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EXQUISITE CHOCOLATE CHERRY CAKE

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The only way I can describe this cake is exquisite!  You all know I am a chocoholic and this is one of my very favorite cakes.  It is not made with a mix like a lot of chocolate cherry cakes but from “scratch” and is it ever good.  I cannot make this cake often because I can’t leave it alone.  It was a hundred degrees in Kentucky and I am baking this cake and craving chocolate.  It was worth it!

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup pure cocoa
1 1/4 cups white sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup butter or margarine or 8 tablespoons, melted
1 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 (21 ounce) can cherry pie filling
 
In a large mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cocoa and sugar.  Mix well with whisk.  Add eggs, melted butter, buttermilk, vanilla extract and cherry pie filling mixing well each time with a spoon. (I don’t use the mixer on the cake and mix just until all ingredients are wet).  Pour into a well sprayed bundt pan or 9 x 13 cake pan.  Bake in preheated 350 degree oven 55 to 60 minutes until center is cooked.  Let cake cool for 20 minutes before removing from bundt pan.  (If using a 9 x 13 inch pan, it may not take that long to cook. Just make sure center is done when tested).
 
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Frosting
 
3/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup evaporated milk
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
 
Combine sugar, milk and butter in pan on top of stove.  Bring to boil and cook for 1 minute.  Remove from heat and add vanilla and chocolate chips.  Stir with spoon or whisk until chips are melted. (I put this in a small pitcher pour and drizzle over cake if using bundt pan. You can spread on cake if using 9 x 13 cake pan.  If frosting becomes too thick add a little milk and heat about 15 seconds in microwave. (Note: If you make this cake in a 9 x 13 pan, I would double the frosting recipe).
 
Enjoy!
 
If you like this recipe, you might also like my recipe for German Chocolate Cake.
 
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31 Responses

  1. Thank you for the awesome recipe, I like cherries and it looks to b a winner!!!!

  2. Judy, Have you ever made this with Almond extract instead of Vanilla? I have and it is wonderful! Really changes up the flavor and compliments the cherries.

  3. I am new at cooking, how do you know when the center is done?

    • Stick a long-tined fork into the middle and if it come out clean it is done. You can use anything thin that will reach into the middle.

    • i use a German Chocolate cake mix. Prepare as directed, add the pie filling, and bake in a 9 X 12 baking pan. Pour frosting over and enjoy. It’s Great.

  4. I made this exquisite chocolate Cherry cake for my neighbor yesterday.After I took it over The g-son ate a peice while it was still warm..He smiled big and said it was awsome …So today I made another one for my Husband and myself My husband has a big sweet tooth…I do so love to cook and bake Keep these coming…And I agree it is Equisite!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. [...] I usually post a new recipe every Saturday, but this week’s recipe is part of new special link party hosted by The Lady Behind The Curtain.  It is the first edition of her “Behind the Curtain Dessert Challenge”!  She will give all of us participating bloggers two ingredients to use and we will either find or create a recipe using those.  This month’s ingredients are chocolate and cherry and this is my contribution…The Southern Lady Cooks’ Exquisite Chocolate Cherry Cake. [...]

  6. I bought the cocoa last week and today it is very cold here in Northern NH so I just whipped up this cake….I am so excited to taste
    the finished product…the batter was yummy…just what I needed today….a warm, and sweet smelling home….and soon a chocolate fix.. Thank You.

  7. What kind of chocolate chips are used in the frosting? Sweet? Semisweet?

  8. can I make this cake with milk and marschiano cherries

  9. Hi Judy! I had to come back and say THANK YOU for your tips. I made the cake this weekend and it. is. incredible! I blogged about it here :)
    http://www.paulasplate.net/2012/10/chocolate-cherry-cake.html

    • Hi Paula, I checked out your cake and it is beautiful. So happy you enjoyed this recipe and Happy Birthday to Ryan. I tried to leave a comment but could not get your blog to take my address for some reason. Thank you for trying this recipe and have a great week.

  10. This looks wonderful, I am so glad I found your recipe! I am planning to make it for a birthday this weekend, and I am wondering how you measure your flour? Do you scoop the measuring cup into the flour and level it off, spoon the flour into the measuring cup or do you weigh the ingredients? I just want to make sure I get a similar result to your delicious picture above :) Thanks for your help!!

  11. this sounds SOOOOOOOOOOOO delicious!! I will try! THANX Nancy STEPHENS

  12. Lisa, I think you could do this with the sugar free chocolate cake mix and the no sugar added cherry pie filling.

  13. Do you think this would work for cupcakes?

  14. Love your blog. Made this cake yesterday – it is very hot here in Missouri. It was worth turning on the oven. We had it unfrosted – trying to watch waistlines and husbands heart diet. I used half applesauce for 1/2 of butter and 2 egg beaters. Delicious!

  15. I’m loving your bundt cake recipes, thanks for sharing.

  16. Chocolate and Cherries, two of my very favorite things! I am going to make this and have already pinned it. Thanks for your wonderful recipes.

  17. I MAKE IT WITH THE CAKE MIX AND ADD THE CHERRIES .BUT THIS SOUNDS REALLY GOOD.

  18. The cake looks very decadent and delicious!

  19. Oh Judy – you make me want to run to the kitchen and get to mixing. This cake looks fabulous and being its from scratch, no doubt, it is very tasty. SO glad you shared…Pinning!!

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