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Catholic Recipe: Black Forest 'Good Works' Cake


  • 1 roll refrigerated brownie cookie dough
  • 1 (21-ounce) can of cherry pie filling
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • chocolate or fudge sauce
  • Details

  • Yield: 1 double layer 8" cake
  • Prep Time: N/A
  • Difficulty: • •
  • Cost: $$$$
  • For Ages: 11+
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This can be bought or easily made. The cherry filling symbolize the good works of St. Nicholas, many of them hidden from public eyes, but some were openly done. The cake reminds us to live our own lives in the same way.

From the St. Michael Online website is the idea to read aloud a meditation on how our prayers and good works please God, just as St. Nicholas did. See St. Nicholas for the meditation.


To make: divide brownie dough in half. Spread 1/2 in an 8" round cake pan (greased) and the other 1/2 in a second 8" round cake pan. (greased)

Bake as directed.

Cool both cakes. Place one cake on decorated plate.

Pour 1/2 of the thick chocolate or fudge sauce over the bottom cake and then cover with 1/2 can of cherries.

Place other brownie cake on top. Refrigerate. Right before serving, pour remainder of Chocolate/fudge sauce over top. Cover with remainder of cherries and almonds. Serve with lots of whipped cream!

Recipe Source: St. Michael the Archangel Online
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