I have looked and looked for a basic cake recipe with good reviews and have come up empty handed. So to the kitchen I go and this is what I came up with. I do not use cherries and pecans in mine as some do so in my pictures they are absent but included in recipe for those that do like to add either. I experimented ( as I call it) tonight and my mother could only say Mmmmmmm when she tasted it. Now she is trying really hard not to eat the whole cake!