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Chocolate Cherry Chunk Cake

Melinda | Missouri Girl
This decadent cake begins with a cake box mix that is taken to the next level to create the most moist and delicious chocolate fudge cake that is loaded with cherries and then topped with a chocolate ganache. A true chocolate lovers dream.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
cooling time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 slices


Cake Batter:

  • 1 box 1 box yellow cake mix any size (I have used several different brands)
  • 3.6 oz box dark chocolate pudding mix (a 3.8 oz box works as well)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • 1/2 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 5 oz dried cherries
  • 3 oz chocolate of choice (milk, semi-sweet or dark), chopped

Chocolate Ganache:

  • 3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips, plus additional chocolate chips for topping.
  • 1 tbsp salted butter
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream


Make the cake

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, pudding mix, sugar, and eggs. Mix well.
  • Add the vegetable oil, water, sour cream, and vanilla.
  • Beat on medium speed with hand held mixer until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips and cherries.
  • Pour into a greased 10 inch bunt pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Allow the cake to cool for about 20 minutes, then invert onto serving plate. Cool completely.

Make the chocolate ganache

  • Once the cake is cooled, place the cream and butter in a small microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 50 seconds or until the butter is melted.
  • Add the chocolate chips and stir until the chocolate is melted and the ganache is shiny and smooth.
  • Pour the chocolate ganache slowly and evenly over the cake, allowing the chocolate to cascade down the sides.
  • Garnish with chocolate of choice (chips, shavings, swirls, or chopped). 
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