Cherry Dream Cake Recipe
- 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
- 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.
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.
Reviews for Cherry Dream Cake
"I love poke cakes, and this one is really great with the cherry pie filling."
"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."
"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 liquid....so 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 ?"
"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 oilcoconut milk for waterbeing 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!"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"This cake is wonderful. Have made it many times. My husband is always happy when I make it for him. Thank you for sharing."
"I've tried similar recipes, but none called for the cherry gelatin. I thought the jello added a welcomed tartness to balance out the sweetness from the cake and whipped topping mixture."
"This was very pretty I made it for Christmas. The taste was a little sweet for me but the kids loved it. Would make again."
"This is a simple, classic cake. I love using it because it is just so gorgeous when you cut it open. I've used cherries and strawberries as well."
"The picture doesn't do it justice. It's a real show stopper. I'll make this again and again. A great cake to take to any function. It will be gone in a flash."
"I made this cake using strawberries and it taste great."
"Very refreshing. easy."
"This recipe is a bonafide hit. I make this every Christmas and there are barely any left overs the next day. My family loves this. Thanks for sharing!"
"I remember making this cake as written many years ago and that it was very good. Yesterday I made it again to serve today, this time with a lemon cake mix, lemon jell-o mix, and raspberry pie filling. OH MY! It was extremely good! I even made the cake the low fat way with applesauce and egg whites. Because I used lemon jell-o, you really couldn't tell it was a poke cake, but it was extremely moist. Everyone raved over it!"
"This cake is awesome! Yummy!"
"Since I didn't have the cherry pie filling I did mandarin oranges as well - very pretty. I also added 2/3 cup of powdered sugar to the cream cheese mixture to make it taste better - more like the fillings in desserts. My father is not a big dessert person and he came by the next day just so he could have a second piece! My husband had the left overs in his lunch and they lasted just fine."
"I made this using orange jello and mandarin oranges on top and called it a dream-cicle cake. Oh so refreshing and wonderful!!!"
"I made this cake using strawberry gelatin and strawberries. When it was available, I used the strawberry flavored CoolWhip. Terrific with either flavor."
"I've made this countless times. Absolutely delicious!!!"
"best eaten the next day........very very good."