Very Cherry Cake

What a beautiful cake to serve for Valentines Day..I love this month, I love all the pinks, reds and hearts and all the sweets associated with this sweet day. You cannot think of Valentines Day without thinking….chocolate! But…this cake will turn your head away from chocolate….well, at least while you are eating this scrumptious cake…but if you cannot think of serving a dessert for Valentines day without chocolate, then dip whole cherries to top the cake, that way you have your cake……and chocolate too!

This is Paula Deens recipe of the week and it is worth sharing!

1 cup butter, softened

1 3/4 cups sugar

2 tables maraschino cherry juice

1/2 teas vanilla extract

3 cups cake flour

2 1/2 teas baking powder

1/4 teas salt

1 cup whole buttermilk

5 egg whites, beaten until stiff

1 cup finely chopped maraschino cherries

Cream cheese-cherry frosting

Garnish maraschino cherries (dipped in chocolate?)

Preheat oven to 350. Spray 3 ( 9 in) bakng pans with nonstick baking spray with flour. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add cherry juice and vanilla, beating until combined.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt; sift. Gradually add to butter mixture, alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture, beating until combined after each addition. Gently fold in beaten egg whites until mixture is smooth. Gently stir in maraschino cherries.

Spoon batter evenly into prepared pans. Bake for 20-25 min or until a wooden pick comes out clean. Cool completely.

Remove from pans and cool completely on wire rack. Spread frosting evenly in between layers and sides and top.

Cream Cheese Cherry Frosting

1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened

3/4 cup butter, softened

1/4 cup maraschino cherry juice

6 cups powdered sugar

In large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until creamy with mixer. Slowly beat in cherry juice until mixture is smooth. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating until smooth.


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