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Great American Chocolate Cherry Cake Recipe

Great American Chocolate Cherry Cake

Prep Time: 30 Minutes

Skill Level: Intermediate

Recipe Rating


  • 2/3 cup butter or margarine
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup HERSHEY'S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa or HERSHEY'S Cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1-1/2 cups dairy sour cream
  • 2 jars (10-oz. each) maraschino cherries


  • 1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round layer pans.
  • 2. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl until creamy. Add eggs, almond extract and vanilla; beat until light and fluffy. Stir together flour, cocoa and baking soda; add to butter mixture, alternately with sour cream, beating well after each addition. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  • 3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Lightly press cherries between layers of paper towels to remove excess moisture.
  • 4. Prepare WHIPPED CREAM FILLING. To assemble, place one layer, rounded side down, on serving plate; spread with 1/2-inch layer of whipped cream. Reserve 12 cherries; place remaining cherries over top. Place second layer, rounded side up, on top of cherries; spread and garnish top with remaining whipped cream. Cover; refrigerate until serving time. Garnish with reserved cherries. Cover; refrigerate leftover cake. Makes 12 servings.
  • WHIPPED CREAM FILLING: Beat 2 cups (1 pt.) cold whipping cream, 1/3 cup powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon almond extract in large bowl until stiff. Use immediately.

Ratings & Reviews

    Great taste. Moist. Looks great but easy to do