Chocolate Covered Cherry Cake Tutorial

filed under: Miscellaneous on February 23, 2011

Remember this little thing?


You guys rock! You totally embraced my inability to count calories! *happy sigh* Don't think I could love ya more.

Well, I am delighted to show you how to make this bad boy.

I started out with this white cake recipe. Its a bit more dense due to the fact the I used regular flour and not cake flour. I needed something sturdy to stand up to the powerful punch of the insane amount of chocolate on this cake. But if you prefer a light, airy cake I would definitely just try your favorite white cake recipe. (that or use cake flour in the one I used)

What you will need:

One white cake (I used six inch pans for a nice thick cake)

2 boxes chocolate covered cherries

1 bottle hot fudge (or make your own!)

1 package of Oreo crumbs (you can also make these on your own but *speaking from experience* I would just buy the pre-crumbed crumbs. And that concludes my technical mumbo jumbo for the day.)

Frosting of choice. I used a creamy vanilla. I like it, but am still perfecting it so no recipe yet! Sorry! Here is a sweet buttercream if you are so inclined.


Bake cakes.

Place a few pieces of wax paper around the base of your cake stand. This is pretty important!

This cake could be a big mess if you skip this step. Trust me on this.

Set one cake round on cake stand and use about 1/4 cup of frosting for center layer.

Add chocolate covered cherries.

One for the cake, one for your belly.


Repeat until cake is covered. Ok maybe you dont have to follow the instructions verbatim, cause that would mean you just ate 15 chocolate covered cherries and that is really just ridiculous!

Why would I suggest such a thing?!?!?!


You could stop right here cause I mean… really. Hello delicious. But remember how much we love calories? Bring on the frosting!


I simply took a knife and spread frosting over the cherries and in between, then smoothed it out.

Right into the freezer for at least 30 minutes! I really want this frosting layer to set up and be study for our next layer of cake.


Remove from freezer and place remaining layer of cake on top.

Cover with crumb coat.


I would get it smooth but it certainly doesn't have to be neat! The next layer is where we get messy.

Put back in freezer for 30 min. or more, or fridge for at least an hour.


Take your hot fudge (that should not be hot temperature wise!) and poured it over the cake until every inch was covered.

(Please pretend there is a picture here of an Oreo crumb covered cake… whoops!)

I then took Oreo crumbs and just smashed them into the cake. This got pretty messy.. so when I was done I took a fondant smoother and made a nice, clean, flat surface.


I put it right in the fridge to set up before removing the wax strips around the base. Getting the crumbs to really adhere to the hot fudge and frosting is important for a nice clean cut.


Then put a little dollop of frosting and added a cherry on top.

Fun and easy and oh so delicious!

You can obviously play with this cake and have fun with the design and ingredients… but one thing I would not change is the chilling part. You really want those layers to get sturdy and stay that way!

You can serve it chilled or at room temp. When it is at room temp. the chocolate covered cherries ooze that glorious creamy cherry filling over the cake and add such fantastic flavor!!

Be sure to let me know if you try it!

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  • Kim says:

    I just found your blog…this is definitely NOT good! I am also a baker. If I could I would bake all day and never go to work! I love love love making cookies, cakes and breads. Unfortunately, I’ve also just spent 9 months on Weight Watchers and even reading your blog is a danger zone! However, I always say, if you’re gonna bake…do it with the best, richest, worst for you ingredients possible or it’ll taste like cardboard–and who wants to eat cardboard?
    I’ll be reading–but probably not sampling!

  • Megan Orsini says:

    because I know I would eat the whole thing myself…alone…when the kids are in bed, I have to wait for a celebration so I can share the delight this cake will be!! My only question is what kind of “hot fudge” you used…the kind I use is so thick, it could never be poured without heating it up first. I’d love a suggestion on a pourable hot fudge ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thank you for sharing your kitchen creations! I thoroughly enjoy them and will always give you the credit when I get the “oohs” and “ahhhs” ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Julie Joiner says:

    Oh. My. Goodness.
    This is my first time on your blog…having been sent here via Pioneer woman. I am going to make this beautiful cake, as I believe desserts should be as beautiful to look at as they are to eat. I may deviate from your recipe and make it with Godiva Chocolate Raspberry Truffles, though. As in my mind, that might actually be heaven. MMMMMMM.

  • Chantele says:

    Ok, bad thing I just learned today: chocolate covered cherries are seasonal–only stocked at Christmas (at Wal-mart, anyway) ๐Ÿ™ I bought a box of truffles instead ๐Ÿ™‚ Will let you know how it turns out in a couple days!

