Cherry Vanilla Champagne Cake {Blahnik Baker is One}

This Cherry Vanilla Champagne Cake is perfect for your New year’s Eve celebrations. Moist and fluffy cherry vanilla cake is filled with a sweet cherry champagne filling and topped with a creamy vanilla champagne buttercream!
Cherry Vanilla Champagne Cake
Hey Hey!! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. My week off has been filled with family good times (my sister is still here!), food (lots and lots of food) and this homemade Irish cream. I feel rusty typing a blog post after a much needed unplugged rest. I hope you have been able to relax and spend time with your family this Christmas break as much as I have.
But I had to pop in today to celebrate the first year anniversary of Blahnik Baker! This little blog is a year old already and I can’t believe it. Eeeeeppp!!!! I actually published my first post on Dec 23, 2012 but all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season made me move the celebration to today!
Cherry Vanilla Champagne Cake

I am beyond grateful to all of YOU who have made this space home to my recipes, rants, advice seeking and story sharing website. We have talked about cupcakes (these salted caramel ones being your favorite), cakes, cookies, mangled through making perfect macarons and the occasional banter of how my research in lab is going so slow. I’ve learned so much about blogging, food photography and have been inspired by so many bloggers.

I am thankful for each and every one of you. Your comments make my day daily, you have no idea :). I get an email each time you leave a comment and I am always so happy to read what you think of the recipes, what you are sharing, what you are relating to and what well wishes you are sending my way.

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! Because without you, these will be no Blahnik Baker.
Cherry Vanilla Champagne Cake
To express my gratitude, I made you a cake! A cherry vanilla champagne cake. I wish I could share a slice of this with you; it’s good! This cake was inspired by the first layered cake I blogged about here (please don’t judge). I wanted to remake it in celebration of the blog’s first anniversary and well, it’s a lovely combination of flavors. It combines my favorite moist and fluffy white vanilla cake recipe and my favorite creamy vanilla Swiss meringue buttercream and filled with a sweet cherry filling. Oh and I threw in some champagne because what’s a celebration without champagne right? This will be perfect for your New Year’s Eve celebration!!
Cherry Vanilla Champagne Cake
Since I can’t share a slice of this cherry vanilla champagne cake with you in person, here is a token of my appreciation in a form of a giveaway. I am giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky reader. Please use the widget below to enter (it may take a few minutes to load, please be patient).

Cherry Vanilla Champagne Cake

Yield: 1 8-inch cake

Cherry Vanilla Champagne Cake


Cherry Vanilla Cake

3 1/3 cups cake flour, sifted

1 tablespoon plus 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

¼ teaspoon almond extract

1 ¼ cups milk, room temperature

¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons (1 ¾ sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

1 ½ cups granulated sugar

5 large egg whites, room temperature

¾ cup maraschino cherries, finely chopped

Cherry Champagne Filling

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

2 cups powdered sugar, sifted

2 tablespoons champagne

1 tablespoon milk

1 tablespoon cherry syrup

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

pinch of salt

1 cup maraschino cherries, chopped

Vanilla Champagne Swiss Meringue Buttercream

5 egg whites, room temperature

1 ¼ cup granulated sugar

Pinch of salt

1 ½ cup (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

2 tablespoons champagne

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


For cake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease three 8-inch (or two 9-inch round) cake pans and line with parchment circle. Grease parchment and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. In another small bowl, whisk together vanilla extract, almond extract and milk.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until very smooth on medium speed, about 2 minutes. With the mixer running, add sugar gradually and beat until pale and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes.

Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with 2 batches of the milk mixture. Beat until just combined. Do not overmix.

In another mixing bowl, beat the egg whites on medium speed until stiff peaks form, about 3 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, fold the egg whites into the batter in 3 additions. In the last addition, fold in the chopped cherries.

Pour equal amounts of batter into prepared pans and smooth the tops with an offset spatula. Bake cakes until tops spring back when pressed and a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes (25-30 minutes for 9-inch round)

Transfer cake pans to wire racks and allow to cool for 15 minutes. Invert cakes onto racks to completely cool.

