Cherry Sheet Cake

Moist Cherry Sheet Cake is topped with a homemade almond buttercream frosting. It is easy and SO delicious!!

Cherry sheet cake is packed full of delicious cherry flavors!!! If you love cherry desserts like I do, you’ll also love Cherry Cheesecake CupcakesCherry Almond Cupcakes, and Glazed Cherry Bars.

Cherry sheet cake recipe close up

WHO LOVES CHERRIES?

The family loves cherries! Do you?

I know, I know – Maraschnio cherries are filled with sugar and have lost some of their true flavoring, but they are SO good in drinks and desserts – like today’s Cherry Sheet Cake!

With cherries all through out and a delicious almond buttercream frosting, this cake is so moist and so tasty!

Cherry and almonds are just a perfect pairing. We have tried a lot of fruity cakes recently, but this one has to be my favorite. If you love cherries, then you gotta try this dessert. It’s AMAZING!

Maraschino cherries in blender

How to make cherry sheet cake

PREP. Preheat oven to 350.

BLEND. Begin by adding your cherries to a blender or food processor and blending.

COMBINE. Mix cake mix, eggs, oil and water in a large bowl until well blended. Add JELL-O mix and pureed cherries. Mix well.

BAKE. Pour into a greased 9×13 pan. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cake cool.

FROST + ENJOY! While cake is cooling make frosting by creaming together the butter and cream cheese. Add powdered sugar, almond extract, and milk – blend well. Frost cake and enjoy!

Cherry sheet cake batter in bowl

Variations

This recipe uses cherry Jell-O gelatin powder for flavoring. This means you can easily substitute the cherry flavor for strawberry or raspberry and the maraschino cherries for cut strawberries or raspberries.

Also, this cherry flavored cake would pair really well with chocolate. You can top the current recipe with chocolate chips or chocolate shavings. You can even replace the cream cheese almond frosting with a chocolate frosting. No matter what you choose for flavoring I’m sure it will be delicious.

RECIPE Tips

If the frosting is too runny, add a bit more powdered sugar. If it’s too thick, add a bit of milk. STORE any leftover frosting in the freezer in an airtight container for 3 months.

Homemade Cake: Sometimes I like to make a recipe the quickest, easiest, but still delicious, way possible. Enter the boxed cake mix. If you would like to use your favorite white cake mix from scratch, you can definitely do that. Once you have the batter mixed, follow the rest of the recipe to add the cherries and flavored Jell-O and, of course, the frosting.

Size of pan to use for this cake: For this recipe I used a 9×13 cake pan. But you can easily use other pan sizes. The directions for cook time should be on the cake mix box, but here are some basic guidelines in case you need them. Keep in mind different ovens cook a little differently so begin checking a few minutes before the suggested time. Use a toothpick to insert in the center of the cake. When it comes out clean, pull the cake out of the oven.

  • 11×13 pan: bake at 350°F for 20-25 min
  • Two 8” rounds: bake at 350°F for 30-35 min
  • Two 9:rounds: bake at 350°F for 25-30 min
  • Cupcakes: Bake at 350°F for 15-20 min
Cherry sheet cake with cherry on top

Storing Info

This cake can sit out on the counter for about a couple hours before covering the pan with plastic wrap and STORING it in the fridge.

FREEZE the cake for up to 4 months:

  • Frosted: Flash freeze first by placing the whole cake or as individual slices in a single layer on a baking sheet. Place in the freezer for a few hours or until the outside has frozen.
  • Unfrosted: Properly wrap the plain or frosted cake with plastic wrap. Then you can either wrap the cake again with aluminum foil or place the cake in an airtight freezer safe container.
Cherry sheet cake on white plate

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Cherry Sheet Cake Recipe

4.95 from 20 votes
Moist Cherry Sheet Cake is topped with a homemade almond buttercream frosting. It is easy and SO delicious!!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 404 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

Cake

  • 1 package white cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 oz cherry Jell-O
  • 10-12 oz maraschino cherries drained

Almond Buttercream Frosting

  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 2 tsp almond extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp milk

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Begin by adding your cherries to a blender or food processor and blending.
  • Mix cake mix, eggs, oil and water in a large bowl until well blended. Add JELL-O mix and pureed cherries. Mix well.
  • Pour into a greased 9×13 pan.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Let cake cool.
  • While cake is cooling make frosting by creaming together the butter and cream cheese. Add powdered sugar, almond extract, and milk – blend well. Frost cake. ENJOY!

