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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Chocolate Cherry Fudge Bundt Cake

This fun chocolate and cherry filled bundt cake comes together in a snap and is so much fun to serve and eat. It was one of the recipes that my mom had loaded and ready in the recipe box she gave me and it is a family favorite!

first slice of chocolate cherry fudge bundt cake being pulled out of cake

    Rich, delicious chocolate cake with bit of cherry and a drizzle of glaze is a perfect ending to any meal.  Luckily this cake is easy to make and every bit as tasty as it looks.  The recipe has been enjoyed by my family for decades and I welcome you to make it a favorite of your family as well. Make one today and see for yourself.

     Does your family go through food phases?  Mine certainly does.  For a little while one thing is all the rage.

     For a little while a few years back it was bundt cakes.  My mom and grandma collected everything that had to do with them.

     They had cook books devoted to the cakes.  They were experts at making pound cakes or doctoring up cake mixes to turn them into something completely different than the package.

   They had cake pans in every shape and for every holiday.  My grandma even had her pans displayed on rods going up her back staircase.

whole chocolate bundt cake with glossy chocolate glaze dripping down the side

      I came by my love for being in the kitchen honestly and they were always trying new recipes.  However there was one that we came back to over and over.

     It was this chocolate bundt cake studded with cherries and enhanced with more chocolate chips.  It is a super simple recipe to make as it is semi-homemade.

    Start with a box of mix and add some of the usual suspects.  Then stir in a can of cherry pie filling and a bunch of chocolate chips and you are ready to throw it in the oven.  It doesn't get much easier than that!

slice of chocolate bundt cake studded with cherries on plate

    Of course you can bake it in any one of the wonderful shapes of bundt pans.  That is one of my favorite parts about cakes like this.

    The tin makes the cake pretty and you don't need a lot of time or skill to make it look impressive.   A drizzle of chocolate glaze does add that little bit of glitz and glam though.  It doesn't hurt the taste either!

    I rarely bake like this any more.  I have really been into cakes from scratch (and lots of frosting!)

    But as I was thumbing through the recipe box MiMi had given me a while back, I stumbled upon this card and it instantly put a smile on my face.

first slice of chocolate cherry fudge bundt cake served on white plate with remaining cake in background

    It immediately made me think of MiMi and my grandma and all of the cakes they made and cake pans they have.  I also thought of my dad who has a reputation for loving all things chocolate and cherry.

   So I figured it was about time I share this with all of you.  I really have no idea why I waited so long. I apologize for holding out on you!

     After-all sometimes you just don't have the time, patience or will to make a big layered cake.  While I am still a sucker for things like my applesauce layer cake, pecan maple cake and especially the devilishly good chocolate cake, sometimes it is nice to have something that doesn't take a lot of time and energy.

    This is just that cake.  It makes and impression without wearing you out.

whole chocolate cherry fudge bundt cake

     The best part is how versatile this cake is.  It would work great at Christmas or Valentine's Day.

     I'd happily have it for my birthday or it would be perfect at a summer BBQ or potluck.  No matter the occasion, it will fit right in and be gobbled right up!

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What are your favorite bundt cake recipes?

If you are a chocolate and peanut butter fan, you will have to check out my chocolate peanut butter poke bundt cake. It is stuffed with peanut butter and drizzled with it too!

Another favorite of ours in the cheesecake stuffed pumpkin bundt cake. It is perfect for fall or really any old time you get the hankering for that pumpkin and cream cheese combo.

illustration of ingredients needed to make a chocolate cherry bundt cake

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chocolate cherry bundt cake, semi-homemade chocolate bundt cake, doctored up cake mix recipe
Chocolate Cherry Fudge Bundt Cake cake is soooo easy to make, but it is still a showstopper. Loaded with chocolate and cherries and topped with a delicious fudge glaze, it is sure to be requested again and again!
Yield: 16 servings
Author: Cooking With Carlee
Chocolate Cherry Fudge Bundt Cake

Chocolate Cherry Fudge Bundt Cake

This fun chocolate and cherry filled bundt cake comes together in a snap and is so much fun to serve and eat. It was one of the recipes that my mom had loaded and ready in the recipe box she gave me and it is a family favorite!
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 60 MinTotal time: 1 H & 15 M


  • 1 box devils' food cake mix
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 (15 ounce) can cherry pie filling
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
Chocolate Glaze
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoon corn syrup
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped


  1. Prepare a large bundt cake pan (at least 10-12 cups) and preheat oven to 350F
  2. Mix cake mix, vegetable oil, eggs and water on medium for 3 minutes.
  3. Stir in the cherry pie filling and chocolate chips until well mixed.
  4. Pour into prepared bundt pan and bake at 350F for 45-50 minutes.
  5. Cool for 10 minutes and then invert onto wire rack or serving dish to cool completely
  1. In a small saucepan, heat cream and corn syrup over medium heat until they come to a simmer.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in chocolate, whisking until smooth.
  3. Allow to cool at room temperature until slightly thickened.
  4. Drizzle glaze over cake and allow to sit at room temperature for at least 10 minutes before serving.




