Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Chocolate Cherry Bars

     Celebrate Valentine's Day with these incredibly easy and delicious Chocolate Cherry Bars from Pillsbury.  More like a cake, these light and airy bars are made with only 4 ingredients.  If you're camping and don't want to go to the trouble of making the icing from scratch use the canned variety, just wait until the cake has cooled before lifting from your oven and frosting.
     If you follow the original recipe, once your cake is done remove it from the coals.  When you make the frosting, boil it for exactly one minute, add the chocolate and when the chocolate has melted and the icing is smooth, immediately pour it over your warm cake. As the icing cools it will be more difficult to spread.
     In my 12 inch dutch oven, the cake baked for 35 minutes with 12 coals in a ring around the base of the oven and 28 spaced evenly on the lid.  Be sure to let the bars cool completely before cutting and sharing with your favorite Valentine.  Have a sweet Valentine's Day!

Chocolate Cherry Bars
Cake Bars
1 15.25 oz package Pillsbury Moist Supreme Devil's Food Cake Mix
1 21 oz can cherry pie filling
1 tsp almond OR vanilla extract
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup milk
5 tblsp margarine OR butter
1 6 oz package semisweet chocolate chips

     Lightly oil or spray 12 inch dutch oven; line with parchment paper.
     In large bowl, combine all cake bar ingredients; stir until well blended.
     Pour into prepared dutch oven.
     Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes or until tester comes out clean.
     In small saucepan, combine sugar, milk and butter.
     Bring to a boil.
     Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly.
     Remove from heat; stir in chocolate chips until smooth.
     Immediately pour frosting over warm bars.
     Cool in dutch oven for 1 1/2 hours or until completely cool.
     Cut into bars.

Pour thick batter into prepared 12 inch dutch oven

Bake for 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees

Pour hot frosting over warm cake

Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars


  1. Sooo... 4 month old Jack gets really fussy if his mom eats chocolate. I wanted to make this but didn't want an angry baby afterwards. So I used a white cake mix and left out the chocolate chips. Arguably a totally different cake, but it turned out amazing. The almond flavor really stands out when not competing with chocolate. Allison loved it and Jack was none the wiser. Thanks for posting and Happy Valentine's!

    1. Hi Aaron, Thanks for letting us know the recipe can be made with a different cake mix and that the end result was not only good but 'Jack Friendly' too! Very creative on your part. Take good care, Liddy

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