  • Mary Jo McKenna says:

    Where did you get the Oreo cookie crumbs? I used to use them a lot…but have not been able to purchase them for quite some time.

  • Anna says:

    Oh my goodness this is beautiful. I have never seen your site and I love what I see. I LOVE to bake and cook. I wish I could do a blog, but I just wouldn’t know where to start. This cake is gorgeous!

  • Candi says:

    Lovely, pure loveliness! I tried to make a similar cake over the holidays and accidentally pushed the cherry cordials into the cake layers…you guessed it! It fell apart. So we sliced it and wrapped in plastic to serve it. They were gone in a flash. I used chocolate cake, because, well I heart chocolate! ๐Ÿ™‚ Love this oreo cake…totally looks delicious!!!

  • Alison says:

    Wow looks amazing. YUM

  • Loretta says:

    Just found this blog and already in love..
    my friend and i are making this cake next week on our spring break! my blog will have pictures!!

  • Jacqueline says:

    I love the looks of this cake. I doubt I would really eat much of it as I am not a super sweet lover but I do like a little sweet after a meal or with a cup of strong coffee. But this is so beautiful. And so special. And so unique.
    My son and his wife share a love of chocolate covered cherries and when my son proposed he hid her engagement ring inside one and presented it to her. So this cake would be a great cake for their anniversary. Do I dare? You bet – calorie heavy or not.

  • LollyChops says:

    Gob bless America… what a cake!

  • Leisa says:

    Absolutely delectable ๐Ÿ™‚
    I would be terrified to cut into a cake that tall, especially with the added “crunch” of the chocolate-covered cherries…I might modify this by either using cherry pie filling (I know, I know…), or by making single-serving-sized cakes–one chocolate-covered cherry per. Can’t wait to give it a try!

  • Kristal Jones says:

    This looks scrumptious!!!

  • Lu says:

    I used cordial blueberries instead of cherries, as my husband is not a big fan of cherries at all. It was delicious!

  • Meghan says:

    I just came across your blog and I love it! I really want to try this cake. Did you use 6×2 inch cake pans or 6×3?

  • Miranda says:

    Thanks so much! I made this cake for my mom’s birthday and it was a hit! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Nurit - 1 family. friendly. food. says:

    You make the awesomest baked goods!
    I also saw this on Pionner Woman–you’ve probably got tons of pageviews!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • says:

    I made this recently! It tasted wonderful, although mine didn’t quite look as neat around the edges. Or even in the middle, really.

  • Roxanne says:

    Wow! I stumbled upon this and it looks AMAZING! challenge accepted, I’m totally baking this. Question though – in your opinion, would a sweet frosting be too much for this cake? Should I go with a mild buttercream instead? I saw you used a sweet vanilla and I know you mentioned you’re still perfecting it, but what do you think? Thanks!

  • Becki D. says:

    Ohh the decadence!!
    I am up for the challenge, though! Every year for his birthday my husband has the same request: chocolate cake with real strawberries somehow incorporated. And every year I try, and am blah about the result. Well. I think I’ll make chocolate covered strawberries and put them in the middle instead of the cherries. And use chocolate cake. And a strawberry buttercream, then a chocolate ganache over the whole thing. Oh yes. Ohhh yes.
    Thanks for another great idea, Amanda!! XoXoXo

  • Allison Cook says:

    This cake is very impressive, and if you don’t rush the layers and let them refrigerator for a while, it’s easy to make. You can see how mine turned out here:

  • Stephanie Ragland says:

    Saw this cake and HAD to make it-WOW!So good! Couldn’t find chocolate covered cherries so I used maraschino cherries.Thank you for your amazing ideas and sharing them!!/photo.php?fbid=10150149963253706&set=a.52495563705.61044.545833705&theater

  • Brandy says:

    I wanted to tell you that I was inspired by your cake here! I had a birthday girl coming over for dinner one night and while she doesn’t like choc covered cherries, she loves oreos. So…. I made an Oreo Icecream cake. I used 3 6″ pans, two for dark chocolate cakes and one for ice cream. Once I froze the cakes (after baking of course) and then layered with the ice cream in the middle, I used dark chocolate fudge and crushed oreos on the outside. This was such a huge hit that I’ve already made it again!!!!

  • carriethecutie says:

    Wow! I’ll be making this next weekend but I just have one question. In your recipe, you discuss adding a third layer, but the cut cake shows two layers and one layer of filling. If I make three cake layers, will it be able to withstand the second layer of filling w/the cherries?

  • Allison says:

    I made this, and it was delicious! I didn’t have any troubles with the layers because I gave the cake lots of time in the refrigerator, like you suggested. This was definitely a crowd-pleaser and very impressive. Thanks!
    You can see mine here: