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If you\'re looking for an easy yet unique dessert that will really impress, Vanilla Cake with Balsamic Cherry Mascarpone is what you need to make.

If you’re looking for an easy yet unique dessert that will really impress, Vanilla Cake with Balsamic Cherry Mascarpone is what you need to make.

vanilla cake with cherries and balsamic sauce 

The trick to the perfect dessert is to make something that is first delicious, but secretly very easy. That’s exactly what this dessert was.process photos of how to make cake with balsamic cherries and mascarpone 

The easy part comes from making your cake using a mix. I don’t think making a cake from scratch is particularly difficult, but anytime you have to measure ingredients and mix according to a specific procedure, there’s always the chance of screwing it up. Mixes make everything more easy. I used the Trader Joe’s vanilla bean cake mix because it is simply the very best boxed cake I’ve ever had.

side view of a cake topped with cherries and sauce 

Next comes the cherries. All you have to do is pit them and soak them in a bath of balsamic vinegar and sugar. This gives the cherries a unique yet delicious flavor. Please do a better job of pitting them than I did. I mistakenly left one pit in one cherry and my co-worker was the lucky one who found my mistake. Fortunately all of his molars are still in tact.vanilla cake topped with large pile of cherries 

My kids devoured this cake, as did I, as did the people at work. I make a lot of desserts and I’m pretty sure we would quickly pass the threshold from healthy, to over weight, straight to obese if we were to eat everything I make. That being said, you must make this cake. You won’t be sorry.A close up of a piece of cake with cherries on a plate

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Vanilla Cake with Balsamic Cherry Mascarpone

Prep20 minutes
Cook35 minutes
Total55 minutes
Servings 9 servings
If you're looking for an easy yet unique dessert that will really impress, Vanilla Cake with Balsamic Cherry Mascarpone is what you need to make.



  • 1 package vanilla cake mix see note
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1 cup whole milk


  • 16 ounces cherries fresh sweet red cherries, pitted with stems removed
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar aged balsamic vinegar
  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese room temperature
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  • Bake cake in 9x9 or 8x8 inch pan according to package directions. Allow to cool.
  • Combine cherries with sugar and balsamic. Allow to soak and macerate for at least 2 hours.
  • Combine half of the liquid from the cherries with the mascarpone and blend well. Spread on top of cake.
  • Using slotted spoon, add cherries to top of cake. Drizzle remaining liquid over the cherries.
  • Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


I used Trader Joe's mix which makes an 8x8 inch cake. Other cake mixes might result in a larger cake and require different ingredients other than the egg, butter and milk.


Calories: 498kcal, Carbohydrates: 61g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 26g, Saturated Fat: 15g, Cholesterol: 91mg, Sodium: 528mg, Potassium: 201mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 37g, Vitamin A: 797IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 207mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    Cherries are my favorite. Cherry desserts like this one make life better! Thanks for the recipe.