Perfectly Moist and Decadent Chocolate Cherry Cake

Welcome, fellow foodies! Today, I am excited to share with you a recipe that will fulfill your desires for a delicious and healthy dessert – the Gluten-Free Easy Chocolate Cherry Cake Recipe. This cake has everything you need to satisfy your sweet tooth – it is free of gluten, dairy, and oh-so-easy to make.

This chocolate cherry cake is perfect for those who crave the moist richness of a chocolate cake with the tanginess of cherries. It’s also great for those who avoid gluten, want to eat healthily, or have dietary restrictions. With ingredients that cater to various dietary needs and preferences, this cake recipe serves as an excellent option for anyone who wants a healthy and tasty dessert.

If you think gluten-free desserts are bland or tasteless, think again! This cake mix is perfect for anyone who wants to indulge their sweet cravings while sticking to their diet. Once you’ve tasted this chocolate cherry dump cake made from scratch, you’ll never go back to commercial brands.

So join me on this easy-to-follow recipe journey that combines the best of both worlds – chocolate and cherries – as we create a show-stopping gluten-free Black Forest Cake that everyone will love. Trust me; it’s not just healthy but super yummy too!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Gluten Free Easy Chocolate Cherry Cake
Gluten Free Easy Chocolate Cherry Cake

Are you in the mood for something sweet and satisfying but want to stick to a gluten-free, dairy-free diet? Then this Chocolate Cherry Cake recipe is exactly what you need!

Not only is this cake gluten-free, but it’s also flourless, making it a perfect option for Passover or anyone looking to avoid flour-based desserts. The rich, delicious flavor of dark chocolate mixed with sweet cherry pie filling will leave your taste buds tingling for more.

But this cake isn’t just gluten-free – it’s also dairy-free and vegan-friendly, meaning that it’s inclusive of various dietary restrictions that make healthy eating a priority without sacrificing the taste. This cake is super easy to prepare too – with only a few simple steps, you’ll have the perfect treat in no time!

The combination of juicy cherries and decadent chocolaty goodness makes this recipe stand out from other cakes. It takes traditional black forest cake flavors to the next level, giving you a unique twist on a classic dessert. If you’re looking for a crowd-pleaser recipe that’s great for birthdays, special occasions or just an afternoon treat, then give this Chocolate Cherry Cake recipe a try!

So whether you’re vegan or gluten intolerant or just trying to make healthier choices in your diet without missing out on the good stuff, this mouthwatering dessert is sure to satisfy your cravings while still keeping it healthy!

Ingredient List

 Get ready to indulge in a gluten-free chocolate heaven!
Get ready to indulge in a gluten-free chocolate heaven!

Let’s talk ingredients! This Gluten-Free Easy Chocolate Cherry Cake Recipe requires simple and easy-to-find components that you probably already have in your pantry. Here’s what you’ll need to make this scrumptious cake:

The Cake Ingredients:

  • 1 box of Betty Crocker gluten-free chocolate cake mix
  • 1 can (21 oz) of cherry pie filling
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, softened

Flourless Chocolate Cherry Cake Ingredients:

  • 200g (7oz) dark chocolate, chopped
  • 200g (7oz) coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 100g (1 cup) light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 can cherry pie filling (21 oz)

Optional add-ons:

  • Fresh cherries or chocolate chips to decorate the cake.

Whether you’re looking for a flourless option or want to go for the classic gluten-free cake mix option, this recipe has got you covered. Don’t get intimidated by the length of the list; each component plays a critical role in producing a perfect cake.

The Recipe How-To

 Chocolate and cherry are a match made in heaven in this cake.
Chocolate and cherry are a match made in heaven in this cake.

Now that you have gathered all the ingredients, it’s time to dig in and start preparing this delicious Gluten-Free Easy Chocolate Cherry Cake.

Step 1: Preheat the Oven

First things first, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) or per your cake mix box’s instructions.

Step 2: Prepare the Batter

In a mixing bowl or your stand mixer, mix together 1 box of chocolate cake mix, 1 can cherry pie filling (21 ounces), 2 eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Mix until everything is well combined.

