Cherry Vanilla Cake

Prep Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 13.5 ounce jar maraschino cherries

  • ¼ cup milk

  • 2 teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons cake flour, divided

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 4 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¾ cup butter, softened

  • 5 egg whites

  • Pink Ginger Buttercream

Pink Ginger Buttercream

  • 2 cup butter, softened

  • 6 cup powdered sugar

  • ¼ cup maraschino cherry juice

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 2 8x1 1/2-inch round cake pans; set aside.

  2. Drain juice from cherries, reserving juice (about 3/4 cup juice). Remove any stems from cherries. Chop the cherries and place in a small mixing bowl (you should have about 1 cup chopped cherries).

  3. In a small bowl, stir together 1/2 cup of the cherry juice, milk, and vanilla; set aside.

  4. In a large mixing bowl whisk together 2 1/2 cups of the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the milk mixture and the butter. Beat on low speed until combined. Beat on medium speed for 1 minute, scraping sides of bowl. Add 2 egg whites and beat on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add the remaining egg whites and beat for 30 seconds more.

  5. Add 2 tablespoons flour to the cherries and toss to coat. Fold cherries into batter. Divide batter between prepared pans, spreading evenly. Bake about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the centers comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely. Frost with Pink Ginger Buttercream.

Pink Ginger Buttercream

  1. In a very large mixing bowl beat the butter on medium speed until creamy. Reduce speed to low and gradually add 6 cups powdered sugar until combined and smooth. Add the cherry juice, vanilla, salt, and ginger and beat until combined. If frosting is too thin, add more powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time. Chill, if necessary, until firm enough to spread.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

831 Calories
43g Fat
110g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 831
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 43g 55%
Saturated Fat 27g 135%
Cholesterol 112mg 37%
Sodium 756mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 110g 40%
Total Sugars 76g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 120mg 9%
Iron 2.9mg 16%
Potassium 118mg 3%
Fatty acids, total trans 2g
Folate, total 58.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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