Cherries in the Snow

An easy, no bake dessert that looks pretty too! Cherries In the Snow is a sweet, creamy, layered dessert with angel food cake.

Whether you are thinking about snow or not, this gorgeous dessert needs to make its way to your kitchen soon.

Cherry pie filling has a gorgeous color and when you pair it with white angel food and a fluffy cream cheese mixture, it makes a beautiful presentation.

baking dish with angel food and cherries

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • no bake
  • 20 minutes prep
  • uses a store bought angel food cake
  • cool and refreshing
  • comforting old fashioned favorite
  • easily adaptable

How to Make Cherries in the Snow

This easy, no bake recipe is a great make ahead dessert for the holidays, for potlucks or even for the birthday of someone who doesn’t care for traditional cake.

  • Mix. In a large bowl, whip the cream cheese, powdered sugar and milk until smooth. Gently mix in the Cool Whip.
  • Add cake. Break the cake into small pieces and add into the whipped mixture. Fold to combine and place in a 9×13 baking pan.
  • Top. Spread the cherry pie filling on top and refrigerate until serving.

Can you make this dessert in advance?

Yes! This is a perfect make ahead dessert. Although you can serve it right away, making it in advance will help the filling to set slightly and allow the flavors to combine. We prefer making this a day before serving.

Make sure you cover the dessert with plastic wrap (or use a baking dish with a lid) and refrigerate until serving.

angel food cake and cherries in a dish

Recipe Variations:

  • Use any type of pie filling you’d like. We love blueberry and raspberry pie filling!
  • Want to make a homemade fruit sauce for the top? Try raspberry sauce or strawberry sauce.
  • Make this lower in fat and calories by using reduced fat cream cheese, low calorie pie filling and fat free Cool Whip. You can even use Monk Fruit powdered sugar.
  • Use a trifle dish for a dessert with more layers. Perfect for parties!
  • Make individual parfaits in small glasses.
closeup of cherries and angel food cake
closeup of cherries and angel food cake

Cherries in the Snow

4.7 from 10 votes
An easy, no bake dessert that looks pretty too! Cherries In the Snow is a sweet, creamy, layered dessert with angel food cake.
Servings 15
Prep Time 20 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 1 9" pre-baked angel food cake
  • 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • 12 ounces Cool Whip (thawed)
  • 42 ounces cherry pie filling (2 cans)

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, whip the cream cheese, powdered sugar and milk until smooth.
  • Gently mix in the Cool Whip.
  • Break the cake into small pieces and add into the whipped mixture.
  • Fold to combine and place in a 9×13 baking pan.
  • Spread the cherry pie filling on top and refrigerate until serving.

Notes

The calories shown are based on the cake being cut into 15 pieces, with 1 serving being 1 slice of cake. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**

Nutrition

Calories: 256kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 199mg | Potassium: 170mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 419IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 256
Keyword angel food cake recipe, dessert with cake, fruit dessert

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  1. I’m not a big fan of cherry pie filling. Could you just use a bag of defrosted mixed berries or do you need the gel that a pie filling has?

    1. I have been making Cherries in the Snow for 44 years . I do not think defrosted berries would be good. I believe it will make the cake too soggy. Maybe try another fruit in a gel. Peaches, blueberries, blackberry, or strawberry would be good as well. I also bake my Angel food cake. I like it so much better than a store bought cake.

  2. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! My DIL loved it so much she asked me to make it again for her birthday. Delicious and easy to put together.

  3. Do I need to double or triple your recipe for raspberry sauce to make this cake? I will be making my own angel food cake and using homemade stabilized whipping cream. I will be making it Gluten-free. Thanks

  4. 4 stars
    I wanted to LOVE this. However I did not, and I am sure it was because of the lackluster flavor in the only canned cherries I could find on my supermarket shelves. I should have tasted the cherries before declaring the recipe complete! If I did, I would have adjusted it by adding some almond extract or cherry extract (both boost the cherry flavor) in the pie filling. I would add 1 tsp to a large can of cherry pie filling, after tasting it, for next time.

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