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Vintage Cherry Chip Layer Cake topped with long stem cherries and a slice is slightly removed
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Vintage Cherry Chip Layer Cake

This homemade Vintage Cherry Chip Layer Cake made from scratch is bursting with sweet cherry flavor and tinted the perfect shade of pink from nothing other than the maraschino cherry juice from the jar! Chopped up maraschino cherries are folded into the batter to make sure the cherry flavor really comes through in this super fun, moist Vintage Cherry Chip Layer Cake that is perfect for almost any celebration!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time24 mins
Total Time39 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 949kcal
Author: Amy Nash

Ingredients

Cake

  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup salted butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ½ cup maraschino cherry juice
  • ¾ cup chopped maraschino cherries

Frosting

  • 1 ½ cups butter softened
  • 1 ½ cups shortening
  • 12 cups powdered sugar
  • 5-6 Tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
  • Additional maraschino cherries with stems for decorating

Instructions

Cake

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare three 8-inch round cake pans by lining the bottoms with circles of parchment paper and spraying the sides with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 4-5 minutes. Add the vanilla and sour cream and mix well to combine.
  • Add the egg and egg whites in two batches, scraping the sides of the bowl and mixing well between each addition.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the flour and baking powder. Add the dry ingredients alternately with the maraschino cherry juice and milk, starting with ⅓ of the dry ingredients, then adding half of the juice and milk, then repeating with another ⅓ of the dry ingredients, followed by the remaining juice and milk, and ending with the final ⅓ of the dry ingredients. Be sure to scrape the bowl between additions, and only mix just until everything is combined without overmixing.
  • Stir in the chopped maraschino cherries.
  • Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cake pans, then bake for 24 to 26 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the center of the cakes comes out with only a few crumbs.
  • Cool completely on a wire rack.

Frosting

  • In a large bowl, combine the butter and shortening and beat on medium speed until smooth.
  • Add 4 cups of the powdered sugar and beat well until smooth. Add 3 tablespoons of the maraschino cherry juice and beat again to completely incorporate.
  • Repeat with another 4 cups of the powdered sugar, followed by 2 tablespoons of maraschino cherry juice, mixing well between additions.
  • Add remaining 4 cups of powdered sugar and mix until smooth, adding an additional tablespoon of cherry juice, if necessary, to make a thick frosting that is just slightly sticky to the touch.

Assembly

  • Level each cooled cake round by slicing off any domed tops.
  • Place the bottom layer of cake on a cake plate and carefully spread 1 ½ cups of the frosting over it in an even layer. Repeat with the second layer of cake and another 1 ½ cups of frosting.
  • Top with the remaining cake layer and frost the top and sides of the cake with most of the remaining frosting, reserving about 1 cup for piping onto the top of the cake. Decorate with extra maraschino cherries with stems, then slice and serve!

Notes

Adapted from Life, Love, and Sugar.

Nutrition

Calories: 949kcal | Carbohydrates: 131g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 365mg | Potassium: 90mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 113g | Vitamin A: 891IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 1mg