Take the classic chocolate covered cherry candy and turn it into a cake! This from-scratch rich chocolate cherry cake has homemade chocolate buttercream with cherries in every bite.
My husband is crazy in love with chocolate covered cherries. For his birthday I spent a small fortune on these sweet treats from our local candy shop and was he ever protective of them! With 3 teenagers in the house you have to guard with your life any food that you don’t want devoured in seconds. Everyone clearly knew they needed to keep their hands off Daddy’s birthday candy though. You don’t mess with that.
What is the next best thing from chocolate covered cherries? Chocolate cherry cake! This cake is 100% from scratch and couldn’t be easier. If you are nervous about trying a from-scratch cake, this is an easy recipe to begin with.
This cake uses traditional, all-purpose flour so there is no need to buy cake flour. Instead of cocoa powder, it uses unsweetened chocolate that you melt and beat into the cake batter. This makes the cake just a little different that your classic chocolate cake.
Use a stand mixer to make this cake quickly and easily. Beat the cake ingredients together, then add in the cherries and beat again. Simple as that. No separate bowls…just dump and go!
If you’d like your cake to be a bit more red in color, you can add a few drops of red food coloring. The cake pictures shown do not have red food coloring. The color ends up being a bright chocolate color without it. It won’t affect the taste, so I choose to leave out that extra coloring.
The most important thing to remember when making homemade frosting is to not add too much liquid. The recipe calls for 3-5 tablespoons of cherry juice. Add in three tablespoons, then beat the frosting well to see what consistency it is before adding more.
Allow the cherries to drain fully after you chop them. I even like to pat them with paper towels to remove any extra cherry juice. Once you have the frosting at the perfect spreading consistency, you don’t want any more cherry juice added.
One thing I love about this frosting is that it is not smooth. The cake looks pretty with simple swirls so don’t feel the pressure to get the cake 100% smooth, which can often be difficult. Decorate the top with a few stemmed maraschino cherries for a classy, simple look.