Heaven on Earth Cake

An angel food cake dessert worthy of its name. Heaven on Earth Cake brings angel food cake together with sweet cherries and creamy vanilla pudding to create a summer dessert that’s out-of-this-world delicious!

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Angel food cake dessert, heaven on earth cake, scooped on a dessert plate.

What is Heaven on Earth Cake?

Have you tried my Angel Food Cake recipe, yet? After making that cake a couple of weeks ago, I couldn’t resist taking it a step further for this angel food cake dessert.

Once you taste it, you’ll understand why I call it “Heaven on Earth” cake! This cold dessert is part cherry pie, part cake, part pudding and completely irresistible.

This angel food cake dessert uses cubes of ready made angel food cake, layered in a pan with a vanilla pudding cream, cherry pie filling and cool whip. It resembles a bread pudding but without any baking required!

The light sponge of the cake soaks up the vanilla and cherry flavors, along with the rich sweet cream. Served cold, this was absolute perfection on a hot summer night!

Make this for a family graduation party, your next BBQ or “just because.” It’s so easy and, if you buy the angel food cake from the store, you don’t even have to turn on your oven.

How to make Heaven on Earth Cake

Step by step photos showing how to make heaven on earth angel food cake dessert.

This divine dessert, starts with angel food and a can of cherry pie filling. You can make your angel food cake from scratch or pick up one from the bakery at your grocery store.

  • Cut the cake into cubes then place a layer of the cake pieces into the bottom of a cake pan.
  • Spoon some cherry pie filling on top, then repeat with the rest of the angel food cake cubes and pie filling.

Now make the pudding layer!

  • For this step, I wanted something a little thicker than your standard vanilla pudding that wouldn’t take a lot of effort. So I used my trusty instant pudding mix, but added added sour cream along with the milk.
  • The sour cream adds the perfect tang to go along with all the sweetness in the cake!
Step by step photos showing how to put the toppings on an angel food cake dessert.
  • Spoon the creamy pudding on top of the entire cake. Finally, I topped everything with cool whip and an extra dollop of cherry pie filling.
  • Use all your self-control to resist diving into the cake right away and pop it in the fridge to chill for at least 4 hours.
  • Oh, I can’t forget to mention the finishing touch: almonds!

I can never resist the combo of cherry and almond flavor together, so I also sprinkled slivered almonds on top of the cake before ladling it into bowls to serve.

Every mouthful of this angel food cake dessert contains light cake, creamy vanilla, sweet cherries and crunchy almonds.

SO easy. SO good.

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How to serve the cake

With all the cool whip, cream and thick cherry filling, this cake needs to be scooped into bowls or on plates with a large serving spoon.

For an elegant and impressive take on your angel food cake dessert, arrange it in a trifle pan! It looks so pretty on the dessert table.

Angel food cake dessert in a glass 13x9 baking dish with one scoop removed.


Not feeling the cherry almond thing today? You can easily turn this easy summertime dessert into a lemon lover’s dream.

You all know I can’t get enough lemon desserts this time of year, so I naturally had to test a citrus version of this recipe too.

To make a lemon angel food cake dessert, simply swap the almond extract in the filling with a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice! It tastes wonderful with the lemon pie filling, or you can make homemade lemon curd!

Other great pie fillings to try as a substitute for cherry:

  • Blueberry
  • Apple
  • Peach
  • Mixed berry
  • Strawberry

Homemade whipped cream also works well in this cake, if you don’t have cool whip or prefer not to use it.

Angel food cake dessert in a glass 13x9 dish.

Can this be made in advance?

Yes! I like this cake best when it has had the chance to chill in the fridge. You can make it the night before and let it set in the refrigerator overnight.

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Yield: 12 servings

Heaven on Earth Cake

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

An angel food cake dessert worthy of its name. Heaven on Earth Cake brings angel food cake together with sweet cherries and creamy vanilla pudding to create a summer dessert that's out-of-this-world delicious!


  • 1 Angel Food Cake, prepared
  • 1 package (3.4 ounce) Instant Vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 1 cup Sour Cream (or plain greek yogurt)
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 can (20 ounce) cherry pie filling
  • 1 container (8 ounce) Cool Whip
  • 1 Tablespoon almond slices, toasted (optional)


  1. Cut angel food cake into cubes. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together pudding mix, milk, sour cream, and almond extract. Set aside.
  3. In a 13x9 baking dish, lay half of the cake cubes in the bottom of the pan. Spoon ¾ of the cherry pie filling over the cake.
  4. Repeat cake layer. Pour pudding over the top of the cake, spreading it out evenly.
  5. Spoon the Cool Whip over the pudding layer. Dollop the remaining pie filling on top.
  6. Refrigerate cake for 4 hours, or overnight. Sprinkle almonds on top when ready to serve.


  • For a lemon flavor, swap out the almond extract and use 1 tsp fresh lemon juice.
  • Change up the flavor by using a different pie filling.
  • Use homemade whipped cream instead of Cool Whip.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 120Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 181mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 2g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Using ready made ingredients, this is one homemade dessert that everyone has time to make. Dress up your angel food cake for dessert tonight for a taste of “heaven on earth!”

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Posted on July 17, 2020

Comments & Reviews

  1. This is the best dessert I have ever made.I took this to a church potluck tonight. I set my dessert on a table and sat down to eat a sandwich. I thought I’d better go up and get some before it’s gone. Well when I went to get some it was basically gone. I got just a little that was left. The minister said to me that some desserts you just eat but this you savor the flavors.

  2. If you wanted to use Strawberry Pie Filling what would be best for pudding, regular vanilla, French vanilla or some other flavor. What flavor extract would you use or is it necessary?

  3. I’m trying to make this it sounds so good, but the boxes of instant pudding that I find are either 1 ounce, 4 servings or 1 1/2 ounce, 6 servings, so I’m confused.

  4. I have been making this dessert for probably 30 years. It has always been a big favorite and we have used every fruit imaginable to change it up. My kids call it a “slungolian”, named so because my youngest son said it looked like it was “slung” together. Yes, there truly is one in every bunch. 😁

  5. I enjoyed it immensely. How would I incorporate pineapple in this same recipe? Maybe crushed pineapple on the top layer of cake before the pudding? I truly love the taste of cherry and pineapple together. Advise. Tyvm. Love your articles and recipes.

  6. Looks so delicious and pretty. I got the same recipe out of a magazine about 15 years and it called for fresh peaches. It is a perfect make ahead dessert. Thanks for sharing.

  7. i want to try this, but as a diabetic could i use fruit only? vanilla pudding sugar free, angel food cake I have….just the pie filling is a problem for me!

    1. Diabetic pie fillings are available. Walmart, it can be ordered from there, many different brands and fruits.

      1. If I swapped for fresh berries, about how much should I use. A quart of sliced hulled strawberries folded into the pudding? Could I use frozen sliced unsweetened strawberries ( that have been thawed).

  8. The hardest part about this cake is having patience while it’s in the refrigerator! We all just wanted to dig right in!

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