This lovely pink Cheerwine Bundt Cake is a traditional pound cake with a fun twist. A delicious southern treat flavored with Cheerwine and almond extract.
If you live outside of the southeast, you may not be familiar with Cheerwine, a syrupy sweet cola with a cherry flavor that has been a southern favorite for nearly 100 years. It’s produced in Salisbury, NC and isn’t distributed nationally, but it can be found throughout the southeast and a few other states.
To me Cheerwine is a seasonal drink. I don’t drink it year round, but on the first really hot day of summer, there’s nothing like an ice-cold Cheerwine. Anyone who knows anything about Southerners knows our love for carbonated beverages is almost as great as our love for sweet tea. Afterall, both Pepsi and Coca-Cola were invented in the South.
We also like to cook with our colas. Coca Cola Cake is a huge southern favorite and Dr. Pepper makes a great addition to barbecue sauce. You’ll see 7-Up biscuits, Sundrop Cake, and Chicken with Rootbeer Glaze. There is a commercially made Cheerwine Cake that I occasionally see at gas stations. It’s good, but not as good as homemade.
This Cheerwine Bundt Cake has a beautiful pink-red hue and a slight hint of cherry flavor as well as a hint of almond flavor from a little almond extract. It is a traditional pound cake recipe with a fun twist. Serve with some whipped cream and a maraschino cherry for a sweet southern dessert.
Like any pound cake, it is great for all day snacking 🙂
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl cream together butter, shortening, and sugar using an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Cream until mixture is light and fluffy, stopping the mixer to scrape the sides down several times.
- Add eggs one at a time and beat well.
- Alternate flour and Cheerwine and mix until incorporated.
- On low-speed add extracts, salt, and food coloring.
- Grease a bundt pan very well and add batter to pan.
- Bake approximately 1 hour 10 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.
- Let cool thoroughly before trying to remove from pan.
Note: If you don’t have access to Cheerwine, you could probably substitute Cherry Coke. Check out cheerwinefinder.com to see if Cheerwine can be purchased in your neck of the woods.
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