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Drunken Cherry Chocolate Cake

This beautifully soft and airy Drunken Cherry Chocolate Cake has got it all. Every bite is an amazing melody of chocolate, smooth cream, juicy cherries, and a sweet wine taste. What’s there not to love?


Okay, my loyal readers. I am love drunk. Or is it drunk in love? I am drunk in cherry cake love.

And I don’t want to snap out of it. This drunken cherry cake with cream and chocolate is out-of-this-world delicious. It’s a cake like no other cake. It’s got all the right ingredients to hit your chocolate cravings. Plus, it’s got wine. Oh yes. This cake is the real deal. You won’t want to share.

What makes this drunken chocolate cherry cake? The luscious, juicy cherries are soaked in a beautiful red concord wine before being added into the cake.

Have I gotten your attention yet? This cake tastes as good as it looks. And I’m certain it’ll be one you make over and over again.

Please excuse me while I wipe away my drool. I’m craving this scrumptious cake as I speak.


Tips to make the perfect drunken cherry cake

I’ve made this cake for years. It’s a favorite amongst my family and friends and is the perfect dessert to make when you just don’t want to take any chances with a group. This guy is always a hit.

I want to share my tips with you to ensure you get a perfect cake, every time.

  • Let those cherries soak! Give the cherries and wine some time to get properly acquainted
  • Use the liquid from the soaked cherries to add to the sides of the cake. This helps the cake from drying out.
  • Wait until the cake is cooled before adding the glaze. Otherwise, it’ll just melt off. And you won’t get that nice glossy sheen

This is definitely the cake you want to make for your next party! It’ll win everyone over! Cheers to delicious desserts! Enjoy!


To make this cake, you will need:

  • eggs
  • sugar
  • cocoa
  • unbleached flour
  • baking powder

Now, for the cream:

  • sweetened condensed milk
  • cool whip

For the cherry mix:

  • Concord wine
  • cherry pie filling

For the chocolate glaze:

  • baking chocolate chips
  • butter
  • cocoa
  • milk

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Drunken Cherry Chocolate Cake

Delicious, creamy Drunken Cherry Chocolate Cake.
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: Russian
Allergy: Nut Free, Vegetarian
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Calories: 525kcal


  • Stand mixer
  • bowl
  • small bowl
  • hand mixer
  • Bread knife
  • Cake spatula


For the cake layers:

  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp cocoa
  • 1 cup unbleached flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 3 Tbsp concord wine
  • 1 can cherry pie filling

For the cream:

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 12 oz Cool Whip
  • ¼ cup butter, ½ stick
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa
  • ½ cup milk
  • 3 Tbsp baking chocolate chips


  • Turn oven on 350°F.
  • In a big mixer, on a high speed (if you don’t have one hand mixer is just fine) mix eggs and sugar.
    6 large eggs, 1 cup sugar
  • While eggs and sugar mix, in a separate bowl sift baking powder, flour, and cocoa together.
    1 cup unbleached flour, ½ tsp baking powder, 3 Tbsp cocoa
  • Turn speed on mixer to the lowest and add in the flour and cocoa mix.
  • Spray the cake pan with butter, and pour the cake mixture into the pan. Put in the oven for 30mins, or when inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • In a small bowl or shallow plate combine the can of cherries and 3 tablespoons of concord red wine (or another sweet wine). Let stand.
    1 can cherry pie filling, 3 Tbsp concord wine
  • With a hand mixer, start mixing sweetened condensed milk.
    1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • Add in the cool whip, beat for half a minute, and cream is done!
    12 oz Cool Whip
  • After the cake has risen, and taken out of the oven. Let it cool down for 5-10mins. With a bread knife cut half an inch of the top of the cake, try to make it even.
  • Take inside of the cake and put it in the cream bowl, leaving about half an inch of the sides and bottom.
  • From the cherry and wine, take the liquid part and spread it around the inside of the cake, (this will help this part of the cake not to get dry).*Leave some for the top
  • Cover the cake pieces well in the cream and start putting them back into the cake.
  • Take the cherries that have been in the wine and poke them into the cake (cream) all over.
  • Add in any cream you have left, and spread evenly with a knife.
  • Spread the rest of the cherries and liquid into the cream and put the cake top back on.
  • In a bowl melt 1/2 stick of butter and add 1/2 cup of milk, and 1 Tablespoon of cocoa. Combine.
    ¼ cup butter,, ½ cup milk, 1 Tbsp cocoa
  • As soon as you take it out of the microwave, add chocolate chips, and combine quickly. (you could also do this on the stove in a saucepan if you prefer).
    3 Tbsp baking chocolate chips
  • Pour the glaze on the cake.
  • Let stand in the refrigerator until ready to serve!


Calories: 525kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 151mg | Sodium: 165mg | Potassium: 388mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 767IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 204mg | Iron: 1mg
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