Walnut Cherry Cake Recipe
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Walnut Cherry Cake Recipe

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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min. + chilling
MAKES:12-15 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12-15 servings


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) pitted tart cherries
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon red food coloring, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 403 calories, 19 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 76 mg cholesterol, 364 mg sodium, 56 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, beat sugar and butter until crumbly; stir in the eggs and salt. Combine flour and baking soda; stir into sugar mixture until combined. Drain cherries, reserving 1/2 cup juice; set juice aside. Gently stir cherries and walnuts into sugar mixture.
  2. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  3. For topping, in a small bowl, beat cream and confectioners' sugar until soft peaks form. Spread over cake; refrigerate for 2 hours.
  4. In a small saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Stir in reserved cherry juice until smooth. Stir in food coloring if desired. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Cool. Just before serving, drizzle over whipped cream. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12-15 servings.
Originally published as Walnut Cherry Cake in Reminisce January/February 2006, p 49

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Reviewed Jun. 9, 2014

"a disaster. Had I not added one additional egg, 1/4 cup of almond oil and a 1/4 cup of milk, this would have been a solid hockey puck....to say it 'pours' is a joke. Terrible. But if you do use my modifications, it takes an hour to bake and the edges need to be covered with foil for the last 15 minutes."

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