7 Best American Style Punch Cake Recipes! Try them with us

I’ve never been a fan of the classic punch cake recipe.

That’s why I decided to look for inspiration in other parts of the world, especially in America.

Try one of the most popular American cakes with us, which is served on practically any occasion.

Enjoy your meal!

Cake with punch icing

What will we need

On the corpus

  1. 12 eggs
  2. 2 teaspoons of salt
  3. 12 spoons of flour
  4. 12 spoons of sugar
  5. 2 teaspoons of baking powder

For syrup

  1. 120 g of sugar
  2. 2 spoons of cocoa
  3. 150 ml of water
  4. 150 ml of rum

For filling

  1. 7 spoons of cherry jam
  2. 100 g raisins (or dried cranberries)

For the frosting

  1. 3 egg whites
  2. 8 spoons of powdered sugar
  3. 2 spoons of sour cherry juice


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees
  2. Grease two cake tins and line their bottoms with baking paper
  3. Separate the whites from the yolks for the body
  4. Beat the egg yolks with salt until stiff peaks form
  5. In a separate bowl, mix the egg yolks with the sugar
  6. Then we start to slowly mix in the flour with the baking powder
  7. When the yolk mixture is mixed, we begin to carefully stir in the whipped snow
  8. We divide the dough created in this way into two prepared forms and let it bake
  9. Bake the carcasses in the oven for 20-25 minutes
  10. Then take out the carcasses and let them cool in the mold for 10 minutes
  11. Only then do we take them out of the molds and let them cool on a wire rack
  12. To prepare the syrup, put all the ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil
  13. Boil the mixture for about 2 minutes
  14. Then remove from the heat and set aside
  15. Cut one of the carcasses into small cubes and put it in a bowl
  16. Add raisins or cranberries
  17. We begin to pour the boiled syrup over these chopped cubes
  18. Be careful not to soak the corpus cubes, that’s why we may have some syrup left over
  19. We will divide the second corpus in half
  20. Place one half in a round cake tin and spread it with cherry marmalade
  21. Place the soaked cubes of the corpus on top
  22. Spread the second half of the body with sour cherry marmalade
  23. We place it with the painted side down on the syrup-covered cubes
  24. Cover the cake with baking paper and weigh it down
  25. Put the cake loaded in this way into the fridge
  26. The next day, beat three egg whites and sugar in a water bath with boiling water
  27. When stiff peaks begin to form, add sour cherry juice
  28. We continue to whip until a very thick and firm consistency
  29. Remove the form from the cake and brush it with egg white glaze
  30. We decorate the cake according to our wishes, for example with dried fruit
A bowl full of cake batter with whipped cream and syrup.
Source: allrecipes.com

Punch mini cakes

This mini version of the punch cake is perfect for a summer party when the temperatures are high and everything has a tendency to melt in the sun. The mini version of the popular dessert can be eaten in a few bites and therefore cannot be damaged by the high summer temperature.

What will we need

  1. 4 eggs
  2. 120 g of powdered sugar
  3. Vanilla sugar
  4. Pinch of salt
  5. 120 g coarse flour
  6. 150 g chocolate (melted)
  7. 60 ml of rum
  8. 60 ml of coffee
  9. 100 g nuts (chopped)
  10. 50 g jam (strawberry/cherry)
  11. 250 ml whipping cream
  12. A bag of gelatin


