This cake I am featuring today, Cherry Vanilla Cake, is super moist, super flavorful and super delicious! It combines vanilla cake mix with cherry jello and then you mix up a tasty cherry buttercream frosting.
When you take a bite the flavors come to life in your mouth, I am not kidding, the flavors explode in your mouth and it’s sooooo moist and soooooo delicious.
I will not lie, after I ate my first piece, I had to have a second piece right away. Needless to say, I skipped dinner that night or I guess I had cake for dinner and that’s Ok to do sometimes.
The cherry in the frosting comes from cherry juice added to the buttercream and it gives the frosting a pretty pink color, perfect for Valentine’s Day.
- 2 – 15.25 ounce boxes vanilla cake mix
- Ingredients called for on cake box
- 1 – 3 ounce box cherry Jello-O mix
- ¼ cup butter, softened
- 1 – 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
- ¼ cup maraschino cherry juice
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a bundt pan well with cooking spray and set aside.
- Prepare cake mix according to box directions. Pour one third to one half of batter into bundt pan.
- Reserve 1 tablespoon JELL-O mix for frosting and add remaining mix to remaining cake batter. Stir just till well blended. Spoon batter into bundt pan over the top of your white batter. Do not fill bundt pan past 2/3 full. If you have batter left over, make them into cupcakes.
- Bake cake for 45-55 minutes (cupcakes for 19-22 minutes). Test for doneness using a toothpick. Remove from oven and let cake cool in pan for 20 minutes before inverting onto plate to cool completely.
- For the frosting, mix together the butter and cream cheese until smooth. Dissolve the 1 tbsp. of jello in the cherry juice and mix until incorporated, then add to the butter and cream cheese mixture and combine. Add the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, until blended making sure you don’t over mix or the frosting will become too thin. Frost the cake and let set before you cut and serve the cake.
- Store cake in the refrigerator.
If you can't find vanilla cake mix use a white cake mix and add 4 tsp. vanilla to the recipe.
Comments are loved and appreciated
Aren’t we supposed to add the reserved 1 Tbsp of jello to the frosting? Maybe mix with the 1/4 c cherry juice to dissolve before adding?
Thank you for catching my error, I have updated the recipe to reflect adding the jello into the cherry juice.
Have you tried strawberry jello or other flavors? What else works well? Sounds easy and love the red and pink for valentines
Yes, strawberry jello will work just fine. For the frosting, you have the option of skipping the cherry juice and add in milk as a replacement. You could serve the cake with fresh strawberries.
Donna Rogers says
I’m confused. Do we use one or two boxes of cake mix? Thank you!
You use 2 cake mixes, this recipe makes a large cake. If you have a smaller bundt pan, you can make cupcakes out of the extra batter. Any more questions, please let me know. Thanks,
This looks delicious, thanks for linking up to our round-up! Have a great week.
Valerie & Kerry says
We were lucky enough to be able to sample this cake straight from the kitchen of Kay! Let us tell you, it tastes every bit as delicious as it looks in the picture! Amazing! This cake & frosting recipe does not disappoint! Thanks Kay!
Thanks for commenting Kerry & Val. I’m glad you enjoyed the cake!
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