Cherry Blossom Cake

cherry blosson cakeEvery restaurant you go to in DC right now is featuring a cherry something or other on its menu. I have seen cherry cocktails, cherry desserts, cherry cupcakes, even cherry barbecue; all in celebration of the Cherry Blossom Festival happening in the city. The blossoms were really late this year due to our freakish early spring weather, but now the blossoms have finally bloomed and our nation’s capital is covered in pink. Not to be outdone, I had to include my own cherry creation.

Leafing through Bite Me Too, (you might remember this recipe from Julie and Lisa’s first book) I stumbled upon Bubby’s Cherry Cake. I have a Bubby (only mine doesn’t bake), and I was on the look out for a good cherry recipe, so this seemed like it was meant to be. It is so easy to make; a one bowl cake that you can mix easily by hand. The best part, it is covered in cinnamon sugar. My great-grandmother (who did in fact bake) used to make these biscotti-like chocolate chip cookies and she always sprinkled a cinnamon sugar mixture over the top so I will forever associate that smell with Jewish grandmothers. I am not usually a fan of canned pie filling, but I know better than to mess with a Bubby recipe, and really, it is so good in this cake that I cannot imagine using anything else. I do think that she would you allow you to try it with apple, blueberry, or raspberry filling. Mine would say, “Breezy, that is such a good idea. Dollface, you are on to something. “

On a side note, Bite Me Too is another great book to have on your book shelf. Preferably alongside Bite Me. The pictures are cheeky, the recipes are great, and these books are just a whole lot of fun. Would you like a copy? Head on down to the bottom of this post to enter to win of 3 cookbooks that I am giving away.

cherry blossom cake recipeTopping:
1/4 cup Dixie Crystals sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Cake:
2 cups Dixie Crystals sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup orange juice
4 eggs
1 Tablespoon vanilla
3 cups flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups canned cherry pie filling
cherry blossom cake recipeIn a small bowl, mix together sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.

cherry blossom cake recipeMix sugar, oil, orange juice, eggs, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Whisk until sugar is dissolved and everything is combined.

cherry blossom cake recipeFold in flour, baking powder, and salt.

cherry blossom cake recipePour half of the batter into a 9-inch square baking pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray.

cherry blossom cake recipeAdd cherry pie filling and spread evenly.

cherry blossom cake recipeAdd remaining batter and spread evenly over the top.

bubbys cherry cake recipeSprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture over the cake.
bubbys cherry cake recipeBake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 55 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely before slicing.

bubbys cherry cake recipe

Cherry Blossom Cake

Cherry Blossom Cake

Yield: serves 9

Cherry Blossom Cake - A tender orange cake with a cherry center and cinnamon sugar top.

Ingredients

Topping:

  • 1/4 cup Dixie Crystals sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Cake:

  • 2 cups Dixie Crystals sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups canned cherry pie filling

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix together sugar and cinnamon. Set aside. Mix sugar, oil, orange juice, eggs, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Whisk until sugar is dissolved and everything is combined. Fold in flour, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Pour half of the batter into a 9-inch square baking pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Add cherry pie filling. Add remaining batter and spread evenly over the top. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture over the cake.
  3. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 55 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g

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This Post Has 48 Comments

  1. jessica

    My grandma was Nan, and now my son calls my mom Nanee.

  2. abby

    mom mom

  3. Obsessive Compulsive Baking Disorder

    Just the name of this cake is delicious and i’ve never seen a cake baked with cherry pie filling it it before!

    Wish we had a cherry festival here!

    Thanks for the recipe, it looks delicious.

    Leah x x x

  4. Tieghan

    In love!! This looks great!

  5. Lynda @Me and My Pink Mixer

    I called one of my grandmother’s Memaw and the other Grandma. Miss them both!!!

  6. michele

    i call her mom-mom 🙂

  7. maggie p

    Cherry–yum!

  8. maggie p

    And my grandma was called…grandma!

  9. Erin

    Gram! I love her so much!

  10. Kathryn N

    I will be making this one!

