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Cherry Chocolate Marble Cake

Cherries and chocolate are natural partners that make desserts such as this simply scrumptious! The marbled effect is easily achieved by layering the two contrasting batters. —Sandra Campbell, Chase Mills, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups sour cream
  • 3/4 cup chopped maraschino cherries, drained
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the cherry juice, water and extract; mix well. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream, beating well after each addition.
  • Divide batter in half. To 1 portion, add cherries and walnuts; mix well. To the second portion, add chocolate; mix well. Spoon half the cherry mixture into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan. Cover with half of the chocolate mixture. Repeat layers.
  • Bake at 350° until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean, about 1-1/4 hours. Cool for 15 minutes; remove from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioners' sugar if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 606 calories, 31g fat (16g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 544mg sodium, 74g carbohydrate (39g sugars, 3g fiber), 9g protein.

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  • Judith
    May 20, 2020

    I have made this cake twice and I love the taste and passed the recipe on to my brother and he liked it too, The only problem we both had was that it seemed a bit dry. How can we fix this? Judith Hoffman

  • aug2295
    May 14, 2020

    Beautiful cake and delicious as well!! The combination of maraschino cherries with the chocolate was so good. We used milk chocolate because it's what we had on hand.

  • diana6291
    May 10, 2017

    I have made this cake at least a dozen times over the past 5 years. Absolutely delicious! I leave out the nuts. I have found that it is best to make the cake 1 or 2 days before you want to eat it.

  • kathyjolewis
    Feb 19, 2016

    This cake was delicious with a beautiful presentation. I served it with a spoonful of whipped cream.

  • PatWTS
    Apr 3, 2015

    Wonderful, moist cake. Everyone keeps talking about how delicious it was. A definate keeper!!

  • angelasandoval
    Jul 5, 2010

    The chocolate overpowered the cherry flavor a little more than I would have liked, but overall a good cake!

  • justjosephine
    Feb 13, 2007

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  • Aquarelle
    Apr 10, 2006

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