I give it 4 stars because I made some changes. I used butter instead of shortening in the cake batter,and 3/4cup 100% cherry juice in place of the water and a teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 2 cups of frozen cherries in place of the maraschino cherries. When it came to the frosting, I used 100% cherry juice, and used way more than 1/3 cup. I used 4oz instead of 1oz of the chocolate in the frosting, and 1 tsp of vanilla extract in place of the almond. I also had to heat the frosting on top of a double boiler to get it smooth and creamy since it was a disgusting lump when the frosting ingredients were cold.
Now for the taste...it was very chocolately and fudgy. Next time I would perhaps add something to make the cake a little moister, but not sure what...maybe applesauce, or a little oil.