If making a moist cherry cake from scratch, the average preparatory and cook time is approximately one hour. If making a moist cherry cake from pre-packaged materials, the average preparatory and cook time can range from 15 minutes to one hour.
Making a moist cherry cake also depends on the type of cake desired. Thicker cakes, such as a cherry stack cake, can take much longer than a thinner cake, such as a cherry coffee cake.
Time can vary depending on if the cook is making icing from scratch as well. Icing made from scratch takes significantly longer than pre-made icing. This can add anywhere fro five to 30 minutes to a recipe.