Happy Monday, Friends! We’re going to dive right into today’s super sassy recipe for a cherry chip cake. This cake is beautiful, seasonally appropriate, and perfect for any special celebrations you may have coming up in the next couple of months. Made with fresh Stemilt dark cherries, a simple vanilla cake, and a tangy cream cheese frosting, this cake is well-balanced and entirely satisfying. Let’s dive in!
The breakdown of this cake feels really complex, but the components are simple if you take it step by step. To make this cherry chip cake we start with the cake layers. A simple vanilla cake batter made with butter, milk, and eggs is folded with miniature chocolate chips and a load of fresh chopped cherries. The cake layers bake up flat with a fine crumb and a mild flavor so that the chocolate and cherries can sing.
Next comes the filling! Here, a simple jammy filling is made with more chopped cherries, sugar, and cornstarch. The filling thickens up on the stove and can be made up to a week in advance. If you happen to have any left after baking, this filling tastes wonderful over ice cream or with shortbread cookies and extra frosting.
The cake comes together with a simple and tangy cream cheese American buttercream that adds another element of flavor to this cherry and chocolate-rich cake. You can use a piping bag or a plastic bag with the end snipped off to pipe a dam around the border of each cake so that the cherry filling stays in its place. Alternating layers of cake with the dammed filling are stacked before the whole thing is coated buttercream and topped with cherries.
Today’s post is sponsored by Stemilt, the leading Washington state grower, packer, and shipper of fruit including apples, pears, cherries, and more. Their website is host to a number of produce-packed recipes that are perfect for each turning season, and I was thrilled to contribute this cherry chip cake recipe for the summer. In the coming months I’ll share two more recipes on their site, but for now, please go check out and try this one! The link to the recipe is below. Happy baking to all of you and all my love in this coming week!