Cherry Dream Cake Recipe
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Cherry Dream Cake Recipe

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"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
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 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

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


  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.
Originally published as Cherry Dream Cake in Quick Cooking November/December 2002, p43

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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."

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."

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."

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!"

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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