Chocolate Cherry Cake

Each day we show our love, but I enjoy a special day to celebrate our L-O-V-E.  Here’s my list of a few of my loves today.

My beloved Valentine for the last 38 years.  He is the love of my life.  Since November I’ve hardly seen him without a drill or screw driver, taking something apart or putting it together.  My goal is to get settled and then have him find out what retirement means!  I am so proud of him.  He is an incredible husband, father, and a very Christ-like person.  I am so lucky to have him, I know.

I’m loving the beautiful flowers he delighted me with for Valentine’s Day.  He honestly delivers often, and speaking of delivering, our children are all loves too!

Of course, here are our 15 grands that make our world go round.  I love them in their Christmas Eve PJs and a good picture of each together is impossible.  I’m predicting our drama queen in the pink will win an Oscar for “Best Actress” someday!  She is hilarious to say the least.

I can’t help myself, you will see more of my loves.  I’m loving that I am closer to some of them and missing the rest, sigh…yet feeling so blessed that they are all healthy, happy and loved by incredible parents.

So just for you, I’m posting what my guy got with a kiss, early this morning, in bed for Valentine’s.  Yes, it truly is the “way to his heart,” but because I love him and it’s not good for his heart it only happens once a year.  He loved the sweet wake-up…smooch and Chocolate Cherry Cake!

This is all you need to make your sweetheart’s day extra special!

Mix the cake mix with the two eggs, fold in the can of cherry pie filling and bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 to 40 minutes.  While the cake is baking add milk, sugar and butter to a sauce pan over medium high heat.  Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute stirring constantly.  Remove baked cake from the oven to a wire rack and cover with the hot fudge frosting.   

Serve with whipped cream, more cherry pie filling and a chocolate heart and an extra helping of love!

Chocolate Cherry Cake
(courtesy of the Lion House)

  • 1 package devil’s food or chocolate cake mix
  • 1 can cherry pie filling
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 (12 oz.) package semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 13×9″ nonstick baking spray containing flour and set aside.  In a large mixing bowl, combine cake with eggs, then gently fold in cherries till it’s all incorporated.  Use a rubber spatula, not a mixer as it will break up the cherries.  It will be thick like a brownie batter.  Pour into prepared pan.  Bake 30-40 minutes or until cake is set.

While cake is in the oven, combine sugar, butter and milk in a large saucepan.  Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and add chocolate chips and vanilla.  Stir with a wire whisk until the chips are melted and frosting is smooth.  Pour over warm cake and spread to cover.  Let cool on wire rack before serving.  Makes 16 servings.

Happy Valentine’s Day ALL!

About The Author


Renée is passionate about making and sharing ALL things delicious! Her happy place really is her kitchen where she loves whipping up memories with her family and friends. Raised in sunny Southern California she's spent her adulthood in Idaho, both sides of her great state. She's married to an amazing man, and together they have 5 children, who gave them five more, and now they have 28 grandchildren. So there’s always a reason to cook and celebrate around their place!


  1. Debbie

    You have the most beautiful family! Every time you show a picture, I think that. (really!) I love your relationship with your husband, too. I feel the same about mine, and I think (know) that it is the Christ-likeness that is the key to it all.

    I’m going to say again that I’m so glad you’re back. You’re my own personal Betty Crocker, you know. I can always trust your recipes because every single one of them that I’ve tried was delicious. That cake? Oh my word. I can’t have that in the house. It looks too fantastic.

    And I can not be trusted

  2. Suzie

    What a delightful family!

  3. Kris

    What a beautiful family you have!!

  4. Happier Than a Pig in Mud

    My first thought was, I hope the little one in pink is just yawning… but kinda knew better:@) Happy Valentine’s Day Gnee!

  5. Laura Ingalls Gunn

    Your yummy metamorphosis is absolutely fabulous. I so hope that you enjoy every bit of it.

    Have a very Happy Valentine’s Day!

  6. Pondside

    Those grandkids are all gorgeous – and the Drama Queen is a sweetie!

  7. Sue

    What a delightful and sweet post, the grandchildren are so precious. And the recipe looks delicious. Hope your Valentine’s Day was filled with many more blessings.

  8. Kimra

    sounds so delicious! I want it right now!

  9. Julie Harward

    Loved your sharing the recipe and your posterity and your good are so blessed! ;D

  10. Anji*

    Wow that cake looks yummy! And all those grandkids are so cute!

  11. Meg

    Yum! I loved seeing pics of your family! They look adorable! (Your drama queen is reminding me of my little drama queen–too cute!)


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