Cherry Crown Chocolate Cake Recipe with Almond Extract

Cherry Crown Chocolate Cake

Cherry Crown Chocolate Cake Recipe with Almond Extract
Preparation time: 15 minutes | Cooking time: 20 minutes | Servings: 12


Cherry Crown Chocolate Cake
Cherry Crown Chocolate Cake

Cherry Crown Chocolate Cake is a delicious and decadent dessert that combines the rich flavors of chocolate and cherries in a moist and fluffy cake. This recipe is perfect for any special occasion or as a sweet treat for yourself.


The combination of cherries and chocolate has been a popular flavor pairing in desserts for many years. This recipe takes that classic flavor combination and elevates it with the addition of almond extract for a unique twist on a traditional chocolate cake.


How to prepare

  1. Generously butter a 12 cup microwavable fluted tube pan, then sprinkle with 2 tbsp of sugar to coat.
  2. Evenly spoon half of the cherries into the bottom of the pan.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the remaining pie filling, cake mix, eggs, water, oil, and almond extract.
  4. Beat the mixture at low speed until moist.
  5. Increase the speed to medium and beat for 3 minutes, then pour the batter into the tube pan.
  6. Microwave the pan uncovered at 50% power for 12 minutes, rotating it 0.25 turn every 3 minutes.
  7. Afterwards, microwave the pan at 100% power for 8 minutes.
  8. Remove the pan from the microwave, then cover it tightly with foil and let it stand for 10 minutes on a heat-proof surface.
  9. Invert the cake onto a serving plate and allow it to stand for 1 minute before lifting off the tube pan.
  10. Let the cake cool completely.


  • Try using a different flavor of pie filling, such as apple or blueberry, for a unique twist on this recipe.
  • Add chopped nuts or chocolate chips to the batter for added texture and flavor.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Be sure to generously butter and sugar the tube pan to prevent the cake from sticking.

- Make sure to rotate the pan every 3 minutes while microwaving to ensure even cooking.

- Let the cake cool completely before serving to allow the flavors to fully develop.

Serving Suggestions

Serve Cherry Crown Chocolate Cake with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a decadent treat.

Cooking Techniques

This recipe uses a microwave to quickly and easily bake the cake, making it a convenient option for busy cooks.

Ingredient Substitutions

If you don't have almond extract, you can use vanilla extract instead.

- You can use any flavor of cake mix in place of Devil's Food for a different flavor profile.

Make Ahead Tips

Cherry Crown Chocolate Cake can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Presentation Ideas

Top the cake with fresh cherries or chocolate shavings for a beautiful presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Serve Cherry Crown Chocolate Cake with a glass of milk or a cup of coffee for a delicious dessert pairing.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftover cake in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. To reheat, microwave individual slices for 10-15 seconds.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Cherry Crown Chocolate Cake contains approximately 250 calories.


Each serving of Cherry Crown Chocolate Cake contains approximately 45 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of Cherry Crown Chocolate Cake contains approximately 10 grams of fat.


Each serving of Cherry Crown Chocolate Cake contains approximately 2 grams of protein.

Vitamins and minerals

Cherry Crown Chocolate Cake is a good source of iron and calcium.


This recipe contains eggs and may contain traces of nuts.


Cherry Crown Chocolate Cake is a delicious dessert that is relatively low in calories and a good source of carbohydrates.


Cherry Crown Chocolate Cake is a delicious and easy dessert that is perfect for any occasion. With its rich chocolate flavor and sweet cherry filling, this cake is sure to be a hit with your family and friends.

How did I get this recipe?

I remember the thrill of stumbling upon this recipe for Cherry Crown Chocolate Cake. It was many years ago, when I was just a young girl, learning my way around the kitchen. I had always been drawn to the sweet treats and decadent desserts that my grandmother would whip up, and I was determined to learn how to make them myself.

One day, while rummaging through an old recipe box that belonged to my grandmother, I came across a faded index card with the words "Cherry Crown Chocolate Cake" scrawled across the top. Intrigued, I read through the ingredients and instructions, my mouth watering at the thought of the rich chocolate cake topped with cherries and a sweet glaze.

I asked my grandmother about the recipe, and she told me that it was one of her favorites, passed down to her from her own mother. She remembered making it for special occasions and family gatherings, and how everyone always raved about how delicious it was.

With my grandmother's guidance, I set out to make the Cherry Crown Chocolate Cake for the first time. I measured out the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, and other ingredients, carefully following the instructions on the card. As the cake baked in the oven, the house filled with the intoxicating scent of chocolate and cherries, and I couldn't wait to taste the finished product.

When the cake was finally done, I carefully removed it from the oven and allowed it to cool before turning it out onto a serving platter. I topped it with a glaze made from powdered sugar, milk, and almond extract, and arranged the cherry halves in a crown around the top.

As my family gathered around the table to taste my creation, I held my breath, hoping that it lived up to the memory of my grandmother's version. To my delight, the Cherry Crown Chocolate Cake was a hit! The rich chocolate cake was moist and decadent, the cherries added a burst of sweetness, and the glaze added the perfect finishing touch.

From that day on, the Cherry Crown Chocolate Cake became a staple in my baking repertoire. I made it for birthdays, holidays, and any time I wanted to treat my loved ones to something special. I shared the recipe with friends and neighbors, who all marveled at how delicious it was.

Over the years, I've made a few tweaks to the original recipe, adding a touch of cinnamon to the cake batter and experimenting with different types of cherries for the crown. But the core of the recipe remains the same, a tribute to the generations of women in my family who have passed it down through the years.

As I look back on that day when I first discovered the recipe for Cherry Crown Chocolate Cake, I am filled with gratitude for the culinary traditions that have shaped me into the cook I am today. I cherish the memories of baking with my grandmother, learning from her wisdom and expertise, and carrying on the legacy of delicious desserts that have been a part of my family for generations. And whenever I make a Cherry Crown Chocolate Cake, I know that I am not just baking a cake, but carrying on a tradition that connects me to my past and brings joy to those I love.


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