1Heat oven to 350ºF. Make cake mix as directed on package for angel food (tube) pan -- except stir cocoa into cake mix (dry). Bake 37 to 47 minutes or until top is dark golden brown and cracks feel very dry and not sticky. Cool completely, about 2 hours, as directed on package.
2Mix cherries and cornstarch in 2-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir 1 minute. Cool completely.
3Mix whipped topping and almond extract; spoon onto slices of cake. Top with cherry mixture. Sprinkle with almonds.