My grandmother always made this creamy cake for Christmas morning. It's so pretty and tastes wonderful! Now that Nana is gone, I'm continuing the tradition.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8 inch tube pan. Mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

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  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter, cream cheese, and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla and almond extract. Beat in the flour mixture, mixing just until incorporated. Dredge cherries in 1/4 cup flour, then fold into batter. Spread into prepared pan.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 80 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

433.4 calories; 6.1 g protein; 49.9 g carbohydrates; 123.2 mg cholesterol; 375.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2006
I have the same recipe and make it at Christmas every year. My ingredients for this recipe is the same but my method is a bit different. The night before, I pace the cherries in a seive over a bowl to drain throughly so they are dry (so that they don't bleed into the cake and make it pink.) I sometimes use more cherries then asked for as I love cherries. Keep the juice so that you can make a glaze with icing sugar & almond extract. I spread about one-third on the bottom of a bundt pan ( Bundt pan sprinkled with red sugar)I then arrange one-third of the cherries evenly on the batter, then repeat with two more layers of batter followed by cherries; spreading evenly with spatula. Bake for 60 minutes. Drizzle glaze over top. For an added touch, sift icing sugar over the top as well. Yummy.Very presentable! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/01/2009
I served this at a bridal shower and received rave reviews. Personally though I was very underwhelmed with it. If I were to make this again I would double the amount of cherries add some of the cherry juice to the batter to make it pink and had a glaze/frosting to the finished cake. Read More
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170 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 128
  • 4 star values: 30
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2006
I have the same recipe and make it at Christmas every year. My ingredients for this recipe is the same but my method is a bit different. The night before, I pace the cherries in a seive over a bowl to drain throughly so they are dry (so that they don't bleed into the cake and make it pink.) I sometimes use more cherries then asked for as I love cherries. Keep the juice so that you can make a glaze with icing sugar & almond extract. I spread about one-third on the bottom of a bundt pan ( Bundt pan sprinkled with red sugar)I then arrange one-third of the cherries evenly on the batter, then repeat with two more layers of batter followed by cherries; spreading evenly with spatula. Bake for 60 minutes. Drizzle glaze over top. For an added touch, sift icing sugar over the top as well. Yummy.Very presentable! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/15/2008
Just a perfect little cake--moist, tender crumb, with just the right amount of cherries--any more than what the recipe called for would have been overkill. This fit perfectly in one of the smaller, specialty Bundt pans and made a really beautiful presentation glazed with a mixture of reserved cherry juice and powdered sugar and just a light sprinkling of white jimmies. I found, however, that I had to bake it for a much shorter time, so I would suggest checking it after 50-55 minutes so as not to overbake--this may be the reason for the dryness some reviewers mentioned. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2007
I loved this cake! The only thing I changed was to use almond extract in place of the vanilla. It only took an hour, and it was moist and delicious! I also made the glaze as suggested in another review using the cherry juice and icing sugar, and more almond extract. Everyone at work who tried it loved it! This recipe will definitely be added to my annual Xmas baking! ***Edit: I also tried this recipe using Splenda and it did not turn out well - the consistency of the dough was different, and it did not rise well at all, which affected the end product. It came out very heavy and didn't have a very good texture. I ended up throwing out almost all of it. Next time I make it I'll definitely stick with the sugar! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/15/2005
Awesome cake!! I, in an atypical fashion, didn't change the recipe a bit, and it turned out wonderfully. Dredging the cherries in the flour made them hold their color and shape, thus making nice, juicy, plump bites of cherry, and a cake that stayed a creamy white, and didn't bleed pink. I did find, however, that it took less time to cook than stated in the recipe. You might want to start checking for doneness sooner than the 80 minutes (mine took about an hour to cook). I cubed this cake after cooling it and used it with a dessert fondue. De-lish!!!! Thanks for the yummy recipe, Holly! :) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2007
Wonderful! I took the advice of other posters and added more cherries. I decorated with a glaze made from reserved cherry juice powdered sugar & almond extract. I made this 2 days ago and it is still moist. I cooked it in a bundt pan for only 50 minutes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/06/2003
I made this cake for Father's Day and it tasted sooooo good! It was creamy and fluffly and even though it's a little bit fattening......it is worth it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/19/2003
Good and pretty cake. I didn't have maraschino cherries so I used candied ones. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2006
Really really good cake, I've been baking this recipe for years. You know, it's really nice to sprinkle some chopped pecans on the bottom of the greased pan before you add the cake mixture, the pecans show on the top of the cake and makes it extra special, especially at Christmas time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/06/2005
Very good pound cake with a splash of the color red. I let the cherries drain very well before dredging in flour. So I had creamy pound cake with just spots of cherries. The taste is great. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/01/2009
I served this at a bridal shower and received rave reviews. Personally though I was very underwhelmed with it. If I were to make this again I would double the amount of cherries add some of the cherry juice to the batter to make it pink and had a glaze/frosting to the finished cake. Read More
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