My mother started making this recipe for George Washington's birthday when I was little. Chock full of cherries, chocolate chips and nuts, this moist cake is a winner any time of the year!

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr
additional:
45 mins
total:
2 hrs
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 9-inch cake
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Thoroughly grease a 9-inch Bundt® pan with shortening, then dust with flour. Shake off any excess flour from the pan.

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  • In a bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, vegetable oil, eggs, vanilla extract, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt until thoroughly combined. Gently mix in the cherry pie filling, chocolate chips and nuts, and scrape the batter into the prepared pan.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out with moist crumbs, about 1 hour. Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then invert pan and remove cake. Allow cake to finish cooling on a rack; sprinkle lightly with confectioners' sugar.

Nutrition Facts

452 calories; protein 5.5g 11% DV; carbohydrates 53.2g 17% DV; fat 25.6g 39% DV; cholesterol 31mg 10% DV; sodium 160mg 6% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (10)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2011
AMAZING!!!!! the cherries and nuts and choclate mix well with the moistness. definintely worth making Read More
(13)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
04/22/2011
Neither my husband nor I liked this cake. I followed the recipe didn't change or add. Served it to two different sets of friends. The 2nd couple are closer friends and they both said put in some coconut and you have a fruit cake. Bottom line it was too heavy and not enough cherry flavor. Read More
(6)
12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2011
AMAZING!!!!! the cherries and nuts and choclate mix well with the moistness. definintely worth making Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
08/10/2012
I decided to make this recipe because it was faceless and needed a photo and also, I had all the ingredients on hand. I baked it in a Nordic Ware Heritage Bundt pan for 1 hour. The next time I bake it, I plan on adding almond extract and maybe a light chocolate glaze. The cinnamon was very faint. We love chocolate and cherries and combined together, they made a very moist cake. It is a keeper for me! Thanks for sharing! Read More
(11)
Rating: 2 stars
04/22/2011
Neither my husband nor I liked this cake. I followed the recipe didn't change or add. Served it to two different sets of friends. The 2nd couple are closer friends and they both said put in some coconut and you have a fruit cake. Bottom line it was too heavy and not enough cherry flavor. Read More
(6)
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Rating: 4 stars
03/01/2011
I made this today for a church social. People loved it. I loved it. Quite easy to make and tasty. I served it with whipped cream. Read More
(4)
Rating: 3 stars
08/22/2011
It was okay but tastes a little bit too much like a fruit cake. Too many nuts also. Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2011
We have been making this recipe since I can remember. The only thing different is we spoon the batter into little cupcake holders. Then bake. Then sprinkle lightly with powder sugar. They are always a big hit. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/15/2011
Not a big hit in this house. Kind of dry. The cherries all sank to the bottom (the top when turned out of the pan). It was okay but most of it was wasted. My son wouldn't even try it and my husband didn't like it. I truly wanted to like it but I just didn't. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/24/2013
Very good but I couldn't get it to stay together. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/10/2019
I replaced the unhealthy hydrogenated vegetable oil for grass fed butter and toasted pecans and dark chocolate chips. I made this for a potluck brunch in lieu of George Washington's birthday and it was gone eaten up..nothing left but the crumbs! Read More
(1)
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