For Cherry Champagne Filling

In the bowl of an electric mixer, whip the butter on medium speed until light and fluffy about 4 minutes. Reduce speed to low and add the rest of the powdered sugar, milk, champagne, cherry syrup and vanilla extract. Mix until just combined. Whip for additional minute or two until fluffy. Stir in chopped cherries.

For Vanilla Champagne Swiss Meringue buttercream:

Whisk together egg whites, sugar and salt in a heatproof mixing bowl set over (not in) a pan of simmering water. Whisk until warm and sugar is dissolved (mixture should feel completely smooth when rubbed between your fingers), about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.

With an electric mixer on medium speed, whisk egg white mixture for 5 minutes. Increase speed to medium-high, and whisk until stiff, glossy peaks form and meringue has cooled (test by feeling bottom of bowl), about 6 minutes.

Switch to the paddle attachment and reduce speed to medium. Add butter, one piece at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in champagne and vanilla. Frosting might look separated at first but keep beating until it comes together.


Place one layer of cake on a cake stand or serving platter. Spread ½ of filling over the top using an offset spatula. Top with another layer and repeat with remaining filling. Smooth with offset spatula. Top with final layer of cake. Frost cake with vanilla champagne buttercream and decorate as desired. I used a Wilton tip 1M for my borders.


Inspired by Annie's Eats
Once again, thank you for all the love and support! You are the best readers a girl can ask for. I look forward to what 2014 brings!

Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by me.


  1. Happy Blogiversary!! This looks like the perfect way to celebrate!

  2. Congratulations! What a gorgeous cake to celebrate!

  3. Congratulations on 1 year! I am always so impressed by everything you share here! This cake is gorgeous and a perfect way to celebrate!

  4. Oh this looks SO yummy… Happy 1 year on your blog my dear! :)

  5. This cake…oh, this cake! It’s gorgeous, Zainab, and what a way to celebrate your anniversary and ring in the new year. Congrats on your anniversary, and I’m so happy I found your blog…so many beautiful dishes. You always inspire. Happy 2014!

  6. Happy Blogiversary! What a festive looking cake!

  7. Zainab, this looks wonderful!! I wish I could sit with you and celebrate your anniversary with a slice of this cake. Congratulations on making one year! I’m so happy I’ve gotten the chance to meet you through here and see (based on your link) how much you’ve grown. (*applause*). Happy New Years!

    • Zainab Mansaray says:

      Connie I wish we could too!! One of these days I’ll make it down to the city. Thank you so much for always being supportive! Happy New Year!!

  8. Fun blog! Fun cake! Happy Blog Birthday!! Here is to many more to come.

  9. Yay! Such a fun way to celebrate! I am so happy that I have gotten to know you just a little through your blog and hope to continue on through this next year! You always have great and amazing desserts! Happy Blogiversary!!

    • Zainab Mansaray says:

      Thanks Nancy!! Champagne is always necessary in celebrations so is cake lol! I’m so happy I have come to know you too through our blogs. Thank you so much for the continued support…even in the low FB times :). Happy New Year!!

  10. Congratulations! What a delicious year it has been for you. I love champagne cake!

    P.S. I love the big confetti on your cake. So festive!

    • Zainab Mansaray says:

      Thanks Jamie!! It’s been delicious indeed…not for my hips though but who cares hahah!! Happy New Year!!! Can’t wait for 2014 and to ‘meet’ your new one!

  11. Congrats Zainab!!! You’ve created such a wonderful and mouth-watering site! I always look forward to your posts. :)

    This cake looks perfect for a New Years celebration! I was going to make some cupcakes with a champagne buttercream but now I’m thinking I might try your recipe out!

    Hope you have a wonderful NYE!
    Graham recently posted…I’m Baaaack!

    • Zainab Mansaray says:

      Thank you thank you Graham!! You are always too kind. So happy I found your blog this year as it has been fun to follow your recipes and fashion :). Happy New Year!! And now I need to make some champagne cupcakes for NYE :)

  12. Congratulation! I won’t enter this giveaway since I won the last one. UPS knocked on my door at 7:30PM Christmas Eve with the bottles of Pam and the pie pan. My kids were so excited that we got a mystery present on Christmas Eve! The pie pan is beautiful! Thanks again!

