cherry limeade cake

filed under: Cakes on July 22, 2014

After having recently made these Cherry Limeade Cupcakes, I haven’t stopped thinking about them.  Maybe ‘thinking’ isnt the best world.  More like obsessing.  It is by far one of the best cupcakes I have ever tasted, and now… it’s a cake.

Cherry Limeade Cake!


A simple cake adorned with cherries.  It really is simple too; easy to assemble, easy to bake, easy to decorate and so easy to eat.  As a matter of fact, this is the second Cherry-Limeade Cake I have made in 3 days.

It’s that good.

Cherry Limeade Cake!


As if the cake itself being awesome wasn’t enough, that frosting.

At a very weak moment in my life, I may have piped it directly into my mouth.  Like, 13 times.  Give or take.

Cherry Buttercream Frosting!


The combination of the tart lime cake and the sweet cherry buttercream is enough to make you weak in the knees.

So just sit down while you eat it ok?

Cherry Limeade Cake!


The main difference between the cake and the cupcakes was texture;  I found the cake to be a bit more dense.  I also added an additional tablespoon of lime juice to the cake.

A couple tips for success:

Do NOT omit the almond extract from the buttercream recipe! It does not taste like almonds, but it does compliment the cherry in an amazing way.

It is important that your ingredients are at room temperature before assembling and baking.

Don’t over mix cake batter!  (Not speaking from experience or anything, ahem.)

Make sure the lime juice is fresh squeezed.

Brush the lime juice onto the cakes while they are still warm.

If you are baking at a higher altitude, be sure to check out my High Altitude Baking Tips.

Cherry Limeade Cake!


I absolutely insist that you make this cake immediately.  Well, not immediately immediately, but sometime in the near soon future.  Of just call your bestie and tell them to make it for you.  Besties are good like that. 🙂

limeade cake with cherry buttercream
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
22 mins
Total Time
52 mins

A simple cake adorned with cherries. It really is simple too; easy to assemble, easy to bake, easy to decorate and so easy to eat. As a matter of fact, this is the second Cherry-Limeade Cake I have made in 3 days.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: limeade cake with cherry buttercream
Servings: 10 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 1/2 c all-purpose flour sifted
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. coarse salt
  • 1/2 c 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 c sugar
  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • 1/2 c whole milk room temperature
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp. lime juice divided
  • 1 tbsp. lime zest
  • 3 c powdered sugar confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 c 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 1/4 c maraschino cherry juice
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare two 8-inch round cake pans.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
  3. In stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream together room temperature butter and sugar on mediumhigh until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low and add in eggs, one at a time and mix until just blended.
  4. Add in vanilla, 2 tablespoons of lime juice and milk and mix for about 30 seconds on low. Slowly add in dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

  5. Remove from mixer then fold in lime zest with spatula.
  6. Divide batter evenly between two cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20-22 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick is removed clean.

  7. Transfer cakes tin to a wire rack.
  8. Use pastry brush to brush remaining 1 tablespoon of lime juice over the top of the each cake.
  9. Let cakes cool completely and dry before topping with cherry frosting.
  1. In a standing mixer fitted with a whisk, mix together sugar and butter. Mix on low speed until well blended and then increase speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes.

  2. Add almond flavoring and cherry juice continue to beat on medium speed for 1 minute more, adding more
  3. juice if needed for spreading consistency.

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  • Karen says:

    This cake looks gorgeous! And so good! I always get a cherry limeade when we go to our local sonic, but I never imagined a cherry limeade cake. You are a cake genius ! I will be making this soon. Thanks!!

    • Amanda says:

      And now I am craving a Sonic Cherry Limeade. 🙂

  • Cookin Canuck says:

    This looks like the perfect summertime cake! And I love that you added a splash of lime juice for extra brightness. Gorgeous, as usual!

    • Amanda says:

      You are the sweetest. Thank you!!! xoxo

  • Beth @ bethcakes says:

    Beautiful cake! I have been loving cherries lately!! That pink frosting is just gorgeous and I love the way you decorated the cake with those cherries. I bet it taste wonderful! 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      You are so kind sweet Beth. I appreciate you!!

