Have a vintage Valentine's Day with this cherry nut cake

Fall in love with this classic cake

12w ago

I'm back at it again with a vintage recipe just in time for Valentine's Day. This is a Betty Crocker recipe, so I can't take credit and have posted the original below.

This is a quick and delicious cake packed with maraschino cherries and walnuts. It's tinted pink from cherry juiceβ€”no artificial flavors in this bad boy. The funny thing with vintage recipes (this is from the 1950s, I think?) is they used a TON of shortening. I stuck to the exact recipe, but if you would like to use healthier alternatives, certainly be creative!

It's a *thick* cake and requires two 8-inch round pans. Bonus cupid points to you if you have heart shaped pans πŸ’˜

Here's the recipe:

I used a basic buttercream icing recipe and again tinted it pink with maraschino cherry juice. Here's that:

Homemade buttercream icing

Perfect for cakes of all shapes, sizes, and occasions


  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2-3 Tbs. milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 7-8 tsp. maraschino cherry juice


  1. Cream together shortening and butter until light in color and fluffy.
  2. Sift powdered sugar THEN measure. Add 1 cup at a time to the cream ingredients and beat on low, incorporating each time.
  3. Add vanilla and milk, beat until well combined. Add a touch more milk if the icing is too thick.
  4. Add cherry juice and beat until color is evenly mixed in. Add more if you want a darker color - but be careful not to thin your icing with too much juice.
  5. Ice your cake!

Have you tried this recipe? Share your photos & thoughts in the comments below

Since the buttercream should be refrigerated, store any leftover cake there, loosely covered.

And finally, here's how mine turned out! It was a huge hit in my home. The cake isn't too sweet, and the icing is, so it balances out nicely. Have a little fun with your decorationsβ€”I used more maraschino cherries and chopped walnuts. (Dry the cherries best you can with a paper towel).

I love vintage recipes because they are made of wholesome ingredients, they're super easy to make, and they are truly timeless.

What sweets are you making this Valentine's Day?

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Comments (12)

  • That's a great use for the cherry juice, never considered that! πŸ™‚

      2 months ago
  • for the TribeCoin challenge! πŸ’˜

      2 months ago
    • Thanks for entering! Thanks for sharing as well.

        2 months ago
  • That is a nice looking cake Amanda!

      2 months ago
  • Looks and sounds great! Well done πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

      2 months ago
  • It definitely brings me vintage vibes πŸ’β€οΈπŸ˜

      2 months ago