Cherry Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

I love the look of this Cherry Chocolate layered cake. It is not fancy at all, so there is no need to worry about decoration…simply add layers of cake between your favorite frosting and voila.. the assembling is done in a matter of minutes.

Cherry Chocolate Cake cut open with one serving in the front

This dessert is really amazing, consisting of three chocolate cake layers, soaked in syrup and filled with a delightful cream cheese frosting.

The “cherries on top of the cake” make this cake simply divine. I simply love how easy this dessert is prepared, so hope you will try this recipe as I am sure you will love it as much as we did.

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Cherry Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

5 from 1 vote
This Cherry Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is really amazing, consisting of three chocolate cake layers, soaked in cherry syrup and filled with a delightful cream cheese frosting. 
Servings 6 servings
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


Cake Layers

  • 6 eggs
  • 3 tbsp cold water
  • 12 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 7 tbsp unsweetened dark cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp flour

Cherry Syrup

  • 1 cup cherries , seeded and puree
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 50-70 ml water

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 250 g Mascarpone
  • 250 g light cream cheese
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp cherry syrup


  • 1 cup cherries , seeded


  • Make cake layers: Preheat oven to 375 F (180 C) and grease 3 (7 inch) round pans dishes with butter. Line the bottoms with rounds of parchment paper.
  • Separate egg whites from the yolks and add water to egg whites. Whip whites until foamy with a mixer and gradually add the sugar whipping the whole time until it holds very stiff peaks. In a separate bowl mix egg yolks with baking powder. Fold yolks mixture into egg whites. Using a metal spoon, lightly fold in the cocoa powder and flour until combined well. Divide mixture between the 3 pans and bake for 20-25 minutes. 
  • Run a sharp knife completely around the inside edge of the pans. Remove parchment paper and let them cool completely at room temperature on a rack.
  • Meanwhile prepare the cherry syrup. Combine pureed cherries with sugar and water and bring to boil. Let simmer for 5 minutes and remove from heat. It results a thick syrup. Let cool completely.
  • Prepare the frosting. In a medium bowl combine all ingredients and mix until smooth. 
  • When layers are cool enough punch them with a toothpick from place to place.  Add 3 tbsp of syrup on top of the surface of each layer and allow syrup to moist the layers. 
  • Split the frosting in 3 and assemble the cake. Garnish with cherries on top.  


Serving: 1gCalories: 463kcalCarbohydrates: 48.9gProtein: 14.8gFat: 25.2gSaturated Fat: 14.5gCholesterol: 253mgSugar: 36.4g
Calories: 463kcal
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cherries, chocolate, chocolate cherry cake, layer cake

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  1. Claudie Author says:

    I have one word for this cake: wow!

  2. Liz Author says:

    Wow, what a gorgeous cake…I can’t resist anything iced with cream cheese frosting…DELISH!!!

  3. Juanita Author says:

    Cherries are my favourite fruit. This is really making my mouth water, as it’s Winter here, and cherries (which are always crazily over-priced) are nowhere to be found for the next 6 months!

    Other than the obvious luscious colour they give the cake, the rustic appeal they add is divine!

  4. The Chocolate Priestess Author says:

    Oh, it looks like restaurant quality in your photos. How pretty!

  5. Julia Author says:


  6. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts Author says:

    How pictures perfect this is! Amazing!

  7. Sandra Author says:

    This gives a whole new meaning to “with a cherry on top”. Stunning cake that sounds and looks divine.

  8. Paul@cookingmesofly Author says:

    …what a wonderfull cakeeee!
    ciao from Italy

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