The Country Cook: Maraschino Cherry Cake
                                                   

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Maraschino Cherry Cake

What do you do when jars of maraschino cherries are on sale for $1.00 at Kroger? Well, you buy a few then start making a whole lotta banana splits and of course, cherry cake. Or...is that just me? Hey, when you get a good deal - you gotta make the most of it. And it also helps me get creative and come up with some new recipes to share with y'all.
I had an old Betty Crocker recipe for cherry cake. It was a totally from-scratch cake and involved sifting and making layers and it had a ton of frosting. A very good recipe but I wanted to make something a whole lot simpler than all of that. So, I used a boxed cake mix, added some of my on-sale (woot! woot!) maraschino cherry juice and used my own cream cheese frosting recipe (which takes this cake over the top!) and I am so pleased with how this turned out! I also added a touch of almond extract to everything because it just goes so darn well with cherries! And isn't it just purdy?
Ingredients:
Cake:
3 Eggland's Best eggs
1/2 cup oil
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup maraschino cherry juice
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 (15.25 oz.) box vanilla cake mix
16 maraschino cherries, cut into quarters

Frosting:
1/2 block (4 oz.) cream cheese, softened to room temp.
1/3 cup butter, softened to room temp.
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 tbsp. maraschino cherry juice


Directions:
Preheat oven to 350f degrees. Spray a 9"x 13" baking dish with no-stick cooking spray. In a large bowl, using a stand mixer or an electric mixer, start mixing all the 'wet' ingredients together...
...Eggland's Best eggs, oil, water, maraschino cherry juice and almond extract
Then add in cake mix. Stir well to combine. If using a stand mixer, you will need to scrape down the sides of the bowl to make sure it mixes completely. Gently stir in the chopped maraschino cherries.
Pour batter into prepared baking dish. Bake for about 30 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow cake to cool completely before making the frosting.
When ready to make the frosting, mix together the softened cream cheese and butter in a large bowl, using an electric mixer. 
Then add in powdered sugar (start the mixer on slow so powdered sugar doesn't fly everywhere.)
Then add in almond extract and maraschino cherry juice.
Mix until smooth.
Then spread that yummy and pretty frosting on the cooled cake.
Top slices with maraschino cherries.
And dig in! Because of the cream cheese frosting, this does need to stay refrigerated if not all eaten immediately.
Enjoy!


6 comments :

  1. Oh WOW! That cake is gorgeous. I can hear it calling...even screaming...my name. =) Do you deliver? YUM.

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  2. That looks so good! I love maraschino cherries (and cake!) so this is on my must make list!

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  3. Ms. Catherine Melba Alston HardyAugust 1, 2016 at 3:11 PM

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