Valentine’s Day Recipe | Super Moist Chocolate Cherry Cake

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Valentine’s Day has always been one of my least favorite holidays. It feels so commercialized these days that flowers and a card or candy and a card have become a disappointment. I’d much rather celebrate with something my husband gives me that’s made with love (like snuggle time in bed with a DVD he rented and popcorn he popped himself). It’s those little gestures that remind me how much I’m loved.

And for him, I try to do the same. The way to this man’s heart always starts with chocolate cake.

To make it a bit more festive you can take a boxed cake mix and combine it with a juicy pie filling to create a cake that has incredible flavor and so much moisture you wouldn’t believe it came from a box.

Cherry Pie Filling Chocolate Cake for Valentine's Day


And you get all those bites of plump cherries throughout the cake.

Bite of Cherry Chocolate Cake


Chocolate Cherry Cake Recipe
Type: Dessert
  • 1 box Butter Recipe Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 1 can cherry pie filling
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tub cherry flavored frosting (Betty Crocker)
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and coat and 9 x 13 cake pan with Crisco and dust with flour.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together the cake mix, cherry pie filling, chocolate chips and eggs on low until combined.
  3. Spread cake mix evenly in pan and bake for 25 - 30 minutes.
  4. Cool before frosting.
Do NOT prepare the cake mix as described on the box. You only use the powder from the package and the ingredients listed. The cherry pie filling replaces the oil, butter and water.


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  1. That cake looks delicious!

  2. My mom has a dessert she loves to make with cherry pie filling. I will have to pass this along to her to try next!

  3. This cake looks delicious! I’m going to make it for my mom for her birthday since she LOVES chocolate and cherries. Thanks!

    I also much prefer a gesture from the heart as a Valentine’s gift. This is definitely a holiday that is way too commercialized. Last year I told hubby if he bought anything I’d be mad. Instead he wrote me a letter and I cherish that. With my birthday falling on Valentine’s Day, it’s difficult to separate the two. I also have a no flowers rule. May sound silly, but the prices get jacked up at that time. Besides they mean so much more when they appear randomly because he was thinking of me rather than he felt he had to get them. I always melt when he comes home from the grocery store with some random flower assortment that he saw and thought I’d enjoy.

    • A letter? That is so sweet! I got one of those for our anniversary one year and I still have it. Those kinds of gifts mean more than a Hallmark card ever will.

  4. Nummers! I pinned it!

  5. Tammy S says:

    This looks amazing!!

  6. I’m curious, do you think one could use a brownie mix instead? My husband loves the truffle fudge brownies that I sell, and I was just curious if it might work? Either way it sounds great, and I agree I love when my husband shows up with flowers “Just Because,” or when he knows that I’ve a off kinda day. It means so much more.

  7. That looks delicious!

  8. Beautiful creation and photos, as always. I’m tempted to try the cherry/ chocolate combo- it sounds delicious!

  9. Looks delish & your site looks super!

  10. This is such a beautiful cake. So perfect for V-day! :) And it’s never too early to get started on planning.

  11. that cake looks fantastic, and so easy to make, thanks for sharing

  12. I would absolutely love this cake. I love cherry anything! My spouse likes to get me a new outfit:p

  13. This looks SO good, it is going on my Pinterest board.
    Chocolate cake is definitely Bill’s favorite, too, and he loves cherries. This is going to be made this week – never mind waiting for Valentine’s Day. =)

  14. Catherine says:

    Hi, Cat!

    This sounds scrumptious! My husband and I love raspberries and chocolate, and I was wondering how this would work with raspberries? Or, do you have another similar recipe with raspberries to recommend? Would love to hear from you!

    From one “Cat” to another,
    CATherine :)

    • Hey there Cat! :) I think raspberries would be really good. I know Lucky Leaf makes a raspberry pie filling you could try with the recipe.