Retro Cherry Chip Layer Cake

Cherry Chip Cake with chocolate ganache, vanilla whipped buttercream, and a retro, diner-inspired finish.

Cherry Chip Cake with chocolate ganache and whipped vanilla buttercream.

This cake is so much fun!!  A bright pink interior from sugary sweet maraschino cherries with Tiffany blue buttercream?  Yes, this cake certainly is a dream.  But really – I've been thinking and dreaming about this cake for over a year now.  I am constantly brainstorming new cake flavors and decoration ideas.  This one in particular (blue frosting and all) popped into my brain last winter, and I am so excited to finally share it with you all!

Cherry Chip Cake with chocolate ganache and whipped vanilla buttercream.
Cherry Chip Cake with chocolate ganache and whipped vanilla buttercream.
Cherry Chip Cake with chocolate ganache and whipped vanilla buttercream.
Cherry Chip Cake with chocolate ganache and whipped vanilla buttercream.

Between holiday baking and seasonal assignments, this fun, whimsical cake kept getting pushed to the back-burner.  I kept it on my "to-bake" list month after month.  The idea waited patiently as berry season came and went, while my short obsession for braided pie crust took up all of fall 2016, and for my brief trial with gluten-free baking to last just long enough to stock up on a dozen different alternative flours that have now been pushed to the back of the pantry.

But as winter rolled around again, this cake idea floated back up to the top of the list.  When the only produce in season is citrus and you need something bright and playful to chase away the winter blues, jarred cherries and artificial hues come to the rescue!!  

For as long as I've been decorating cakes, I've been wanting to make a cake inspired by my favorite Wayne Thiebaud paintings.  He attended college in my hometown of Sacramento, CA and even taught at my Alma mater, UC Davis, so I've always felt a small connection to his work.  Plus cake, obviously (Does anyone know if they are still on display at the Crocker Art Museum?).  This cherry cake is not quite like his paintings, but the swag detail is definitely similar.  One day, I would LOVE to create a scene of cakes that replicates this famous painting, but today I will settle for a Thiebaud X retro diner cake "swag" instead.  

Cherry Chip Cake with chocolate ganache and whipped vanilla buttercream.
Packed with maraschino cherries and decorated with an almost retro feel, this cake naturally comes with a sweet side of nostalgia. I imagine it being served at a diner with checkerboard floors and red vinyl booths or at a soda shoppe, where everything is topped with whipped cream and bright red cherries. The pale Tiffany blue frosting was begging to be paired with the pink interior. For whatever reason, blue is often synonymous with vanilla-flavored candies (when not representing the ambiguous “blue raspberry” ??), and in this cake, I think the color brings everything to life.
— Tessa Huff for The Cake Blog

As you can imagine, the cake here itself is fairly sweet.  Studded with maraschino cherries, the pink hued layers will have your tastebuds dancing in no time.  My recipes tend to encompass all sorts of ingredients and styles from rustic bakes using wholesome grains and seasonal produce to death-by-chocoalte pastries and technicolored cakes.  This cake definitely lies on the playful, sugar-filled end of the spectrum.  To help balance out the flavors, a thin layer of bittersweet ganache is spread between the cherry chip cake and whipped vanilla frosting.

Cherry Chip Cake with chocolate ganache and whipped vanilla buttercream.

Head on over to The Cake Blog for the full recipe!!