May 14, 2019

Cherry Danish Cake

An easy semi-homemade cake recipe dotted with cherry pie filling, drizzled with sour cream icing and topped with slivered almonds.


I was walking through the grocery store the other day and spotted some cherry danish that looked so good they made me want to throw my will power out the window and throw those danish on the floor and just roll in them.

What got me was they were topped with that glorious stark white icing I associate with cheap honey buns. And there may have been a hormone or two involved. Whatever the case, I went to bed that night thinking about that icing.

I’ve always made icing for sweet rolls and danish by simply mixing powdered sugar and extract with a liquid (maybe orange juice, cream, milk or even water) and it’s delicious but it isn’t that bright white like you sometimes see.

Cherry Danish Cake | An easy semi-homemade cake recipe dotted with cherry pie filling, drizzled with sour cream icing and topped with slivered almonds.

I’m 99.999999% sure that bright white icing is made from cream cheese or sour cream so I started thinking which recipes I had up my sleeve I could reinvent into something I could drizzle it all over.

I don’t have any baked sweetcake recipes that call for cream cheese so I started searching my mental rolodex for sour cream and remembered my Honey Bun Cake! Also because I can’t – I just can’t – make a recipe that only uses a tiny smidge of an ingredient and risk the rest of it going bad before it gets used (so cream cheese was out!).

I decided to use the Honey Bun Cake recipe as a jumping off point then add cherry pie filling to make sort of a danish cake. Then I used a little of the sour cream to make the icing and it turned out perfect!

Cherry Danish Cake | An easy semi-homemade cake recipe dotted with cherry pie filling, drizzled with sour cream icing and topped with slivered almonds.

I made my icing with sour cream, half & half, powdered sugar and almond extract but you can use milk or cream or any flavor extract you prefer. I absolutely love almond extract with cherries so I think it makes this cake but I’m sure vanilla would be tasty too.

The sour cream really brightened the icing up – both in color and in taste. The touch of sour was nice with all the sweet powdered sugar.

I didn’t refrigerate my leftovers even though the icing was made with both half & half and sour cream because I figured there was enough sugar to preserve it but if you’re going to keep your cake around longer than a day or two, you might want to stick it in the fridge.

Cherry Danish Cake | An easy semi-homemade cake recipe dotted with cherry pie filling, drizzled with sour cream icing and topped with slivered almonds.

Now that I’ve made this – and loved it – I can’t wait to try other variations! Here are some combinations of pie filling and extract (for the icing) I’d like to try:
  • Apple pie filling with vanilla extract
  • Blueberry pie filling with lemon extract
  • Raspberry pie filling with coconut extract
  • Peach pie filling with rum extract

Let me know which combinations you try and what your favorites are! Enjoy!!

Cherry Danish Cake | An easy semi-homemade cake recipe dotted with cherry pie filling, drizzled with sour cream icing and topped with slivered almonds.

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Cherry Danish Cake


Yield: 15-18 Servings
Author: Mandy Rivers | South Your Mouth
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 35 Mtotal time: 45 M
An easy semi-homemade cake recipe dotted with cherry pie filling, drizzled with sour cream icing and topped with slivered almonds.

ingredients:

Cake:
  • 1 cup sour cream (see notes)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 can cherry pie filling
  • Sour Cream Icing (recipe below)
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
Sour Cream Icing:
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons half & half
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

instructions:

How to cook Cherry Danish Cake

Cake:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees then spray a 13x9 baking dish with cooking spray or grease with butter.
  2. Remove one tablespoon of sour cream then set aside to be used in Sour Cream Icing. Add remaining sour cream, eggs, brown sugar, melted butter and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl then whisk until eggs are thoroughly incorporated. Add cake mix then whisk just until batter is combined and smooth. Spread batter into prepared baking dish.
  3. Dot the batter evenly with small spoonsful of cherry pie filling. Bake cake for 35-40 minutes or until cake is cooked through.
  4. Cool cake for 30 minutes then drizzle with Sour Cream Icing and top with slivered almonds.
  5. Store at room temperature.
Sour Cream Icing:
  1. Combine all ingredients then whisk until smooth. Add more half & half or powdered sugar as needed to make the icing thicker or thinner. You want the consistency to be as thick as it can be while still remaining thin enough to drizzle.

NOTES:

Be sure to note that you will use one tablespoon of the sour cream from the cake ingredients to be used in the Sour Cream Icing ingredients.
Substitute milk or cream for the half & half if needed – each of these will work.
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This recipe was shared at the Weekend Potluck and Meal Plan Monday!

An easy semi-homemade cake recipe dotted with cherry pie filling, drizzled with sour cream icing and topped with slivered almonds.


4 comments:

  1. OMG Mandy! Girl, this looks absolutely fantastic. Got all the ingredients and am making this right NOW. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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  2. Ooooo....this looks SO YUMMY!!! I can't wait to try it - thank you for sharing it <3

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  3. Mine didn't end up looking like your cake... the cake baked up over the pie filling. How did you get it to actually look like a danish?

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    1. Most of mine does too (see last photo before recipe) but you can see the pie filling when you cut it into pieces,

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Hi there! While I'm not able to respond to every comment, I try hard to answer any questions that haven't been addressed in the post, recipe or in other comments. And though I may not respond to them all, I do read each and every comment and I LOVE to hear from you guys! Thanks, y'all! - Mandy