The idea is simple, as all great ideas usually are. The cake uses the same basic idea as a pineapple upside down cake, but you make with chocolate and cherries instead.
To make the cake, pour 2 jars of maraschino cherries WITH JUICE into the bottom of a greased casserole dish. (I found that it does tend to overflow during the baking, so putting a pan on the rack underneath will save your oven unnecessary hardships.) Sprinkle brown sugar over the top. Then slice a stick of butter or margarine into thin pieces and spread them over the cherries and sugar.
Pour the chocolate cake batter into the pan and bake at 350 until the cake is done by the usual signs---toothpick in the center comes out clean, top is firm to touch, cake has pulled away from the edges, etc.
Below is the cake recipe I used when making the chocolate cherry cake. I got it off The Little House Living blog, which you can see here . It's a very simple cake to make, quick and easy. An added plus is that it uses no dairy or eggs---that means it's almost healthy!
3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cups oil
2 cups water
Mix all the ingredients and bake for 35 minutes at 350 degrees.
Thank you, Lady of Mystery, for your delicious idea. Next time, perhaps you can give me a nice exercise video to balance things out!