4-Ingredient Chocolate Cherry Cake

This 4-Ingredient Chocolate Cherry Cake is moist, tasty, and the perfect holiday dessert, served with Peppermint Ice Cream!

4-ingredient Chocolate Cherry Cake
Hey, Friends! This cake recipe I’m sharing today is a favorite of my sister Di’s family, and it’s only 4 ingredients: 4-Ingredient Chocolate Cherry Cake. I’m also sharing 7 reasons why I love this cake!

4-Ingredient Chocolate Cherry Cake

Yup! Love these easy recipes that anyone can make, especially when you’re in a pinch with impromptu guests coming in 30 minutes, or you’ve forgotten you committed to bringing dessert to a party (do you ever do that?), or you’re celebrating a birthday. (Happy Birthday, Dad!)

4-Ingredient Chocolate Cherry Cake

4-ingredient chocolate cherry cake

It’s the ultimate QUICK and tasty, moist chocolate birthday cake – ever! What sets it a part from 3-ingredients to 4, is the almond extract! (Good job, sis!)

I love it when my sis brings dessert to my house. It’s always wrapped nicely with a little ribbon. An added sweet touch!

And always so great to spend time with the family!

4-Ingredient Chocolate Cherry Cake

Heck, how about whipping it up for Super Bowl or Valentine’s Day, or Christmas — right around the corner?

7 reasons why I love this recipe:

1. Anyone can make it. Even a small child!
2. You can always have the ingredients stocked in the pantry.
3. Everyone loves it. Everyone!
4. You won’t go home with leftovers (if you bring to a party).
5. You won’t be tempted with leftovers (if the party is at your house).
6. Any kind of ice cream pairs well with this. Even peppermint!
7. If you don’t want to make a frosting, serve it with ice cream OR … a warm fudge topping! Oh boy!

4-Ingredient Chocolate Cherry Cake

What’s your quick and easy go-to dessert that you keep ingredients stocked for?

4-Ingredient Chocolate Cherry Cake

Wanna make the frosting? Mix together 1 cup powdered sugar, 5 T. butter, 1/3 cup milk, 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips over medium heat; add 1 tsp. vanilla and stir, cooking for 1-2 minutes. Spread over the warm cake immediately.


  • 1 Devils Food Cake Mix
  • 1 can 21 oz. can cherry pie filling
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. almond extract


  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and beat for 1-2 minutes. If you want chunkier cherries, mix by hand.
  2. Pour batter into 9×13 sprayed pan.
  3. Bake at 350F for 35-40 minutes.
  4. Frost with your favorite frosting, whipped cream, or serve with your favorite ice cream!
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More easy holiday desserts:

Chocolate Dipped Bacon Recipe

Irish Black and White Bread Pudding (yes, chocolate and white chocolate)

Black & White Cherry Brownies

22 comments on “4-Ingredient Chocolate Cherry Cake”

  1. Putting the ingredients on my shopping list right now. Looks so good.


  2. Wow! This cake looks phenomenally good, Sandy! And, I bet homemade tart cherry pie filling would do just fine, too. ;) I just adore cherries and chocolate together and this cake recipe is perfect with Valentine’s Day around the corner. Have you ever tried baking cupcakes with this recipe? I think they would be stinkin’ cute piped with a heart and the word “love” inside it. Thanks for sharing, m’lady! xo P.S. Your Dad is so cute!

  3. I think I could assign even my husband to make this! Great recipe to have in a pinch (and I love chocolate and cherry together too.)

  4. Sandy you are just the sweetest person! Reading your posts always makes me smile. Love this cake so much.

  5. That’s a cute picture with your dad! Bet he loved this!

  6. WINNER WINNER CAKE DINNER! Seriously, feed me. I can’t get enough chocolate these days!

  7. Recipes like this are always good to have! Love the combo of cherries and chocolate!

  8. gotta love a recipe that is so easy to throw together and yet is a winner every time! Looks delicious!

  9. Sandy,
    This looks wonderful. Is it in a 9×12 pan?

  10. So easy! You are required to love cakes this easy.

  11. On the frosting recipe is that regular sugar or confectioner sugar?

  12. Can this be made in a bundt pan?

  13. Do you think I could freeze this iced for Christmas? I know it’s super easy, but defrosting it and having it ready to go would be amazing!

  14. Do you add in eggs and oil per the Dveils food cake mix? Or just those 4 ingredients? 


  15. I make this frequently, always amazing! Although I’ve always been advised to use however many eggs the cake mix calls for on the box, and I top with Cool Whip!

  16. does it have to be devils food cake or do you know if you can use any box chocolate cake mix ?

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