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Black Forest Cake

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  All purpose flour 2 1⁄8 Cup (34 tbs) (2 cups plus 2 tablespoons)
  Baking powder 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Baking soda 3⁄4 Teaspoon
  Salt 3⁄4 Teaspoon
  Granulated sugar 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Cocoa 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Eggs 3
  Milk 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Vegetable oil 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Vanilla 1 Tablespoon
  Cherry topping 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (adjust quantity as needed)

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Grease and flour 2 (9-inch) round cake pans.
Cover bottoms with waxed paper.
Combine dry ingredients in large bowl.
Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat until well blended.
Pour evenly into prepared pans.
Bake 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in centers comes out clean.
Cool layers in pans on wire racks 10 minutes.
Loosen edges and remove to racks to cool completely.
While cake is baking, prepare Cherry Topping; cool.
Split cooled cakes horizontally in half to make 4 layers.
Tear 1 layer into crumbs; set aside.
Reserve 1 1/2 cups Frosting for decorating cake; set aside.
To assemble, place 1 layer on cake plate.
Spread with 1 cup frosting; top with 3/4 cup cherry topping.
Top with second cake layer; repeat layers of frosting and cherry topping.
Top with third cake layer.
Frost sides of cake with remaining frosting.
Pat reserved crumbs into frosting on sides of cake; pipe reserved 1 1/2 cups frosting around top and bottom edges of cake.
Spoon remaining cherry topping onto top of cake.

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