Celebrate July 4th or Memorial Day with this easy cherry vanilla sheet cake! The patriotic red white & blue swirl frosting is so festive!

Cherry Vanilla Sheet Cake with Red, White, & Blue Swirl Frosting- perfect for Memorial Day or July 4th! Don't forget the edible star glitter! food desserts patriotic

I wasn’t sure what to title this post, lol!

This swirly frosting effect goes my so many different names. I’ve heard it called galaxy, mermaid, and unicorn. But since the colors here are red, white, and blue, I didn’t really think any of those names fit quite right.

Cherry Vanilla Sheet Cake with Red, White, & Blue Swirl Frosting- perfect for Memorial Day or July 4th! Don't forget the edible star glitter! food desserts patriotic

So, I’ve settled on “cherry vanilla cake with red white & blue swirl frosting.” I mean, that’s what it is, right?

Cherry Vanilla Sheet Cake with Red, White, & Blue Swirl Frosting- perfect for Memorial Day or July 4th! Don't forget the edible star glitter! food desserts patriotic

I was inspired by I am a Food Blog’s gorgeous unicorn cake. Honestly I don’t think it gets any prettier.

But we want a patriotic cake so we’re doing it with a red white & blue swirl. And don’t forget the edible star glitter! It’s the perfect finishing touch. I used what I already had on hand, which was silver, but I think it would have been even more magnificent with gold stars.

The cake is a simple vanilla butter cake, spiked with fresh cherries (the BEST summer fruit) and a hit of almond extract to bring out their sweet flavor. It’s moist and light and so delish.

A perfect bring-along to your summer cookout! Happy 4th, and I hope you enjoy!

Cherry Vanilla Sheet Cake with Red, White, & Blue Swirl Frosting- perfect for Memorial Day or July 4th! Don't forget the edible star glitter! food desserts patriotic

More great July 4th recipes on my “Holiday” Pinterest board!


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Cherry Vanilla Cake with Red, White, & Blue Swirl Frosting
Prep Time
45 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins
 

Celebrate July 4th or Memorial Day with this easy cherry vanilla sheet cake! The patriotic red white and blue swirl frosting is so festive!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Cake
Keyword: Cake, cherry, fourth of July, patriotic, red white and blue, vanilla
Servings: 12
Calories: 790 kcal
Ingredients
For the cherry vanilla cake
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 1/2 cups dark-sweet cherries, pitted and roughly chopped
For the red, white, & blue swirl frosting
Instructions
  1. Please visit Stemilt’s blog, The Stem, for the full recipe directions.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

For more info on the frosting, click here: Swiss Meringue Buttercream.

Nutrition Facts
Cherry Vanilla Cake with Red, White, & Blue Swirl Frosting
Amount Per Serving
Calories 790 Calories from Fat 450
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 50g 77%
Saturated Fat 31g 155%
Cholesterol 184mg 61%
Sodium 355mg 15%
Potassium 234mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 77g 26%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 53g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 32.3%
Vitamin C 1.6%
Calcium 9%
Iron 6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.