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This fun chocolate and cherry filled bundt cake comes together in a snap and is so much fun to serve and eat. It was one of the recipes that my mom had loaded and ready in the recipe box she gave me and it is a family favorite!


  1. i really enjoyed reading this. I have tried to stay away from cake mixes too. That’s a shame because I miss these bunny cakes. I plan to experiment with using a homemade mix and will report back.

    1. You will definitely have to let me know! There is something to be said for the ease of pulling out a cake mix and whipping something up though!

  2. Oh my, this looks lavish! Great combination and since it has fruit, it's good for breakfast, amirite? ;) Merry Christmas!

  3. I am aways game for a new bundt cake recipe. YUMMY combo! Hope your Christmas was sweet as can be!

  4. Cherries and chocolate are meant to be together. Looks amazing!

  5. Yummy...looks delicious. I'll try this recipe...thanks for sharing!

  6. My Hubby would LOVE this ... pinned to try at a later date! I'd love for you to share over at a new party called Let's Party ... look forward to seeing you there!

  7. Hi Carlee, my cooking goes through definate phases too, usually dictated by what's going on in life and the time of year. It is nice to stumble across an old faithful recipe again. I'm not one for box mixes either, but this does sound good, even now whilst I'm seriously wondering if I'm ever going to come down from this sugar high that is Christmas!


    1. I know, after all the cookies we need a break... so it's time to bake a cake! ;-) This one is definitely quick and easy to make!

  8. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday in 2017. Wishing you the very best in 2018 and hope to see you soon.
    Happy New Year!
    Miz Helen

  9. I need this in my life! Thanks Carlee! What a great recipe! Pinned! P~

  10. My mom would die over this cake! She loves chocolate and cherries. Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! Hope to see ya next week!

    1. You definitely need to make it then! Thank you <3

  11. I'm going to try this for a bundt cake, I make bars with a devils food cake mix, can of cherry pie filling, 3 eggs and 1 tsp of almond flavoring which was published by Philsbury which I serve as cake in a 9x12 pan. the frosting is 1 cup sugar,
    •1/3 cup milk, 5 tablespoons margarine or butter and
    •1 (6-oz.) pkg. (1 cup) semisweet chocolate chips
    In small saucepan, combine sugar, milk and margarine. Bring to a boil. Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in chocolate chips until smooth. Pour and spread over warm cake. very good.

  12. Congratulations!
    Your post is featured on Full Plate Thursday and thanks so much for sharing it with us! Enjoy your new Red Plate and have a great week!
    Miz Helen

  13. Do you use light corn syrup or dark corn syrup? I was looking for this recipe several months ago. As I was remembering the ready made bundt cake mixes that were available at one time.

    1. Yay! I am glad you found it. I use light corn syrup but I can't see why either wouldn't work.

  14. I'm with you, you always need a couple of the tried and true, semi-homemade recipes on hand. This one sounds so good!

    1. Easy and delicious, the best kind of recipe!

  15. well, this looks simply divine! Thank you for sharing it with us at Celebrate 365 Blog Parties Cupcake and Cake Party!

  16. What size can of pie filling do you use?

  17. Thanks for sharing at Celebrate365 Chocolate Party!

  18. Nice looking cake, my problem is that I don't have the cake mix. I wonder what recipe to use in order to get similar consistency...

    1. I've been tempted to try it with my devilishly good chocolate cake recipe, it's my favorite homemade chocolate cake. I am not 100% sure how it would do with all the cherries though. I haven't had a chance to try it yet.

    2. Have you tried it with homemade cake mix yet?

    3. I haven't, but that would be fun. I should really start making my own homemade cake mixes!

  19. It's in the oven as we speak! I fell in love with the recipe. Chocolate and cherries...yum! I'm even going to make the ganache. Thank you so much for posting the recipe.

  20. Made this cake today and it was so delicious. Thank you for such a yummy, easy recipe! I didn't have eggs so I substituted 1/4 c applesauce for each. The cake was a little too moist. I want to try it again with actual eggs. Not sure if that was the problem or if I needed to adjust the bake time. This was my first time making a bundt cake and ganache and I have to say it was so yummy-- I just need to try again to get a better texture! Thanks again!

    1. How fun that you made it work with the applesauce. I hope you like it even better with the eggs. Happy baking!


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