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
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]

4-Ingredient Chocolate Cherry Cake Recipe

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

  1. I’ve made this with a brownie mix so moist and 😋 

  2. Love this cake but think I had a simpler icing.

  3. Can I make this recipe in muffin tins? Individual servings on a plate. A little concerned it won’t hold together? What do you think? Thank you!

  4. Found this when I was looking for an old recipe a friend gave me yrs ago. These are the same ingredients–sorry “sis,” the almond extract is part of the old recipe and not unique to this cake. :) It makes a great dump cake, I tried one w pecans which really added to the yumminess. Thanks!

  5. This also works with spice cake and apple pie filling. Can add xtra pinch of cinnamon and pecans. Powdered sugar glaze or a cream cheese style icing

  6. ANY suggestions for a gluten free cake mix that will still make this cake taste great!

  7. Christmas canxy canes with almond bark…..recipe.

  8. Can you add sliced almonds i wonder?

  9. OMG! I’m ready to die for this cake! Chocolate and cherry are my favorite combination. Only 4 ingredients. Easy to cook, hi extra kilo)

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

  11. 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!

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


  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. Can this be made in a bundt pan?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  23. 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.)

  24. 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!

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


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