Cherry Pecan Bundt Cake for #BundtAMonth

Cherry Pecan Bundt Cake | Magnolia Days

Cherry, dear sweet cherry, how I love your flavor. Ever since I was a kid it has been my #1 choice. Remember when you got a sucker if you were good at the doctor? I would be extra good so I could get to pick. Yes, I always chose the cherry one. When I see a bowl of candy out, if chocolate isn’t available, you know what I’m grabbing. I was thrilled when I saw cherries are the theme for April #BundtAMonth. I decided I would bake this Cherry Pecan Bundt Cake.

I really enjoy maraschino cherries. My husband knows how much and he will give me his when he gets one in a drink or on a dessert. He will also let me have most of the frosting on a piece of cake we are sharing. I think little things like that have kept us together for 30 years. Well, there are big things too. And speaking of, this past Monday is the anniversary of us getting officially engaged. It was a short engagement as we were married in June.

Cherry Pecan Bundt Cake Slice | Magnolia Days

I chose Cherry Pecan Bundt Cake because of extra cherries I had. I bought a big jar to make a Chocolate Covered Cherry Cheesecake and didn’t use them all. I do want to bake a cake with fresh cherries at some point. Perhaps when I see them at the store or a farmers market I will bring some home and get to baking. A tart cherry cake does sound rather nice. Meanwhile I can enjoy this one filled with bits of cherries and pecans. It’s a dense cake like a typical pound cake. The cream cheese in it keeps it moist and contributes to the texture.

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Cherry Pecan Bundt Cake
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Yield: Makes 1 bundt cake, about 12 servings
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup drained and chopped maraschino cherries
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, divided
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour a 10 or 12 cup bundt pan. Sprinkle ½ cup chopped pecans in the pan and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine 2 cups flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to combine and set aside.
  3. Spread the chopped maraschino cherries between paper towels to dry.
  4. In a large bowl, add the cream cheese, butter, sugar, and vanilla. Beat using an electric mixer on high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Scrape down bowl as needed.
  5. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  6. Gradually add 2 cups of all-purpose flour mixing on medium speed until just combined. Do not over-mix.
  7. In a small bowl, add the cherries, remaining ½ cup pecans, and ¼ cup flour. Stir to coat cherries and pecans with flour. Fold mixture into batter.
  8. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 60 to 65 minutes, or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
  9. Cool cake in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove cake from pan by inverting it onto a cooling rack. Cool cake completely. Garnish with pecans and cherries. Slice, serve, and enjoy!

Recipe adapted from one in the NordicWare Bundt Cookbook. (Affiliate link)

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  1. says

    Congratulations on almost 30 years of wedded bliss. A considerate maraschino cherry man is worth treasuring =) And so is your handsome Cherry Pecan Bundt Cake recipe!

  2. says

    Such a simple cake with amazing flavors and texture. Those bits of pecans and cherries are so perfectly distributed Renee, love it! But those 30 years, wow, such a milestone! Congrats my friend (and to your husband to!)

      • says

        It is an unusual occurrence but we just got back from Florida. Still haven’t done a lot of meal planning. Too much on the go right now!!

  3. Lora @cakeduchess says

    Maraschino cherries remind me of being a kid again. Love, love your cherry pecan bundt and would really love a slice now with a hot cup of coffee.

  4. says

    Renee…your cake slices look so pretty….the maraschino cherries give it such a bright color! I love maraschino cherries, too…and love to use them in baking because of their sweetness. And great to pair them with the salty pecans. LOVE this cake! : )

  5. says

    Another beautiful cake, Renee! You always have the prettiest set up for your photos too. I love that glass of milk and your colorful napkin.

  6. says

    Yes cherry is always my go-to candy flavor when it’s not chocolate! That and lemon. Love the sound of this cake and cant wait to make it! Seriously if I wasn’t half dead on my couch right now, I’d run into the kitchen and make this tonight….

  7. says

    Thirty years is a milestone. The hubster and I are almost at 20. I love your bundt. I love the flecks of both the cherry and pecans. It looks so moist and delicious. The photos are stunning as usual.

  8. says

    Beautiful photos as always, Renee, and this cake looks fantastic! I love that this recipe uses cream cheese – yum. I used to ADORE chocolate covered maraschino cherries when I was a kid. I’d slowly savour them first by biting a hole into the chocolate shell, sucking out the cherry juice and then digging the innards out. I’d have sugar ‘n chocolate all over my face and hands but it was worth the mess. And congratulations on such a huge milestone with your husband! I can’t wait to see what you have planned when your wedding anniversary rolls around in June.

    • says

      Thank you so much Nancy for your kind words on my photos. I can see eating the chocolate covered cherries the way you did winding up being a big mess. Those kind of messes are worth it when the food is so good.


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