This chocolate cake will cherry you up

There are tons of kitchen gadgets that I see in stores and think, ?Why would someone need to own this??

And then I remove the pits from several pounds of cherries and realize why things like cherry pitters might be really handy to have tucked away in one?s cabinet.

Not only does pitting that many cherries give you a lot of time to think, you also get the added benefit of staining your fingers blood red, which helps you get through lines at the grocery store much more quickly.

I mentioned last week that I was trying new recipes to use with my wealth of fresh cherries I got for a steal, and this week, I tried a recipe from the blog ?Tutti Dolci,? which means ?All Sweets? or ?All Desserts? in Italian. You can find the original at http://tutti-dolci.com/2012/06/?simple-chocolate-cherry-cake/. I doubled the vanilla in my version.

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Simple Chocolate Cherry Cake

Ingredients

4 tablespoons butter

1/2 cup sugar

1 egg

2 teaspoons vanilla

3/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons flour

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup buttermilk (or regular milk with a touch of vinegar)

1 1/4 cups pitted cherries (I halved mine for easier pitting)

1 tablespoon turbinado sugar (I used brown sugar)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Cream together the butter and sugar until it is smooth.

Beat in the egg and vanilla.

Add the rest of the ingredients, except the cherries and turbinado sugar, and beat until well-combined.

Spray an 8-inch baking pan with cooking spray and pour the batter into it. Make sure it?s spread out evenly in the pan.

Place your cherries evenly on top of the batter (this doesn?t have to be perfect; your cake will swallow most of your cherries up).

Sprinkle the top with the turbinado sugar.

Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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This was amazing. It was great all on its own, although I suspect some vanilla ice cream might enhance its flavor. It was also nice to have a smaller-sized cake in the house so that we didn?t feel inundated with dessert.

In the end, making this cake almost made all the cherry pitting worthwhile, and while a pitter might be a nice accessory in the kitchen, it just means one more dish to wash.

When not helping husband Joey with newspaper work, Lindsey teaches speech, debate and forensics at Haven High School. She can be reached at lindseyclarion@gmail.com.