Cherry Almond Cake

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Light, airy from-scratch maraschino cherry cakes with pink almond and cherry flavored buttercream. Top this cherry almond cake with simple little “flowers” made from almonds and cherries.

Our cherry recipes are some of our most popular recipes (cherry piecherry breadcherry cookies). Ya’ll also love our cakes! Today we’re sharing our very special cherry almond cake. This cake is a beauty…and it’s so easy to decorate!

Cherry Almond Cake - Tastes of Lizzy T

Cherry Almond Cake

I have a couple of secrets to share with you today. The first secret is: I do not like making cakes under pressure, and I don’t like trying to make them look smooth and perfect. I am a perfectionist, but sometimes even perfectionists need a break!

The second secret?

I don’t have to make my cakes look perfect. I like when my cakes have frosting that is a bit “messy”. It adds character. This cake is ALL ABOUT how to make things less difficult and more cute. Who doesn’t love a super easy cake that people still “ooooh” and “aaaahh” over?

Cherry Almond Cake - Tastes of Lizzy T

Homemade Cherry Cake

This is a from-scratch cake that we got from a Mennonite Community Cookbook that we love. My grandma got a copy of this cookbook when she got married. It has such amazing recipes that we had to order one for ourselves!

This recipe uses cake flour which makes it light and airy. You can use all-purpose flour but the cake won’t be as tender and won’t have as light of a crumb.

How to Make Cake Layers Even

There are a few ways you can successfully make your cakes even-looking. For this cake, we used Wilton Bake Even Strips. I think they’re pretty amazing! The cakes magically turned out nice and flat.

If you don’t have some of these, you can also use a knife to cut any dome off the top of the baked cake. The downside? It takes off part of your cake, which means less cake for your masterpiece. But, that’s not so bad, because you can scarf down those scraps while they’re still a little warm.

If you don’t want to do these things, have no fear. Just strategically place your cakes on top of each other so that the thicker side goes with a thinner side. It’s that easy! And also, if you’re not happy with the evenness of your cake, you can add more icing to a ‘lacking side’.

You can never go wrong with too much icing!

Cherry Almond Cake - Tastes of Lizzy T

Cherry Frosting

We used our classic vanilla buttercream  but added some maraschino cherry juice and almond extract in place of the vanilla. This icing is my FAVORITE frosting. Which is saying something, considering I am not a huge frosting fan.

I have a few frosting recipes that I love, but this one is my absolute favorite. Almond flavored with a little zing of cherry. It’s to die for!  Melt-in-your-mouth amazing. This is the best buttercream.

**Pro Tip: Try to get the icing as smooth as possible, but don’t spend forever doing it. If you look closely, you’ll find that the top of our cherry almond cake is not perfectly smooth. That’s because I like the character that a little bit of messy frosting gives.**

Textured Buttercream

What else gives a cake texture? The stripes on the side of the cake. They are SUPER easy to make, and you can use an ordinary kitchen tool. Use a knife, fork or spoon to make lines up the side of your frosting, dragging the utensil from the bottom to the top gently, in stripes.

There’s also smoother combs you can buy that create textured sides. Don’t press too hard so that it takes off too much frosting, but you want them to show up, too. The sides make it look pretty, and it covers up any mistakes I made when frosting the cherry almond cake.

Trust me, there were PLENTY of mistakes.

Cherry Almond Cake - Tastes of Lizzy T

Cherry Blossom Flower

Don’t you just love, love, LOVE this almond cherry flower idea? I do. It’s very simple. All you do is dry some maraschino cherries on a napkin, place them strategically on the cake, and use almond slices to make flower petals around the cherries.  I think it makes the cake look happy and exciting. Trust me, your guests will love this!!!

And now for the flowers and stars, both of which are super easy. For the stars, I used a decorating bag and Wilton tip number 11 and piped a simple star. Put the tip close to the cake, squeeze, pull up. Easy-peasy.

Mother’s Day Cake or Valentine’s Day Cake

All in all, this is a delicious, beautiful, sweet cherry almond cake for you to share with your friends (Or not…!) and enjoy this Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day…or any day for that matter!

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Cherry Almond Cake

4.77 from 38 votes
Light, airy from-scratch maraschino cherry almond cake with pink almond and cherry flavored buttercream. Top with simple little cherry "flowers"!
Servings 15 servings
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

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For the cake:

  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup milk 2% or higher fat
  • 1/4 cup maraschino cherry juice
  • 16 maraschino cherries finely chopped
  • 4 large egg whites

For the buttercream**:

  • 2 cups butter (softened)
  • 8 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
  • 4 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • Few drops of red food coloring (optional)

For decorating:

  • Maraschino cherries (drained and dried)
  • Sliced almonds


Make the cake:

  • Sift together the cake flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into the bowl of a stand mixer. 
  • Add the softened butter, milk and cherry juice. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Fold in the chopped cherries.
  • Add the egg whites and beat for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Grease and flour two 9" round cake pans. Divide the batter between the cake pans.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, or until the cake springs back when you touch the center of it.
  • Allow the cakes to sit for 5 minutes, then remove them from the pans to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • While the cakes are cooling, prepare the buttercream.

