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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?

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This drunken cherry cake with cream and chocolate is out-of-this-world delicious. It has all the right ingredients to satisfy your chocolate cravings. This chocolate cake recipe is the real deal. You won’t want to share.

What makes this drunken chocolate cherry cake? Soak these juicy cherries in a beautiful red concord wine before adding them 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.

I’ve made this cake for years. My family and friends love it, it’s the perfect dessert to make when you just don’t want to take any chances with a group. This amazing cherry cake recipe is always a hit.

This is definitely a light and fluffy 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

drunken cherry chocolate cake ingredients- sweetened condensed milk, cool whip, cocoa, chocolate chips, cherry pie filling, cocoa, milk, wine, butter, sugar, eggs, flour, and baking powder.
  • Eggs– large
  • Sugar– fine gratulated sugar
  • Cocoa– not cocao
  • All purpose flour– unbleached
  • Baking powder– aluminum free

Now, for the cream:

  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Cool whip (or beat heavy whipping cream)

For the cherry mix

  • Concord wine– can be found in most big grocery stores at the wine section, or in wine stores.
  • Cherry pie filling

For the chocolate glaze

  • Baking chocolate chips– any milk chocolate will work as long as it’s without any nuts or fruits.
  • Butter– unsalted
  • Cocoa– not cocao, it will be too sour.
  • Milk- 2% or whole milk.

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

How to make Drunken Cherry Chocolate Cake

Step 1: Preheat the oven

Turn the oven on 350°F.

Step 2: Start with the liquid ingredients

Mix eggs and sugar in a large mixer on high speed. (If you don’t have one, a hand mixer is just fine)

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Step 3: Prep the dry ingredients

While eggs and sugar mix, in a separate bowl sift baking powder, flour, and cocoa together.

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Step 4: Add the chocolate flour mix

Turn speed on the mixer to the lowest and add in the flour and cocoa mix.

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Step 5: Bake

Spray the cake pan with butter, and pour the cake mixture into the pan. Put in the oven for 30 mins, or when the inserted toothpick comes out clean.

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Step 6: Prep the cherries

Combine cherries and concord red wine in a small bowl or shallow plate. Let it stand for the flavors to meld.

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Step 7: Make the cream

With a hand mixer, start mixing sweetened condensed milk.

Step 8: Add cool whip

Add in the cool whip and beat for half a minute. Set aside.

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Step 9: Cut the cake

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.

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Step 10: Take the insides out

Take the inside of the cake and put it in the cream bowl, leaving about half an inch of the sides and bottom.

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Step 11: Soak the cake

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!

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Step 12: Add back the cake

Cover the cake pieces well in the cream and start putting them back into the cake.

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Step 13: Add the cherries

Take the cherries that have been in the wine and poke them into the cake (cream) all over.

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Step 14: More cream

Add in any cream you have left, and spread evenly with a knife.

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Step 15: Cover the cake

Spread the rest of the cherries and liquid into the cream and put the cake top back on.

Step 16: Make the chocolate

In a bowl melt butter and add the milk with the cocoa. Combine.

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Step 17: Mix with the chocolate chips

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).

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Step 18: Glaze

Pour the melted chocolate glaze on the cake.

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Step 19: Ready

Let stand in the refrigerator until ready to serve!

Expert Tips

  • 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 layers from drying out.
  • Wait until the cake has cooled before adding the glaze. Otherwise, it’ll just melt off and you won’t get that nice glossy sheen that chocolate ganache gives.
  • Decorate the top of this layer cake with pitted cherries or maraschino cherries.

Recipe FAQs

Can I serve this cake immediately after assembly, or does it need time to set?

The flavors meld and the cake sets better if you allow it to chill in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving.

How should I store any leftover cake?

Store leftover cake in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will keep well for a few days.

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Drunken Cherry Chocolate Cake

Delicious, creamy Drunken Cherry Chocolate Cake.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: Russian
Allergy: Nut Free, Vegetarian
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings10
Calories: 525kcal
Author: Marina Rizhkov

Equipment

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

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • 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
    mixing-cake-batter-in-a-silver-bowl-with-hand-mixer
  • 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
    dry-ingredients-in-a-white-bowl
  • Turn speed on mixer to the lowest and add in the flour and cocoa mix.
    mixing-cake-batter-in-a-silver-bowl-with-hand-mixer
  • 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.
    baked-cake-on-a-wire-rack
  • 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
    cherries-in-a-white-bowl-with-a-spoon-and-a-bowl-on-the-side
  • With a hand mixer, start mixing sweetened condensed milk.
    1 can sweetened condensed milk
    mixing-cream-for-cherry-chocolate-cake-in-a-clear-bowl-with-a-hand-mixer
  • Add in the cool whip, beat for half a minute, and cream is done!
    12 oz Cool Whip
    cream-for-cherry-chocolate-cake-in-a-clear-bowl-with-hand-mixer
  • 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.
    chocolate-cake-dough-on-a-wire-rack-with-a-knife
  • Take inside of the cake and put it in the cream bowl, leaving about half an inch of the sides and bottom.
    cherry-chocolate-cake-on-a-white-cake-stand-with-the-insides-on-the-side-in-a-clear-bowl
  • 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 to.
    cherry-chocolate-cake-being-put-together-with-a-spoon
  • Cover the cake pieces well in the cream and start putting them back into the cake.
    cherry-chocolate-cake-being-put-together-with-a-spatula
  • Take the cherries that have been in the wine and poke them into the cake (cream) all over.
    cherry-cake-on-a-white-cake-stand-being-put-together
  • 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 butter and add milk, and cocoa. Combine.
    ¼ cup butter,, ½ cup milk, 1 Tbsp cocoa
    glaze-ingredients-in-a-clear-bowl-with-a-spoon
  • 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
    glaze-for-chocolate-cake-in-a-clear-bowl-with-a-spoon
  • Pour the glaze on the cake.
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  • Let stand in the refrigerator until ready to serve!

Notes

  • If the chocolate doesn’t melt with the melted butter, put it all in the microwave for another 20-30 seconds. 
  • Use the concord grape wine, other wines will change the taste of the cake. 

Nutrition

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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