Fourth of July Cherry-Cola Cake

This chocolate cake has extra spices that bring out the distinctive cherry cola flavor.

Fourth of July Cherry-Cola Cake
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cool Time:
1 hrs
Chill Time:
5 hrs
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 package 2-layer size German chocolate cake mix

  • Cherry cola

  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon finely shredded lime peel

  • 1 recipe Celebration Icing

  • 10 dark sweet cherries with stems

Celebration Icing

  • 1 1 pound box (about 4-1/2 cups) powdered sugar

  • cup butter

  • 3 tablespoon milk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 tablespoon cherry spreadable fruit

  • Red food coloring


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Grease and flour a 13x9x2-inch baking pan; set aside. Prepare cake mix according to package directions except substitute cherry cola for the liquid called for and add ground ginger and lime peel. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake according to package directions. Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack. Remove from pan; cool completely on wire rack.

  2. Use a serrated knife to cut top of cake level. Trim edges of cake. Discard trimmed pieces. Cut cake in half lengthwise into two 13x4-12-inch rectangles. Place one rectangle on a serving platter. Spread with tinted icing. Top with second rectangle. Spread with white icing. Refrigerate cake for 1 hour or until icing is set. Wrap cake in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 4 to 24 hours before serving. Top each slice with a cherry. Makes 10 to 12 servings.

Celebration Icing

  1. In a medium mixing bowl beat butter with electric mixer until smooth. Gradually add 1 cup of the powdered sugar, beating well. Slowly beat in milk and vanilla. Gradually beat in an additional 2 cups powdered sugar. Divide the mixture in half. To half of the recipe beat in cherry spreadable fruit and red food coloring to make a pink icing. Gradually beat in enough powdered sugar for spreading consistency. To remaining half add enough powdered sugar for spreading consistency. Makes 10 to 12 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

554 Calories
19g Fat
96g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 554
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 81mg 27%
Sodium 457mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 96g 35%
Total Sugars 76g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0.6mg 3%
Calcium 60.6mg 5%
Iron 1.6mg 9%
Potassium 122mg 3%
Folate, total 28.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
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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