A must for chocoholics, very moist and fudgy, yet oh so simple to bake.

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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9 x 13 inch pan.

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  • In a large bowl, combine cake mix, cherry pie filling, almond extract, and 2 eggs by hand; stir until well blended. Pour batter into prepared pan.

  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until it tests done. Cool.

  • In a small saucepan, combine sugar, butter or margarine, and milk. Boil, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in chocolate chips until smooth. Immediately pour over partially cooled cake.

Nutrition Facts

288 calories; protein 3.1g; carbohydrates 47.5g; fat 11.2g; cholesterol 29.5mg; sodium 276.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2008
I have made this cake many times for almost 25 years! This is incredibly moist with the perfect chocolate icing. When I'm asked to bring something for a large gathering, I often bring this, baked into bars. Bake in a 15x10" pan, about 20-30 minutes. It's easier to serve this way, and goes further too. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/17/2008
Have made this recipe many times because I am a chocolate cherry lover. The recipe is a good place to start, but I have experimented with it since i have made it so many times. Cake texture is MUCH better if you mix the wet ingredients together first (including your cherry pie filling), and also add 1/3 cup water and 1/3 cup oil to those ingredients. Then mix in your cake mix. Also, instead of using the frosting recipe, I fold in dried cherries and chocolate chips to the batter, then bake, and serve the cake alone. The dried cherries and chocolate chips definitely give the flavor of the cake a big boost! Read More
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294 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 217
  • 4 star values: 58
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 8
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2008
I have made this cake many times for almost 25 years! This is incredibly moist with the perfect chocolate icing. When I'm asked to bring something for a large gathering, I often bring this, baked into bars. Bake in a 15x10" pan, about 20-30 minutes. It's easier to serve this way, and goes further too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/04/2009
Have been wowing people with this cake for 15+ years. I have always used: chocolate fudge cake mix instead of devil's, 4 eggs instead of two and boil the icing base for 1 minute instead of two. TIP to make super MOIST: after boiling icing base and adding chocolate chips, I pour the icing mixture over cake when chips are 1/2 to 3/4 melted (instead of smooth). This allows some of the milk/sugar/butter to seep down into the cake, and also leaves small morsels of chocolate chips in the icing on top. Super easy to make, knock your socks off taste. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/16/2006
I used a bundt pan and this cake came out great. Thanks Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/24/2008
The cake alone is worthy of many, many more stars. (I did add about 1/4 cup of oil to the batter). Rich, moist and a nice mild cherry flavor. Mmmm. The frosting, however, wasn't the greatest match for this wonderful cake. Too sweet and distracting. After making it again, you absolutely must use the SATINY CHOCOLATE GLAZE recipe instead. Mr. "I don't like cherries" has already requested a third round with this cake... Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/17/2008
Have made this recipe many times because I am a chocolate cherry lover. The recipe is a good place to start, but I have experimented with it since i have made it so many times. Cake texture is MUCH better if you mix the wet ingredients together first (including your cherry pie filling), and also add 1/3 cup water and 1/3 cup oil to those ingredients. Then mix in your cake mix. Also, instead of using the frosting recipe, I fold in dried cherries and chocolate chips to the batter, then bake, and serve the cake alone. The dried cherries and chocolate chips definitely give the flavor of the cake a big boost! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/05/2008
Absolutely fantastic. Most importantly, it does not taste like a packaged cake. It's absolutely delicious --- moist, flavorful, festive but still simple. I baked it in a 10" Bundt pan for about 40 mns and it came out perfect. The almond extract makes a big difference, so do not skip or substitute it. I suggest following the recipe exactly as is. The frosting is fudgy and fabulous. The cherry flavor is subtle, but still definitely there. The whole thing is much better the next day, however. You might not be that excited about it if you eat it when it's just out of the oven. Make the cake, pour the frosting on it per directions, and serve it the next day. It's a major hit! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/07/2003
Best cake I ever made. I used a dark chocolate with pudding in cake mix. You must use receipe frosting as it makes the cake. Family loves it! A receipe to never forget. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2009
This cake is the best! It's been around forever known as "Chocolate Covered Cherry Cake" It was the first dessert to disappear at a church function and nobody believed how easy it is to make! The chocolate icing is amazing and Soo easy. I can't wait to try it on other types of cakes/cookies in the future! I added pecans to the icing just because my dad loves them :o) I'm sure it didn't change the flavor all that much. I'm also planning to try this reviewer's ideas soon... "Used a CLASSIC WHITE mix and BLUEBERRY filling. used VANILLA EXTRACT instead of almond, and added 1/2 of LEMON'S ZEST to batter, as well as a handful of huge frozen blueberries. Baked for 32 min in a bundt pan. For frosting I halved the recipe and used WHITE CHOCOLATE CHIPS in lieu of the chocolate and added the remaining LEMON ZEST from the lemon....absolute perfection. Due to less surface area, it was perfect to halve the frosting recipe for bundt" Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2011
Delicious cake. Used recipe as written and wouldn't change a thing.A must try for you chocolate cherry lovers. Read More
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