Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Dark Chocolate Cherry Dessert

Frog Prince and I returned a week ago from our trip to see family and friends!  We logged over 2000 miles on our little car in 11 days… and had such a blessed and enjoyable time. 

While in Michigan, we grabbed up some fresh, Michigan cherries {for a steal price-wise}!  My friend Kim and I decided to use the cherries in our favorite dark chocolate raspberry cake and swap cherries instead. 


We baked the dessert in a pie plate – and the boys debated whether it was a cake or a pie; so we compromised to call it a dessert. 


Pie. Cake. Dessert. Any way you slice it, it was a hit! 


Dark Chocolate Cherry Dessert
  • 3 T butter {salted or unsalted}
  • 1 C whole wheat flour {preferably white whole wheat}
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt {use 1/8 tsp. if you use salted butter}
  • 3/4 C milk
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 C brown sugar, packed
  • 2 C cherries, halved and pitted
  • ~1/2 C dark chocolate chips

Place the 3 T butter in a pie plate.  Set the pie plate into the oven and set the oven to preheat to 350.  The butter melts nicely in the preheating oven. 

Meanwhile, mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt. 

In a second small bowl, mix the milk, vanilla and brown sugar. When brown sugar is somewhat dissolved into the milk mixture, add the wet ingredients to the dry ones.  Stirring until a nice batter forms. 

Carefully remove the pie plate from the oven so as to not spill any hot, melted butter!  Then, pour about 2/3 of the batter into the pie plate.  Top with most of the cherries and most of the dark chocolate chips.  Reserve just a few of each.

Pour the remaining batter over the top.  Sprinkle any remaining chocolate chips and cherries over the top. 

Bake at 350 for 30ish minutes until center is set and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. 

Allow the dessert to sit for about 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

This dessert is egg free too – so if someone you know is allergic to eggs, this is a great dessert to share. 
{If you wish to see step by step photos, view the Raspberry Dark Chocolate Cake recipe}

Linked to: Tasty Tuesday, Totally Tasty Tuesday, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, Tasty Tuesday(2) These Chicks Cooked, What's on Your Plate?, Mouthwatering Mondays, Mangia Monday, Melt in Your Mouth Monday, Ingredient Spotlight


  1. Hi :) omg this is just heaven mmm
    I found your blog through Laura (organize junkie) and so happy I did :) so many great posts for me to catch up, me and my hubby are like you guys both got phd but at home we are crazy about cooking ( and me baking mostly) and doing other fun stuff.
    hope you have a great day

  2. How wonderful you were able to spend time with friends and family! Also, awesome to get a good buy on the cherries. This dessert looks amazing. Love all things dark chocolate.

  3. yumm-E, no doubt this was devoured.

  4. Looks so yummy, I want to make somthing with cherries this week.

  5. I always love how you share such easy and yummy recipes. My husband just picked a bunch of cherries, so I'm making this today!

  6. Oh WOW!! Looks heavenly!! YUM!!

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