Cherry Layer Cake with Cherry Cream Cheese Frosting


For the Cake:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherry juice
  • 1 cup chopped maraschino cherries

For the Cherry Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup maraschino cherry juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For Garnish:

  • Whole maraschino cherries


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla extract.
  4. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, alternating with buttermilk and maraschino cherry juice, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Mix until just combined.
  5. Fold in chopped maraschino cherries.
  6. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cake pans and smooth the tops.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  8. Let the cakes cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Make the Cherry Cream Cheese Frosting:
    • In a large bowl, beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Gradually add powdered sugar, mixing until well combined.
    • Beat in maraschino cherry juice and vanilla extract until the frosting is light and fluffy.
  10. Assemble the Cake:
    • Place one cake layer on a serving plate and spread with a layer of frosting.
    • Top with the second cake layer and frost the top and sides of the cake.
  11. Garnish with whole maraschino cherries before serving.

Prep Time: 30 minutes | Cooking Time: 30 minutes | Total Time: 1 hour

Servings: 12 servings

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