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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, Germantown, Tennessee
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 30 min. + cooling YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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.

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rpontrelli User ID: 2868993 268641
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2017

"Made this with raspberry jello and pie filling because this is what I had. It was very good and would definitely make again. Maybe I will try blueberry next time. On the downside the raspberry pie filling did not look as good as the cherry would have looked but the taste was excellent."

angmclanc User ID: 3282588 267773
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2017

"I love poke cakes, and this one is really great with the cherry pie filling."

aliciaosu User ID: 5621271 264993
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2017

"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."

DM User ID: 9131712 264387
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2017

"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 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 ?"

Psalm127-3 User ID: 7749892 251783
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!"

short on time User ID: 4318779 244351
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."

rcoker09 User ID: 4204043 239298
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."

luigimon User ID: 1692040 229377
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."

fruitsofthespirit9 User ID: 4536772 225096
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!"

Kenslollie User ID: 6066472 224289
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."

Rosemary Swope User ID: 1654672 223675
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."

Susanbeab User ID: 6483241 220867
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2015

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

rllewis7 User ID: 7124309 220694
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."

cookinama User ID: 5947968 215903
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."

Wandagreen User ID: 8138936 215526
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2014

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

reen970 User ID: 8168452 215266
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!"

randcbruns User ID: 828588 82571
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."

janhonn User ID: 7818142 39883
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."

ryekiea User ID: 7651695 60129
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2014

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

mary31sunshine User ID: 1192707 205236
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!"

rrharding User ID: 1042999 120283
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2014

"Very refreshing. easy."

ebramkamp User ID: 702841 36705
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."

Suzanneellen User ID: 1614617 118704
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2014

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

eversbeaver User ID: 2223765 65644
Reviewed May. 28, 2013

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

LauraManning User ID: 968398 82570
Reviewed May. 1, 2012

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

kaitlyn'smommy User ID: 3996686 60128
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."

rudylenak User ID: 3071215 88926
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2011

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

rusty_angel User ID: 5000552 39881
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!"

daisyshae99 User ID: 1005356 54106
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!"

plumshoe User ID: 923064 54103
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2010

"This cake is awesome! Yummy!"

early.light User ID: 1158811 65643
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."

Maren7 User ID: 2756673 39879
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!!!"

lindathomas User ID: 696869 53115
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."

twinkle8o3 User ID: 1013923 36703
Reviewed May. 29, 2008

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

bulau User ID: 803340 205235
Reviewed May. 10, 2008

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

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