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Heaven On Earth Cake is a trifle-style treat filled with layers of angel food cake, cherries, pudding, and whipped topping. Easy to make and nothing to bake, this is the perfect Valentine's Day dessert or anytime sweet snack.
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  1. No-Bake, Easy-To-Make Heaven On Earth Cake
  2. Why We Love This Heaven on Earth Cake Recipe
  3. Ingredients
  4. Substitutions and Additions
  5. Recommended Tools
  6. How to Make Heaven On Earth Cake
  7. Tips from Recipe Developer
  8. Storage Tips
  9. Frequently Asked Questions
  10. Other Easy Cake Recipes
  11. Heaven on Earth Cake Recipe

Heaven On Earth Cake is a delicious trifle-style dessert made with luscious layers of moist angel food cake, tart cherry pie filling, creamy pudding, and whipped cream with a sprinkle of sliced almonds on top. This no-bake refrigerator cake means no oven required–it’s easily assembled with 7 simple ingredients, then chilled and served cold.

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No-Bake, Easy-To-Make Heaven On Earth Cake

Some call a Heaven On Earth Cake a trifle, others an icebox or refrigerator cake, but I call it the best bite of a no-bake cake and a delicious dessert that is divinely decadent!

This recipe is so easy to make by layering lighter-than-air angel food cake cubes with vanilla pudding and cherry pie filling, spreading some whipped cream on top, drizzling it with more pie filling for a pretty pop of color, and then sprinkling it with slivered almonds. This cool, creamy treat features my favorite elements of cherry pie, cake, and pudding in every sweet spoonful.

While this Heaven On Earth Cake comes together quickly, it does need time to chill. But trust me when I tell you that as it rests in the fridge, the light and airy angel cake pieces absorb the flavors of the vanilla pudding and cherry filling so it’s completely worth the wait! Plus, it’s so easy to customize this recipe by using your favorite flavor combinations to make it your own perfect trifle of tastes and textures and create a cake that is out of this world!

Why We Love This Heaven on Earth Cake Recipe

  • Quick and easy to assemble the layers.
  • Uses simple ingredients to create a no-bake cake.
  • Delicious dessert that tastes like Heaven on Earth!
  • Light, cool, and creamy combination of tastes and textures.
  • Perfect sweet treat for Valentine’s Day, potlucks, parties, or family get-togethers.

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Ingredients

  • Instant vanilla pudding mix
  • Half and half: You can use whole milk instead.
  • Honey vanilla Greek yogurt: I love the taste of this yogurt, but you can substitute it for plain Greek yogurt, vanilla Greek yogurt, or sour cream for a different flavor. 
  • Premade angel food cake: Other homemade or box cake mixes can also be used for this cake instead. However, make sure that you let the cake cool completely before adding it as an ingredient for this recipe.
  • Cherry pie filling: Feel free to use another filling for this cake instead.
  • Whipped topping: You can make your own whipped cream by beating together heavy cream and powdered sugar in a cold bowl until you have stiff peaks.
  • Sliced almonds: You can also try this with some other crushed nuts like walnuts, pecans, or pistachios.

Substitutions and Additions

  • Filling Flavors: Instead of cherry pie filling, feel free to try strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, or lemon pie filling. Or, how about apple pie filling in the fall?
  • Pick Your Pudding: While I am partial to vanilla pudding, feel free to switch this out for white chocolate pudding mix, banana cream, cheesecake, Oreo, coconut cream, or any other flavor that you want to try. 
  • Add Alcohol: If you are serving this cake to adults, you can soak the cake cubes in sherry or wine first for a grown-up version of this cake.
  • Customize Your Cake: The recipe calls for angel food cake, but feel free to swap it with pound cake, chocolate cake, vanilla sponge cake, brownies, or sponge fingers for variety.
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  • 9×13 inch baking dish or cake pan
  • Mixing bowl and tools
  • Spatula
  • Knife and cutting board
  • Measuring tools
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How to Make Heaven On Earth Cake

This Heaven On Earth Cake is so quick and easy to make simply by assembling layers of basic ingredients–no baking required! Part cherry pie, part cake, part pudding, and wholly decadently delicious!

