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Cherry Dream Cake Recipe

Cherry Dream Cake Recipe

"I serve this at Christmas because it's so festive," Margaret McNeil says of her crowd-pleasing cake. The Germantown, Tennessee baker uses cherry gelatin to give a boxed cake mix an eye-appealing marbled effect.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 30 min. + cooling YIELD:20 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 1. Prepare cake mix according to package directions, using a greased 13-in. x 9-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.

Nutritional Facts

One serving (prepared with sugar-free gelatin, fat-free cream cheese, reduced-fat whipped topping and light cherry pie filling) equals 164 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 1 mg cholesterol, 251 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat, 1/2 fruit.