  • Shelly says:

    Oh my goodness, a Cherry Limeade CAKE like maybe in a SONIC Cherry Limeade drink??!!! Oh I have to make this really soon. Thanks for the frosting confession, cuz I never do that, 😉

    • Amanda says:

      lol Love it. 🙂

  • Solangel says:

    I made the cupcake version and I have to say, I’m not impressed at all. I followed the recipe down to a T, and there was no “subtle” flavor…there was barely any flavor at all! The cupcakes cooked super quickly, too. They smelled like uncooked cream of wheat and tasted just a little bit sweet and that’s it, even after brushing them with lime juice. I didn’t bother with the frosting because I didn’t want to waste more ingredients. I don’t know what I did wrong, I was so looking forward to them :/

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Solangel- So sorry there were issues. As I mentioned in the Cherry Limeade Cupcake post, the recipe is just barely adapted from Sprinkles Cupcakes’ recipe. I have made it enough times to be able to vouch for the amazingness and brilliance of their stuff. From that recipe I have made this cake as well as a vanilla cupcake recipe, just making slight adaptations. THAT is how much I trust the cupcake recipe! What you are describing sounds like an issue with potentially expired ingredients as well as baking temperature and time. If you would like to troubleshoot more I am happy to work through it with you. Too bad you didnt try that frosting… it really is delicious. 🙂

  • Timna says:

    Do you know if the rosette pattern would work with your cherry frosting? I want to make the cherry limeade cake but frost it with the rosettes. Also do you know what Wilton tip you use for the rosettes?

    • Amanda says:

      Yes, it will! I use an Ateco tip, the open star. I do not use Wilton products any longer.

  • Kay says:

    I made these tonight into cupcakes and they are moist and super yummy! I made a slight change and added some extra flavor because I wanted to make sure they had a really good burst of flavor and they did! I only needed to bake them for 18 minutes since they are cupcakes. I love the frosting also. Great recipe! It’s a keeper! These treats are perfect for our end of summer picnic with our kids tomorrow. Thank you!

  • heather says:

    How big is your cake? Your direvtions say to fill two cake pans but are they 8 inch cake pans or 6 inch cake pans? I tried the cupcake version of this and it was amazing. I can’t wait to try it as a cake.

  • Robin Chesser says:

    Just finished making the cherry limeade cake, it smells and looks wonderful. I have to wait until after dinner to serve it, but if it tastes as good as it smells, I won’t be disappointed!

    • Amanda says:

      Yay!! Its definitely one of my all time favorites. Hope you and your family love it as well!!

  • Marta B. Subtelność says:

    Looks like perfect choice for weekend kitchen/baking/relaxation <3

  • Ari says:

    It’s easy to eat too. :)) Love it, love cherries.

  • Sherri Roberts says:

    Made this cake on Saturday, by Sunday night, there was only a small piece left! It was delicious! Dense, moist cake, lightly sweet cherry icing, made for a great summer time cake. The layers were not as thick as cake mix layers, but had much better texture. My daughter & I ate some of the icing right out of the bowl! Will make again! I’m going to make the Cherry Limeade Cupcakes for my granddaughters 8th birthday next week, for the grownups! Thanks for a great recipe!

  • Melina Martins Antonio says:

    Hi! Writting from Brazil here!!
    I absolutely love your recepies and will try the cherry frosting with your perfect chocolate cake tonight!
    One question, though… There is no way I will find maraschino cherry juice anywhere at a reasonable price where I live… Will it work with maraschino cherry preserves?? Maybe beaten to a pulp?
    Thankyou in advance! =)

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Melina… I have not used maraschino cherry preserves in the recipe so cannot speak to its effectiveness. However, it seems like a great option for you to develop a recipe! I would start with your beaten preserves and then add in sugar, 1/2 cup at a time. Add in a fat, like butter or shortening or heavy whipping cream, and then any additional flavors like almond of vanilla extract. It might be fun!

  • Sapphire NYC says:

    I made this and it is AWESOME!! I doubled the recipe so it made (3) 8″ rounds ( 2 for the cake for the event and one just for me ;P ) The only change I made was double the Baking Power so I got a Fluffy cake. The frosting is incredible ( I doubled that too EXACTLY) . I will DEFINALTY be making this again soon. Thank you so much for sharing!!!

  • Janie says:

    Cakes looks delicious and can’t wait to try them

  • Jude says:

    Do you use a liquid or dry measuring cup to measure the cherry juice?

  • Stefanie says:

    Hi! Could this cake be made in a 9×13 pan instead? If so, would the baking time remain the same? Thanks!