I am always on the look out for recipes using cherry pie filling. Last summer I canned some sour cherries for the first time and have quite a few jars left of the homemade cherry pie filling I made. I have always loved cherries, ever since I was a kid. Whether it was fresh sweet cherries straight from the bag or cherry pie desserts, didn’t matter to me. So when I found this cherry cake recipe I knew I had to try it.
I found the original recipe on Cheryl’s site, TidyMom. Hers uses a vanilla buttercream frosting that is topped with cherries and the instructions state to bake it in a heart shaped pan, hence the name Sweetheart Cherry Cake. I didn’t adjust the cake recipe itself, but I did make a cream cheese frosting instead of the buttercream and baked it in a 13×9 pan.
This has a marvelous cherry and almond flavor, absolutely delicious! If you are a cherry lover you really need to try this cake. I think it would be equally marvelous if you added chocolate chips, or better yet, bittersweet chocolate chunks to the cake and topped it with a chocolate ganache. Oh my!
Cherry Cake with Cherry Cream Cheese Frosting
adapted from Sweetheart Cherry Cake