Cherry Chocolate Chip Cake (for Easter)

Hey all– It’s the day after Easter here.  Spending the morning stashing bunnies and plastic eggs away for next year.  And toasting up some leftover biscuits and jam for breakfast.

And sending off this Easter Cake recipe to you.  It’s cherries and chocolate nestled into a white cake, with cherry cream cheese frosting.  Add a few Cadbury eggs on top (or birthday candles for a different occasion) and it’s ready to go!


1 white cake mix
canola oil
3 eggs
1 cup mini chocolate chips
1/2 cup maraschino cherries, chopped to tiny bits

1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
8 oz. cream cheese
1 tsp. amaretto (or vanilla)
1 pound box powdered sugar (3  3/4 cups)
1/2 cup maraschino cherries, chopped fine
2 tsp. juice from the cherry jar
garnish: Cadbury Easter eggs

With an electric mixer, make the cake mix according to the directions on the box (mine added 1/3 cup oil, 1 cup water and 3 eggs).  Beat for 2 minutes.  Then stir in the chocolate chips and chopped cherries.

Spoon the batter into 2   9″ cake pans (or a 9″x 13″ pan) that has been spray with cooking spray.  Pop it into a 350 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes, until the cake layers are golden and firm to the touch.  Let the cakes cool completely before you frost them.

To make the frosting, use an electric mixer to beat together the butter, cream cheese, amaretto, powdered sugar, chopped cherries and cherry juice.  (Start on the lowest setting or the powdered sugar will fly out of the bowl!)  Beat until it is all smooth and creamy, with little cherry bits here and there.

Spread frosting on the first layer.  Top it with the second layer and then frost the top and sides.  So pink and pretty!


43 thoughts on “Cherry Chocolate Chip Cake (for Easter)

    • Hey Suzanne! Always love hearing from you. thanks and I hope your Easter day was beautiful there. Loved the pics of Percy and Jenna Rose. And that banana chocolate tart! oh wow! Hugs from here friend!

    • Thanks Mary– Easter was great– church early with Larry and lunch at 1:00 with a bunch of the family. Lovely to have a holiday that has so much meaning beyond the eggs and chocolate. hugs friend.

          • Hi Rhonda, I’m near Littleton, NH, about 20 minutes away. This summer I will spend time going around and seeking a good church. I was raised Protestant and went to a Congregational Church so that’s what I would like but Methodist is pretty close. Love you too, Rhonda. You brighten my day!xoxo

            • Hoping and praying you find a wonderful place to worship with people who love God as you do, Mary. It’s so important. I’m checking with my friend Betsy in NH to see if she has any leads… You’re so dear Mary. xox

            • Hi Rhonda, I do want to find a special church and that’s one of my goals this summer! I’ll keep you updated! You are very sweet to me and I appreciate it very much! Happy weekend!xoxo

            • HI Mary– I called my friend who’s daughter lives in NH about churches– but she is way far south from you. So we googled churches in Littleton NH and one link had 30 churches in Littleton– and had links to all their websites. We read through a few– and Larry researched Concord Community Church IN Concord, Vermont (he said it was about 20 minutes from Littleton) and through that looked good. I don’t know. Praying you find your place with wonderful people who love you and people who love God like you do. Hope you have a good weekend ahead — we’re off on our trip (to Hong Kong!!) with our kids in about 10 minutes– but wanted to get this off to you. hugs hugs friend.

            • You and Larry are so kind to take the time to look for me. I googled as well and I”m writing a wish list of churches to visit soon. I know I have a need to connect with community and hope I find the right one for me. Just wish Tom seemed interested but maybe that will come eventually. Hugs, dear friend.

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