Chocolate Cherry Valentine’s Cake – Too Good to Share with your Valentine

I made this Valentine’s Day cake to share with people that I love. My husband had a piece (he doesn’t have a sweet tooth), a friend had a piece (he was only visiting for a few hours), and my toddler had two mini pieces (he ate all of his dinner two days in a row!). But that was the best I could do with the sharing.

I was nervous to make a from-scratch cake, so to ensure I wouldn’t back out of making this recipe, I ordered a heart-shaped cake pan (but any 9 inch cake pan will work). Spending 14 dollars on a cake pan for a non-baker is as good as a legally binding contract as far as I’m concerned. Now, $14 in the hole, I would have to throw myself into this recipe whole-heartedly.
And throw myself into this recipe, I did! This chocolate cherry cake is fun to make from the batter licking, to the decorating, to the eating.

Chocolate Cherry Valentines Day Cake decorated with powdered sugar and a doily

The cake is obviously meant to be made for Valentine’s Day. The chocolate is rich and decadent, but not overwhelmingly sweet. The cherries make it romantic and a little extra special. They add a little moisture-packed flavor punch. If you’re not a fan of cherries, I’m sure any frozen berry will do. The recipe says to use a doily and powdered sugar to decorate. I wasn’t sure the cake would be moist enough without frosting so I bought some…just in case. And hey, worst case scenario, it never hurts to have a tub of frosting in your pantry. As you can see, I stuck to Granny’s original recipe because the moisture/sweetness level from the cherries and sour cream was perfect without my just-in-case frosting (which I now look forward to eating with a spoon, should the need arise). 


Chocolate Cherry Valentines Cake Batter
Have you ever seen a more beautiful lickable batter?!

You should definitely make this beautiful and delicious cake to impress and share with someone(s) you love this Valentine’s Day. Or make the cake for yourself. I ate the whole thing, aside from the four pieces I spoke of above, and I don’t regret one single slice, bite, or the handful of crumbs from that 9 inch cake pan. I like to think that Granny was smiling down, sweet tooth shining bright, as I made her Chocolate Cherry Valentine’s Cake, shared it with a few loved ones, and ate the rest for myself. 

Taking a bite of Chocolate Cherry Valentines Cake

Chocolate Cherry Valentine’s Cake
Chocolate Cherry Valentines Cake Recipe Card from GrannysRecipeBox

Makes about 8 servings (or significantly less depending how you slice it)
  • 1/2 c butter softened
  • 1 c sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 3 squares unsweetened Baker’s chocolate melted (I couldn’t find squares. I used 12 little mini bricks from the bar)
  • 1 c sour cream
  • 2 c frozen cherries, thawed, drained
  • 2 T confectioner’s sugar
  • 1.5 c all purpose flour
  • 3/4 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/8 t salt


  • Heat oven to 350
  • In a large bowl, beat batter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in eggs one at a time.
  • Beat in vanilla and chocolate.
  • In another large bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Add to butter mixture alternately with sour cream, beginning and ending with flour.
  • Fold in cherries.
  • Scrape into lightly greased and floured 9 inch heart or square shaped baking pan.
  • Bake 45 min or until cake tester comes out clean.
  • Cool on rack 20 minutes. Unmold and cool completely.
  • Decorate with confectioner’s sugar dusted over doily (I used one of Granny’s handmade doilys :))

Original recipe from Land of Lakes

Chocolate Cherry Valentines Cake from GrannysRecipeBox