Cherry Dream Cake Recipe
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Cherry Dream Cake Recipe

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I serve this cake for holidays because it's so festive and easy. No one will know your secret is adding a package of cherry gelatin to a boxed cake mix! —Margaret McNeil, Germantown, Tennessee
Featured In: Top 10 Cherry Desserts
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cherry gelatin
  • 1-1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups whipped topping
  • 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 164 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 251mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat, 1/2 fruit.


  1. Prepare cake mix according to package directions, using a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  2. Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Cool cake on a wire rack for 3-5 minutes. Poke holes in cake with a meat fork or wooden skewer; gradually pour gelatin over cake. Cool for 15 minutes. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Fold in whipped topping. Carefully spread over cake. Top with the pie filling. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Yield: 20 servings.
Originally published as Cherry Dream Cake in Quick Cooking November/December 2002, p43

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rpontrelli User ID: 2868993 268641
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2017

"Made this with raspberry jello and pie filling because this is what I had. It was very good and would definitely make again. Maybe I will try blueberry next time. On the downside the raspberry pie filling did not look as good as the cherry would have looked but the taste was excellent."

angmclanc User ID: 3282588 267773
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2017

"I love poke cakes, and this one is really great with the cherry pie filling."

aliciaosu User ID: 5621271 264993
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2017

"We use reduced fat cream cheese (Neufch?tel) and real whipped cream that we whip up at home with a little sugar and vanilla and use either store bought or homemade cherry pie filling. We don't usually like cakes because they are too sweet but this is the best cake ever and we don't end up throwing any out like we do with the typical super sweet birthday cakes. Kids and adults all like it. This recipe is a keeper."

DM User ID: 9131712 264387
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2017

"Have made poke cakes before but welcome advice.Am not making this till tomorrow just fyi...Psalm 127-3 Did subbing butter for oil make the cake better/richer&moister? Also should I add powdered sugar to the cream cheese/cool whip mixture? I'm using the cherry jello & pie topping.

Also I've read a few comments that say 1 21oz pie filling can isn't enough. That's all I have....will it be ruined??? Last ? I thought 8oz was a cup so I got a 16oz cool whip container. But 8oz is a cup of how much cool whip should I use? Plus whats the verdict cream cheese/cool whip mixture then CP filling on top or vice versa.
Any comments suggestions welcome! once again am making this tomorrow (4/7/17)
Thanks everyone ?"

Psalm127-3 User ID: 7749892 251783
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2016 Edited Aug. 8, 2016

"I'll be making this when we return from our RV vacation. husband saw picture of this dessert and said "yum".

have all but cherry gelo&white cake mix-easy enuf to pick up. .**the cream cheese/whipped topping sounds perfectly sweet enuf to me because the C P filling is sweet.
ok my update: made for a birthday party yesterday.
as usual for me (because I can't leave recipes alone if I think I can improve on them with swap outs or additions) :
I subbed melted BUTTER for oil
coconut milk for water
being short 1 1/2T of cream cheese I made up for it with 1 1/2T creme fraiche.
**added 1/4c powdered sugar 1/2t vanilla to cream cheese/whipped topping mix because (to me) lackluster in flavor and needed a bit more sweetness.
used 2 heavy duty 10" foil disposable cake cans so I could take 1 to birthday party (only 5 in attendance) and leave 1 at home.
no clue how it was gonna taste nor did I know what the texture would be. they were thrilled to receive this for the 85 year old birthday boy and couldn't wait to take it to next house where party was being held. still haven't heard their remarks but no matter-when we got home I cut a small piece (more like a giant bite) for my husband and he said "phenomenal".
I'm not advising anyone to make it my may, do it how you want to.
Thank you for sharing this recipe, please forgive for my rearranging&additions but this cake will be made many times in the future!"

short on time User ID: 4318779 244351
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2016

"I didn't have any luck with the icing. I think I didn't let the cream cheese warm up enough before using and it ended up lumpy. Otherwise, it was very good. I think next time I will make it with just the whipping cream on top of the cherry pie filling."

rcoker09 User ID: 4204043 239298
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2015

"Each person has his/her own tastes, but I was very disappointed in this cake. The cream cheese/whipped topping icing is not nearly sweet enough; it mainly tasted like I spread only cream cheese on the top. Just the whipped topping alone would have been better. And one can of pie filling was not enough to cover the cake as pictured. You definitely need two cans for presentation and taste. I will not be making it again."

luigimon User ID: 1692040 229377
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2015

"This is good, but my topping didn't turn out as pretty as I thought it should have. I need to beat the cream cheese a little more, I think. Good, simple recipe."

fruitsofthespirit9 User ID: 4536772 225096
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2015

"Love it:) It is such a refreshing dessert and easy to make! My family loves it! I make my own homemade whipped topping:) Yum!"

Kenslollie User ID: 6066472 224289
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2015

"I thought this was just OK. I would prefer a white cake with icing or a cherry cheesecake. Combining these ingredients didn't do it for me."

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