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Comments:

    1. I was wondering the same thing and then I saw the picture above and it looks like she adds in the juice with the cherries.

      1. Drain the juice from the can:) It would be too watery with the juice. Even draining it, it’s still plenty of liquid. Hope you give it a try!! It’s pretty tasty!!:)

  1. Can I use a homemade cake recipe instead of a box mix? Would I have to adjust the quantities of the cherries etc?

    Thanks so much,
    Rhian

    1. Of course:) You shouldn’t have to change the cherries amount. I’d love to know how it turns out! I’d love to know what changes you make too:)

  2. 4 stars
    Made the Glazed Cherry Bars for my family for Sunday Morning breakfast before church. Wow! We all loved them. Can I use other fruit fillings with this recipe?
    Enjoy your recipes and craft ideas so much.
    Thanks so much.
    MaryEllen

    1. SO glad everyone love it!! We haven’t tried it with other fruit, but I don’t see why they wouldn’t? Maybe find a jello flavor that would match your fruit. Let me know if you try it another way!

  3. Should some of the juice be drained from the cherries before processing, or should the whole amount be used? The directions don’t specify.
    I have a granddaughter who is a big fan of maraschino cherries so this will be the perfect birthday cake for her.
    Thank you for a great website.
    Judi Curtis

    1. I drained the cherries. I should have added that!! Thanks for asking..I’ll have to add it in. We love cherries, too! Hope she likes it!

  4. I wanna make this for my daughter’s bday but I’m confused. The recipe calls for water but doesn’t say were to add it. Also the frosting calls for milk but doesn’t say were to add it either.

    1. The water goes in at the beginning. It’s added to the cake mix, eggs, and oil, step 3. The milk is added in step 7, with the other frosting ingredients. Sorry to respond late…hope it’s not past your daughters bday!

  5. For the glazed cherry bars, how big is a “large sheet cake” pan? Thanks for your help.
    They look so good!

  6. 5 stars
    Yummy!

    I only had about half a jar of cherries at home, so I added an extra packet of Jello (0.5oz)… which made the taste a little too strong. Still SO good, though!

  7. Have you tried using this recipe for cupcakes? I’m going to attempt it now and was wondering if any adjustments need to be made to the recipe.

    1. Not yet, but they’d by great as cupcakes! I’d keep the same temperature, but follow what the cake mix box says for cooking time on cupcakes. Let me know how they turn out! Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Is there a substitute for the maraschino cherries? I’m not a fan of them although the cake sounds really good!

    1. I haven’t made this without the jello before, so I can’t honestly say how it’d turn out. The jello gives the color and added flavor. I wish I could tell you. If you try, I’d love to know how it comes out. Thanks!

  9. Hi! My daughter loves cherries. 2 questions. would this work as a 2 layered round cake? and second, how about chocolate frosting? Thanks!

    1. I haven’t tried either those, but I bet they’d both work. Chocolate & cherry would taste great together! Let me know how it turns out!

    2. 5 stars
      Such an easy way to make a cherry flavored cake. I also love this recipe because it can feed a lot of people.

  10. 5 stars
    Wow, really, I can’t get over that delicious taste! So simple and yet – sooo great. Thank you for this recipe – it’s a real keeper

  11. Hi! I am wondering if this cake needs to be refrigerated since it has the milk and cream cheese frosting?!
    I just made it for a camping outing and didn’t even think about it till now.
    Thanks!

  12. I really like your foods, this looking so pretty and testy, i think it will be best for good fitness.

  13. I’m about to make the cherry cake but I could not find cherry INSTANT jello – just regular jello. Will that work??

  14. Back again on another of your absolutely delicious & heavenly looking recipes 🙂 I want to try this one but am wondering about the JELLO again. Here in Canada we have JELLO Instant Pudding mixes (99-113g approx. depending on flavor) and JELLO Jelly Powder (Gelatin) comes in 3oz (85g) packages, but this gelatin is not instant … only the pudding is instant. The Gelatin powder is usually mixed up with 1 cup boiled water & one cup cold water, poured into dessert dishes and requires chilling in the fridge to set up. I am going to take a wild guess, based on the size you ask for in your lovely recipe of 3 oz (85g) that you are indeed referring to the JELLO brand gelatin (jelly powder) not the JELLO instant pudding mixes? Not sure I have even seen Jello instant pudding mixes in cherry flavor, only the gelatin powder in cherry, but that does not mean one does not possibly exist in the instant puddings lol 😉

  15. 5 stars
    So yummy! One of the best cakes I’ve ever made. I made them into cupcakes for a church event and everyone loved them!

