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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. Substitutions And Additions
  3. How To Make This Heaven On Earth Cake Recipe
  4. How To Serve
  5. Storage
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
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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 makes this cake out of this world!

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Heaven On Earth Cake Ingredients

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The Heaven on Earth cake is a delectable dessert that combines the light and airy sweetness of angel food cake with the fruity delight of cherry pie filling.

The creamy and rich vanilla pudding mix, mixed with sour cream, adds a velvety layer of flavor to this irresistible dessert.

You’ll 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) of cherry pie filling
  • 1 package (4-serving) of instant vanilla pudding mix (102 grams, 3.6 ounces) 
  • 1½ cups of milk (2%)
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 8 ounces of 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.

How To Make This Heaven On Earth Cake Recipe

Once you have the angel food cake cut, you will layer the ingredients in the baking pan and let it chill in the fridge. That’s all there is to it!

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

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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.

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.

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 ⅔ of the cherry pie filling evenly over the cake and then layer the remaining cubed cake over top of the pie filling.

cherry pie filling spread over cake pieces in a dish

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

pudding mix, milk, and sour cream stirred together

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

pudding poured over cake in a pan

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

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

cherry filling being spread over cake

STEP EIGHT: Place in the fridge and let chill four to five 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.

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.

Storage

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

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

a slice of heaven on earth cake topped with almonds ion a plate

This irresistible cherry trifle-style cake comes together so quickly in a perfect harmony of flavors. The delicious layers of angel cake soak up the cherry pie filling and creamy vanilla pudding flavors so nicely for a divine dessert and make this the best heaven on Earth cake around.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 91 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
  • 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.
  • Layer half of the cake pieces evenly in the bottom of a 9×9 cake pan (metal or glass).
  • Spread ⅔ 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.
  • Sprinkle slivered almonds on top of the cake before you serve it, optional.

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Notes

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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  1. Susan G says

    5 stars
    This is now one of my top five desserts!!! Easy too! I used strawberry filling and substituted the
    angel food for a shortbread crust. The crust is made with crushed shortbread cookies, butter, and a small amount of sugar. I poured the strawberry right on top and then the pudding mixture. So delicious!! A keeper!

  2. Susan G. says

    5 stars
    This is now one of my top five desserts!!! Easy too! I used strawberry filling and substituted the
    angel food for a shortbread crust. The crust is made with crushed shortbread cookies, butter, and a small amount of sugar. I poured the strawberry right on top and then the pudding mixture. So delicious!! A keeper!

  3. Lee says

    5 stars
    Everyone loved this dessert- from my 94 year old mother to my 24 year old nephew. This recipe is a “keeper!” I just made it for the second time in two weeks!

  4. Rebecca Cronk says

    5 stars
    Has any one ever, tried soaking there angel food cake with cherry vanilla Dr. Pepper just a thought that might add more. Going to try for party in May. Thanks

  5. Yvette Fonseca says

    5 stars
    Having a family Potluck today, I was nominated to bring dessert, wasn’t sure what to bring. After reading this recipe, have decided to make this. I have all the ingredients and will just double the recipe. Thank you so much.

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