Chocolate Cherry Cake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

Valentine's Day Cake I Chocolate Cherry Cake & Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting I The Tasty Fork

Has anyone been to Target and strolled down the Valentine’s Day section?? I say this as a warning, only go if you have a ton of will power and self restraint. So much cute stuff!! I picked up everything I liked and by the time I was done, it looked like cupid exploded in my cart. I did an inventory of everything I picked out and I made myself put things back. One thing I couldn’t wait to take home was a heart shaped cake pan. You can never have too many cake pans in cute shapes.

Last week I made brownies from scratch, so you’d think I’d remember using almost all of my cocoa powder I had left in the pantry. I must have had a mental lapse because I totally forgot. I was starting to get my ingredients together to make chocolate cake, and what do you know, I have like 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder left. I could’ve screamed.

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Even when I’m forgetful, I can still be resourceful. I had 3 box cake mixes in the pantry – coconut, butter cake and devil’s food cake. I also had cherry pie filling. By combining the devil’s food cake box mix, 3 eggs and cherry pie filling I’d be eating cake in a hour.

Frosting was a no-brainer. Cream cheese frosting is one of the best things on Earth. I’m not a super sweet frosting person, so I think that’s why I love cream cheese frosting so much. There is just a touch of sweetness and still very luscious.

If you like chocolate covered cherries, you’ll love this cake!

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Chocolate Cherry Cake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 box cake mix, devil’s food flavor
  • 1 can (21 oz) cherry pie filling
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 sticks butter, at room temperature
  • 12 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. Butter/spray cake pan.
  2. Combine cake mix, pie filling and eggs. Stir until mixed. Pour into cake pan and bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Cool in cake pan.
  3. To make frosting – with an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter and cream cheese until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes.  Reduce speed to low. Add sugar, ½ cup at a time, and then vanilla, and mix until smooth and combined, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
  4. Frost cake and serve.

meghan sig



11 Responses

  1. More than 20 Heart Shaped Recipes for Valentine's Day | The Tasty Fork says

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  2. Parrish says

    This cake looks gorgeous and sounds delicious!! Thanks for linking up!!!

    • admin says

      Thanks! It’s a great cake for Valentine’s Day!

  3. Tonia@thegunnysack says

    Okay, now I’m hungry! That looks so good! Thanks for sharing this at What’s In The Gunny Sack!

  4. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says

    I’m going to Target today. SO DANGEROUS.

  5. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen says

    I love how you saved the day with a cake mix! They can really help out! Thanks for linking up at Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s

  6. Heather @ SugarDish(Me) says

    Target is dangerous.
    Way to be resourceful! Super cute Valentine cake!!

    • admin says

      Thank you!!!

  7. Julie says

    I love this cake, Meghan! It looks fabulous. I like that it has cherry pie filling in it. Delish!

    • admin says

      Thank you, Julie! I have a small piece left. I’ve hid it from my husband ;)

  8. Shiloh Barkley says

    I was wondering what you were going to do with the hole in the middle.


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