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Lemon Cherry Cake Recipe

Lemon Cherry Cake Recipe

Our family loves cherries, so this cake is the perfect way to end any meal. The combination of sweet cherries and lemon peel gives the yellow cake a distinctive flavor, and no one can resist the yummy cream cheese topping. -Janice Greenhalgh, Florence, Kentucky
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling YIELD:12-15 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups coarsely chopped fresh or frozen pitted sweet cherries
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/4 cups milk
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 3-1/2 to 4 cups confectioners' sugar


  • 1. Pat cherries dry with paper towels; set aside. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in lemon peel and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk.
  • 2. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Sprinkle with cherries. Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 3. For topping, in a bowl, beat cream cheese, lemon juice and peel until smooth. Beat in enough confectioners' sugar until mixture achieves desired consistency. Cut cake; top each piece with a dollop of topping. Yield: 12-15 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 448 calories, 16g fat (10g saturated fat), 86mg cholesterol, 306mg sodium, 71g carbohydrate (52g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

Reviews for Lemon Cherry Cake

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sugarcrystal User ID: 5836839 230929
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2015

"This is a simple yet elegant cake with just the right amount of sweetness. I like to swirl a bit of lemon curd into the topping."

hsoray User ID: 955134 88217
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2011

"The first time I made this, it came out perfect. You must love lemon flavor as it is front and center stage. My co-workers went crazy over it. I'll be making it again this week for a birthday."

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Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.