Holiday Gift Cake Recipe

A delicious holiday treat that will have your family and friends asking for more! The perfect holiday or hostess gift too.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Author Kelly Rowe


  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 pkg. 8 oz Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 cup 2 sticks butter or margarine, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 eggs
  • 2-1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 3/4 cup chopped maraschino cherries well drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1-1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • 3-4 maraschino cherries halved


  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. Grease approximately four to six 14-16 oz (empty, clean and dry) soup cans. Place 1/2 tbsp to 1 tbsp of flour in each can and throughly coat the inside. Set aside.
  3. Beat cream cheese, butter, granulated sugar and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing well after each addition; set aside.
  4. Sift 2 cups of the flour with the baking powder. Gradually add to cream cheese mixture, beating well after each addition.
  5. Toss remaining 1/4 cup flour with the cherries and 1/2 cup chopped pecans; gently stir into batter.
  6. Pour into prepared cans. Fill each can 1/2 to 3/4 full. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted in center(s) comes out clean.
  7. Cool 5-10 minutes. Loosen cakes from side of can with spatula or knife; gently remove cakes from cans. Cool completely on wire rack.
  8. Mix powdered sugar and milk and drizzle over each cake. Sprinkle 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans over cakes and top with 1/2 of maraschino cherry.