    • Zainab Mansaray says:

      Oh that’s so nice they delivered it right before Christmas!! Lovely present! I’m so thankful you are always supportive here on the blog. Wishing you a happy new year :)

  13. I really wish you could share this cake with me too ;) Happy blogiversary! I love your blog and can’t wait to see what the next year holds for you!

    • Zainab Mansaray says:

      Thanks Laura!! Cake and champagne would make for a nice afternoon girls chat :). Happy New Year! And thank you for always being there :)

  14. Champagne is a great way to celebrate!

  15. Giving away presents on your birthday?! You are too sweet! This cake looks amazing, honestly – it’s such a beauty! Here’s to many more celebrations!

  16. congratulations dear :) this cake is a truly celebratory cake..hope you have a wonderful 2014..

  17. Congrats, congrats, CONGRATS on one year of blogging!! I can’t believe your blog is only a year old… you’re already a seasoned pro to me :)

    Now this cake looks absolutely amazing and perfect for New Years! I love the combination of champagne and buttercream. Your pictures look great, Zainab! I can see you are already loving the camera!
    I hope you have a wonderful start to 2014!

    • Zainab Mansaray says:

      Thank you thank you Ally!! You are the sweetest! I’m loving the new camera indeed and I look forward to 2014 with it. Still need to push myself beyond the auto settings one day lol! Happy New Year!! Wishing you all the best in 2014. So glad I started this blog and met you not only online but in person too :)

  18. Happy blogiversary, Zainab! :) This is the PERFECT cake to celebrate – absolutely gorgeous!

  19. Happy Blogiversary Zainab! I’m so glad to have found your site as you truly make my mouth water each time I see your delicious creations :) Just like this gorgeous cake hehe, it’s stunning and sounds incredible – perfect cake for celebrating! Pinning this beauty – here’s to many more years and can’t wait to see what 2014 brings :) Happy New Year to you and your family sweetie :)

  20. Congrats on the anniversary dear!! Yours is one of my very favorite blogs to read and I love all of your posts and stuff, so thank you so much for being this nice!! Yay, congrats again!!
    What a gorgeous cake Zainab! And the pictures are beautiful… they get better and better every day wow ;–) Cheers to a happy 2014! xx

    • Zainab Mansaray says:

      Thank you thank you Consuelo!! I feel the same about your blog too. Your photos are so beautiful and always make me drool. Hope you have a great New Year!! Can’t wait to follow along in 2014!!!

  21. Congrats & Happy Blogiversary!! Here’s to many more!

  22. Happy Blogiversary!! Such a perfect cake for celebrating, but all of your cakes are perfect!! Cheers to your second year of blogging. :)

  23. Congratulations on the blogiversary! Your comments always make my day and your blog never ceases to make me smile and make my mouth water like crazy! This cake is beyond words. The colors, the sprinkles, are so pretty, and I love how the cream colored frosting gives way to reveal such a gorgeous cake. This would make any day a celebration! Pinning!

    • Zainab Mansaray says:

      Mary Frances!!! Love you dear. Thank you so much for always being here. You always make my day :) Have a Happy New Year! (PS: Send me an email please…I need your email.)

  24. Beautiful photos!! That cake is just gorgeous! It’s frosted so perfectly; I can never get my frosting that smooth! Happy Blogiversary as well. I know I just started following your blog a couple months ago, but you’re so very talented. :) Looking forward to more of your recipes in 2014!

    • Zainab Mansaray says:

      Thank you so much Beth!! It took me a while to get my frosting smooth…watched a few videos on Zoe bakes. You should check them out. Happy New Year :)

  25. Congratulations, Zainab! Happy, happy First Anniversary to Blahnik Baker! Your cake is beautiful, so fun and festive. It just looks like a party! And I love the flavors, especially the champagne! I hope you continue to enjoy your time with family and wish you lots more success for 2014, and for the next year of blogging. xoxo
    Allie | Baking a Moment recently posted…Berry Chocolate Streusel Bars

    • Zainab Mansaray says:

      Thank you so much my dear!! It’s been a fast year and I have enjoyed most of it. Meeting you has been one of the highlights :) Thank you so much for always being here and all the help along the way. I can’t wait to see what 2014 brings! Happy New Year dear!!

