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Heaven on Earth Cake

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Creamy, decadent, and full of yummy cherries and cream, this heaven on earth cake is worthy of its name. Whip up this heavenly dessert next time you are craving a sweet treat.
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  1. HEAVEN ON EARTH CAKE INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS HEAVEN ON EARTH CAKE RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
  5. FAQ
  6. MORE RECIPES YOU'LL LOVE
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Heaven on Earth cake describes this delicious trifle-esque dessert perfectly. Moist angel food cake topped with tart cherry pie filling, creamy pudding, and lightly whipped cream make this cake out of this world!

There are so many ways you can make an easy treat filled with whipped cream and your favorite flavors. Try our Strawberry Angel Food Cake, Strawberry Delight, Oreo Delight, or our Butterscotch Delight for more no-bake desserts. Try our Blackberry Cobbler for another fruit dessert option.

heaven on earth cake topped with almonds in a dish with a slice missing

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HEAVEN ON EARTH CAKE INGREDIENTS

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You will need:

  • 1 angel food cake (a pre-made cake or bake a boxed angel food cake mix and let it cool)
  • 1 can (540 milliliters, 18 ounces) cherry pie filling
  • 1 package (4-serving) instant vanilla pudding mix (102 grams, 3.6 ounces) 
  • 1 ½ cups milk (2%)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 8 ounces Cool Whip
  • Sliced almonds for garnish, optional

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

Pie Filling: Instead of cherry pie filling, you could choose from so many other great pie fillings. Try strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, or even lemon pie filling. How about apple pie filling in the fall?

Cake: You could swap out the angel food cake for pound cake, chocolate cake, vanilla sponge cake or even brownies.

Pudding: If you are changing up the filling or cake, you could also pick a different pudding flavor. The sky’s the limit with this cake!

Cool Whip: If you prefer homemade whipped cream, it would work fine in place of the Cool Whip.

Sour Cream: If you prefer, you could also substitute plain greek yogurt for the sour cream in this recipe.

Alcohol: If you are serving this cake to adults, you could soak the cake cubes in sherry or wine first for a grown-up version.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS HEAVEN ON EARTH CAKE RECIPE

STEP ONE: Cut the cooled angel food cake into cubes about 1 inch in size. 

PRO TIP: If you are baking the cake yourself for this recipe, make sure to let it cool fully before cutting it so that it doesn’t make the other ingredients too warm.

PRO TIP: The best knife to use when cutting angel food cake is one with a serrated blade, it will cut the cake easier, and you won’t lose the airy, fluffy texture of the cake.

heaven on earth cake process shot of angel food cake cut into cubes on a wooden board

STEP TWO: Layer half of the cake pieces evenly in the bottom of a 9×9 cake pan (metal or glass).

PRO TIP: If you have a trifle bowl and are serving this at a potluck, the trifle bowl would show the fancy layers of this dessert even better.

STEP THREE: Spread 2/3 of the cherry pie filling evenly over the cake and then layer the remaining cubed cake over top of pie filling.

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STEP FOUR: In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, combine pudding mix, milk, and sour cream until smooth, about 2 minutes.

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STEP FIVE: Pour pudding mixture evenly over the top of the cake.

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STEP SIX: Spread the Cool Whip evenly over the pudding layer.

STEP SEVEN: Drop and spread the remaining pie filling over the top.

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STEP EIGHT: Place in the fridge and let chill 4 to 5 hours before serving. 

PRO TIP: This cake needs at least 4 to 5 hours in the fridge so that the layers of cake can soak up all of the flavors. Overnight is even better.

STEP NINE: Sprinkle slivered almonds on top of the cake before you serve it (optional).

HOW TO SERVE

You won’t even need a knife to serve up this cherry heaven on earth cake. Scoop it onto a plate or into bowls and add fresh berries or other fresh fruits and another dollop of whipped cream on top. How about adding vanilla ice cream on the side? You will have a sure crowd pleaser no matter how you choose to serve it!

Make this heavenly cake recipe for an easy summertime dessert alongside our iced tea, raspberry iced tea, sweet peach iced tea, or our southern strawberry sweet tea to wash it down.

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: Store the leftovers in the refrigerator in a sealed food storage container for 1 to 2 days. 

IN THE FREEZER: We don’t recommend freezing this recipe.

close up shot of a slice of heaven on earth cake garnished with almonds on a plate

This irresistible cherry trifle-style cake comes together so quickly in a perfect harmony of flavors. The hardest part of the recipe is waiting for it to chill. The delicious layers of angel cake soak up the cherry pie filling and creamy vanilla pudding flavors so nicely for a divine dessert and makes this the best heaven on earth cake around.

FAQ

Can I freeze this recipe?

We don’t recommend freezing this recipe as the consistency would change upon thawing.

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

This recipe needs to sit in the fridge for several hours to soak in all the yummy flavors so it is best to make it the day before serving.

Can I change the flavor of pie filling?

The cherries are delicious but you could switch it out for any flavor of pie filling you’d like. Lemon, strawberry, raspberry, and blueberry would all be delicious!

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Heaven on Earth Cake

5 from 8 votes
Creamy, decadent, and full of yummy cherries and cream, this heaven on earth cake is worthy of its name. Whip up this heavenly dessert next time you are craving a sweet treat.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings 10

Ingredients
  

  • 1 angel food cake a pre-made cake or bake a boxed angel food cake mix and let it cool
  • 1 can cherry pie filling 540 milliliters, 18 ounces
  • 1 package 4-serving instant vanilla pudding mix 102 grams, 3.6 ounces
  • 1 1/2 cups milk 2%
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 8 ounces Cool Whip
  • sliced almonds optional garnish

Instructions
 

  • Cut the cooled angel food cake into cubes about 1 inch in size.
    Pro Tip: If you are baking the cake yourself for this recipe, make sure to let it cool fully before cutting it so that it doesn’t make the other ingredients too warm.
    Pro Tip: The best knife to use when cutting angel food cake is one with a serrated blade, it will cut the cake easier, and you won’t lose the airy, fluffy texture of the cake.
  • Layer half of the cake pieces evenly in the bottom of a 9×9 cake pan (metal or glass).
  • Spread 2/3 of the cherry pie filling evenly over the cake.
  • Layer the last half of the cake cubes over the cherry pie filling.
  • In a medium bowl stir together the pudding mix, milk, and sour cream until smooth, about 2 minutes. Spread evenly over the top of the cake.
  • Spread the Cool Whip evenly over top of the pudding layer. Drop and spread the rest of the cherry pie filling over the top.
  • Place in the fridge and let chill 4 to 5 hours before serving.
    Pro Tip: This cake needs at least 4 to 5 hours in the fridge so it can soak up all of the flavors. Overnight is even better.
  • Sprinkle slivered almonds on top of the cake before you serve it, optional.

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Nutrition

Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 296mg | Potassium: 215mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 364IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 127mg | Iron: 1mg
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    • Brenda says

      Yes, I make it with fresh sliced strawberries and I use 8oz of softened cream cheese! My family loves it😊

      • Dale says

        Do you substitute the cream cheese for the sour cream or just add it as an extra ingredient?

  1. Shawn C Brown says

    Is it purposeful that you are using less milk than called for in the pudding mix? At least the pursuing mix I’m using calls for 2 cups of milk. Is this to thicken it more?

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