Holiday Gift Cake

This holiday gift cake is a delicious cake for celebrating the holidays with sweet cherries folded in.

Holiday Gift Cake with Cherries
Photo by Joyce O.
Holiday Gift Cake with Cherries
Holiday Gift Cake with Cherries

PREP TIME

10

minutes

TOTAL TIME

90

minutes

SERVINGS

12

Servings

PREP TIME

10

minutes

TOTAL TIME

90

minutes

SERVINGS

12

servings

Ingredients

  • 1

    (8-ounces) package cream cheese, softened

  • 1

    cup butter, softened

  • 1

    cup sugar

  • 1 1/2

    teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 4

    eggs

  • 2 1/4

    cups cake flour

  • 1 1/2

    teaspoons baking powder

  • 1

    (10-ounce) jar maraschino cherries, drained

  • 1/2

    cup chopped pecans (optional)

  • GLAZE:

  • 1 1/2

    cups confectioners' sugar

  • 2

    tablespoons milk

Directions

In a bowl, beat cream cheese, butter, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. In a separate bowl, combine flour and baking powder; then gradually add 2 cups to batter. Chop the cherries and add to remaining flour mixture with pecans. Fold into batter. Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan. Or bake in small foil pans (5) that have been greased and floured. Bake at 325° for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes; remove from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. For glaze, combine sugar and milk in a small bowl; stir until smooth. Drizzle over cake. Decorate with additional cherries if desired.

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