Chocolate Cherry Cake

Hi friends– Last weekend was a cake-o-rama around here.  My sis and I made cakes for a big family baby shower– anticipating baby Wyatt’s coming to the big wide world soon!  And our dear younger friends Travis & Bekah were married in this most hopeful happy wedding– simply beautiful.  More cake baking!

So here’s my favorite of the bunch.  Fresh cherries in the cake and in the frosting– with rich ganache and cherries on top!


1 dark chocolate cake mix
canola oil
3 eggs
1 cup fresh cherries, pitted & chopped
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

8 oz. cream cheese
6 oz. butter (1 1/3 stick)
4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. amaretto (or vanilla)
2/3 cup cherries, pitted & chopped very fine

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tab. butter
1 cup chocolate chips

stemmed fresh cherries

Make the cake according to the directions on the box–mine used 1 1/4 cup water, 1/2 cup oil and 3 eggs.  Beat for 2 minutes with an electric mixer.  Then fold in the cherries and chocolate chips.

Pour the batter into 3 –9″ cake pans that have been sprayed with cooking spray.  Bake them up at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes–until they are firm to the touch.  Let them cool completely before adding the frosting!

To make the chocolate ganache, bring the cream and 2 tab. butter to a low simmer in a pan on the stove top.  Take it off the heat and beat in the chocolate chips for 2 or 3 minutes until they are melted and the ganache is glossy.  Let this cool completely before your pour it over the frosting (so you won’t melt the frosting!!)

With an electric mixer, beat together the cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar and amaretto (start on the lowest setting so you won’t have powdered sugar flying out of the mixing bowl!).  When that is blended, stir in the cherries with a wooden spoon until they are thoroughly mixed in and the frosting is colored a light pink from the cherries.

Frost the 3 layers of the cooled cake, stacking as you go.  When the ganache is thoroughly cooled drizzle it over the cake letting little streams pour down the sides.  Top with a mound of fresh cherries– Done! and so pretty!


34 thoughts on “Chocolate Cherry Cake

    • Thanks dear Brigid! This is going to be a long process– but trusting in God’s love and presence with us– and trying to live our normal lives. thanks for your good wishes friend. xoxo

  1. That cake looks fantastic Rhonda. Oh my do I love chocolate and cherries. Black Forest is one of my favorite cakes but this one with that cherry buttercream and ganache is so decadent and sounds so delicious. It’s also so beautiful, bookmarked this one. Hope you are all doing well and that things are better for you.

  2. Hi Rhonda, this looks delicious!!! So happy you’re doing a shower.
    I read Brigid’s comment and your response. Looks like I missed something. Are you ok? Loving to you, dear Rhonda. ❤ Hugs. Debbie

  3. The cake looks amazing, Rhonda, and I’m sure it tastes even better than it looks! I absolutely love chocolate with cherries (or strawberries, or raspberries, or marshmallows,…) I just like chocolate! Glad to hear you are taking one day at a time and enjoying the gift of “today”. praying for you, my friend! Xoxo

  4. Oh I love the name Wyatt. I even think if we ever have another kiddo and it’s a boy, I’d like to name him Wyatt. That’s how much I love it.
    And Rhonda, this cake is AMAZING. Maybe the most beautiful one you’ve ever posted.

  5. So much going on and the cakes! Wow. This one is a stunner – this post was especially fun because I started readingand the first pic shows a chocolate cake…but then I scrolled down to the next pic and all was revealed! It truly looks and sounds amazing and I love that you snuck in the faintest touch of amaretto!

    • Hey there Marcia– thank you. Wanted to ask if you’ve seen Lisa See’s new book– The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane. Just finished it– set in rural China and beyond. so good!! What are you reading this summer???

        • Hey Marcia– I’m putting the Springsteen book on my library list! I like biographies if they are not too heavy duty (ie 500 pages!). Sometimes I check out biographies from the kids department just to get the basics about someone I’m curious about. OK, well, Happy Reading!! And loved loved your new picture book recommendations! xoxo

  6. Wow, love this!! Chocolate and cherries is a winning combo! I ate so many cherries in the NW these past weeks you’d think I’d be sick of them , but nope, not really. -Kat

    • We are awash in cherries right now too Kat– so cheap at the market I can’t pass them up. That’s kind of why I made this cake– use all those cherries! Want to hear about your travels… OK– just looked over at your blog and saw the awesome photos!! Looks amazing!! Do you have more??!

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