Make cake mix as directed. Mix chocolate chips in (leave a few tablespoons as garnish at the end).
Bake as directed in two 8” round baking pans.
Allow to cool completely.
Remove cake from one of the baking pans and place on a cake plate.
Spread half of the cherry pie filling on top of cake.
Spread half of the whipped topping on top of the cherries.
Carefully place the other cake on top of the cake that has the cherries and whipped topping on top.
Spread whipped topping on top of that layer first.
Then place individual cherries on top of the whipped topping.
Then sprinkle remaining chocolate chips on top as garnish.