Cherry Cake

filed under: White Cakes on August 10, 2011

Happy Birthday Rachael Ray!

On August 25th Rachael is celebrating her birthday.  Her fun and loyal staff over at Everyday With Rachael Ray Magazine thought it would be neat to get the world involved!

If YOU would like to make her a cake click on her facebook page and just post it!  It could be see by thousands of fans!


I have been wanting to make these birthday cookies into a cake forever.

They were so fun and easy and I love when my friends let me make them cookies!



I also thought it would be fun to make the actual cake a cherry cake too!  So I tried the Maraschino Cherry Cake recipe from

I actually followed the recipe ingredients and directions exactly.

Gotta tell ya… I could not even taste a hint of cherry in it.  Now, we all know that my palette is far from refined, but I can pick up on subtle if I am really trying.

And I did try.

I closed my eyes and everything.


It tasted like a bland vanilla cake.  Boo! Hiss! Wah.

For the frosting I used my favorite full fat buttercream of the moment.

Buttercream Frosting
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Buttercream Frosting
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 35 1/2 - 8 cups of powder sugar or a 2 lb. bag
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 -2 tsp vanilla if making white frosting use clear vanilla
  • 1/2 -3/4 cup milk I have also used whipping cream and whole milk
  1. Blend all ingredients on low until incorporated, then increase speed and blend for 1-3 minutes until reach desired consistency

Seriously.  That’s how I do it.  I am considering changing my blog name to “i am impatient baker”.



One change that was a really welcome addition was adding a 1/2 cup of finely diced maraschino cherries to the center layer.

They saved the cake.

Subtle.  Sweet.  Bright obnoxious red and turquoise cake with a hint of cherry flavor.



Interesting fact: I don’t like cherries.


If you have a good Cherry Cake recipe and want to share, feel free to point me in the right direction.

If you want to join me in a slice while I conduct a pity party, then please, pull up a chair.   This could be an all-nighter.


I linked this to Tidymom’s I’m Lovin It blog party!  Stop on by!

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  • Rachel says:

    I’m wondering how you were able to get that beautiful red color in your frosting? I always end up with bright pink!

  • Tiffany says:

    I made a Marschino Cherry Cake recently, but used a box mix that I doctored with the cherries, butter etc. I could definitely taste the cherries and it was a pretty, bright pink. My cakes aren’t as pretty as yours, but you can have a look. Hope it’s okay to leave the link.

  • Sue says:

    I don’t like eating cherries either, but I love looking at this gorgeous cake! In fact, I repinned it from Tidymom’s Pinterest account yesterday:) Such a beauty!

  • cherylene says:

    so stinkin cute though! Love it.

  • Lauren @ Crave. Indulge. Satisfy. says:

    Gorgeous cake! What a bummer about not being able to taste the cherries. The look of the cake certainly makes up for the lack of cherry flavor!

  • Gail says:

    SO gorgeous…you have a fabulous color sense, Amanda.
    SO beautiful.

  • Margee says:

    Love the color combination on this cake, so retro!

  • Molly Chester says:

    Are you kidding? This is TOOOO cute! I love it! You are so creative my dear.

  • Lesley says:

    So cute!

  • says:

    Nice that you bake a cake for RR’s b’day and not for mine…what??!!
    GORGEOUS! Red cherries on lt blue backgrounds are one of my most favorite prints. Reminds me of oil cloth. Great job girl!

  • Nichol says:

    This is a beautiful cake!

  • Becky S says:

    I LOVE this cake!! I want to make this cake into a dress

  • Esi says:

    You are so funny. Sorry you didn’t like the cake part, but the outside looks amazing. Hope you find a cherry cake you like.

  • Nancy@acommunaltable says:

    That is, hands down, one of the cutest cakes I have ever seen!!! I love the red and turquoise!! To be honest, I have never had a cherry cake but now it is on my lists of things to try – sadly, I probably won’t find one as good as yours!

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  • Liz says:

    Such a cute cake!
    My absolute favorite cherry cake recipe (and I think the only one I’ve ever made), is this chocolate cherry cupcake recipe from Nigella Lawson. To die for, so rich!

  • Wenderly says:

    That is such a precious cake! Just like you! 🙂

  • stephanie says:

    What tip did you use to create the cherries? SO cute I am going to have to try making it!

  • HeatherChristo says:

    SO cute Amanda!!! I absolutely LOVE the whimsical cherry design, it is sooo Summery and cheerful!

  • Shauna Smith says:

    I love love love this cake. How do you get such vibrant red frosting for the cherries?

  • Amy's blah, blah, blogging says:

    Sorry the taste was so bland, but at least it was adorable. I don’t know why, but I just love that blue and red together. It looks so retro, just love it! Awesome, as always!

  • Gayatri Kumar says:

    Oooh! So cute! I love cherries! 🙂
    xx G
    Look who’s Wearing (LwW)

  • tamara says:

    it is realy beautiful!! great idea!!

  • Sara says:

    That cake is so adorable! I made some cherry and almond cakes ( originally a Martha recipe ) that were delicious and you could substitute any other berry. I made the same recipe recently in a cake tin and it was delicious!
    Cherry syrup or cherry brandy is good for flavour, I found mine in an Eastern European shop.

  • sweetsugarbelle says:

    Will Rachael take cookies? She doesn’t want a Callye cake, BULIEVE me! I cannot believe you don’t like cherries. Say it ain’t so 😉

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