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Chocolate Cherry Fudge Bundt Cake

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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 is super tasty and starts with a cake mix so it’s quick and easy too, but that can be our little secret.

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.

fudgy chocolate glaze over chocolate bundt cake.

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.

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!

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!

illustration of ingredients needed to make a chocolate cherry bundt cake

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes a Bundt cake different than other cakes?

In addition to the shape of the pan, Bundt cakes are usually super moist and a bit more dense than other cakes. That helps them to hold their donut like shape and any ridges from the pan.

Do you flip a Bundt cake when it’s hot?

Flipping the cake out of the pan when it is too hot and it won’t hold together. Flipping it after it is too cool increases the chance that it will stick to the pan. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before dipping out to cool completely.

How do you store this Bundt cake?

Cover your cake and store it on the counter for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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

Chocolate Cherry Fudge Bundt Cake

Servings: 16 Servings
Author: Carlee
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.
4.82 from 96 ratings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients
 

Cake

  • 1 box devils’ food cake mix
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup water
  • 21 oz can cherry pie filling
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Chocolate Glaze

  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoon corn syrup
  • 4 oz semisweet chocolate chopped

Instructions
 

Cake

  • Prepare a large bundt cake pan (at least 10-12 cups) and preheat oven to 350°F
  • Mix cake mix, vegetable oil, eggs and water on medium for 3 minutes.
    1 box devils’ food cake mix, ¾ cup vegetable oil, 3 large eggs, ½ cup water
  • Stir in the cherry pie filling and chocolate chips until well mixed.
    21 oz can cherry pie filling, 1 cup chocolate chips
  • Pour into prepared bundt pan and bake at 350°F for 45-50 minutes.
  • Cool for 10 minutes and then invert onto wire rack or serving dish to cool completely
  • Chocolate Glaze
  • In a small saucepan, heat cream and corn syrup over medium heat until they come to a simmer.
    ½ cup heavy cream, 2 teaspoon corn syrup
  • Remove the pan from the heat and stir in chocolate, whisking until smooth.
    4 oz semisweet chocolate
  • Allow to cool at room temperature until slightly thickened.
  • Drizzle glaze over cake and allow to sit at room temperature for at least 10 minutes before serving.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 346kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 3gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 257mgFiber: 1gSugar: 25g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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JK

Saturday 4th of May 2024

I want to use this recipe for cupcakes. Any idea what the cook time should. I'm guessing about 20-25 minutes. Hoping someone out there has made these. Appreciate any input.

Carlee

Sunday 5th of May 2024

I haven't tried this recipe as cupcakes, but that's a great idea. 20-25 minutes sounds about right. Let us know how it goes!

Lorraine

Sunday 31st of March 2024

I made this cake today and it is one of the best cakes I’ve make. Very moist, flavorful , and surprisingly light. The drizzled fudge chocolate topped off the cake was superb. The problem is it’s too easy to eat. There goes my diet!

Carlee

Sunday 31st of March 2024

I'm sorry it went down so easily!! 😆 I am glad you enjoyed it!

Bobbie Bradsher

Thursday 7th of March 2024

This looks delicious, but couldn’t you use a different pie filling such as strawberry. My daughter doesn’t like cherry pie filling.

Carlee

Thursday 7th of March 2024

I don't see why not. I think strawberry would be delicious!

Sandra

Friday 23rd of February 2024

Recipe is so simple and the taste is amazing , However there's nothing in your site regarding storage of cake, can we put in fridge and if so how long ?

Carlee

Friday 23rd of February 2024

I am so glad you liked it! You can store it covered at room temperature for a couple of days or put it in the refrigerator for up to a week. It's such a moist cake, it won't dry out too quickly in the fridge, just try to keep it sealed if possible.

Nancy

Wednesday 7th of February 2024

The chocolate cherry fudge cake was sooo good! It was moist and so flavorful! I will bake it again. I wrote down the cherry glaze topping that you had told Victoria she could try (12-6-21) I would like to try it also. Thank you!

Carlee

Thursday 8th of February 2024

I am so glad you liked it!