Cherry Chip Cake with Whipped Vanilla Buttercream

This cherry chip cake, smothered in a fluffy whipped vanilla buttercream, is a homemade version of a boxed cake mix favorite. It’s also the perfect birthday cake for yours truly!

This cherry chip cake, smothered in a fluffy whipped vanilla buttercream, is a homemade version of a boxed cake mix favorite. It’s also the perfect celebration cake!

Growing up my mom let us choose what flavor of birthday cake we wanted. The bakery aisle at the grocery store had an endless selection of scrumptious looking cake mixes, and while many of my siblings chose the ever popular rainbow chip, I was always drawn to its less flashier shelf-mate, cherry chip.

This cherry chip cake, smothered in a fluffy whipped vanilla buttercream, is a homemade version of a boxed cake mix favorite. It’s also the perfect celebration cake!

 

I probably haven’t had a slice of cherry chip cake in twenty years, and that first bite of this homemade version took me back. It’s like I was turning 10 again, and not 32.

For those of you who have never had the pleasure of eating cherry chip cake, it is a white cake filled with (and tinted pink by) bits of candied or maraschino cherries. It’s tender and light, with a subtle cherry flavor. Covered in whipped buttercream, it is the stuff of this birthday girl’s dreams.

I have to give a quick shout out to the versions of cherry chip cake that Taste and Tell and Sweetapolita have on their blogs, as both were helpful to me as I developed my own.

This cherry chip cake, smothered in a fluffy whipped vanilla buttercream, is a homemade version of a boxed cake mix favorite. It’s also the perfect celebration cake!

 

baking tip:Alternating wet and dry ingredients

Many cake recipes (like this one) included instructions to alternate adding the wet and dry ingredients to the creamed butter and sugar. Believe it or not, this is for a good reason.

Adding the liquid all at once could saturate the creamed butter mixture and cause the batter to separate. Adding all of the dry ingredients will cause the batter to be thick and likely result in over mixing, which will yield a tougher cake. Instead, add them in two or three additions, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Stir ingredients after each addition, but only until just combined.

This cherry chip cake, smothered in a fluffy whipped vanilla buttercream, is a homemade version of a boxed cake mix favorite. It’s also the perfect celebration cake!

Cherry Chip Cake with Whipped Vanilla Buttercream

A homemade version of a favorite cake box classic - light and fluffy cherry chip cake frosted with whipped vanilla buttercream.

Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 10 ounce jar maraschino cherries (283 grams, about 30 cherries)
  • ½ cup unsalted butter , at room temperature (113 grams)
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar (300 grams)
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups cake flour (226 grams)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ⅓ cup buttermilk (315 ml)
  • 2 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice

For the buttercream frosting:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter , at room temperature (226 grams)
  • 4 cups powdered sugar , sifted (900 grams)
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream (60 ml)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract

Instructions

To make the cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour two or three 8-inch round cake pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper.
  • Drain the maraschino cherries, reserving the juice. In a food processor or with a sharp knife, finely chop the cherries. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with a hand-held mixer, beat the butter and sugar at high speed until light and fluffy. This will take about 5 minutes. Scrape down the bowl and add the egg whites one at a time, mixing after each. Add the vanilla and almond extracts and mix until combined.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the cake flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a smaller bowl, combine the buttermilk and maraschino cherry juice. Add the flour mixture to the mixer in 3 additions, alternating with the buttermilk mixture. Mix after each addition and scrape down the bowl as necessary. Stir in the chopped maraschino cherries.
  • Divide the batter evenly between the cake pans and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs, about 30-35 minutes. Let cool in the pans 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the frosting and assemble the cake:

  • Place the butter, sifted powdered sugar, heavy cream, vanilla extract and almond extract in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (alternately you can use a hand-held mixer). Mix on low speed until moistened, then increase speed to high and beat until smooth and fluffy, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Place one cake layer on a plate or cake stand. Cover with ½ cup of the buttercream frosting. Place second cake layer on top and cover tops and sides with remaining buttercream. Let firm up for at least 30 minutes in the fridge before serving.
  • Store cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 612kcal, Carbohydrates: 92g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 26g, Saturated Fat: 16g, Cholesterol: 71mg, Sodium: 195mg, Potassium: 154mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 75g, Vitamin A: 837IU, Calcium: 85mg, Iron: 1mg

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