Maraschino Party Cake

2 Apr

maraschino party cakeThis cake has been around for a very long time and there are many variations as well. I like this recipe because you actually make it from scratch, and it is not that hard to do. We have become accustom to using  box mixes, I do as well, but nothing tastes better than a real old-fashioned home-made cake!

CAKE

2 C. Cake Flour

2 Teaspoons Baking powder

1/4 Teaspoon salt

1/4 C. Unsalted butter, softened

1 C. White sugar

2 Eggs, beaten

2 Tablespoons Maraschino cherry juice mixed with enough milk to total 2/3 cup.

1 Teaspoon Vanilla extract

1/2 C. Toasted walnuts, chopped

1/2  C. Maraschino cherries, stemmed and chopped

FROSTING

1 C. Unsalted butter, softened

3 C. Confectioners’ sugar

1 Teaspoon Milk

1 Teaspoon Vanilla extract

Extra walnuts for decoration

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8 inch round cake pan. For the cake, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. Beat together butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs and mix very well. Add flour alternately with milk and cherry juice mixture. Add vanilla. Beat until thoroughly blended. Stir in walnuts and cherries. Pour into prepared cake pan. Bake until a toothpick, inserted in the center, comes out clean. This is about 1 hour. Let cool 20 minutes.

For frosting, beat butter in a mixing bowl until smooth. Add confectioners’ sugar 1 cup at a time and beat until light and fluffy, 2 minutes. Add the milk and vanilla and stir until combined well. Frost the cake and garnish with walnuts. Then enjoy!

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