I have a memory of my dad making this for cake for a boy who was our family friend after his dad died. It really is yummy and I honestly don't love cherries. I decided to make Conner's birthday cake from this because it will look like little bits of "candy" in the cake.
3 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 3/4 c. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
10 oz. maraschino cherries, chopped; reserving liquid
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
2/3 c. butter
Sift flour, baking powder and salt together. In separate bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add cherry liquid and milk to measure 1 1/4 cups. Add eggs and vanilla to sugar mixture, mix well. Add milk and flour mixtures to sugar mixture, mix well and then beat for 1 minute. Fold in chopped cherries and put in a 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees until done.
Frost with cream cheese frosting.