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Old Fashioned Cherry Cake Recipe

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This old fashioned cherry cake recipe, or as I like to call it cherry berry cake, isn’t just simple, it is a new family fave. This 1950’s recipe definitely deserves a place at your table!

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Old Fashioned Cherry Cake Recipe

Oh this is a good one, guys. I use to think that baking cakes from scratch was too much work to bother, but boy was I wrong. Not only is it quite simple, but the end result is always delicious!

berries and cherries on top of frosted cake

Cherry Cake Ingredients

  • flour
  • sugar
  • vegetable oil
  • vanilla
  • baking soda
  • cinnamon
  • eggs
  • cherry pie filling
  • granulated sugar
  • fresh berries (optional)
berries and cherries on top of frosted cake

How to Make Old Fashioned Cherry Cake

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Combine all ingredients and mix well. Easy peasy! Mix until smooth and lump free.

3. Grease and flour your round baking pans.

4. Pour mixture into pans.

5. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Allow the cakes to cool before removing them from the pan. Allow additional time to cool before frosting. For frosting your cake, you have a few options.

You can either use a ready to go frosting such as cream cheese frosting, or you can make your own. I found an easy homemade cream cheese frosting recipe here.

berries and cherries on top of frosted cake

How to Frost a Cake

I have a great tip to consider when it comes to frosting a cake, especially a two tiered one like we are making here! Place the cakes in the freezer for about an hour prior to frosting. This will firm the cake up a bit and prevent it from crumbling while you frost!

berries and cherries on top of rustic styled frosted cake

Now, let’s assemble our cake!
Spread a layer of frosting in between the two cake sheets, creating a huge cake sandwich! Then, frost as usual, covering the sides and top of your cherry cake.

If you like a rustic and natural look, you can go thin on the sides so that some of the cake shows through the frosting. That is what I did, then went heavy on the top using small swirl motions.

slice of cherry cake on white plate with berries and cherries on the side

Rinse fresh berries such as cherries, strawberries, and blueberries, then roll them in sugar when still damp. You can use these as a colorful and fresh garnish on top of your cake.

Hello, gorgeous.

slice of cherry cake on white plate with berries and cherries on the side on book

Your old fashioned cherry cake is now ready to be enjoyed. And let me tell you, it tastes just as good as it looks. Because of the fresh fruit on top, you will want to refrigerate your cake until you are ready to enjoy it.

Give this old fashioned cherry cake recipe a try, and be sure to let me know what you think. Cakes from scratch take a tad more effort, just a tad, but in the end it is totally worth it!

Homemade Cherry Cake

Old Fashioned Cherry Cake

This old fashioned cherry cake recipe, or as I like to call it cherry berry cake, isn't just simple, it is a new family fave. This 1950's recipe definitely deserves a place at your table!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • large can (21 ounce) cherry pie filling
  • granulated sugar and fresh berries, for garnish

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

    2. Combine all ingredients and mix well. Easy peasy! Mix until smooth and lump free.

    3. Grease and flour your round baking pans.

    4. Pour mixture into pans.

    5. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Notes

Spread a layer of cream cheese frosting (store bought or see recipe above) in between the two cake sheets, creating a huge cake sandwich! Then, frost as usual, covering the sides and top of your cherry cake.

If you like a rustic and natural look, you can go thin on the sides so that some of the cake shows through the frosting. That is what I did, then went heavy on the top using small swirl motions.

Rinse fresh berries such as cherries, strawberries, and blueberries, then roll them in sugar when still damp. You can use these as a colorful and fresh garnish on top of your cake.

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