Cherry Vanilla Heaven Dessert

filed under: Cakes · Dessert on December 12, 2019

 Cherry Vanilla Heaven Dessert is an angel food cake layered with cherries, vanilla pudding, and whipped cream! This light and fluffy dessert is easy to make and will be a favorite to share at a potluck or holiday gathering. For a similar dessert, try my Blueberry Lemon Heaven Dessert. If you love angel food, don’t miss my Coconut Angel Food Cake and Coconut Angel Food Cupcakes!

Cherry Vanilla Heaven Dessert

If it’s your turn to bring a dessert to your next party, don’t dread it. And, don’t just go buy something! Cherry Vanilla Heaven Dessert is super easy to put together, and the light and cherry flavor is so delicious! This dessert was gone first out of all the other desserts the last time I shared it and everyone wanted the recipe. It looks a lot fancier than it is, and it is a recipe that everyone can make!

Cherry Vanilla Heaven Cake

How to Make Cherry Vanilla Heaven Dessert

With a few simple layers of goodness, you will have this Cherry Vanilla Heaven Dessert ready to share! It all starts with the angel food cake. Did you know that you can buy one already made at the store? That will save you some time. But, I am here for you if you want to make your own Angel Food Cake from scratch. It’s up to you!

How to Make Cherry Vanilla Heaven Dessert with Step by Step Ingredient Addition

After you cube your angel food cake, it’s all about the layering. One of the layers is the vanilla pudding, so make sure you have that made and set aside to use in the center of the dessert.

  1. Start by laying down half the cubed angel food cake in a 9×13 inch casserole dish. Don’t worry about spraying it with non-stick spray.
  2. Then, top that with half the cherry pie filling.
  3. Next comes the vanilla pudding. Try to spread it out as evenly as you can.
  4. Then, repeat with the cubed angel food cake and cherry pie filling.
  5. Finally, top it all off with whipped cream and slivered almonds. Of course, leave off the almonds if there are any nut allergy concerns.
  6. Pop it in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving.

Whipped Cream and Slivered Almonds on Cherry Vanilla Heaven Dessert

Variations to Cherry Vanilla Heaven Dessert

If you are not a fan of cherries, simply substitute the pie filling for a different flavor. I love blueberry or strawberry pie filling for this recipe. If you want your dessert a little thicker, use a square casserole dish instead. Since this is such an easy recipe, the more options you have, the better!

Cherry Vanilla Heaven Dessert In a White Pan

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5 from 4 votes
Cherry Vanilla Heaven Dessert
Prep Time
20 mins
Cooling Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 20 mins

This simple dessert comes together so quickly and is always a crowd-pleaser!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cherry Heaven Dessert
Servings: 24 servings
Calories: 143 kcal
Author: Amanda
  • 1 whole Angel food Cake, (Click the link in the Notes for from-scratch Angel Food Cake)
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding
  • cups (368g) 2% or whole milk
  • 1 cup (238g) heavy cream
  • 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling
  • 8 ounces whipped topping, such as Cool Whip
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds, for topping (optional)
  1. Cut angel food cake into cubes. (This was by far the most time-consuming part of the entire recipe. Take your time and use a good serrated knife!)

  1. In a large bowl combine vanilla pudding, milk, and heavy cream. Using a hand-held mixer, beat on medium-high for 2 minutes. Set aside.

Assemble the Dessert
  1. In a 9x13 baking dish, arrange 1/2 of the angel food cake cubes in a layer.

  2. Drop half of the cherry pie filling over top of the angel food cake cubes.

  3. Spoon vanilla pudding over the filling and spread evenly.

  4. Arrange the other half of the angel food cake cubes on top of the vanilla pudding layer.

  5. Carefully spread the remaining cherry pie filling over the angel food cake cubes.

  6. Top it off with the whipped topping and slivered almonds (optional).

  7. Place in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours. Serve cold.

Recipe Notes

Here is my perfect from-scratch Angel Food Cake recipe! - clickable link

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  • verona kruse says:

    I can still see my Mother Ruth making angel food cake from scratch. Held the large bowl between her knees as she slowly folded in the whipped egg whites. I believe she used the remaining egg yolks to make a chiffon daffodil cake & or a pudding of some sort. I myself only made an angel food once long ago. Made it for Jerry’s 25th B-day when we were dating. Guess I was trying to impress him. Turned out fine though never attempted again. As my Mother also did, I began using the box mixes & they are actually quite good.

  • Ida mae barnes says:

    This is also good with crushed pineapples in a layer with the cherry pie filling.

  • Lilia Rodriguez says:

    I will have to try ,look delicious and easy

  • Susan Lester says:

    Guess what Amanda,

    I made your cheesecake with 5 8oz pkgs cream cheese and it turned out perfect. You’re so great and funny and fun. It’s a lot like watching myself! I appreciate what you do and what you share with us.

    I hope you have a Merry Christmas🎄

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Thank you, sweet Susan! And Merry Christmas to you too!

  • Betsy Reeder says:

    He Amanda: My grandma used to make something similar, it was called “Pineapple Angel Delight”. Wonder if you’ve heard of that particular version. Thanks

  • Karen Marrs says:

    Love your I Am Baker recipes. Question, may I replace the instant pudding with cooked stove top pudding in your recipes? I don’t care for instant pudding. Thank you for your recipes & answering my question.

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Yes, you definitely can! 🙂

  • Gloria Goens says:

    I would also make my own pudding as well as cherry pie filling. Takes more time, but I don’t like canned pie filling. Recipe sounds great.

  • K says:

    Would this be good to make a day in advance?

  • Joyce says:

    I saw this same recipe us I g sour cream instead of heavy cream. Which is true?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Both? It is possible for 2 different recipes to exist.

  • Barbara Lester says:

    Is it possible to use real whipped cream instead of the whipped topping (disagrees with me)? Will the shipped cream hold up?

  • Denise says:

    Could you substitute pound cake for the angel food cake?

  • Faye Perry says:

    I want this recipe

  • Maureen says:

    I’m making this for the weekend and really looking forward to it! I’ve got lots of strawberries to sub in for the pie filling. I’m thrilled to have an easy dessert recipe! Thanks, Amanda 🌸

  • Kris says:

    Love new recipes

  • Gee Lynne Brown says:

    Is there a way to save some of these recipes?

  • Teresa says:

    Hi I am from England and we don’t have pudding mix here is there anything I can use as a substitute I.e Angel delight.

    Many thanks


  • SheCooks says:

    This was delicious and so easy to make, even when I made the angel food cake from scratch. Will definitely make again. The friend I shared it with couldn’t say enough good about it too.

  • Kim says:

    We are not big fans of Angel Food cake here. (I know, odd man out). Could yellow cake be substituted?

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Kim! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. We have not tried this dessert with yellow cake; let us know how it turns out if you try it. Have a wonderful day!

  • Teresa Aldred says:

    In England we don’t have pudding mix is there something else I can use as a replacement

  • I Am Baker Logo

    Brand new recipes that people find kinda acceptable.