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Every Occasion Needs an Easy Dessert, Especially New Years, 3,2,1 Champagne Cherry Poke Cake!

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You can never have too much champagne on New Years eve. So I like to put it everywhere; apps, mains and even in desserts!

Poke cakes have really taken off in 2017. Wouldn’t be nice to bring in the new year with one? Champagne, cherries and you can make it the day before! Start the new year right.

Ingredients:

For cake:

  • 1 box white cake mix, plus ingredients on back of box, *replace the water with champagne*
  • 1 box cherry flavored jello mix, 3 oz
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 container cool whip, thawed

For dipped cherries:

  • cherries, 16-20 or one for each piece of cake
  • 1-2 squares white chocolate candiquik, depending on how my cherries you’re dipping
  • 1 tsp vegetable shortening
  • 1-2 containers gold glitter sprinkles

Directions:

For cake:

  1. Bake the cake mix according to the directions on the package, however substitute the water for champagne, so if your box calls for 2/3 cup water use 2/3 cup champagne.
  2. Allow the cake to completely cool before poking holes.
  3. Once cooled, use a straw to poke holes all over the top of the cake.
  4. Combine the cherry jello mix and boiling water, and stir until dissolved.
  5. Add in the cold water, and stir again.
  6. Pour the jello mixture evenly over the cake, allowing it to seep into the holes you created.
  7. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  8. Before serving, top the cake with cool whip and garnish each piece with a cherry dipped in gold sprinkles.

For dipped cherries:

  1. Pour the gold sprinkles in a very small bowl.
  2. Wash and dry the cherries. Melt 1 square of white chocolate candiquik with vegetable shortening in the microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds on 50% power. Continue to microwave on 50% power in 20 second intervals until the chocolate is melted.
  3. Dip one cherry at a time in the melted chocolate, allowing the excess chocolate to fall back into the bowl.
  4. Then dip each cherry into the bowl with gold sprinkles. You may have to shake or rotate the sprinkles to get them to cover all of the chocolate. Place on a plate to harden until your ready to use them.