  1. Combine the vanilla pudding mix, half and half, and Greek yogurt and set aside for at least 5 minutes to thicken. 
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  2. Cut the store bought angel food cake into 1 inch cubes. 
  3. Layer half of the cubed angel food cake on the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish. 
  4. Pour ½ of the pudding mix over the cake layer.
  5. Add ⅔ of the cherry pie filling over the pudding layer.
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  6. Add a layer of the remaining cake cubes atop the cherry pie filling.
  7. Top with the remaining vanilla pudding. 
  8. Spread the whipped topping over the pudding in an even top layer.
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  9. Drizzle the remaining cherry pie filling over the top of the cake on the whipped topping layer.
  10. Sprinkle with sliced almonds.
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  11. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until set, plate, and serve cold. 
  12. Enjoy!

Tips from Recipe Developer

  • This cake is essentially a trifle, so feel free to put it into a trifle jar to showcase the layers of the cake, filling, and pudding. Or, try putting it into mason jars for easy access and individual servings.
  • The ingredients need time to soak into the angel food cake, so make this cake with plenty of time before it is served.
  • It’s easiest to use a large serving spoon when dishing out portions of this to your guests or family. No knife is necessary.
  • It is easy to customize this recipe by using a different flavor of pudding mix and/or a different pie filling flavor. Feel free to use your favorite flavor combinations!

Storage Tips

  • To Store: Store this cake, covered, in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
  • To Freeze: This cake doesn’t freeze well, but if you need to freeze it, you can store it for about 2 months. Make sure you wrap it well and thaw it in the refrigerator before serving.  
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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I bake my own cake instead of using a premade one?

You can absolutely use a homemade cake or boxed cake mix for this recipe. If you are baking the cake yourself, make sure to let it cool fully before cutting it so that it doesn’t make the other ingredients too warm.

Can I make this Heaven On Earth Cake in advance?

Yes, you can make this cake in advance. In fact, I like this cake best when it has had ample time to chill in the fridge. You can make it the night before and let it set in the refrigerator overnight.

What is the best knife to cut the cake into cubes?

It’s easiest to cut your cake using a knife with a serrated blade, and you won’t lose the airy, fluffy texture of the cake.

How do I serve this cake?

You won’t need a knife to serve this cake! Simply scoop the cake onto plates with a large serving spoon. You can end there or garnish it with fresh fruits and berries, an extra dollop of whipped cream, or even a scoop of ice cream.

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5 from 22 votes
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Heaven on Earth Cake

Serves — 14
Heaven On Earth Cake is a trifle-style treat filled with layers of angel food cake, cherries, pudding, and whipped topping. Easy to make and nothing to bake, this is the perfect Valentine's Day dessert or anytime sweet snack.
Prep Time 20 mins
Chill Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 20 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 3.4 ounce package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • cups cold half and half
  • ¾ cup honey vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 14 ounce premade angel food cake
  • 21 ounce can cherry pie filling
  • 8 ounce tub whipped topping
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds

Instructions
 

  • In a medium bowl, whisk or beat together the instant vanilla pudding mix, half and half, and Greek yogurt until completely combined. Set aside for at least 5 minutes to thicken.
  • Cut the angel food cake into 1 inch cubes.
  • Take half of the angel food cake cubes and layer them on the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  • On top of the angel food cake layer, pour ½ of the pudding mix, followed by ⅔ of the cherry pie filling.
  • Then add another layer of the remaining angel food cake cubes atop the cherry pie filling.
  • Top with the remaining half of the instant vanilla pudding mix mixture.
  • Spread the tub of whipped topping over the pudding to create an even top layer.
  • Drizzle what’s left of the cherry pie filling evenly on top of the whipped topping layer.
  • Sprinkle with sliced almonds.
  • Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until set and then plate and serve cold.

Jenn’s Notes

Storage :
  • To Store: Store this cake, covered, in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
  • To Freeze: This cake doesn’t freeze well, but if you need to freeze it, you can store it for about 2 months. Make sure you wrap it well and thaw it in the refrigerator before serving.  
Tips:
  • This cake is essentially a trifle, so feel free to put it into a trifle jar to showcase the layers of the cake, filling, and pudding. Or, try putting it into mason jars for easy access and individual servings.
  • The ingredients need time to soak into the angel food cake, so make this cake with plenty of time before it is served.
  • It’s easiest to use a large serving spoon when dishing out portions of this to your guests or family. No knife is necessary.
  • It is easy to customize this recipe by using a different flavor of pudding mix and/or a different pie filling flavor. Feel free to use your favorite flavor combinations!

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Nutrition Info

Calories: 261kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 229mg | Potassium: 181mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 252IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 1mg
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Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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  1. 5 stars
    Absolutely love this dessert! So fresh and not too sweet! I used strawberries instead of cherries 🍒 tastes like summer! This will be my new go to!!!