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Cherry Layer Cake with Cherry Cream Cheese Frosting


If you love cherry desserts, you will love this bursting with cherry flavour, cherry layer cake. The cake is tinted pink with cherry juice from none other then a maraschino cherry jar. Maraschino cherries are mixed into the cake batter to make sure the cherry flavour shines. A tart cherry cream cheese frosting finishes off this cake that is perfect for any occasion!

This cherry layer cake is perfectly vintage and reminds me of a cake that would be served at a 1950’s diner. I can see a waitress in a poodle skirt carrying this to a customer…anyways, back to the cake!
Because we use maraschino cherry juice in the cake and the cream cheese frosting, the cake has a pretty pink hue to it. And lots of cherry flavour! This cherry layer cake can be made any season, and would be perfect to serve anytime!
If you like cherry desserts, try my classic cherry pie, or black forest trifle, which has a homemade cherry pie filling.



For the Cake:

3 cups sifted cake flour
2½ teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
⅓ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
⅓ cup vegetable shortening
1½ cups sugar
¼ cup maraschino cherry juice
¾ cup whole milk
¼ tsp almond extract
16 maraschino cherries, cut into eighths
5 egg whites, room temperature, stiffly beaten

For the Frosting:

8 oz (1 block) cream cheese, room temperature
¾ cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
¼ cup maraschino cherry juice
6 cups confectionary sugar

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For the Cake:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Generously grease and flour two 9-inch round layer cake pans (line bottoms with parchment, if desired) and set aside.
Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl; set aside.
Cream butter, shortening, and sugar in a large bowl until fluffy, about five minutes.
Measure out the milk, almond extract, and cherry juice into one liquid measuring cup together.
Beginning and ending with the dry ingredients, alternately add the wet and dry to the creamed mixture.
Beat well after each addition.
Fold in the cherries.
Stiffly beat egg whites in a separate bowl.
Fold in ⅓ of egg whites to batter to lighten it. Fold in the remaining egg whites until mixture is well combined.
Divide the batter between pans and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until springy to touch.
Cool cakes in pans on wire racks for about 10 minutes. Using a thin knife, loosen carefully around edges and turn out onto the racks.
Cool to room temperature.

For the Frosting:

Cream together the butter and cream cheese with half the confectionary sugar. Add the cherry juice. Mix in enough of the remaining confectionary sugar to get the taste and consistency desired.

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