Cherry Chip Cocktail Cake & an awesome surprise

Well, I have a bonus recipe for everyone today!  I am so excited I can hardly contain myself…..let me explain.  The FedEx truck showed up this morning with a Crystal Blue KitchenAid hand mixer, and I have absolutely no idea why!!!  Okay I have an idea, but I have no way of confirming my suspicions.

Remember the baking contest where I won 4th prize?  One of the reasons I was so excited to enter was that 3rd prize was everything that 4th & 5th prize receive, PLUS a crystal blue KitchenAid hand mixer.  First prize was a KitchenAid stand mixer (red), and 2nd was a KitchenAid food processor.  My best guess, is that the 3rd place winner never did claim her prize and KitchenAid needed to send it to someone???

I have to say, it was perfect timing… pretty green one is toast :(

I have never shared ANY of my cocktail recipes with anyone before, but since I am in such a happy mood, I decided to create this one just for you!  This all started because my friend Tamara was craving cupcakes this afternoon, but did not want to make them…..who needs 2 dozen cupcakes right?  She decided that I should make them since I like baking.  We also started talking about how we both needed to clean our cars and get all of the salt off of them.  She jokingly said that she would take my car and get it washed, if I made her cupcakes… they are Tamara, I will get you the keys! {No, she never actually washed my car}

Cherry CHip Cocktail Cake

Since we are less than a month away from Valentine’s Day, I went with that theme.  I did not add any coloring to the batter, I just went with the pale pink that the cherry schnapps made them.  It all just seemed to fit together perfectly.  For those of you worried about the kiddies eating them, that is totally your call.  They do not taste like alcohol, sorry to disappoint some of you.   This Cherry Chip Cocktail Cake truly taste like the cherry chip Betty Crocker box mix from the grocery store, minus all of the additives and chemicals.  If you would like to make cherry flavored frosting without the alcohol, just substitute cherry flavoring for the vanilla in the recipe, and leave out the butter flavoring.  I hope you enjoy them!

Cherry Chip Cocktail Cake by

Cherry Chip Cocktail Cake

Serves 16-30
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 45 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Just like the cherry chip cake you grew up with, without the box.


  • 4 Large eggs (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 1/4 Cups super fine baking sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cherry schnapps
  • 1/4 cup amaretto
  • 2 1/4 Cups cake flour (or 2 cups all-purpose flour)
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup non-fat dry milk powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3.4 ounce package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 20 maraschino cherries (finely chopped)
  • pink food gel coloring (optional)


Liquid Ingredients
In a large bowl, mix together eggs, oil, schnapps, amaretto, and vanilla with an electric mixer.
Add Sugar
Add the sugar and beat for one minute.
Dry Ingredients
Add the flour, baking powder, salt, dry milk, and vanilla pudding mix. Beat to combine.
Chopped Cherries
Chop the maraschino cherries into small pieces.
Add Cherries
Stir the cherries into the cake batter.
Pour batter into prepared bundt pan, 30 lined cupcakes, 2) 9"-round cake pans, or a 9 x 13 pan.
Bake cupcakes for 18 - 20 minutes, Bundt cake for 45 - 50 minutes, 9 x 13 for 35 - 40, 9" for 30 - 35 minutes.
Cool on Rack
Remove from oven and place on a wire cooling rack to cool.
When completely cooled, frost as desired.


I have only baked the cupcakes and the bundt cake, the other times are approximate (guesses).

For Cherry Buttercream Frosting, use the original buttercream frosting but substitute 1/2 teaspoon amaretto + 1 1/2 Tablespoons cherry schnapps for all other flavorings. (do not add the butter, almond, or vanilla flavorings )

I used Dr. McGillicuddy's Cherry Schnapps


  1. kim says

    Im trying to make these, they sound amazing! It says to add the sugar but there is no amount of sugar listed in the ingredient list!!

    • says

      Ooops, I am so sorry about that Kim! The amount is 1 1/4 cups of super fine baking sugar. I have updated the recipe with the sugar added. Thank you so much for letting me know! :)


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