it, but when I did it was also very colorful inside with the pink color from all of the cherries. Hubby told me next time we make this cake, he wants to use chocolate cake mix, I bet that would be amazing! I tried making my own frosting once and it didn't turn out at all so I was afraid of trying it again and ruining this beautiful cake. If you want a delicious and special treat, you have to try this cake, but make sure to use the Lucky Leaf cherries, these are by far the best cherries that I have ever used.

Do you have a favorite, original recipe using Lucky Leaf Premium Pie Filling? If so, Lucky Leaf would love to hear about it! Lucky Leaf is teaming up with Better Homes and Gardens to award one lucky winner with a $1,000 plus a gift basket of Lucky Leaf products. The folks at Better Homes and Gardens will be testing and judging the recipes. In addition to the grand prize, 9 runners up will receive $50 in Lucky Leaf Premium Pie Filling products and a Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook. This is the Blue Ribbon Recipe Challenge and before you submit your recipe, please make sure it follows the rules. To qualify, your recipe must:
*Use at least one full 21 oz can of Lucky Leaf Premium Pie Filling
*Have a one hour time limit from start to finish
*Be original and created by the entrant and may not have won any previous award or prize
To enter, please head over HERE.

Want to try something fun? Throw a Pie in the Face HERE This fun feature on the Lucky Leaf site allows you to throw a pie in the face of your friend along with a delicious Lucky Leaf recipe, you choose the flavor of pie to throw and the recipe as well!

To find a store near you that sells Lucky Leaf products, head on over to their site or order online for your convenience. There is a lot of great information and products available HERE.

The great folks at Lucky Leaf would love to give TEN of my lucky Mommy2TwoGirls readers a Heart-Shaped Cake Pan from Wilton. Thanks so much Lucky Leaf!

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Giveaway will end on Tuesday 3/2 at 7pm EST. Winners will be chosen via random.org and notified by email as well as posted here on my blog. Winners will have 48 hours before new winners are chosen. Open to US residents ONLY! Special thanks to Krista and everyone at Lucky Leaf for sponsoring this giveaway. GOOD LUCK!
Disclosure- I received no monetary compensation for this review, only free products provided to me by Lucky Leaf in exchange for my honest opinions. The words expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way.


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