Wacky Chocolate Cherry Cake

3¼ c. sifted flour ¾ c. oil
1½ c. sugar 1 Tblsp. vanilla extract
3 tsp. baking soda 1 Tblsp. almond extract
½ tsp. salt 1 Tblsp. apple cider vinegar
4 Tblsp. sifted cocoa 1½ c. cold water
½ c. maraschino cherry juice

Mix flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and cocoa together.  Sifted ingredients work best.  Make a well in the center and pour in the oil, vanilla, almond, vinegar, cold water, and cherry juice.  Mix well with electric beaters until smooth, and pour into a greased and floured 13"x9" pan or two 9" round pans.  (Double all ingredients for a 4-layer round cake made in four 9" round pans.)  Bake for 30 minutes at 350°.  Frost with chocolate frosting (below).

Chocolate Frosting

3½ c. confectioner’s sugar ¼ tsp. salt
1 c. sifted cocoa powder 1½ tsp. vanilla extract
¾ c. (1½ sticks) unsalted ½ tsp. almond extract
   butter, room temperature ½ cup canned milk

Blend all ingredients thoroughly.  (Double all ingredients to frost a 4-layer round cake.)  Then mix with electric beaters until creamy, and spread on cooled cake.  Decorate with maraschino cherries.

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