Gramma Moutaw’s Chocolate Maraschino Cherry Cake

My Gramma Moutaw did a variety of things exceptionally well. One, she was one of those people who was gut-bustingly funny in a way where she was surprised you laughed at her brilliance, which made her even funnier. Two, she could crochet like a dream. Three, she accessorized beautifully.

And last, my gramma could COOK!

We lived in Indiana and she lived in California so we didn’t see her often. But I remember, every time we saw her, it was a good time full of laughter, love, warmth…and food.

This is one of several of my favorite recipes of hers. The cake is moist, chocolate/cherry deliciousness. No, this cake is moist, chocolate/cherry, marzipan-ish freaking amazingness.

And now I give it to you!

Gramma Moutaw’s Chocolate Maraschino Cherry Cake

Gramma Moutaw’s Chocolate Maraschino Cherry Cake


  • Cake:
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • ½ cup Shortening (or Trex for those in the UK)
  • 1½ cup Flour
  • 1 ounce Square Plain Chocolate (melted)
  • 1 Jar (4 oz) Maraschino Cherries
  • ½ cup Maraschino Cherry Juice
  • ½ cup Chopped Nuts (optional, I never use these)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 cup Buttermilk or Single Cream
  • 2 teaspoon Soda
  • 1/8 t Salt
  • Icing:
  • ½ cup Powdered Sugar (be prepared to need more)
  • 1/3 C Butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 t Vanilla
  • 1 ounce Square Plain Chocolate (melted)
  • Pinch Salt

How to do it…

  1. The hilariousness of this is that the instructions are simple. No faffing about. Just mix ingredients together and bake at 350° F in a greased and floured 8" square pan. That's it!
  2. As for the icing: Cream sugar and butter, add egg, and salt. Add melted chocolate and vanilla then ice the yummy cake!
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