Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cake

Total Time:
42 min
Prep:
7 min
Cook:
35 min

Yield:
20 servings

Ingredients
Directions

Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly mist a 13- by 9-inch baking pan with vegetable oil spray. Set the pan aside.

Place the cake mix, cherry pie filling, eggs, and almond extract in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat 2 minutes more, scraping the sides down again if needed. The batter should look thick and well blended. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with the rubber spatula. Place the pan in the oven.

Bake the cake until it springs back when lightly pressed with your finger and just starts to pull away from the sides of the pan, 30 to 35 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and place it on a wire rack while you prepare the glaze.

For the glaze, place the sugar, butter, and milk in a small saucepan over medium-low heat and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture comes to a boil. Boil, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the chocolate chips. When the chips have melted and the glaze is smooth, pour it over the warm cake so it covers the entire surface. The glaze will be thin but will firm up. Cool the cake for 20 minutes before cutting into squares and serving.

Store this cake, covered in aluminum foil, at room temperature for up to 5 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Or freeze the cake, wrapped in foil, for up to 6months. Thaw the cake overnight on the counter before serving.


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    One of my all time favorites!!!! I have to make 2 in a row to be able to take some to work for the crew! My husband loves it, and he is not a cake person. Even if I make a home made apple cake he will only eat 1 slice, but this cake is so easy and he will eat half of it in a couple of days!!
    I love this cake, as does everyone I have ever made it for. However, I have sworn off of cake mixes and so I'm wondering if one could make this with a regular chocolate cake recipe and simply replace the oil and liquids with the cherry pie filling. I think I'll try it. I'll get back to you on that!
    Super easy to make and my husband, who hates cake, loved it for his birthday! I made it in a round pan and then decorated the top of the cake with cherries and chopped dark chocolate chunks. It looked and tasted fancy with minimal effort.
    Great tasting!! Easy to make. I took it to a dinner and it was a big hit they thought I cooked all day!! Loved it!!
    This cake is amazingly delicious and so easy to make ~
    Yum!! So easy and delicious! I made this as a 2-layer cake for Easter frosted with an easy ganache instead of the frosting it called for, with a ring of stemless maraschino cherries around the top. To make the ganache I just heated a cup of evaporated milk to boiling, poured it over 12 oz semi sweet chocolate chips in a bowl, whisked until smooth, then added 1 t. almond extract.
    The best and easiest chocolate cake EVER!
    I made this cake one night when we were having dinner guests and I needed a quick and easy dessert. The cake is flavorful and moist and the glaze is a perfect complement. I served it with sweetened whipped cream that I flavored with the juice of maraschino cherries and it was a huge hit. It was delicious and really did remind me of a chocolate covered cherry!
    One of my new favorite "standby" cakes. So easy to whip up in under 10 minutes. Simple ingredients. I garnished the top with maraschino cherries cut in half. They frosting is definitely the "cherry on top." So fudgy. You've got to try this simple, yet delicious cake!
    I've made this recipe at least 10 times now and whether it's as cupcakes or a layered cake, it always turns out perfect. My family loves it and so do my customers. It's so moist and full of flavor! Something I've done is made a bittersweet chocolate frosting and added chopped up cherry cordials into the frosting. (Since the frosting recipe it comes with doesn't hold up for layered cakes or cupcakes) It's delicious!
    I wanted to make something different for some dinner guests and made this it was a hit. I will make this again. I was told it was the best cake they have ever had and everyone wanted the recipe.
    The cake came out moist and extremely tastey! It got past around among friends and family, and everyone couldn't stop eating it. Very simple to make.
    I didn't have cherry so I used strawberry and it was one of the best chocolate cakes I have ever eaten. It tastes absolutely sinful. I can't wait to try it with the cherry.
    I received this recipe from a coworker last summer after she brought the cake in for a pot luck. I fell in love with it instantly . . . . how could you go wrong with chocolate and cherries! The cake is super simple to make and turns out moist and delicious. I guarantee everyone who tastes it will rave for days. It will quickly become a favorite as it did at my house. Highly recommended.
    This cake is gooey and great. Easy to make and a people pleaser!! I have received rave reviews and every one thinks it takes hours to make. A party cake for sure!!!
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