Simple Drunken Cherry Cake with Cream and Chocolate

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This beautifully soft and airy drunken cherry cake has got it all. Every bite is an amazing melody of chocolate, smooth cream, juicy cherries, and a sweet wine taste. What’s there not to love? 

Okay, my loyal readers. I am love drunk. Drunk in love? I am drunk in cherry cake love. 

And I don’t want to snap out of it. This drunken cherry cake with cream and chocolate is out-of-this-world delicious. It’s a cake like no other cake. It’s got all the right ingredients to hit your chocolate cravings. Plus, it’s got wine. Oh yes. This cake is the real deal. You won’t want to share.

What makes this drunken chocolate cherry cake? The luscious, juicy cherries are soaked in a beautiful red concord wine before being added into the cake.

Have I gotten your attention yet? This cake tastes as good as it looks. And I’m certain it’ll be one you make over and over again. 

Please excuse me while I wipe away my drool. I’m craving this scrumptious cake as I speak. 

Tips to make the perfect drunken cherry cake

I’ve made this cake for years. It’s a favorite amongst my family and friends and is the perfect dessert to make when you just don’t want to take any chances with a group. This guy is always a hit. 

I want to share my tips with you to ensure you get a perfect cake, every time.

  • Let those cherries soak! Give the cherries and wine some time to get properly acquainted

  • Use the liquid from the soaked cherries to add to the sides of the cake. This helps the cake from drying out.

  • Wait until the cake is cooled before adding the glaze. Otherwise, it’ll just melt off. And you won’t get that nice glossy sheen

This is definitely the cake you want to make for your next party! It’ll win everyone over! Cheers to delicious desserts! Enjoy!

What do I need to make this recipe?

  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 3 Tbsp cocoa
  • 1 cup unbleached flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

What do I need to make the cream?

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 12oz cool whip

What do I need to make the cherry mix?

  • 3 Tbsp Concord wine
  • 1 can cherry pie filling

What do I need to make the Chocolate Glaze?

  • 3 Tbsp baking chocolate chips
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa
  • 1/2 cup milk

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How to make Drunken Cherry Cake:

  • Turn oven on 350F.
  • In a big mixer, on a high speed (if you don’t have one hand mixer is just fine) mix eggs and sugar.
  • While eggs and sugar mix, in a separate bowl sift baking powder, flour, and cocoa together.
  • Turn speed on mixer to the lowest and add in the flour and cocoa mix
  • Spray the cake pan with pam or butter, and pour the cake mixture into the pan. Put in the oven for 30mins, or when inserted toothpick comes out clean. 
  • In a small bowl or shallow plate combine the can of cherries and 3 tablespoons of concord red wine (or another sweet wine). Let stand.

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On to the cream:

  • With a hand mixer, start mixing sweetened condensed milk

  • Add in the cool whip, beat for half a minute, and cream is done!

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  • After the cake has risen, and taken out of the oven. Let it cool down for 5-10mins.
  • With a bread knife cut half an inch of the top of the cake, try to make it even.

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  • Take inside of the cake and put it in the cream bowl,  leaving about half an inch of the sides and bottom.
  • From the cherry and wine, take the liquid part and spread it around the inside of the cake, (this will help this part of the cake not to get dry).
    *Leave some for the top

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  • Cover the cake pieces well in the cream and start putting them back into the cake.
  • Take the cherries that have been in the wine and poke them into the cake (cream) all over.

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  • Add in any cream you have left, and spread evenly with a knife.
  • Spread the rest of the cherries and liquid into the cream and put the cake top back on.

Chocolate glaze:

  • In a bowl melt 1/2 stick of butter and add 1/2 cup of milk, and 1 Tablespoon of cocoa. Combine.
  • As soon as you take it out of the microwave, add chocolate chips, and combine quickly. (you could also do this on the stove in a saucepan if you prefer).
  • Pour the glaze on the cake.
  • Let stand in the refrigerator until ready to serve!

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Drunken Cherry Cake

Drunken Cherry Cake

Cherries and chocolate are the best combination for a sweet cake like this. Try it with a cup of tea.
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Russian
Servings 10
Calories 489 kcal

Equipment

  • stand mixer
  • bowl
  • cake pan
  • small bowl
  • hand mixer
  • bread knife
  • cake spatula

Ingredients
  

For the cake layers

  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp cocoa
  • 1 cup unbleached flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder

For the cream

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 12 oz cool whip

For the cherry mix

  • 3 Tbsp concord wine
  • 1 can cherry pie filling

For the chocolate glaze

  • 3 Tbsp baking chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup butter ½ stick
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa
  • ½ cup milk

Instructions
 

  • Turn oven on 350°F.
  • In a stand mixer or hand mixer, on high speed, mix the eggs and sugar well.
  • In a separate bowl, sift baking powder, flour and cocoa together.
  • Turn speed on mixer to the lowest and add in the flour and cocoa mix into the egg and sugar mixture.
  • Spray a cake pan with pam or butter and pour in the cake mixture. Transfer to the oven for 30 minutes or when inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • In a small bowl or shallow plate, combine the can of cherries and 3 Tbsp of concord red wine. Let stand.
    Drunken Cherry Cake

For the cream

  • With a hand mixer, start mixing the sweetened condensed milk.
  • Add in the cool whip, beat for half a minute to combine.
  • Let the cake cool for 5-10 minutes then slice in half, horizontally with a bread knife.
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  • Take the inside of the cake and pt in the cream bowl, leaving about half an inch of the sides and bottom.
  • Take the cherry and wine liquid and spread around the inside of the cake to moisten it (leave some for the top).
    Drunken Cherry Cake
  • Cover the cake pieces well in the cream and start putting them back into the cake.
  • Take the cherries that have been in wine and poke them into the cake (cream) all over.
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  • Add in any cream you have left and spread evenly with a knife.
  • Spread the rest of the cherries and liquid into the cream and put the cake top back on.

For the chocolate glaze

  • In a bowl melt ¼ cup of butter and add the milk and cocoa.
  • As soon as you take it out of the microwave, add chocolate chips and combine quickly so it melts.
  • Pour the glaze over the cake.
  • Let stand in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
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Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Drunken Cherry Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 489 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 131mg44%
Sodium 170mg7%
Potassium 400mg11%
Carbohydrates 80g27%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 49g54%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 591IU12%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 203mg20%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword butter, cake, cherries, cherry, cherry pie filling, chocolate chips, cocoa, cocoa powder, condensed milk, cool whip, flour, milk, russian cake, russian dessert, russian food, sweet, wine
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2 Comments

  1. Hello:) I been craving a chocolate cherry cake and all I tried were just not what I wanted but I didn’t know for sure what I wanted u know that feeling? Lol this is the best cake ever!!!! I just sliced the cake and soaked layers and put cream and cherries in between and it was awesome!!! Already made it couple times and now I want it again. The cream goes so well with chocolate cake and cherries are just right, not to sweet or sour. I’m just in love with this cake! Thank u:)

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