EASY 4-Ingredient Chocolate Cherry Cake

This EASY 4-Ingredient Chocolate Cherry Cake recipe is moist, tasty, and the perfect holiday dessert, served with Vanilla Ice Cream! Watch the video!

4-Ingredient Chocolate Cherry Cake

Good Morning, Friends! This 4-Ingredient Chocolate Cherry Cake recipe is a great after-Thanksgiving dessert to serve, if you’re tired of pumpkin and apples and pecans. Watch the video below!

How do I make a chocolate cake moist?

A super easy recipe 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?), today I’m sharing 7 reasons why I love this cake! And, how to make a “moise” chocolate cake!

All you need on hand is a chocolate cake mix, a can of pie cherries, eggs, and the secret ingredient … almond extract

What makes the cake so moist is the can of pie cherries!

EASY 4-Ingredient Chocolate Cherry Cake

4-ingredient chocolate cherry cake

It’s the ultimate QUICK and tasty, moist chocolate birthday cake – ever! My sister’s touch is to add almond extract! (Good job, sis!)

Tasty EASY 4-Ingredient Chocolate Cherry Cake

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. We love vanilla!
7. If you don’t want to make a frosting, serve it with ice cream OR … a warm fudge topping!

Oh boy!

How do you make a simple chocolate cake?

Moist 4-Ingredient Chocolate Cherry Cake

It’s also great to serve for any special occasion? Like Game Day or Valentine’s Day or Christmas — or family night or a potluck?

4-Ingredient Chocolate Cherry Cake
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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 1/4 cup cocoa and stir, cooking for 1-2 minutes. Spread over the warm cake immediately.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 4 ingredients, cherry chocolate cake, chocolate cake
Servings: 8 servings


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


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


I am a huge fan of my Le Creuset pan and KitchenAid mixer (or hand-mixer) for these types of recipes!

More easy holiday desserts:

Chocolate Dipped Bacon Recipe

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

Black & White Cherry Brownies

Cherry Berry Dump Cake [Crazy for Crust]

The Best Easy Apple Cake [Bless this Mess]

EASY 4-Ingredient Chocolate Cherry Cake

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45 comments on “EASY 4-Ingredient Chocolate Cherry Cake”

  1. Can i make this I two 8inch rounds?

  2. Love, love, love this recipe. I personally don’t like to use cake mixes. I’m a from scratch kind of gal. When I have a last minute decision to make..I go to this recipe.. I’m always asked for the recipe. I Ade almond pieces as well

  3. Sandy the yellow cake with peaches is wonderful. I sometimes add a can of sliced peaches also to get more peach flavor. Going to make with fresh canned peaches with juice drained and see how it comes out. Hubby loves this one.

  4. I am 83 male juse bake came out gteay

  5. Can I use a yellow cake mix with peaches eggs and almond flavoring? The chocolate was wonderful. Wanted a change

  6. Have actually had this recipe since I got it off of a Wilderness Pie filling can back in the mid 80’s. Has always been a crowed pleaser.  You can use other pie  fillings simularly spice cake mix and apple pie filling, lemon pie filling and lenon cake. It you really want to try something for a holiday event.  Bake an angel food cake in a jelly roll pan roll ot with a towel ot parchment paper let the cake let it  cool while. Your waiting for the cake to cook.   Whip up some dream whip ad a 8 0z cream whip and 1/4 cup  sugar . When the cake is cooled roll it and fill it with cream cheese mixture as you roll it into a log top with cream cheese lrft over an pie filling of choice. I like blueberry or fresh cut strawberries.  No end to what you can do with a cake mix and a can of pie filling.

  7. This is one of those recipes I call “simply ridiculous” (in a good way) because you can’t believe how good it is until you’ve tried it. Then when someone is raving over it (as my picky son did!) you simply say, “And the recipe is simply ridiculously easy.”
    I’ve made this cake three times now, and it gets raves from everyone who tries a slice.
    The cake is really moist, and the combination of chocolate and cherry is delicious.
    This is a definite keeper!

    Couldn’t make it without your recipe!
    Thank you for sharing

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