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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  • colleen says:

    LOVE how you decorated this cake1 so pretty!

  • Talia says:

    Your cakes are always gorgeous. I would hate to eat them. I would, but it would make me sad to have them gone. 🙂
    Please…when you call for shortening in your buttercream recipe. Do you mean Crisco (or the like) or butter? Sorry if it is a stupid question.

  • Jenna says:

    Omgosh! your cakes are so wonderful! I wish I had a slice of that right now!
    I just started my own cooking/food/wedding planning and more blog! I would love for you to check it out if you have time! Follow if you like.

  • Jenny - Sugar Loco says:

    Gorgeous cake! And ps – should you need another friend to take your cookies, you can find me at…ha!

  • Strawberry CAKE says:

    I love Rachel Ray…and this cake is super gorgeous! As always.

  • Carrie - Carrie's Creations says:

    OMG I think I’m in love with you. I mean, uh this cake. Yes that’s what I meant. 🙂 I love cherries in all forms, but most of all I love them exactly like this! You’re my hero.

  • sidiqa says:

    beyond adorable!!

  • TidyMom says:

    Thanks for linking up Amanda, I featured your stunning cake in my wrap up
    Have a beautiful rest of the weekend.

  • Georgia Pellegrini says:

    You are so creative, I just adore you.

  • Stephane says:

    I second Jen’s nomination:
    I have tried it and I thought it tasted like cherries. But my favorite part was the chocolate-dipped cherries on top!

  • grace says:

    your cherries look very realistic, amanda. impressive! those maraschino cherries scare me a little, but your end result is magnificent. 🙂

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspective says:

    I happen to have a pair of jammies that look exactly like the cake! Now I have to give it a try. 🙂

  • Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction says:

    This cake is just gorgeous, Amanda!! I know someone who just loves cherries, and she would just go crazy for this cake!

  • Darla @ Bakingdom says:

    I’ve always, always loved the cookie version of this, and it’s just as wonderful in cake form! Way, way too cute for words. 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    i like your post .. your cake looks so delicious .. i like the color combination .. so beautiful ..

  • Lorie says:

    I am not a maraschino cherry fan, but that is so cute I would probably love it anyways!!

  • Izzy says:

    I love the decorating, it is gorgeous. Were you able to participate in A Pie For Mikey, whether you blogged about it or not? Such a beautiful and unique tribute, though I know you’re busy (and blessed!) with your children!

  • Amanda Rettke says:
    Thanks Izzy! Yes, I did a pie for Mikey… such a beautiful coming together of the food blogging community. Will have Jennifer in my prayers for a long time!

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    How cute! I can’t wait to make this at home!

  • Leslie says:

    Totally adorable

  • Tracy says:

    It looks stunning! I was looking for a simple cherry cake recipe, but this has me inspired to make a dazzling looking thing as well! It’s our wedding anniversary coming up, so this is a great option 🙂 Thanks for posting it.

  • College Girl says:

    I love this cake! It is so cute!
    I love your blog too:)
    you were the inspiration for me when I started my blog:)
    (If that doesn’t sound hokey:))

  • Cathy says:

    Did you do a tutorial on this? If not, can you tell me how to make the cherries please? I would love to make this for a friend and need to know what tips you used, etc. Thanks!! 🙂

  • Stefanie Spinks says:

    I gotta tell you, I love this cake. As I am a little obsessed with cherries ( as my whole kitchen is done in Mary Engelbreit) I cannot wait to make it for my next get together.

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