Make this Cake for your sweetie this Valentine’s Day!  They’ll love the moist, Dark Chocolate Cake, layered with sweet Cherry Buttercream! 

Layers of moist dark chocolate cake, with a silky dark cherry buttercream- so pretty for Valentine's Day!

Remember the other day when I was saying how much I love the fruit + chocolate combo?  Well, this might be my favorite version of that.

I am crazy about cherries and chocolate!  And they are so perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Layers of moist dark chocolate cake, with a silky dark cherry buttercream- so pretty for Valentine's Day!

I’ve been wanting to do a rectangular cake foreverrrrr!  I was so happy to have the opportunity to partner with Ghirardelli to make this dream a reality 😛  Their Valentine’s Day Impressions make the perfect garnish, don’t you agree?

They come in Milk & White Chocolate, or Milk & Dark Chocolate.  I obviously went with the Milk & Dark.  I love how they’re like a conversation heart, with the all the different cute Valentine’s Day messages.  Only these are way yummier, because CHOCOLATE!


I also used Ghirardelli’s Dark Melting Wafers, melted and drizzled all over the top of the cake, allowing it to drip all down the sides.  So tempting!

The cake is (once again) adapted from my Simply Perfect Chocolate Cupcake recipe.  I’m telling you, there’s nothing this recipe can’t do.  It’s the number one recipe on this site, for good reason.  I have made it dozens of times and it never fails to impress.  It’s moist, super-chocolatey, and the whole thing happens in just one bowl.  (If you don’t believe me, check out some of the rave reviews in the comments section of the original post.)

This time you’re going to bake it up in a 9×13 pan, and then carefully cut it into quarters, layering it with a Swiss meringue buttercream that’s folded together with chopped dark sweet cherries.  Obviously, cherries aren’t exactly seasonal right now, but don’t worry!  You can pick up a bag of frozen cherries for this and they work just beautifully.

Layers of moist dark chocolate cake, with a silky dark cherry buttercream- so pretty for Valentine's Day!

Dark Chocolate Cherry Cake

Make this Cake for your sweetie this Valentine's Day! They'll love the moist, Dark Chocolate Cake, layered with sweet Cherry Buttercream!


    For the Chocolate Cake

    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 cup cake flour
    • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened but still cool
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (sour cream may be substituted)
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 teaspoon almond extract

    For the Cherry Buttercream

    • 3 egg whites
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened but cool
    • 2 teaspoon almond extract
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/2 cup thawed frozen dark sweet cherries, finely chopped



    1. To Make the Chocolate Cake:

      1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F, mist a 9x13-inch cake pan with nonstick spray, and line with a half sheet of parchment.
      2. Place the first 7 (dry) ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir to combine.
      3. Mix in the butter on low speed, until the mixture resembles damp sand.
      4. Stir in the eggs, greek yogurt and vanilla, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl to be sure all the ingredients are well-combined.
      5. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan, and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean or with one or two moist crumbs.
      6. Cool the cakes completely, and cut into quarters.  Fill and frost with Cherry Buttercream, and garnish with Dark Melting Wafers, Valentine's Impressions, and whipped cream.

      To Make the Cherry Buttercream:

      1. Place the egg whites and sugar in a mixing bowl. Set over a pot of simmering water, and whisk continuously, until the mixture is hot, opaque, and the sugar is completely dissolved (should not feel gritty between your fingers), about 5 minutes.
      2. Whip the mixture on high speed, until stiff peaks form and it has completely cooled.  (It's helpful to place the mixing bowl + whip attachment in the refrigerator to chill for 10 minutes.  There should be no hint of warmth remaining.)
      3. Add the butter, a tablespoon at a time, whipping well after each addition.
      4. Mix in the almond extract and vanilla until well blended.
      5. Beat in the chopped cherries.


    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size
    Amount Per ServingAs Served
    Calories 5035kcal Calories from fat 2770
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat 308g474%
    Saturated Fat 188g940%
    Transfat 11g
    Cholesterol 1123mg374%
    Sodium 1893mg79%
    Carbohydrate 547g182%
    Dietary Fiber 21g84%
    Sugars 418g
    Protein 55g

    Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

    Total FatLess than65g
    Sat FatLess than25g
    CholesterolLess than300mg
    SodiumLess than2,400mg
    Total Carbohydrate300g
    Dietary Fiber25g

    Layers of moist dark chocolate cake, with a silky dark cherry buttercream- so pretty for Valentine's Day!

    I want to thank everyone for all the sweet comments on my last post.  Lately, I’ve been having a rough time replying to every single comment, like I’ve always tried to do in the past.  But I do read each and every one, and they always make me smile!  I was so happy to have all of you to bounce ideas off of for my big living room purchase.  You all really came through for me and I think I’m ready to move forward and order the new sofa set.  I’ll share pics as soon as it comes in!  It’s looking like it’ll be here in 8-10 weeks.

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    Some of the tools I used to create this cake include:
    Rectangular Cake Pan
    Parchment Paper Sheets
    Bowl-scraping Paddle Attachment
    Serrated Bread Knife
    Stick Blender with Mini-Chopper Attachment
    Small Offset Spatula

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