  11. Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine)

    Yum! The spring flowers aren’t even out yet up here in New England 🙁

  12. Gessica

    Looks fabulous! I wish I had some right now!

  13. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    Love, love, love!!

  14. Trina A

    I call her Grandma 🙂

  15. Emily ~SoDomesticated~

    I love cherry ANYTHING! This cake is perfect for spring!

    1. Emily ~SoDomesticated~

      Ooops… forgot to answer. I called one grandmother grandma and the other Mimi 🙂

  16. Rena

    Bobby, ima and ma!

  17. Gio

    this recipe is GREAT!!!!!!

    1. bakedbree

      thank you Gio!

  18. Susan

    My dad’s mom was Grandma, my mom’s mom was Franny (named by my cousins way before I was born!)

  19. Jill

    So pretty! (Although I am sad that the rain today took a lot of the blooms down already!) I called my grandmother Mom Mom.

  20. June g.

    Omigosh, I’m making this tomorrow:) love cherries!

  21. Jenn @ Jenn Likes It

    I love the Bite Me cookbook! I gave a couple of copies on my blog a while ago. I’d love to own Bite Me Too. And this cake looks fantastic!

  22. June g.

    I called her Oba:)

  23. Kristen Suhu

    I call my grandma Ning Ning (it’s Chinese for grandma) :]

  24. Becca from Cookie Jar Treats

    I just call my grandma, grandma. Although my grandma in Australia used to call me Bubby when she was alive.

  25. Sheila

    Oh my, looks incredible! It’s on my list to make!

  26. Candy from Candied Fabrics

    Oh my GOODNESS this looks fabulous, I must make it NOW! 🙂

  27. sara

    My kids call their grandma “Goppy” because my oldest couldn’t say Grandma.

  28. Zainab

    Grammie!!

  29. Karen

    She was always just Grandma!

  30. Marvleen

    When I became a grandmother, I wanted a name reflective of someone in their 50’s not 80’s so I became “Nan”. Of course, there is only 1 grandchild so far!!!

  31. Lori

    Hey Bree, I called mine Ma and Granny. Both are gone now and I have grandchildren of my own! They call me Mimi:) By the way, my daddy is USCG retired after 28 years, my darling husband USCG retired after 20 years and both my son and son-in-law are USCG. Lived in Miami, Ketchikan, D.C., Kodiak, Portsmouth Va, Juneau, Orlando, Cape Cod, Juneau revisited, and Portland Maine where we finally retired. Love this cake and pleased to have found your blog. Know I will visit often!

  32. Phyllis

    I called my grandmother Grammaw-I miss her so much!

  33. Amy

    I called her Nai nai — Chinese for grandma
    🙂

  34. Shannon

    Always called her grandma and I have some memory of calling her nana when I was very young

  35. Bobbi Capwell

    Mema was what we called her.

  36. Kristin

    She was always Gramma 🙂

  37. Donna C

    Your recipe looks absolutely delicious!!!

    I called her Grandma.

  38. Irene

    My grandma was always called Yia-yia, which is Greek for Grandma.

  39. Michelle

    I just made this and it’s delicious! Thanks for this lovely recipe.

    1. bakedbree

      You are very welcome!

  40. Sabrina

    the cake looks Amazing! I will make it for fridy dinner! 10x! 🙂
    Sabrina, Israel

    1. bakedbree

      Hope you love it!

  41. Livi

    Hi Bree! I recently made this cake and I think it was a hit. 🙂 One of my friends asked for the recipe. It has a really nice flavor, and I was impressed with the light sugar taste and the great dense texture. It is a really nice alternative to coffee cake. I substituted the cherries with peaches – except I didn’t use all the the peach syrup, only a little because it is much more liquid-y than cherry syrup – and it still turned out great.
    Thanks for sharing this recipe! I’m excited to try out more of your recipes.
    Love,
    Livi

    1. bakedbree

      I hope that you do! Blueberry would also be delicious.

  42. fatema

    hi how are you what the Alternatives for the Dixie Crystals sugar
    thank you

    1. bakedbree

      Any kind of sugar will be fine.

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