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Cherry Chip Cake With White Cake Mix

A cherry chip cake is traditionally British, a beautiful, delicious cake perfect for birthdays or any special occasion such as valentine’s day! This cherry chip cake recipe promises you great taste indeed. 

Cherries are popularly used by most bakers. They possess a special tangy-sweet flavor and a cute shape. I love to see the cherries with the long delicate stems! 

Fresh cherries are rare to find and could be pricey for some baking projects. Since I use few of the cherries, I prefer buying the maraschino cherries for my baking projects. 

Maraschino cherries are regular cherries that have been transformed by being preserved, bleached, dyed, and sweetened in sugar. 

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Fond memories flood my mind whenever I make a cherry chip cake. My grandma handed my mother her recipe. She would make the decadent cake during my birthdays! What a special treat for a little girl, the batter was spotted with red cherries and would result in a lovely pink cake when baked. 

The family tradition was handed down, though I have to make it more often as my house has many girls lol… They all ask for a cherry chip cake for their birthdays. I am yet to receive another order hehe… 

The old-fashioned recipes call for all-purpose flour. I am a great fan of tweaking recipes for more deliciousness. Why not use a white cake box mix? There is a notable difference when you use the white cake mix from Betty Crocker. The cake will be moist and soft! 

Let us have a look at this easy recipe that makes a great-tasting cake.

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Ingredients and substitutions 

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Cherry Chip Cake 

White Cake Box Mix: this ingredient makes the cake richer in flavor. Baking the cake mix yields a more moist cake. It is possible to use all-purpose flour just as in the old-fashioned, traditional cherry chip cake recipes. 

Eggs whites 

Egg whites are whipped till stiff peaks form. They add moisture to the cake, making light in structure too. 

Maraschino cherries 

Cherries are chopped into small pieces and folded into the cake butter. Maraschino cherries are very sweet and their bright color makes the cake beautiful. 

Unsalted butter 

Butter is rich in flavor, you will never go wrong baking with butter. However, you can substitute it with margarine or vegetable oil. 

Cherry juice 

Cherry juice adds moisture as well as enhances the overall taste of the cake. You could substitute cherry juice with water or milk. 

Milk 

Milk is rich in fat, adding moisture to the cake batter. Milk can be substituted with sour cream or buttermilk in the recipe. 

Vanilla essence 

The vanilla flavor will elevate our cherry chip cake to the next level of deliciousness. 

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Frosting 

Sweetened whipping cream

I used a non-dairy-sweetened whipping. You can substitute it with your desired buttercream recipe or swiss meringue too! 

Equipment 

  • Mixing bowls 
  • Knife 
  • Rubber spatula 
  • Handheld mixer or stand mixer 
  • Baking pans 
  • Parchment paper 
  • Measuring cups and spoons 

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FAQ Cherry Chip Cake with White Cake Mix 

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Why is cherry cake tough and chewy? 

You probably over-mixed the cake butter. As soon as the wet ingredients are fully incorporated, stop the mixing.

Over-mixing activates the gluten protein found in wheat flour. This results in a cake that is tough and rubbery. 

Why is my cherry chip cake sunken in the middle? 

Since the cake butter contains cherries, it’s essential to coat the cherries with flour before you toss them into the batter.

If you skip this step, the cherries will sink, and this may cause your cake to sink in the middle. 

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Pro Tip 

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For successful baking results, you have to know your oven. Use an oven thermometer to get the accurate baking temperature. Sticking to the recommended temperature will yield a perfect cake.

In addition, always use room-temperature ingredients, especially eggs. Cold ingredients will introduce more moisture than is required, this could make your cake sink during the baking process.

Recipe card 

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Cherry Chip Cake With White Cake Mix

Ingredients
  

  • 3 ¼ cups White Cake Mix
  • 1 cup Maraschino berries
  • ½ cup Unsalted butter
  • 3 Egg whites
  • ½ cup Maraschino cherry juice
  • ½ cup Milk

Frosting

  • 150 ml Chilled sweetened whipping cream

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 150 degrees celsius and grease a love heart-shaped pan or a sheet pan.
  • In a large mixing bowl beat egg yolks with butter and sugar until soft and creamy.
  • Add a cup of the cake mix and mix until fully incorporated, add the milk, and continue to beat with the paddle attachment of the stand mixer.
    You could also use a handheld mixer.
  • Continue to alternate cups of cake mix with milk and finally the maraschino juice.
  • Whisk the egg whites till you form stiff peaks. Gently fold into the cake butter with a rubber spatula.
    Resist the urge to overmix at this point.
  • Pour the cake batter into the greased cake pan, and bake for 30 to 45 minutes.
    A toothpick inserted at the center of the cake should come out clean.
  • Place the cake on a cooling rack to cool for about 10 minutes, remove the cake from the pan, and let it cool completely.

Frosting 

Whip the chilled whipping cream in a mixing bowl until stiff peaks form. Let it sit in the fridge for an hour. This will make whipping cream more stable. 

Frost the cake as desired, garnishing it with maraschino cherries. Enjoy this special cake, the taste is unforgettable.

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