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees
  2. For the dough, beat whole eggs with icing sugar, vanilla sugar and a pinch of salt
  3. Beat the mixture into a foam
  4. When the mixture is smooth, start adding flour
  5. The dough must be thoroughly mixed
  6. When it is ready, pour it into a tray lined with baking paper and bake it for approximately 15 minutes
  7. Leave the carcass to cool after removing it from the oven
  8. Using a round cutter, we cut out wheels from the body
  9. Cut the remaining dough into small pieces
  10. The pieces are then mixed with chocolate, rum, coffee, nuts and marmalade
  11. Let the mixture of corpus and chocolate stand for a while
  12. In the meantime, whip the whipped cream with gelatin to a firm consistency
  13. Put the whipped cream in a pastry bag for decorating
  14. We place the wheel of the corpus in a round approximately 5 centimeter high dough cutter or muffin cups
  15. Layer the chocolate body mixture on it and cover it with the second body and press carefully
  16. Carefully push the cake out of the mold
  17. Brush the perimeter of the punch cake with marmalade and decorate the top with whipped cream
Mini version of punch cake with marmalade and chocolate filling.
Source: strudelandschnitzel.com

Punch bowl

A great recipe for making a great cake-like punch cake. All you need is to bake a classic sponge cake and then you just stack fresh ingredients on top of each other and create a sweet bomb.

What will we need

On the corpus

  1. 150 g butter (softened)
  2. A spoonful of oil
  3. 110 g of cream cheese
  4. 250 g of granulated sugar
  5. 3 eggs
  6. 175 g plain flour
  7. ½ teaspoon of salt
  8. A spoonful of vanilla extract
  9. 59 ml of orange juice

For strawberries

  1. 480 g strawberries (chopped)
  2. 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar
  3. A spoonful of lemon juice or lime juice

For the cream

  1. 450 g of cream cheese
  2. 120 g of powdered sugar
  3. 4 teaspoons of strawberry jam

For the frosting

  1. 355 ml of whipped cream


  1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees
  2. Grease the cake pan with butter or dust it with coarse flour
  3. Place baking paper on the bottom of the mold
  4. Add butter, oil and cream cheese to a large bowl
  5. Beat the mixture with a mixer at high speed for approximately two minutes
  6. Slowly add the sugar until the mixture is fluffy
  7. Gradually start beating the eggs so that everything is well mixed together
  8. Reduce the speed of the mixer and slowly add the flour and salt
  9. At the final stage of whipping, add vanilla extract
  10. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan
  11. Place the mold with the dough in the mold and bake for 1 hour and 10-20 minutes, constantly checking the dough with a skewer
  12. After removing, let it rest in the mold for 10 minutes
  13. Then take out the body and let it cool completely
  14. When the carcass has cooled, cut it into cubes and put them aside
  15. For the strawberry filling, prepare chopped strawberries, sugar and juice in a large bowl
  16. Mix everything together and let it stand to release the juice from the strawberries
  17. Mix cream cheese, sugar and strawberry jam for the filling
  18. We beat everything together to combine the ingredients
  19. Whip the whipped cream
  20. To assemble, prepare a tall glass bowl and start layering
  21. Cover the cubes with orange juice, cover with a layer of filling, add strawberries and layer with whipped cream
  22. We repeat these steps until we run out of ingredients
  23. We keep the whipped cream for the last layer, which we decorate with fresh strawberries and put the cake in the fridge like this

If you are thinking how to embellish this recipe even more, it is possible with homemade marmalade. If you don’t know how to make it, check out theserecipes for homemade marmalade here.

A bowl full of whipped cream, strawberries and cream sprinkled with coconut and almonds.
Source: cravingsomecreativity.com

Cake with a punch body

This fruit cake is so original that you’ve definitely never tried anything like it! From the creamy frosting to the light fluffy body of the cake, just everything. This cake will be a decoration wherever you serve it!

What will we need

For the dough

  1. Milk – as needed
  2. 4 eggs
  3. 225 g semi-coarse flour
  4. 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  5. 225 g of granulated sugar
  6. 225 g of soft butter
  7. Baking powder
  8. 150 ml cup of strawberry (or pomegranate) juice
  9. A shot of punch liqueur
  10. 4 drops of red food coloring

For anointing

  1. 230 g of cream cheese
  2. 125 g granulated sugar
  3. 215 ml whipping cream
  4. A shot of punch liqueur

For the frosting

  1. 250 ml of strawberry juice
  2. 150 g of powdered sugar
  3. 100 g corn starch
  4. Water