Make the buttercream:

  • In a stand mixer bowl, with the mixer on medium speed, whip the butter for 2-3 minutes until it is almost white in color. 
  • Add in the powdered sugar, cherry juice, heavy cream and almond extract. Beat together for 2 minutes.
  • Add a drop or two of red food coloring if you'd like the cake to be a little pinker. Beat on low speed again for 2-3 minutes.

Assemble the cake:

  • Once the cakes are cool, place one cake on a cake plate. Put a layer of frosting on top of the cake. Then place the second cake on top of the frosting. 
  • Using a knife, spread frosting on the top and sides of the cake, covering it completely and getting the frosting as smooth as possible.
  • Decorating (optional): Use a knife or spoon and drag it up the cake sides, starting at the bottom and going to the top. This will create nice lines up the sides of the cake.
  • Use a coupler to attach Wilton tip #11 to a decorating bag. Fill the bag with buttercream and pipe simple stars around the bottom and top edges of the cake.
  • Place the drained and paper towel dried maraschino cherries on the top of the cake in the placement that you'd like them. Place almond slices around the cherry, sticking them into the buttercream so they look like flower petals around the cherry.
  • Refrigerate the cake until serving.



The calories shown are based on using all of the frosting and the cake being cut into 15 pieces, with 1 serving being 1 slice of cake. To lower the calories, only make half of the frosting.
Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**
**This makes a good amount of frosting to cover the cake. to lessen the calories, make half a recipe of frosting for a thin layer of frosting on the cake.


Calories: 710kcal | Carbohydrates: 103g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 370mg | Potassium: 150mg | Sugar: 86g | Vitamin A: 1015IU | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 0.4mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 710
Keyword cherry cake, layer cake, mothers day cake, pink cake, valentine's day cake
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I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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Paula Dent
2 years ago

Cake cooked for 35 minutes center did not spring back

Karen Adomi
2 years ago

Hello! I am excited to make this cake for my mom for Mother’s Day! I wanted to know if it is ok to make it Friday while my son is in school lol and serve it Sunday? Refrigerate it or just keep in a glass covered cake plate? Thank you!

Clarissa Moorefield
2 years ago

I just want to ask a question. If this is an almond and cherry flavored cake where is the almond in the cake? no almond extract or flavor went into the cake, just the buttercream. Was this an error or intentional? If i wanted to add almond extract to my cake, how much would i add and what would i have to decrease in amount to offset the addition of the almond extract? (if any)

3 years ago

Can this cake be frozen for a few days?

3 years ago

5 stars
This was so easy to make and came out great thank you for the recipe. I’d post a picture but I don’t see any way to do that. I’m going to make your almond cream cake when we finish this one.
3 years ago

Could I whip the egg whites to stiff peaks and then fold it into the batter after the cherries? I think it could work if I decrease the baking temp to 325 F. What do you think?

5 years ago

5 stars
This is best cake, I do cheat and use a mix with cherry juice instead of water!

5 years ago

Hi there,
This might be the prettiest cake I’ve ever seen! I’m super eager to make it, but I’m one of those strange people that are not partial to butter, or buttery flavours. I don’t know how many buttercream frostings I’ve tried, hoping the flavourings hide the richness of the butter, only to have the cake “ruined” for my taste. I know it’s seen as a baking travesty, but any chance this buttercream recipe would stand up to subbing the butter for shortening? If so, any idea how the quantities might need to be modified?
Thanks in advance!

Julie Vieira
5 years ago

4 stars
Made this cake and was a little disappointed. I followed the recipe exactly and didn’t change anything. The cake was very dry. Had a good flavor though. The frosting was fabulous. It looked so pretty.
I’ll make it again and tweek it a bit in hopes for a moist cake.

Susan Earhart
5 years ago

5 stars
I made this cake for my mom’s 85th birthday and it was delicious!

6 years ago

Can you use whole eggs and maybe decrease the milk? Is the white only just to give a prettier color or is there another reason (hate to take extra time to separate eggs and waste yolks – I wouldn’t, really waste them but just looking to see if I can fudge this and use the whole egg or why I really shouldn’t. Thanks!)

6 years ago

how many cups is 4 sticks of butter?

6 years ago

Going to try this cake. But for the icing I am going to use your recipe for your cooked almond cream and use cherry juice for the coloring