In a separate bowl, whisk together 3 cups of gluten-free flour, 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda. Gradually add the dry-mixture to the wet mixture while stirring continuously. Continue stirring until there are no more lumps.

Before you call it done add some more cherries if you like – cut them in half and toss them into the batter!

Step 3: Bake

Grease a bundt pan with non-stick spray or cover with butter. Pour the batter evenly into the pan. Place the pan on a sheet tray for easy exit out of the oven when it’s time to take it out. Then set in preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, testing every so often with a toothpick for doneness.

Don’t be afraid of seeing some crumbs on your toothpick – when you see mushy dough-like bits means it needs another 5-10 minutes of baking.

Step 4: Cooling & Serving

Remove from oven and allow cooling completely before serving by transferring to wire racks to cool over night or wait until cooled before adding whipped cream on top.

Now that your delicious Gluten-Free Easy Chocolate Cherry Cake is complete, grab a cup of coffee or hot chocolate, sit back and enjoy. Trust me, it’s going to be an enjoyable ride you wouldn’t want to miss!

Substitutions and Variations

 This cake is so easy to make, it's impossible to mess up!
This cake is so easy to make, it’s impossible to mess up!

Are you looking to switch things up and try different flavors in your gluten-free chocolate cake? Here are some substitutions and variations that you may want to consider:

– Flour: Instead of gluten-free flour, try using almond flour or coconut flour. These flours are grain-free and offer a different texture to your cake. Keep in mind that the measurements may differ when using alternative flours.

– Cherry pie filling: If you don’t have cherry pie filling on hand, you can use other types of fruit filling such as blueberry, raspberry, or apple.

– Chopped Fruit: Consider mixing fresh cherry pieces or other fruit chunks into the batter for a burst of flavor and added texture. This works especially well with cherries, strawberries, or raspberries.

– Vegan: Swap out the eggs for a vegan replacement such as applesauce, mashed bananas or flax eggs, and use coconut oil instead of butter to make this cake vegan-friendly.

– Toppings: Whether it’s whipped cream, chocolate chips or a dusting of cocoa powder – toppings can turn any cake into a showstopper. Try adding some dark chocolate shavings or a fruit sauce to complement the flavors of the cake.

With these substitutions and variations, you can transform this classic chocolate cherry recipe into a unique dessert that will satisfy even the most discerning palates. So put on your baking apron, get creative and let your taste buds be your guide!

Serving and Pairing

 Gluten-free never tasted so good!
Gluten-free never tasted so good!

Oh, the heavenly combination of chocolate and cherries! This gluten-free chocolate cherry cake is an absolute delight for the sweet-toothed. It makes a superb dessert for your dinner party or a romantic night in with a loved one.

If you’re not hosting any guests and only making it for yourself, nothing can beat indulging on this moist chocolate cake while cuddling up on the couch with a good book on a Friday night.

When serving this cake, garnish it with some fresh cherries, chocolate chips or whipped cream for an aesthetic pleasure. You can also dust it with powdered sugar if you want to keep it simple.

As far as pairing goes, this chocolate cherry cake is perfect when paired with a rich coffee or tea to balance out the sweetness. This delightful sweet treat can also be served as a birthday cake or at festive occasions like Christmas or Valentine’s Day. It is versatile enough to complement any event and always leaves everyone craving for more.

So what are you waiting for? Give this recipe a try and enjoy all the chocolaty goodness that comes with every bite!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Your taste buds will thank you for trying this delicious chocolate cherry cake!
Your taste buds will thank you for trying this delicious chocolate cherry cake!

When I’m entertaining, I find it helpful to make desserts that can be made-ahead because it relieves some of the stress of cooking everything at the last minute. This Flourless Chocolate Cherry Cake is one of those recipes that can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

To make this cake ahead, bake the cake as instructed and let it cool completely. Once the cake has cooled, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. To prevent any condensation from forming on the plastic wrap, you can place a layer of parchment paper between the plastic wrap and the cake.

When you’re ready to serve, remove the cake from the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature for at least 30 minutes before serving. You can prepare a delicious whipped cream or even a vegan whipped coconut cream to serve with it.

