Cherry Spice Cake
This elegant three layer cake is moist and spicy and frosted with a wonderful
cream cheese frosting. This cake was my Dad's favorite!
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1 1/2 cups cherry pie filling
16 ounces (two 8-oz. pkg.) cream cheese, softened
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
3 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
8 cups sifted powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350
For cake, cream butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl until light and
fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
In another large bowl, sift together flour, soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves
and allspice. In a blender or a food processor fitted with a steel blade,process
pie filling until cherries are coarsely chopped.* Add dry ingredients
and pie filling alternately to creamed mixture, mixing until smooth. Pour
batter into 3 greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans. Bake 30 to 35
minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.
Cool in pans 10 minutes. Turn onto a wire rack to cool completely.
For frosting, combine
first 4 ingredients in a large bowl. Add sugar and beat until smooth.
Frost between layers, on sides, and on top of cake.
* The first time I made this cake I used a food processor to chop the
cherries. After that, I have always just used my mixer beaters to chop
the cherries up. They are soft enough that the blades of the beaters do
it quite nicely. This is a much faster method too.
At Christmas, I usually
cut some red and green candied cherries in half and decorate the top in
a wreath pattern.