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees
  2. We prepare a cake form, which we grease with butter or sprinkle with flour
  3. Beat the sugar and butter in a bowl
  4. We gradually begin to beat the eggs, extract, food coloring and punch liqueur
  5. Whip a smooth cream
  6. Next, mix the sifted flour with the baking powder and gradually start mixing it into the egg mixture
  7. Pour the finished dough into the baking pan and spread it evenly
  8. Place the dough in the oven and bake it for 30 minutes
  9. Take the baked sponge out of the oven and let it cool
  10. For the gel glaze, mix the juice and sugar in a small cup
  11. Heat the mixture slowly and finally bring it to a boil
  12. Next, mix the water with the starch so that the starch dissolves completely in the water
  13. Then pour the dissolved starch into the hot strawberry juice and stir until the mixture has a glossy gel consistency
  14. Put the mixture in the fridge and let it cool
  15. For the cream, mix the cheese with the sugar and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved
  16. Add liqueur, whipped cream and beat everything to a firm structure
  17. As soon as the body has cooled down, anoint it with whipped cream and pour over the strawberry glaze

The punch body is best when left to sit in the fridge for at least 3 hours, if not overnight, to allow the punch aroma and flavor to fully develop.

Pink body with whipped cream and jelly.
Source: foodgawker.com

Cake with cream punch

We can find many applications for simple sponge dough. In this case, we will use it in combination with sweet, fresh fruit and fluffy cream. This cake is really great for summer celebrations and birthday parties. Because there is a small fruity surprise hidden in the middle of the fluffy body.

What will we need

On the corpus

  1. 375 grams Hera (softened)
  2. 375 g of powdered sugar
  3. 6 eggs
  4. 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  5. 375 g plain flour
  6. 2 teaspoons of baking powder

For the cream

  1. 170 grams of Hera
  2. 400 g of powdered sugar
  3. A teaspoon of vanilla extract
  4. 40 ml of fruit liqueur

For fruit

  1. 280 g strawberries (chopped)
  2. ½ orange
  3. ¼ cucumber
  4. A handful of mint leaves


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees
  2. For this punch cake recipe we will need three equally sized 20 centimeter cake pans or repeat the procedure for baking the body three times
  3. Grease the cake tins and line the bottoms with baking paper
  4. In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients for the dough
  5. The dough mixture must be connected and uniform
  6. Using a scale, divide the mixture into three equal-sized portions into the prepared forms
  7. Bake the carcasses in a preheated oven for approximately 30-35 minutes
  8. Let the carcasses cool on a wire rack
  9. For the cream, whip Hera together with sugar, fruit liqueur and vanilla extract
  10. For two bodies, cut out the centers using a round cutter
  11. The corpus, which is a whole, will be placed at the bottom when folded
  12. We smear it with cream, add the first cut-out body, again smear it with cream and place the second cut-out body
  13. For the fruit filling, clean and cut the strawberries, clean and remove the seeds from the cucumber, cut the orange into small pieces
  14. Put everything in one bowl and mix with mint leaves
  15. Fill the center of the cake with fruit
  16. Then the entire cake is smeared with the remaining cream and decorated with the remaining fruit
  17. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving
A refreshing summer cake with fruit hidden inside.
Source: domesticgothess.com

Chocolate Punch Cake

Grab a mug from the shelf, this is going to be a chocolate ride. This recipe is for a classic American dessert that is served at all kinds of celebrations, but mostly at Thanksgiving. We can find it in many variants, especially fruity ones. But as always, we have prepared something special for you, a chocolate version.

