Cherry Cake Recipe

Cherry-Filled Ornament Cake

A baked from scratch almond cake, with a tender buttery crumb and a whipped cream filling. Glazed with vanilla cream and decorated to resemble an ornament for a special Christmas dessert centerpiece.

15 min. prep time
16 servings
000 Ratings



2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
2/3 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1 teaspoon almond flavoring
1 1/4 cups milk


1/2 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
1 cup maraschino cherries, coarsely chopped,


5 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond flavoring


Decorator candies
Decorator frosting


Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 2 (9-inch) round cake pans; set aside. 

Combine flour, baking powder and salt in bowl; set aside. 

Combine sugar and 2/3 cup butter in bowl; beat at medium speed until well mixed. Add eggs and 1 teaspoon almond flavoring; beat at high speed until well mixed. Add flour mixture alternately with milk, beating at low speed after each addition. 

Spread batter evenly into prepared pans. Bake 30-33 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pans; remove to cooling racks. Cool completely. 

Cut each cake in half horizontally making 2 layers each; set aside. 

Place whipping cream in bowl; beat at medium speed until slightly thickened. Add 1/2 cup powdered sugar; continue beating until stiff peaks form. Add maraschino cherry juice; continue beating until well mixed. Gently stir in maraschino cherries. 

Place 1 layer onto serving plate, cut-side up. Place strips of waxed paper under edges of cake. Spread 1 cup filling over top. Place second layer over filling, cut-side down; spread 1 cup filling over top. Place third layer over filling, cut-side up; spread 1 cup filling over top. Place remaining layer over filling; cut-side down. Cover with plastic food wrap; refrigerate 15 minutes. 

Combine 5 cups powdered sugar, vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon almond flavoring in bowl. Add enough half & half for a thick glaze consistency; beat at low speed until well mixed. Spread glaze over top of cake, allowing glaze to flow over sides, covering top and sides completely. Let stand until glaze is set; remove waxed paper strips from bottom edge of cake. Decorate as desired. Store refrigerated.

Recipe Tip

- If using dark cake pans, reduce oven temperature to 325°F.

- To make ahead, prepare cake layers as directed; do not slice. Wrap each in plastic food wrap; refrigerate up to 2 days or freeze up to 2 weeks. If frozen, thaw at room temperature 30 minutes; slice cakes into layers. Prepare filling and glaze as directed. Assemble cake as directed.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 520

Fat: 20g

Cholesterol: 85mg

Sodium: 300mg

Carbohydrates: 83g

Dietary Fiber: 1g

Protein: 4g

Recipe #15112©2011Land O'Lakes, Inc.

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