A very good and moist cake with a lovely pink color perfect for birthdays, showers, or anniversaries.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
25 mins
additional:
1 hr 35 mins
total:
2 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 9-inch cake
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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 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and lightly flour two 8- or 9-inch round cake pans or one 9x13-inch cake pan.

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  • Reserve 1/4 cup maraschino cherry juice. Coarsely chop the cherries to make 1/2 cup. Set aside.

  • Sift cake flour, baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and set aside.

  • Beat shortening in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium high speed for 30 seconds. Add the 1 1/3 cups white sugar and beat until well combined. Add the egg whites, one at a time, beating well after each.

  • Combine 2/3 cup milk and reserved 1/4 cup cherry juice. Add the flour and milk mixture alternately to the shortening mixture, beating on low speed after each addition until just combined. Stir in the chopped cherries and nuts. Pour batter into prepared pans.

  • In preheated oven until cake springs back when lightly touched with a finger or a tester comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes for round cakes (or 30 to 35 minutes for a 9x13 inch pan). Cool cakes in pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then invert onto wire rack to cool completely.

  • To make frosting: beat 3/4 cups butter in a large bowl till fluffy. Gradually add 3 cups sifted confectioners' sugar; beat well. Slowly beat in 1/3 cup milk, 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Gradually beat in the remaining 3 cups sifted confectioners' sugar. Beat in additional milk (1 to 2 tablespoons) if needed, to make frosting of spreading consistency. If desired, tint the frosting pink by adding 6 drops of red food coloring.

  • Once cake is completely cool, frost with butter frosting and decorate with maraschino cherries with stems.

Nutrition Facts

676 calories; protein 4.4g 9% DV; carbohydrates 113.7g 37% DV; fat 24.1g 37% DV; cholesterol 32.1mg 11% DV; sodium 303.9mg 12% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (11)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
07/05/2006
What a thrill to find this recipe on your fun site! This was my mom's favorite cake--often making an appearance at family events--but the recipe disappeared when she died 25 years ago. My sisters and I were determined to find a reasonable facsimile--but this is the REAL DEAL. The cake itself is fine-textured moist and oh-so-flavorful. My family isn't keen on frosting so I served it faintly warm with a scoop of good vanilla ice cream and a homemade hot fudge sauce (Try one of those featured on this site.) Pretty fine! Could the dryness reported by one reviewer be the result of using the wrong flour-measuring technique? Be sure to spoon the cake flour into the cup and level off. Any other technique will give you too much flour and result in a dry cake. Overbaking will do the same thing of course. Wish I could give this 4 1/2 stars. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/11/2011
I followed this recipe to the tee and there are some flaws with it. First there is no way you can get 2 9in pans worth of cake out of that batter. If you try the cook time won't be right. 30 min will make the cake tuff on the outside. Second there wasn't enough cherries. There were some pieces of cake that didn't have ANY cherries in it!!!! I'm going to give it another try(with alterations) before I kick this recipe to the curb! Read More
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13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
07/04/2006
What a thrill to find this recipe on your fun site! This was my mom's favorite cake--often making an appearance at family events--but the recipe disappeared when she died 25 years ago. My sisters and I were determined to find a reasonable facsimile--but this is the REAL DEAL. The cake itself is fine-textured moist and oh-so-flavorful. My family isn't keen on frosting so I served it faintly warm with a scoop of good vanilla ice cream and a homemade hot fudge sauce (Try one of those featured on this site.) Pretty fine! Could the dryness reported by one reviewer be the result of using the wrong flour-measuring technique? Be sure to spoon the cake flour into the cup and level off. Any other technique will give you too much flour and result in a dry cake. Overbaking will do the same thing of course. Wish I could give this 4 1/2 stars. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/09/2008
This recipe is excellent. It presents beautifully. I did alter the frosting just a tad. Instead of the food coloring I used the cherry juice and some very finely diced marashino cherries. It gave the frosting a very nice pink tint and the little chunks of cherry gave the frosting a little variety in texture. I also made this recipe into cupcakes and you do have to be careful not to overbake it. It can dry out. All in all this is as close to my grandmothers recipe that I have found. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/28/2004
This is really good. my cake came out moist and yummy. thanks for a great recipe Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
Very light and refreshing. Delicious and looks great too! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/10/2011
I followed this recipe to the tee and there are some flaws with it. First there is no way you can get 2 9in pans worth of cake out of that batter. If you try the cook time won't be right. 30 min will make the cake tuff on the outside. Second there wasn't enough cherries. There were some pieces of cake that didn't have ANY cherries in it!!!! I'm going to give it another try(with alterations) before I kick this recipe to the curb! Read More
(3)
Rating: 3 stars
12/18/2009
This cake was just alright. Not quite as light as I had expected, but my toddlers gobbled it up just the same. Next time, I'll make it without frosting - it adds way too much sweetness to an already sweet cake. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/26/2015
My Maraschino Cherry cake came out very dry & crumbly. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/11/2018
I didn't care for it but come to find out my baking powder was outdated which is most likely the reason it didn't rise properly. I will try the recipe again with my new container of baking powder and see how it comes out. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
02/01/2013
The cake was very heavy. My family of five didn't care for it. I wouldn't make this cake again Read More