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Cherry Chip Cake Recipe

If you want to know how to make a cherry chip cake with white cake mix – this is the best recipe! It’s so easy and delicious!

Im always looking for ways to make yummy cakes that are different but taste amazing! Recently I made a semi homemade cherry chip cake. I have tried so many times to make cakes from scratch – but they never work.

Plus I hate to to make extra messes in the kitchen and mix the dry ingredients and with the wet ingredients. My recipes are made in 1 large bowl.

So I like to start my cakes with a boxed cake mix. Then I add a few simple ingredients to make it a moist, delicious, and fluffy cake. It’s a great way to make an easy dessert.

How To Make Cherry Chip Cake With White Cake Mix

If you want to know how to make a cherry chip cake with white cake mix - this is the best recipe! It's so easy and delicious!

Tips for making this cherry chip cake recipe

  • I do not recommend using an electric mixer (hand mixer) for this whole recipe. You can use it for the cake but I feel like a stand-up mixer with a paddle attachment is much better to make the buttercream frosting.
  • I would not recommend using fresh cherries for this recipe. It would be a lot of work to remove all the pits and chop them up. Plus you would not have the cherry juice to add to the cake and frosting!
  • This would also be delicious with cream cheese frosting.
  • Make sure you drain all the juice from the cherries. It could add too much moisture to the cake if the cherries are filled with the cherry juice.
  • Roll the cherries in a paper towel to remove excess juice before you chop them in the food processor.
  • You can make these into cherry chip cupcakes – just check it after 15 minutes so you do not overbake.
  • You can use a yellow cake but it may have a more vanilla flavor.

I heard there used to be a boxed cherry chip cake mix – but that was discounted. It was Betty Crocker super moist cherry chip cake. So since you can no longer buy it – I hope this recipe is a good substitute. 

This is a new recipe for me. I never really thought about making a cherry cake. But I really love the cherry flavor. It’s a lovely pink cake and the chips are actually the chopped cherries that are inside the cake.

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       If you want to know how to make a cherry chip cake with white cake mix - this is the best recipe! It's so easy and delicious!           

 

How To Make Cherry Chip Cake With White Cake Mix

 

If you want to know how to make a cherry chip cake with white cake mix - this is the best recipe! It's so easy and delicious!

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Easy Cherry Cake Recipe

  • 1 box White Cake Mix (do not use the directions on the box)
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup maraschino cherry juice
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 Jar (16 oz) maraschino cherries (Drained – but reserve the juice!) 

Tip – save 8 cherries to use as decoration. 

 

If you want to know how to make a cherry chip cake with white cake mix - this is the best recipe! It's so easy and delicious! ingredients

 

Instructions to make this delicious cherry cake!

 

 

Preheat oven to 350*. Grab 2 8 inch cake pans and add parchment paper and cooking spray and set aside.

 

 

 

Drain the cherries and reserve the liquid. You will need it for the cake and icing. Add the cherries to a food processor and pulse until they are chopped into pieces.

 

In the bowl of a stand up mixer, add the cake mix, flour, sugar, sour cream, water, and oil. Mix on medium speed until combined scraping down the sides of the bowl. Then add 1 egg white at a time for about 20 seconds until it’s incorporated into the mixture.

 

Once all the eggs are in add the chopped maraschino cherries (cherry pieces) and mix for about 30 seconds.

Pour cake batter between the 2 cake pans. Bake for about 27-30 minutes until a knife comes out clean. If you need to add more time, do it in 2 minute increments.

 

 

Let cool completely. Put one cake on a plate or cake stand. I like to flip the cake into my hand and remove the parchment paper and then put it baked side down on the cake plate. Trim the cake to make it even. (You can place the cakes in the freezer to handle them easier.)

 

 

Cherry Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

  • 2 sticks of salted butter softened (room temperature)
  • 6 cups powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 Tablespoons cherry juice left over from the jar
  • Extra maraschino cherries for decorations

 

 

Instructions for Cherry Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

  1. In the large bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, add the 2 sticks of butter. Beat for 1 minute.
  2. Add the powdered sugar, half and half, vanilla and cherry juice.
  3. Mix on low speed until it starts to combine and then increase to medium-high speed. Mix well until it’s combined and fluffy.
  4. If the icing is too thick, add a little more half and half until it’s the desired consistency.

