Cherry Chip Cake

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This one is a bit of a mind bender since the decoration will have you thinking it’s watermelon!

Surprise!  It’s a cherry chip cake all the way!

Cherry juice in the cake batter turns your favorite white cake recipe into a perfect subtle Cherry Chip Cake

After baking the layers I thought those mini chocolate chips look just like the seeds of a watermelon

So naturally I had to follow through on that vision!

Before we get into a heated debate about Maraschino cherries and my opinion that they are a blaspheme to nature itself

With bleaching and dyeing and all sorts of hideous processes done to these beautiful little drupes

Check out these All Natural Maraschino Cherries I found at Chukar Cherries *not sponsored

By using the cherry juice from the jar instead of water in the recipe your cake batter transforms into a vibrant pink with a hint of cherry taste!

I will admit I did use a drop of pink food color though to give it a boost!

Alternatively you can use freeze dried fruit powders for the most intense flavor and color

For both the cake batter and the icing!

Starting with my super easy White Cake Box Hack for the cherry cake and equally simple American Style Buttercream

I know not everyone is on board with making box cakes, but sometimes it’s ok to cheat!

Of course you can adapt your favorite cake recipe or just use my Truly White Vegan White Cake recipe with cherry juice instead of the water!

The decor for the watermelon is so easy with just a small amount of melted vegan chocolate you can pipe the “seeds” for the outside decor!

The filling and main icing for the cake is cherry buttercream

However by first making a tiny amount of that buttercream dark green, light green and then keeping some of it white, the watermelon rind effect is a done deal!

Add cherry juice or fruit powder or just use food color to the remaining buttercream and then get to building this fantastic cherry chip cake!

I used my American Buttercream recipe for this one today but I have five recipes to choice from if you don’t love the ABC.



For more festive and fun layer cakes click the links below!

How to Make a Vegan Birthday Cake

Strawberry Vanilla Ruffle Cake

Pistachio Rose Cake

Yield: serves 10

Cherry Chip Cake

Prep Time
2 hours
Cook Time
30 minutes
Total Time
2 hours 30 minutes


1Recipe White Cake Hack

*Add cherry juice instead of water

OR 2x Recipe Truly White Cake

* Add cherry juice instead of water

1 cup mini chocolate chips

1 Recipe Buttercream

Food color or cherry fruit powder as needed

Vegan Chocolate for the “seeds” approx ¼ cup


Prepare the cake recipe as per the instructions on that postAdd the mini chocolate chips and bake the batter in 3-7″ cake pansWhile the cakes are baking & cooling prepare the buttercream recipe as per the instructions on that recipe postDivide the buttercream into 4 parts: ½c dark green / ½cup light green/ ½ cup whiteThen flavor the remaining buttercream for the filling & icing with cherry juice *approx ¼ cup OR cherry fruit powder ¼ OR simply color with pink-red food color


Cherry chip cake can be stored at room temperature in a cool spot lightly covered for up to 3 says

Refrigerate for longer storage up to 1 week

Freeze for up to 2 months

For more about traditional Maraschino Cherries, here’s a good article to read!








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