What will we need

On the corpus

  1. 1 ½ cups of hot brewed coffee
  2. 110 g cooking chocolate
  3. 3 eggs
  4. ¾ cup of oil
  5. 1 ½ cup buttermilk
  6. A teaspoon of vanilla extract
  7. 3 cups of sugar
  8. 2 ½ cups plain flour
  9. 1 ½ cups of cocoa
  10. 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  11. A teaspoon of baking powder
  12. 1 ¼ teaspoons salt

For pudding

  1. 2 chocolate puddings
  2. 3 cups of milk
  3. A cup of cooking cream

For whipped cream

  1. 2 cups whipping cream
  2. 6-8 spoons of powdered sugar
  3. A teaspoon of vanilla extract
  4. Fresh strawberries, optional
  5. A shot of punch liqueur


  1. Preheat the oven to 150 degrees
  2. Cut the chocolate into small pieces
  3. Place the chocolate in a bowl and pour hot coffee over it
  4. Let the mixture stand and stir occasionally until the chocolate melts
  5. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, to which we begin to add oil
  6. Gradually start adding buttermilk and vanilla
  7. Really slowly and carefully start stirring the chocolate mixture
  8. Mix until the ingredients are combined
  9. Sift sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl
  10. Gradually start adding this mixed mixture to the liquid ingredients and whisk until everything is combined
  11. Pour the batter into the cake tin and bake for approximately 40-60 minutes
  12. For the custard, mix the custard mixture with milk and cream and cook according to the instructions
  13. When the pudding is ready, let it stand for a while and cool down
  14. Mix all the ingredients for the whipped cream and mix until a thick whipped cream mass is formed
  15. To assemble the cake, cut or tear the body into smaller pieces
  16. Place ⅓ of the corpus on the bottom of a large glass bowl, place ⅓ of the pudding and ⅓ of the whipped cream on it
  17. We repeat this procedure twice and finish the entire cake with whipped cream
  18. The entire cake can be decorated with broken Oreo cookies
A delicious bowl full of chocolate and whipped cream.
Source: culinaryhill.com

Christmas punch bowl

We have also prepared a Christmas punch cake version for you. It is full of sweet fruit and cream. So if you’re looking for something to liven up your Christmas board, this is the way to go.

What will we need

For the dough

  1. 3 eggs
  2. 90 g of granulated sugar
  3. 150 g semi-coarse flour
  4. 2 tablespoons of water

For filling

  1. 1 kg of compote pineapple (drained)
  2. 600 g of tangerines
  3. 900 g compote peaches (drained)
  4. 600 g of strawberries
  5. 4 bananas
  6. 500 ml whipping cream
  7. 100 g of vanilla pudding
  8. 150 g of almonds
  9. chocolate syrup or melted chocolate (optional)


  1. Beat eggs, sugar and water in a large bowl
  2. Gradually start mixing the flour
  3. We beat so that the dough mixture is nice and fluffy
  4. When the dough is ready, pour it into a greased mold and let it bake
  5. Bake in the oven at 180 degrees for approximately 15 minutes, but keep checking with a skewer
  6. Cook the vanilla pudding according to the instructions and leave it aside to cool
  7. Tear the body of the cake or cut it into smaller cubes
  8. Start layering the ingredients in a larger glass bowl (save a small amount of fruit for decoration)
  9. Cover the bottom with a thin layer of pudding
  10. We place the corpus pieces on it
  11. We continue with ¼ pineapple, peach, banana, orange and strawberry
  12. A small amount of nuts and whipped cream
  13. We repeat the process until we run out of ingredients
  14. Finish the punch cake with whipped cream and decorate with fruit
  15. If there is any corpus left over, we can also crumble it on top of the cake
  16. Cover the entire cake with chocolate glaze or melted chocolate

Here is a great opportunity to use up your canned goods. If you don’t have any, but you’re thinking about canning something this year, don’t hesitate and look at these great recipes and procedures for canning cherries or instructions on how to can strawberries . Homemade is always better.

A Christmas version of a punch cake that is full of fruit.
Source: cookinginmygenes.com

These punch cake recipes are a little different than the classic ones you are used to. Therefore, if you are looking for something less innovative and you prefer the classics, no problem! Check out these mole cake recipes here, which are a bit more traditional and well-known.

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