  26. Congratulations!!! This cake is so incredibly gorgeous… can’t wait to see what you whip up this year! :)

  27. Happy birthday to your blog!!! What an incredible year you have had – your blog looks just amazing. And what a great way to celebrate, with a champagne cake! I love that idea! It looks so delicious, and that icing job is seriously professional! Congratulations on a great 2013 and here’s to an even better 2014! xo
    Cate @ Chez CateyLou recently posted…Dark Chocolate Chip Coconut Oil Cookies – Mystery Dish

  28. Happy almost New Year – look forward to reading your blog in 2014. And congrats on turning 1. It is a blast isn’t it?

  29. Wow…what a deliciously awesome way to celebrate both New Year’s and your 1st blog-birthday! Happy Birthday…and here’s to 2014!!

  30. Happy New Year Zainab :) Congratulations on your first year of blogging, you’ve come such a long way since your first post and I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us in 2014! Your cake looks beautiful.

  31. Happy Blogaversary!!!!! What a stunning cake!!!

  32. Such a pretty cake! Happy 1st blogiversary, my friend. And…warmest wishes to you and yours for a happy and healthy New Year! xo

  33. What a beautiful cake! I wish I had had some last night to celebrate at midnight. Congratulations on an amazing first year. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for year #2!

  34. Happy one year anniversary Zainab!! How exciting to reflect on all the success you have had in the past year. What gorgeous pictures of this beautiful cake! happy New Year!

    • Zainab Mansaray says:

      Thank you Renee!! It’s been an exciting year and can’t wait for the next! Thank you for being so supportive!! Happy New Year :)

  35. This cake looks amazing! Happy one year to you and your blog! :)

    Thank you so much for sharing at Marvelous Mondays this week- Pinned & sharing!
    Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama recently posted…The Top 13 of 2013 from Frugal Foodie Mama

    • Zainab Mansaray says:

      Carrie thank you so much!! It is always my pleasure to join you guys. I always look forward to the party. Thank you so much for sharing. Happy New Year :)

  36. Wow – this is one gorgeous cake! Love the thick layers of frosting!
    Shashi @ recently posted…Thinking Out Loud Link-Up

  37. Happy blog anniversary! This cake looks so good – I’m going to have to try it even though it’s after New Years. Thank you for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next week.

    • Zainab Mansaray says:

      Thanks Cynthia! Happy new year! You can enjoy this cake at anytime of the year indeed. Thanks for hosting each week.

  38. Can’t wait to try this one it looks delish

  39. Zainab, I am so sorry that I missed your blogiversary!!! Congratulations on a wonderful first year! Thank you so much for sharing this stunning cake at Best of the Weekend – pinning! I know year two will be even better and can’t wait to see even more of your beautiful recipes. Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Zainab Mansaray says:

      Cindy, thank you very much!! It happened over the busy holiday season so I pushed the celebration a week later. I hope you had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!! Thanks as always for hosting and sharing at the party! Have a wonderful weekend :)

  40. Oh my goodness -that is just beautiful!! And so creative!
    Happy #SitsSharefest

  41. Many congrats on a stellar first year of blogging! If my photos had started out as great as yours, I’d be one happy blogger! The cake looks wonderful. Pinned.

  42. Happy Blogiversary! I love your cake, the icing is so smooth!

  43. I am so behind on my blog reading! happiest of blogiversaries to you my dear friend! you inspire me to try new fun things in the kitchen and I just love your posts and great attitude. this cake! no better way to celebrate! I love that you added champagne! You know how to celebrate! I can’t wait to read more posts this year!

  44. That is one gorgeous cake! So decadent and stunning…and omg I’m crashing your party next New Years! ;D

    I love reading your blog and all your fabulous recipes, Zainab. And I cannot wait to see all the delicious surprised 2014 has in store.


  45. What a gorgeous cake Zainab! Happy one year, thanks for linking up at Showcase Your Talent Thursday!
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