 

 

How To Make Cherry Chip Cake With White Cake Mix

 

Place the cooled cake on a large plate. Spread a thick layer of icing on top of the first layer.

 

 

Stack the second layer and add more icing to the top of the cake. Use an offset spatula to spread the icing around the sides of the cake and bottom of the cake.

 

If you want to make it fancy you can add some frosting to a bag with a tip and add some dollops of icing to the top of the cake. Drain as much juice from the cherries before you place them on top of the cake. 

 

If you want to know how to make a cherry chip cake with white cake mix - this is the best recipe! It's so easy and delicious!

Store the leftover cake in an airtight container. I do not like to use plastic wrap since it sticks to the cake. If you are in a bind, add some toothpicks and then cover. 

This is the perfect cake for special occasions or Valentine’s day! This will become a family favorite cake.

 

If you want to know how to make a cherry chip cake with white cake mix - this is the best recipe! It's so easy and delicious!

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can you use almond extract instead of vanilla extract? yes, if you prefer the almond flavor – you can switch the extract.

Can I use a chocolate cake to make a cherry chip cake? I have never tried it but if you want to add chocolate flavor, I would add some chocolate chips. Just add about 1 cup of mini chocolate chips. Toss them in about 1 tablespoon of flour to prevent them from sinking to the bottom of f the cake.

Can I make a sheet cake? You can also bake this cake in 9×13 pan. Bake the cake for 25 minutes and then check for doneness. If it’s not cooked – add 2 more minutes. (All ovens can cook differently – so please watch the cake the first time you bake it.)

 

Cherry Chip Cake With White Cake Mix Recipe

Cherry Chip Cake With White Cake Mix Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 box White Cake Mix (do not use the directions on the box)
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup maraschino cherry juice
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 Jar (16 oz) maraschino cherries

Cherry Buttercream Frosting Recipe

  • 2 sticks of salted butter softened (room temperature)
  • 6 cups powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 Tablespoons cherry juice left over from the jar
  • Extra maraschino cherries for decorations

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350*. Grab 2 8 inch cake pans and add parchment paper and cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Drain the cherries and reserve the liquid. You will need it for the cake and icing. Add the cherries to a food processor and pulse until they are chopped into pieces.
  3. In the bowl of a stand up mixer, add the cake mix, flour, sugar, sour cream, water, and oil. Mix on medium speed until combined scraping down the sides of the bowl. Then add 1 egg white at a time for about 20 seconds until it's incorporated into the mixture.
  4. Once all the eggs are in add the chopped maraschino cherries (cherry pieces) and mix for about 30 seconds.
  5. Pour cake batter between the 2 cake pans. Bake for about 27-30 minutes until a knife comes out clean. If you need to add more time, do it in 2 minute increments.
  6. Let cool completely. Put one cake on a plate or cake stand. I like to flip the cake into my hand and remove the parchment paper and then put it baked side down on the cake plate. Trim the cake to make it even. (You can place the cakes in the freezer to handle them easier.)

To Make the Cherry Buttercream Frosting

  1. In the large bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, add the 2 sticks of butter. Beat for 1 minute.
  2. Add the powdered sugar, half and half, vanilla, and cherry juice. Mix on low speed until it starts to combine and then increase to medium-high speed.
  3. Mix well until it's combined and fluffy.

If the icing is too thick, add a little more half and half until it's the desired consistency.

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Sabrina

Wednesday 19th of June 2024

Hi! Can you use heavy whipping cream instead of the half and half for the frosting?

Janell

Friday 28th of June 2024

Yes I think that would work.

Tami Vollenweider

Thursday 27th of April 2023

Got to make this,but yes I would make it in a 9 x 13 pan! It really looks moist,and I love anything with cherries in it!

JEFFREY

Friday 21st of April 2023

MY MOM WOULD LIKE THIS.

Jenifer

Friday 21st of April 2023

Looks and sounds very good. I have to try this recipe. Thank you for posting it.

Debbie P

Tuesday 27th of December 2022

Thanks for the recipe. I can't wait to try it!

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