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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

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

Reviews for Cherry Dream Cake

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MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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!"

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2015

"This cake is wonderful. Have made it many times. My husband is always happy when I make it for him. Thank you for sharing."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2015

"This cake is excellent pretty and easy! Will be making again!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2015

"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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2014

"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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2014

"Great christmas cake.I'll be making this."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2014

"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!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2014

"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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2014

"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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2014

"I made this cake using strawberries and it taste great."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2014

"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!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2014

"Very refreshing. Easy."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2014

"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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2014

"Great with lemon cake and blueberry pie filling!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 28, 2013

"I love a "poke cake" and this one was quick, easy, and delicious!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 1, 2012

"Very easy to make and tasty. I'll try it with strawberry jello and strawberry pie filling next time."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2011

"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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2011

"this cake is delicious i made this using blueberry pie filling"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2010

"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!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2010

"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!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2010

"This cake is awesome! Yummy!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2010

"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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2009

"I made this using orange jello and mandarin oranges on top and called it a dream-cicle cake. Oh so refreshing and wonderful!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2009

"I made this cake using strawberry gelatin and strawberries. When it was available, I used the strawberry flavored CoolWhip. Terrific with either flavor."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 29, 2008

"I've made this countless times. Absolutely delicious!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 10, 2008

"best eaten the next day........very very good."

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