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Cherry Dream Cake Recipe

Cherry Dream Cake Recipe

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, Field Editor, Germantown, Tennessee
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, 0g fiber), 3g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 0 fruit, 1 fat.

Reviews for Cherry Dream Cake

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Psalm127-3
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!"

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short on time
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."

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rcoker09
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."

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luigimon
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."

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fruitsofthespirit9
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!"

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Kenslollie
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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Rosemary Swope
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."

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Susanbeab
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2015

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

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rllewis7
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."

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cookinama
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."

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Wandagreen
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2014

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

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reen970
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!"

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randcbruns
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."

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janhonn
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."

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ryekiea
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2014

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

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mary31sunshine
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!"

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rrharding
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2014

"Very refreshing. Easy."

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ebramkamp
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."

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Suzanneellen
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2014

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

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eversbeaver
Reviewed May. 28, 2013

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

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LauraManning
Reviewed May. 1, 2012

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

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kaitlyn'smommy
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."

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rudylenak
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2011

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

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rusty_angel
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!"

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daisyshae99
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!"

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plumshoe
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2010

"This cake is awesome! Yummy!"

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early.light
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."

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Maren7
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!!!"

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lindathomas
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."

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twinkle8o3
Reviewed May. 29, 2008

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

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bulau
Reviewed May. 10, 2008

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

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