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Cheerwine Bundt Cake

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.

Slice of Cheerwine Bundt Cake on a plate and a can of Cheerwine.


What Is Cheerwine?

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.

Slice of bundt cake on a plate.

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.

How To Serve Cheerwine Bundt Cake

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 🙂

Cheerwine Bundt Cake topped with whipped cream and cherries.

How To Store

This cake can be stored at room temperature for up to 5 days. Be sure to keep it wrapped well so it doesn’t dry out. Also freezes well.

Recommended Equipment

  • Electric Stand Mixer– An electric stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment is best for making bundt cakes that need alot of air whipped into them to get some lift.
  • Bundt Pan– This Nordic Ware Bundt Pan is my favorite.
Slice of Cheerwine Bundt Cake on a plate.

More Cheerwine Recipes

Cheerwine Bundt Cake

A buttery pound cake flavored with the prized cherry-flavored southern soft drink Cheerwine.
PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 1 hour 10 minutes
TOTAL: 1 hour 25 minutes


  • 1 cup butter softened (2 sticks)
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Cheerwine
  • 18 to 20 drops red food coloring


  • 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 15 minutes before trying to remove from pan.


Cherry Coke can be substituted for Cheerwine.


Calories: 319kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: bundt cake, summer

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Originally posted March 31, 2014.

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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24 thoughts on “Cheerwine Bundt Cake”

  1. RECIPE=5 stars, FLAVOR=4 STARS
    The cake was really good and was a big hit with my family. I added a thick, powdered sugar glaze instead of the whipped cream dollops. 4 stars because the flavor of Cheerwine doesn’t come through at all in my opinion. It tastes like an almond cake. I wonder if a Cherry flavoring or Cherry extract would help that.

  2. This cake is WONDERFUL! I too, am new to Cheerwine after moving to NC 2 years ago, but I love it. This cake has the most beautiful texture and flavor. My husband who isn’t much on sweets loved it. Took some leftovers to work and to the in-laws and everyone just raved over it. This will definitely become my “new go” to cake! Thanks so much for sharing this awesome recipe!

    1. Jamie Spain

      I made this for my brother at Thanksgiving. It was a hit, not a crumb left, am making it again on Christmas!

  3. Debbie Roach

    Cheerwine cake is delicious!! I lived in a little town near Salisbury and we always had glass bottles cheerwine in the refrigerator. I can get it at Ocean Isle Beach in plastic or cans but not old fashion glass bottles. When we go back to the Salisbury area we always buy several cases of glass bottles cheerwine.

  4. Ursula Chiselom

    I tried this cake at this restaurant here in Charlotte and it was good im going to yry and make this one day.

  5. This bundt cake looks beautiful – I love the pretty pink color! I’ve never heard of cheerwine before but I imagine it would taste wonderful since it’s cherry flavored 🙂

      1. I am from salisbury growing up we would get the glass bottle cheerwine n put a small snack pack of peanuts in it . Love it , my cousin moved to Ky we used to have to ship her cases of cheerwine Lol Cheerwine ice cream float is delish

  6. Christin, I have never heard of cheerwine, but the color and texture look great…and yes, cherry flavor sounds delicious.
    Hope you are enjoying your week 😀

  7. Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen

    Beautiful cake! It looks absolutely delicious. But, I don’t think we get cheerwine here – but you’ve made me so curious, I’m going to check! Delicious!

  8. Ruby @ The Ruby Red Apron

    This bundt cake looks pretty! Love the color, and the use of cherry soda. Wish I could try that cheerwine!

  9. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs

    This cake looks wonderful and the color is soooo pretty! I wish I had a piece in front of me right now ;–)

  10. I’ve never heard of Cheerwine — maybe because I live on the west coast? At any rate, this cake looks delicious! I love that whipped cream and cherry garnish too.

  11. I remember hearing about Cheerwine for the first time when I was in NC for college! I always liked the name : ) This bundt cake looks great – I love that garnish that you did on the top!

  12. Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps

    Love the pink hue and the cherries! I haven’t heard of cheer wine before, but I need to get acquainted!

  13. Cailee @ hellohealthyeating.com

    This new feature is sweet!! So handy!! And this cake is so pretty!! 🙂

  14. Bam's Kitchen

    I have never tasted cheerwine soda but your bundt cake looks so delicious and moist. Thanks for the little tutorial on ziplist as that really is a great feature to make your shopping list. I must add your pecan chicken with bourbon maple cream gravy. That sounds amazing. Take Care, BAM

  15. Where do I start.. Your tool for saving recipes is so amazing! Helpful and brilliant thing!

    Have no idea what is Cheerwine, but cake looks amazing, I like the color and if has any cherry flavor I would love it! A lot! 🙂

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