Sift together first four ingredients. Add milk, vanilla, and melted shorting, while whisking vigorously until smooth. Spread dough in greased 8x8x2 inch pan. Arrange drained cherries on top, sprinkle with 1/2 sugar. Heat cherry juice in microwave for 1-1 1/2 minutes, pour over the cherries, and bake in a 375 degree F. oven for 30-40 minutes. Watch closely so it doesn't get too brown.