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Cherry Garcia Cake is stacked with layers of vanilla cherry cake and homemade cherry icing. This cake looks like it came straight from a bakery!
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Cherry Garcia Cake

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 18
Calories: 1202kcal
Author: Jill


Cake Ingredients

  • 2 Boxes of french vanilla cake mix
  • 2 C whole milk
  • 1 C unsalted butter softened
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 C Chopped Maraschino cherries
  • 2 C Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 3 9 inch round cake pans
  • 1 10 inch round cake board
  • 1 cake leveler

Cherry Frosting Ingredients

  • 2 C unsalted butter softened
  • 4 C Powdered sugar
  • 3 tsp Cherry extract
  • 3-6 drops red gel food coloring
  • 1 Angled spatula

Vanilla Frosting Ingredients

  • 3 C unsalted sweet cream butter softened
  • 6 C powdered sugar
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3-6 tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 1 large piping bag fitted with large star tip
  • 1 Large angled spatula

Decoration Ingredients

  • 1 C mini chocolate chips
  • Chocolate shaving sprinkles
  • 1/2 C Maraschino cherries with stem


Cake Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray cake pans with pam baking spray
  • Using a standing mixer, beat all cake ingredients together until combined and well mixed
  • Fold in the chopped cherries and chocolate chips
  • Divide the batter evenly between the three cake pans
  • Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean in the center
  • Allow to cool completely on the counter

Frosting Directions

  • Using a standing mixer, beat together all cherry frosting ingredients for 5-7 minutes or until frosting is smooth and combined with stiff peaks
  • Scoop into a bowl and set aside
  • Clean out the mixer bowl
  • Using the vanilla frosting ingredients, beat together in the standing mixer for 5-7 minutes or until frosting is smooth and combined with stiff peaks
  • Scoop 1 1/2 C of the white frosting into the piping bag and set aside

Building the cake directions

  • Using the cake leveler, cut the domes off the cake rounds to make them leveled
  • Place one cake round onto the cake board
  • Scoop 1 1/2 C of the cherry frosting onto the top of the cake and smooth evenly with the angled spatula
  • Place another cake round on top of the first one
  • Scoop another 1 1/2 C of the cherry frosting onto the second cake round and smooth evenly
  • Place the third cake round on top of the second one
  • Scoop remaining white frosting onto the top of the cake and frost entire cake
  • Sprinkle the mini chocolate chips around the bottom of the cake
  • Pipe dollops of frosting along the top of the cake
  • Sprinkle the chocolate shavings onto the dollops
  • Top the dollops with Cherries


Serving: 18g | Calories: 1202kcal | Carbohydrates: 133g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 74g | Saturated Fat: 46g | Cholesterol: 166mg | Sodium: 446mg | Potassium: 229mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 105g | Vitamin A: 1983IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 205mg | Iron: 3mg