Cheerwine Chocolate Cake

by elyn_ryn

For folks who grew up with Cheerwine, it is more than just a soft drink. Just a sip brings back memories of drinking party punch and eating Cheerwine-sauced BBQ while watching fireflies light the darkness. I can still remember where I was when I first opened an ice-cold Cheerwine in the humid coastal Carolina air while listening to the pounding of beach waves.

A World Famous Drink?

I spent many days taking for granted that the whole world knew about Cheerwine. But as I got older, I met people confused by my mention of a “wine.” So I found myself explaining this drink over and over.  Turns outs, this drink from Salisbury, North Carolina did not reach the worldwide popularity of the North Carolina drink, Pepsi. Instead, Cheerwine has spent its 102-year existence as a somewhat regional drink.

However, the love for Cheerwine runs deep because of cooks adding it to about every food imaginable.  And one of the most famous is Cheerwine cake. Fortunately, the varied recipes give us several versions to try because cooks have had over 10 decades to try their hand at making Cheerwine cake!  

The original Cheerwine cake has a pretty pink color. This is because of both a little added red food coloring and the wine-colored drink with a cherry zing.

However, this recipe updates the vintage Cheerwine cake recipe to make a chocolate cake with a chocolate pour-on frosting. The cake is moist with a hint of cherry flavor, while the chocolate frosting has a subtle cherry taste.

Click here to find a buying source for Cheerwine soft drink. Also, if you like Chocolate Cheerwine Cake, then you might like to try this Chocolate Olive Oil Cake with Ganache Frosting.

 
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Cheerwine Chocolate Cake
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Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 55-65 minutes
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Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 55-65 minutes
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Frosting Ingredients
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Instructions
Directions for Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease a Bundt or pound cake pan with shortening and then dust with flour.
  3. In a mixing bowl, whisk the sour cream, oil, vanilla, eggs, and Cheerwine until combined and then add the cake mixes and puddings. Beat for 2 minutes on medium speed.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 55-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. (Check the doneness of the cake after 50 minutes of cooking time.) Cool the cake on a wire rack.
Directions for Frosting
  1. In a medium saucepan, add the butter, cocoa powder, and Cheerwine and heat until boiling. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  2. Pour the frosting into a mixing bowl and add the powdered sugar a little at a time and beat until combined and smooth. Pour over the cake immediately.
  3. Garnish cake with cherries and pink roses if desired.
Recipe Notes

Place a sheet of aluminum foil over the cake to prevent the top from over-browning.

You can purchase Cheerwine online.  Click here for an Amazon source.

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