Dec 30, 2012

Quick and Easy Chocolate Cherry Cake

Everyone loves cake... A very, very safe assumption to make. Cake after all, is full of sugar, fat, and all of the things we humans crave (not to mention it is imbued with magical properties). It is used for birthdays, special occasions, or even just as a simple desert to end a meal. Overall, cake is just amazing.

 However! Not all cakes were created equal, and the exact science of baking leaves much room for failure and tears, a simple minute of over baking the difference between a moist, delectable cake or a rock hard slab of flour (a slight exaggeration, granted, but you understand my point). But, fear not internet user, for I am about to impart to you the fail safe but delicious Chocolate Cherry Cake recipe that is sure to wow and impress whoever you serve it to.

As for the ingredients, nothing could be more simple in this cake recipe. All you will need is:
  • 1 box of pre-packaged chocolate cake mix (every grocery store has them. Pick your favorite brand).
  • Whatever ingredients are on the back of said cake mix box (oil, eggs...the usual stuff. I told you this would be easy!)
  • 1 jar of  vanilla cake icing (conveniently sold next to the cake mix to minimize effort and thought process).
  • 1 can of cherry pie filling
  • Whipped Cream (optional)

The cherries look like that!

It should look like this...
But with the oven door closed!
Then, you will need two circular baking pans. I have never tried rectangular pans and do not know if the one box of cake mix would be enough to cover the pans, but if you are up for trying rectangular, by all means go for it! Prepare the cake mix as instructed on box, and pour half of it into one pan and half of it into the other pan (and lick the bowl. That is the best part of any baking process.) Set to bake as instructed by box (the box knows all).

When the cakes are done, let them cool completely. Once cool, even out the top of one of the cakes with a serrated knife (essentially hack off the top of one of the cakes to make it flat). Place the evened cake down on a plate to serve as the base, ice the sides and top with the vanilla icing, and then pour some of the cherries over top of that. Make sure you don't put too many cherries in the middle of the cake though as that could make it bumpy. And remember, it doesn't have to look perfect, this isn't Cake Boss and this isn't a $2500 overpriced cake.

 When done icing, place the second half and uneven cake on top. Ice that so the entire cake is covered in icing. Then, pour as much of the pie filling cherries on top of the cake as you wish. Let it stand for a while to let the cherry sauce seep into the cake and make it really moist. Then, if desired, decorate the top of the cake with whipped cream. Serve with a glass of milk, and enjoy! Hope you like this recipe, and make sure to share it with your friends if you do or subscribe to this blog! Thanks!



  1. That looks yummy and easy, indeed. I am going to try it next week-nothing like a new cake recipe for a new year:-)
    Thanks for posting.

    1. You're very welcome! Thanks for reading, but even more thanks for the comment. It really is helpful to see this blog grow. Hope the baking goes well!