Maulwurfkuchen (Mole Cake)


POINTS: 4
MAKES: 8 servings
YIELD: 1/8 slice of 8" cake pan
CRISPY RATING: This cake is so much fun and you can use any type of fruit you like. When finished, it looks like a mound of dirt a mole has dug up.

Mole Hill!

Ingredients
  • 1 package Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 3/4 cup Egg Beaters
  • 1/2 cup Smucker's Baking Healthy, or you could use applesauce
  • 1 envelope Unsweetened Gelatin
  • 8 oz Cool Whip Free Whipped Topping
  • 1 to 2 tsp Black Walnut Extract
  • 15 oz Canned Sour Red Cherries, packed in water

1. Use the Egg Beaters and Smucker's Baking Healthy (or the appropriate amount of applesauce) to make the cake and bake it in two 8 inch round cake pans. When they are finished, you'll use only one, so freeze one for later use or use in something different. Let cool.

2. Dissolve gelatin in 1/4 cup of water, heating over low and stirring until fully dissolved. Let cool a few minutes. Stir slowly into Cool Whip. Stir a teaspoon or two of the extract into Cool Whip. Put back in fridge overnight.

3. Hollow out inside of cake, leaving a 1/2 to 1 inch ring around the outside AND leaving the bottom intact. (Think like you're making a thick pie shell out of the cake. Or like you're hollowing out a Shepard's Bread for dip.) Crumble the cake "innards" and set aside.

4. Layer cherries (bananas, strawberries, whatever fruit you?re using) inside the hollowed-out cake. Mound cool whip mixture on top, making a nice hill. Place the cake crumbles on the cool whip, helping them stick in place so all the white is covered.


MY NOTES AND THOUGHTS:

1. The original recipe called for bananas inside and banana extract, but I don't like bananas and changed it to cherries. Use whatever fruit you like, but match the fruit to the extract - the extract really adds quite a bit of flavor.

2. If you make 12 servings, they are 3 points each. IF you should decide to make just one round cake and use the whole cake mix, not only will your mound look really tiny and sad, but the points go to 8 points for 8 servings! Yikes!

3. It's best NOT to use a pudding-type cake mix. They tend to be so moist inside that they don't crumble well and the topping doesn't look right.

Recipe is from my Aunt in Germany! She, of course, made it using tons of real whipping cream and also added mini chocolate chips to the whip cream mixture. It was really yummy, but I lightened it for us and it's still good!


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