Heaven on Earth Cake

 

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Light and creamy, Heaven on Earth Cake is a no-bake dessert made with moist angel food cake, cherry pie filling, creamy vanilla pudding, and whipped topping.
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Table of Contents
  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
  7. More Recipes You’ll Love
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Heaven on Earth Cake is a creamy and decadent no-bake dessert made with layers of angel food cake, tart cherries, sweet pudding, and whipped cream. A sure crowd-pleaser that is worthy of its name, this blissful dessert is a favorite at summer barbecues and family get-togethers. 

If you love beautiful no-bake layered desserts you’ll want to make Vanilla Trifle and Bailey’s Chocolate Cheesecake Trifle

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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 & 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 (optional garnish)

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

STEP ONE: Cut the cooled angel food cake into cubes about 1” 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.

angel cake food cut into pieces 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. 

cherry pie filling spread on top of the angel food cake pieces in a baking dish

STEP FOUR: Layer the last half of the cake cubes over the cherry pie filling.

STEP FIVE: 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.  

pudding, milk, and sour cream combined in a bowl

STEP SIX: Spread the Cool Whip evenly over top of the pudding layer. Drop and spread the rest of the cherry pie filling over the top. 

pudding mixture spread over the top of the cake

STEP SEVEN: 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.

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

pie filling spread over the top of the cake

How to Serve

Served cold, you simply need to scoop this light and airy dessert onto a plate or bowl to serve. If you’d like you can add fresh berries, an extra dollop of whipped cream, or even a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side. Whether you serve it at a holiday party or a summer picnic, friends and family will be impressed with this delightful dessert. 

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.

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Heaven on Earth Cake is a trifle-esque dessert made with moist angel food cake, cherry pie filling, creamy vanilla pudding, and whipped topping. Together they create a heavenly dessert that is both light and creamy. Whip up this enchanting dessert with just 15 minutes of prep time. 

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

Light and creamy, Heaven on Earth Cake is a no-bake dessert made with moist angel food cake, cherry pie filling, creamy vanilla pudding, and whipped topping.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Chill Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings

Ingredients
  

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

Instructions
 

  • Cut the cooled angel food cake into cubes about 1” 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 it can soak up all of the flavors.  Overnight is even better.

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  1. Carole Wood says

    I was reading the recipe for the Heaven on Earth Cake. It says vanilla pudding mix … is that cook & serve or the instant pudding mix?

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