Easy Cherry Cake

"In the 1950's, when cake mixes first came out, there was only chocolate, white or spice. To make something special, I came up with this."
photo by Amanda M. photo by Amanda M.
photo by Amanda M.
photo by michelles3boys photo by michelles3boys
Ready In:
1 cake


  • 1 (18 ounce) box white cake mix
  • 13 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 egg whites (or 3, per cake mix directions)
  • 1 14 cups water (*see directions)
  • 1 (8 ounce) jar maraschino cherries


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Grease or Spray bottom of two 8 or 9 inch cake pans.
  • *Drain juice from cherries and add water to make 1 1/4 cups.
  • Chop cherries in half.
  • Beat cake mix, cherry juice/water, oil, egg whites and cherries in large bowl on low speed 30 seconds; beat on medium speed 1 1/2 minutes
  • Pour into pans.
  • Bake 30- 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Cool 10 minutes in pans.
  • Run knife around sides of pans before removing.
  • Cool completely before frosting.
  • A White Mountain icing is very good.

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  1. joannamorris
    THANK YOU!! This is a five star recipe! PEOPLE RAVE OVER THIS CAKE!. I've made it several times and everyone wants the recipe. I made homemade Cream Cheese Icing and of corse added the cherries and some juice. Delicious! What a great find!! 5 STAR'S *****<br/>Thanks Again, JOANNA
  2. Chrystal B.
    Not sure what I did wrong but the cake came out too soft and crumbly :(
  3. Amanda M.
    Five Stars!!! I used the Vanilla flavored Cool Whip Frosting from the frozen section at the grocery store and it was amazing! Everyone loved it! Thanks for the great recipe!
  4. B-J-Burrell
    Well this is truly a 4 1/2 star cake for me but it is very good! I can't say it is my favorite cake (I still love my lemon poppy seed cake more) but this is wonderfully delicious and different in its own respect. I did use a white cake mix called cherry chip (has flecks of cherry bits in it) flavored cake mix in place of the white for added cherry flavor and I only used 3 eggs as called for on my recipe box and not whites. Other than that all was the same and I really appreciate the wonderful change of pace. Sweet and delicious. My husbands coworker enjoyed the cake as well.
  5. michelles3boys
    This recipe makes a very yummy cake. I had never had one that tasted like it before. The cake mix starts off white, but when you add the cherry juice, it turns a pretty pink color. I had trouble with the layers sliding when I was cutting it, but I think that was because the canned icing was too soft. I should have let it set up longer, but was too impatient to taste it. I used Betty Crocker Rich and Creamy Vanilla icing. I highly recommend this delicious and easy cake. Made for Spring PAC '09.


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