    1. Oh, thank you!! We love this recipe, too!! That’s a great option, to make them into cupcakes! I’m honestly not sure what happened with the cherry bars. I haven’t had that happen before. I’m sorry!

  16. I also made the sheet cake with a chocolate cake mix and it was very good as well. I used extra cherries and it was very tasty. I made the cherry bars also and the bottom came out very soggy..what do u think went wrong?

  17. 5 stars
    Made the cherry sheet cake for our pizza bingo party at church. Could not find instant cherry jello
    A employee googled it and said I could get it on ebay. Well not going that route so tried another
    Store no luck. So I tried it with the regular cherry jello and baked it for the same amount of time
    It turned out delicious and worked. So those of you who can not find instant jello just a note regular
    Works.
    Enjoy!

    1. I haven’t made it in a round pan, but I’m guessing you would divide the batter into two, since those are a lot smaller. Usually the cooking time is a little longer, since it is smaller, but I wouldn’t know how long. It’s one of those, where you’d need to just keep an eye on it.

  18. 5 stars
    My frosting came out nothing like the picture. Your recipe is 2-3 tablespoons of milk? Frosting was runny. What’s the secret!? Thanks in advance!

    1. Add more powdered sugar, if it’s too runny. If it’s too thick, then you would add more milk. Enjoy!

  19. I love cherry anything, and im making this cake but all i have is black cherry jello, will this work?

  20. 5 stars
    Every year for mY husband’s birthday I make him a cherry cake. Every year they were just so-so. Tried this reCipe and EVERYONE just raved about how good it was. It was so flavorFul and moist. I made a two layer cake. I doubled the icing recipe, we love icing. It did dip a little in the center but i just filled it with icing to make it level. Lol

  21. Can I use 1/2 cup of orange juice instead of water? I think I’m going to make this cake recipe for Christmas this year.

    1. I’m so sorry! Sometimes ovens are calibrated a little differently and the resulting temperature is slightly different and that can cause a cake to sink in the middle. I’m not sure if this is what happened in your case but I hope this recipe works out for you next time. Thanks so much for trying it!

  22. Made this cake today. To me it was overly sweet. Next time I’ll leave out the cherries and add one tablespoon of the syrup to the frosting.

  23. I have a church picnic/potluck in a few days and decided to make this cake. I am going to decorate it for the July 4th celebrations which were just last week. Now, onto finding a Mexican layered dip for the same event. I think I will browse your recipes to see if I can find a good one to take along with the cake. Thanks for your recipes and input.

    1. You’re welcome! I hope the cake is a hit and that you were able to find another recipe that might work for your dip. A few of my favorites are our 7 Layer Bean Dip, Cream Cheese Bean Dip and our Chicken Enchilada Dip, but we have even more Mexican dips on our site too. 🙂

  24. 5 stars
    We love cherry flavored anything. This cake does not disappoint. If you like cherries you’ll love this cake!

  25. 5 stars
    Love the beautiful color!! I take this to my in-laws anytime I am in charge of dessert. It is always a hit & makes plenty!

  26. 5 stars
    My husband and I love maraschino cherries, and this cake was fantastic! And it is such a pretty color. 🙂

    1. The cake looks beautiful! I used a recipe for a white cake mix, as I didn’t have one at home. It calls for flour, sugar, salt & baking powder. The cake didn’t rise as well as I’d hoped, and the cake seemed way too sweet, especially after icing. I may try again with a store bought box mix. If anyone has thoughts about why my cake was so sweet. Or maybe it was because it didn’t rise as well. I don’t know, but your cake looks so pretty I’ll probably try again. Thank you!

  27. Two teaspoons of almond extract I’m the frosting is absolutely way too much. I had to throw it out and start all over.

  28. 5 stars
    Made this today and it was amazing! The cake was moist and flavorful and the frosting was perfect. I saved a tablespoon of cherry juice to make the frosting pink. This was a 10/10.