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Chocolate Cherry Cake Bars with Dark Chocolate Ganache!

by Christa on May 15, 2010

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MMMM… Chocolate & Cherries… it’s been a while since I had indulged in this amazing combination. So I decided to invent a VERY simple and delicious recipe. It literally takes 45 minutes, start to finish. Alas:

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Chocolate Cherry Cake Bars with Dark Chocolate Ganache



1 box of your favorite Dark Chocolate Cake Mix

1 15 oz. can cherry pie filling

2 eggs

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Grease and flour 13×9-inch pan.

2. In large bowl, gently mix dry cake mix, pie filling, eggs and chocolate chips with rubber scraper; break up any undissolved cake mix by pressing with scraper. Carefully spread in pan.

3. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

4. Prepare the ganache while the cake is cooling



1/3 cup butter

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 cups dark chocolate chips


1. Melt butter in a medium-sized pot over low heat.

2. Stir in cream and vanilla into the butter and bring to a boil.

3. Continue stirring for 2 minutes.

4. Remove the pot from heat and stir in chocolate chips until melted.
5. Pour the warm ganache over the top of the slightly-cooled bars. Let the bars set for 1 1/2 hours until the ganache is firm. Use a non-serrated knife to cut the bars and EAT UP!

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Kissed by an Angel May 15, 2010 at 5:37 pm

So scrummy!!!


Joanna May 15, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Those look so yummy 🙂


Domestic Sugar May 15, 2010 at 6:55 pm

OH MY! YUMMIE! I will need to make these for my hubbie! He loves brownies and cherries… the two would be to die for! Even your Ganache looks amazing.


Lucie May 16, 2010 at 1:40 pm

These look great!!


Leslie May 16, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Love the new site design!!!!!


Eliana May 19, 2010 at 1:57 pm

The bars look awesome as does the new site design.


Dawn May 19, 2010 at 11:38 pm

I LOVE the combo of dark chocolate and dried sweet/sour fruit. Such a great recipe!


TREAT AND TRICK May 20, 2010 at 2:19 am

Great combo and looks so delicious, can I have a slice please?


Magic of Spice May 20, 2010 at 2:25 am

Very yummy!


Momgateway May 25, 2010 at 7:11 pm

Ohhhh…sooo. cute…my niece would love to make these…


Zelma June 2, 2010 at 2:40 am

I gotta say, I made this for my husband, and it is so chocolatey, so decadent, and so amazing, that the next time I make it I probably shouldn't tell anyone how easy it was to make. I'm a semi-professional baker, and my husband gasped when he saw the cake mix box – until he tried it!! AMAZEBALLS!!!


Catherine June 9, 2010 at 6:41 am

These look so cute and yummy! I'm definitely going to make them. I'm a long time reader of your fabulous blog, but first time follower as I've only just opened a blogger account and set up a blog (http://bakezilla1.blogspot.com/). I just hope mine is as great as yours! 🙂


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