Prepare cake as directed above, except stir 1/2 cup coarsely chopped, well-drained maraschino cherries into the batter at the end of Step 2. To assemble, place one cake layer on a serving plate, top side up. Spread with 1 cup of the Chocolate Butter Frosting. Snip any large cherry pieces in 1/2 cup cherry preserves. Spread preserves on top of frosting on first cake layer, leaving a 1-inch space around the top edges of the cake. Top with second cake layer, top side up. Use the remaining Chocolate Butter Frosting to frost the top and sides of the whole cake. If desired, garnish the top of the cake with well-drained whole maraschino cherries.
Malted Milk Shake Cake:
Prepare cake as directed above, except stir 1/3 cup malted milk powder with the flour, baking soda, and salt in Step 1. Prepare the Chocolate Butter Frosting as directed, except add 1/4 cup malted milk powder with the first 2 cups powdered sugar. If desired, garnish cake with 1 cup coarsely chopped malted milk balls.
Nutrition Facts (Chocolate Lover's Cake)
559 calories; total fat 19g; saturated fat 12g; cholesterol 73mg; sodium 288mg; carbohydrates 97g; fiber 2g; protein 5g; vitamin a 583IU; vitamin c 0mg; calcium 50mg; iron 2mg.