Storing this cake is just as easy! Simply cover the leftover slices with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store them in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

When reheating individual slices of this cake, I recommend lightly microwaving them for about 20-30 seconds or until just slightly warmed through. You don’t want to overheat it, as it may become dry or rubbery.

You’ll love being able to make this chocolate cherry cake ahead of time without compromising its incredibly moist and delicious texture.

Tips for Perfect Results

 You won't even know it's gluten-free.
You won’t even know it’s gluten-free.

Making a cake can seem like an easy task, but if you want to make a perfect gluten-free and dairy-free chocolate cherry cake, it is important to pay attention to some details. In this section, I’ll give you my top tips for making sure your cake comes out moist, flavorful, and with the right balance of ingredients.

1. Use high-quality ingredients:

The better the quality of ingredients, the better your cake will turn out. When selecting cherry pie filling, cocoa powder or chocolate chips, pay attention to the product’s quality so that the flavors come through well in the final product. Similarly, use fresh and good-quality cherries if you want to garnish your cake with them.

2. Don’t overmix the batter:

Over-mixing can lead to a dense cake. Mix only until all the ingredients are combined and there are no lumps. If possible, use a stand mixer or hand mixer for best results.

3. Add moisture boosters:

To make the cake more moist and tender, add in ¼ cup of sour cream or buttermilk to the batter mixture. You can substitute coconut cream or vegan yogurt if desired.

4. Adjust oven temperature:

Every oven heats differently, so it can be helpful to do a quick oven test before baking your cake. Preheat your oven ten minutes before baking and check with an oven thermometer until you reach desired temperature.

5. Let it cool properly:

Don’t rush removing the cake from its pan after baking – let it cool completely in the pan before removing. Cakes that cool off prior release from mold or pan tend to break apart easily.

6. Garnishing:

Finally, don’t forget to garnish with chocolate chips or chopped cherries on top for added flavors as per personal preference before serving.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to create a delightful gluten-free and dairy-free chocolate cherry cake that will leave your taste buds wanting for more. Happy baking!

Bottom Line


In conclusion, this easy gluten-free chocolate cherry cake recipe is the perfect dessert for those who want a delicious treat without sacrificing their health goals. By using gluten-free flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, and a cherry pie filling that is free from preservatives, you can indulge in a guilt-free dessert that satisfies your sweet cravings without any adverse effects.

The chocolate cherry combination adds a decadent and rich flavor to this classic cake. Whether you are making this cake for a special occasion or planning to serve it as an everyday dessert, it is sure to impress everyone at the table.

Remember to follow the recipe instructions carefully and experiment with the substitution options if desired. You can also pair this cake with fresh cherries or whipped cream to add an extra touch of flavor.

So go ahead and give this easy gluten-free chocolate cherry cake recipe a try today. Trust me; your taste buds will thank you for this moist and delicious black forest-inspired cake.

Gluten Free Easy Chocolate Cherry Cake

Gluten Free Easy Chocolate Cherry Cake Recipe

Moist and delicious, this chocolate cherry cake is whipped up in a quick minute. This can also be made with 2 scoops of Body Fortress Chocolate Protein Powder (or your favorite protein powder) to boost the protein.
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Prep Time 8 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Gluten-free
Servings 1 cake
Calories 195.5 kcal


  • 16 ounces gluten free chocolate cake mix (1 box of Betty Crocker or 1 bag Bob's Red Mill)
  • 21 ounces cherry pie filling
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 16 ounces frosting


  • Preheat oven to 350'.
  • Generously grease a 9 x 13 baker.
  • Mix all ingredients until combined.
  • Pour into pan and place in oven.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick or knife comes out clean when inserted into center of the cake.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 67gCalories: 195.5kcalCarbohydrates: 33.7gProtein: 1.7gFat: 6.4gSaturated Fat: 1.3gCholesterol: 15.5mgSodium: 201.4mgFiber: 0.6gSugar: 19.2g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Cherries, Dessert, Easy, For Large Groups, Free Of..., Fruit, Healthy, Low Protein
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