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 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.
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.
Reviews for Cherry Dream Cake
"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."
"Love it:) It is such a refreshing dessert and easy to make! My family loves it! I make my own homemade whipped topping:) Yum!"
"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."
"This cake is excellent pretty and easy! Will be making again!"
"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."
"Great christmas cake.I'll be making this."
"Perfect!!!!! This cake is gorgeous and easy to make! I've taken it to several occasions and there isn't any left over! Great presentation and great cake!"
"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."
"Yum! Quick, easy, and such a pretty cake. The flavors of the cream cheese with the sweetness of the cherries and the cherry gelatin make for a wonderful combination. This recipe is a keeper!"
"Very refreshing. Easy."
"This cake makes a great impression and it's super easy to create. I did add 1/2 tsp vanilla to the cake mix because I love the flavor. Otherwise I made it exactly the same. I will definitely be making this again."
"Great with lemon cake and blueberry pie filling!!!"
"I love a "poke cake" and this one was quick, easy, and delicious!"
"Very easy to make and tasty. I'll try it with strawberry jello and strawberry pie filling next time."
"This cake reminds me of summer! It is delicious and easy to make. Not to mention inexpensive! This one is definitely a keeper. Thanks for sharing."
"this cake is delicious i made this using blueberry pie filling"
"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."