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.