Chocolate Covered Cherry Mini Cakes Recipe

chocolate cherry cupcakesChocolate Covered Cherry Mini Cakes

There is something about chocolate covered cherries that just seems a little extra romantic to me.  I know the classic heart box of chocolates is the Valentine’s standard, but the simple chocolate covered cherry is always sweet & relaiable, whereas the sample boxes can give you a rude surprise (I’m not a big fan of cremes).

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cake

Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting is another fave around here, and so is my Nordicware mini-bundt pan.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Mini Cakes

I thought about how the hollow in a mini-bundt could be filled, and a new sort of black forest cake came to mind.  A single serve chocolate covered cherry cake.  I got to mixing some batter.

chocolate covered cherry cakelets

Once the chocolate mini bundt cakes were cool, I filled them with cherry pie filling, and topped off with a quick chocolate ganache.  I made the chocolate cake from scratch, but by all means a good chocolate cake mix would do just fine for this.Chocolate Cherry Mini Bundt Cakes


Chocolate Covered Cherry Mini Cakes: An Easy Romantic Dessert
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  • Chocolate cake batter (prepare according to box directions or use the Chocolate Cherry Cake batter recipe below)
  • 1 can of cherry pie filling
Easy Chocolate Ganache
  • 1 cup bitter or semi- sweet chocolate, chopped or chips
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 1 tbs milk
  • **optional whipped cream
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease & flour a mini-bundt pan.
  2. Prepare cake batter, and fill the pan cavities ¾ full.
  3. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until pick pulls clean. Then cool a few minutes & remove to rack to finish cooling.
  4. Fill each mini-bundt cake with cherry pie filling. Focus on getting some cherries in and gently press down, a little will absorb into cake giving you a bit more room to fit more. Fill right up to the top.
  5. Prepare ganache in microwave: Place the ingredients in microwave safe bowl and zap for 20 seconds, stir. Repeat until smooth but not completely soupy.
  6. Spoon over each cake, and gently swirl spoon to ensure the whole top is covered.
  7. Allow to cool a minute or two before serving, or do ahead of time.
  8. Top with whipped cream & leftover cherry filling if you like.
*a box of cake mix is fine if you prefer. The recipe makes just the right amount for my Nordic ware Mini-Bundt pan (6 mini-bundts)


Chocolate Cherry Cakes


Chocolate Cherry Cake Batter
Recipe type: Dessert
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  • ¼ cup soft butter
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup low fat buttermilk
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tbs cherry juice concentrate
  • ⅓ cup finely chopped bitter or semi-sweet chocolate
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Cream the butter, sugar and salt together.
  3. Add egg, vanilla & buttermilk. Whisk.
  4. Add the baking soda, cocoa & flour. Mix well. Then add the cherry concentrate and mix until well blended.
  5. Fold in the chocolate until evenly distributed.
  6. Baking time will vary by pan choice.



  1. says

    They look so good! I definitely would love to try these, with and without the whipped cream. So pretty. :)

  2. says

    I wish you lived closer to me, lol. These look so amazing and if you were closer I’d be the first one knocking on your door. Yum!

  3. says

    Those are so pretty! This would be such a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day.

  4. says

    Now that, is my kind of dessert. The boys love cherries too, so this would be a huge hit in our home!

  5. says

    Now I’m definitely going to need a mini bundt pan – there are so many cute dessert possibilities!

    • Robin Gagnon says

      It is one of my personal faves. More fun than a cupcake in my book :)

  6. says

    That looks amazing! A lot of chocolate but I’d eat it!

  7. says

    Such dessert is really very romantic especially for a chocolate lover. I think that strawberry jam filling will be also very tasty. Any tea party with such dessert should be really successful!

  8. says

    These look oh so good! I don’t own a mini bundt cake pan, but I do have a standard size one, so a large version of this deliciousness may be perfect for our family.

  9. says

    Goodness these look amazing!!! My husband is a diabetic so he can’t eat them, but I think I might have to make some for me!

  10. says

    Oh those look so great – I love mini desserts because I’m way better at controlling how much I eat with them.

  11. says

    Wow, they look amazing. I love chocolate and cherries together!

  12. says

    Yep, I am buying some mini bundt pans… I am craving these now! Drooling here!

    • says

      Okay, going to pick up some today. Can’t wait to try this!

  13. says

    Mini bundt cakes, how cute! They look mighty tasty too. I think my hubby would be one happy man if I made these for him.

  14. says

    Cherry pie filling? What a great idea! I hate the ‘surprise’ fillings as well since I’m pretty picky with my chocolate pairings. I’d much rather get gift certificate and individually pick the pieces myself :)

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