An older gentleman from the Eagles was having a BIG birthday (85) and is of that age where he says if he can’t eat it, he doesn’t want it for gifts. I asked him what his favorite cake was and he said cherry cake like his mom and wife used to make. Well, I didn’t have a cherry cake recipe in my bag of tricks so I set out to try and replicate what he described. Let’s just say he was VERY HAPPY with this 😀

The day I made this also coincided with my cousin’s birthday. She passed away in 1998, but every year since, her sister and I have baked her a cake in tribute. We then share the pictures with each other from afar. So, this cake was also for Michelle this year!


3 LARGE eggs
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup avocado oil
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoon PURE vanilla
1 pinch sea salt
1 can COMSTOCK cherry pie filling
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon QUALITY ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350°. 

  • Add eggs, sugar, oil, flour, baking powder, vanilla and salt to a large mixing bowl. Mix with hand beater 2 minutes until well blended.
  • Spread 2/3 of the batter into a greased 13×9-inch baking pan. 

  • Spread cherry pie filling on top of batter.
  • Drop the remaining batter by spoonfuls on top of the pie filling layer. 

  • Stir together the sugar and the cinnamon.
  • Sprinkle over top of cake.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes until cooked through and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  • Lightly glaze if desired.
 I used a cream cheese glaze.
  • Serve warm or cooled.
Helen at the Lazy Gastronome

Thank you so much for helping celebrate the What’s for Dinner birthday!! Hope to see you on Sunday for our regular party!

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