Easy Maraschino Cherry Cake recipe
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5 from 7 votes


Maraschino Cherry Cake recipe uses a boxed cake mix, maraschino cherries and the most amazing, creamy frosting to top it all off with. So good!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Maraschino Cherry Cake
Servings: 12
Calories: 369kcal
Author: Brandie @ The Country Cook


For the cake:

  • 3 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

For the frosting:

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


  • 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 (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.) Finally, 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.



Because of the cream cheese frosting, this does need to stay refrigerated if not all eaten immediately.


Calories: 369kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 324mg | Potassium: 32mg | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 215IU | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 1mg