Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory makes me want Chocolate Cherry Cake!

First off, welcome and thank you to Rebecca @Key to the Gate for becoming a follower of my site!

The December movie at Food 'n Flix is Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. No, not the creepy Johnny Depp rehash but the original with the actor who is Willie Wonka. Gene Wilder. Am I right? Don't most of you agree Gene is the one and only true Wonka?



Our hostess for this month's movie party is Sarah who writes at Well Dined. Her announcement post is HERE

Way back in March this book was the feature at Cook the Books. We read the book and I was moved to prepare a roast beef dinner. That was inspired by the bleak portrayal of the Bucket household's pantry. They spoke of watery cabbage soup.....Yuk!

But it's December. And December = sweets. Chocolate and cherries.....a natural marriage if you ask me.



The Plot
Based on Roald Dahl's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, this has a been a popular film for many years. Wonka hides five golden tickets in five different candy bars. The children with the tickets are allowed entrance to the mysterious chocolate factory, a place that has been closed off to the public for years. Four children are well…..just awful. Insufferable spoiled imps who get their just rewards. Charlie is the polite, well-mannered lad who wins it all. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer boy and a bonus is, his family benefits from his winning.


Because time can be tight in December with the running around, shopping, obligations, blah blah blah…….I offer up a quick version of chocolate cherry cake. Three ingredients for when you need a dessert on the fly.

1 box of chocolate cake mix
1 can of cherry pie filling
2 eggs

That’s it. Dump it all in a bowl. Mix it with a spoon, gently and thoroughly. Do Not use a mixer because the ingredients will stick mightily to the beaters. (Trust me)

Scrape it into a 9x13 pan or use a Bundt pan. I used the Bundt…see.



I baked this at 350 F for 50 minutes (that's what worked for my oven). There was still a bit of batter on the toothpick when I plunged it in and checked it after 45 minutes so I went the extra 5 minutes.

Perfect.



Next month our host will be Girlichef and she is doing a combo event of Hunger Games the book at Cook the Books Club and the movie at Food ‘n Flix. Ought to be fun and I am gearing up for that event at both places. Join us! It’s fun, and we don’t bite …well not too hard….and I know you’ll meet some great bookworms and foodies.

I am sharing this with Beth Fish Reads Weekend Cooking Series

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21 comments:

Janel Gradowski said...

Saving this recipe for my daughter. She loves baking right now and is now to the point of adding in different things, like chocolate chips, to customize cakes.

Velva said...

I loved Willie Wonka growing-up. One of my all time favorite movies. I have to admit I liked the "creepy" new version too.

I am liking this idea of cake mix, pie filling and getting a chance to use my bundt pan. I used to my bundt pan all the time.

Hope your holidays are going well.

Velva

Beth F said...

I agree, chocolate and cherries are wonderful together. YUM! I remember the Gene Wilder version of the movie, but haven't yet seen the Johnny Depp movie.

Teddyree said...

Ooh yum!! Chocolate cherry oozy goodness :)

Teddyree said...

Ooh yum!! Chocolate cherry oozy goodness :)

Rebecca said...

Chocolate and cherry- the perfect combination. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was one of my favorite books growing up.
Rebecca @ The Key to the Gate

Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez said...

I love the chocolate and cherry combo...and how perfectly simple this is. Now, I grew up with the original version (so of course I love it)...but the truth is, I actually love the newer version, as well. I think Johnny and Tim Burton are geniuses...and did total justice to the book (maybe even more so than the original flick). That said, I love the books and both films...just a great story any way it is interpreted! :)

Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez said...

...and by "books", I meant "book". Sheesh.

Rita Huneault said...

This cake must be fantastic! In my heart chocolate and cherries go so well together; looks great.
Rita

(Diane) bookchickdi said...

My son loves cherries, and this seems like such a simple, tasty dessert idea- thanks for sharing!

Uniflame said...

This looks awesome! :) Great idea :)

Beth said...

Although I've read the book, I haven't seen either movie. (I know, shocking!)

jama said...

Love the book and movie (Gene Wilder version of course).

Chocolate + cherries = total yum. :)

Carole said...

Lovely post. Have a great week.

Heather said...

now I want some chocolate cake, please.

Christine said...

I've always loved the Willy Wonka movie.. I remember it being such a huge thrill when it was on TV once a year!

Cecelia said...

This looks so decadent and simple! Love the idea of doing it in a bundt pan. I'll have to try this over the holidays. YUM. Thanks for sharing!

Le laquet said...

Chocolate and cherries - match made in heaven!! And yes ... Gene Wilder!

Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook said...

I liked the new version, but NO comparison to the old one. Gene Wilder is Willy Wonka! Chocolate and cherries, perfection!

Angela said...

Yum! My daughter would LOVE this!

Sarah said...

Gosh - what a clever idea for an easy twist on box cake! I love it! Thanks for the entry :-)

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