Cherry Chocolate Cake

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling


18 servings

Updated: Nov. 09, 2023
I've had the recipe for this chocolate cherry cake for years—it's a chocolate lover's delight! It's so easy to make, and is perfect for cupcakes and bake sale treats, too. I get many requests for the recipe. —Ann Purchase, Panama City, Florida
Cherry Chocolate Cake Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cans (20 ounces each) reduced-sugar cherry pie filling, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon confectioners' sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs and extract until well blended. Stir in one can of pie filling until blended. Transfer to a 13x9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray.
  2. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Top individual servings with remaining pie filling.
Chocolate Cherry Cake Tips

How can you make chocolate cherry cake your own?

There are many ways you can make this chocolate cherry cake your own. Try stirring in some chocolate chips, chopped nuts or shredded coconut into the batter. You can also whip up a delicious chocolate frosting or a chocolate ganache to spread over the top. Or brush on a bit of cherry brandy to the baked cake; it's a key ingredient in black forest cake, which has a similar flavor profile to chocolate cherry cake.

What do you serve with chocolate cherry cake?

Serve slices of this cake with scoops of vanilla ice cream—or whatever flavor you prefer!

How long will chocolate cherry cake last?

Chocolate cherry cake should last about 3 to 4 days on the counter under a cake keeper (if it doesn't get eaten first!). While refrigerated cake will lose its quality after about 2 days, you can try this genius hack for storing cake in a fridge.

—Sammi DiVito, Taste of Home Assistant Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 187 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 253mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate, 1g fiber), 3g protein.