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A moist and perfect chocolate sheet cake with cherries hidden inside. This cake is so easy to throw together and the perfect crowd pleaser!

chocolate cherry sheet cake square with a cherry on top on a white plate.

My little seven year old is obsessed with cherries. He asks for them all of the time at the store and especially loves when they come into season. He would eat them all of the time if I let him. He is always coming up with ideas for the blog and every single time it has to do with cherries. He says, “Hey mom! How about cherry cheesecake!?” or “cherry bomb pie!?” or his latest, “cherry soup!?” Yeah this kid loves his cherries.

So you can imagine his excitement when I told him that I was making Chocolate Cherry Sheet Cake.

close up on a square of cherry chocolate sheet cake

I was a little skeptical about this recipe. The cake only requires 3 ingredients! A cake mix, eggs, and cherry pie filling. Really? Can a cake turn out with cherry pie filling!? And then I heard that this cake won in the pillsbury bake off. So I had no choice but to give this a try!

My little cherry lover helped mix the cake up in a matter of minutes and get it right into the oven. This cake was ready in no time at all. It came out and it was perfect! Spongy and moist like a cake should be, and the cherries hidden throughout were amazing!

This cake will be the perfect crowd pleaser. It absolutely delicious. Like you can’t stop eating it delicious. The chocolate frosting on top is the perfect finishing touch. It is great for throwing together at a moments notice and is sure to please everyone who eats it! Especially if you have a cherry lover like I do! 🙂

Close up on a cut out of chocolate cherry sheet cake.

*Recipe adapted from Pillsbury Bake off. The original recipe called for a 18.25 ounce cake mix but I couldn’t find that size anywhere. If you can find it then use it. 🙂

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Cherry Chocolate Sheet Cake

By: Alyssa Rivers
A moist and perfect chocolate sheet cake with cherries hidden inside.  This cake is so easy to throw together and the perfect crowd pleaser!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 16 Slices


  • 1 package Devil's Food Cake Mix* 16.5 oz.
  • 1 can cherry pie filling 21 oz
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs beaten

Chocolate Frosting:


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 15x19x1 inch baking pan or a 13x9 inch pan.
  • In a large bowl, combine cake mix, cherry pie filling, vanilla, and eggs. Mix until combined and moistened. Spread in the prepared pan.
  • If using a 15x10x1 inch pan bake for 20-30 minutes. If using a 9x13 inch bake for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool.
  • To make the frosting, In a small saucepan, combine sugar, milk, and margarine. Bring to a boil. Boil for about 1 minute and remove from heat. Stir in chocolate chips until melted and smooth. Pour over the sheet cake and spread evenly over


Calories: 307kcalCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 3gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 282mgPotassium: 146mgFiber: 1gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 262IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 68mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. Wanting to double this and layer for a big party. Would you put the same frosting inside or something different?

  2. I am a cherry lover too! And chocolate and cherries are a match made in dessert heaven. Your little one is onto something here 😉