Heaven on Earth Cake Recipe: Delicious and Moist Cherry Angel Trifle dessert

Jan 4, 2023
A slice of Heaven on Earth chocolate cake on a white plate, with layers of moist chocolate cake and a rich chocolate frosting.

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This dessert is actually a cherry trifle. Why it’s called heaven on earth, I have no idea. G thinks it’s because of the use of angel food cake. I think it’s because every bite is like finding heaven on earth.

It’s so simple to make; you’ll be pleasantly surprised how amazingly delicious it turns out with hardly any effort. So easy in fact the hardest part of the recipe is waiting for it to set and chill!

Helpful tips

The recipe calls for angel food cake, but feel free to swap with pound cake, chocolate cake, vanilla sponge cake, brownies, crushed Oreos, or sponge fingers for variety.
For an extra kick of flavor, briefly soak the cake cubes in sherry or fortified wine.
I used Cool Whip to cut down on prep time, but you can use whipped topping from scratch if you like. With an electric mixer, beat one cup of very cold heavy cream until stiff peaks form.
I usually use a 9 x 13 pan but if you want a thicker dessert, use a square 9 x 9 pan as in the video.
Not a fan of cherry pie filling? Swap with strawberry or blueberry pie filling! This dessert is amazing all year round; try apple pie filling during the Fall months.

Cherry Angel Trifle dessert with scrumptious layers of angel food cake, vanilla pudding, cherry pie filling, and whipped topping. So easy to make and perfect for potlucks and potlucks.


1 box Angel food cake or 1 prepared Angel Food Cake
1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup sour cream
1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling
1 tub (8 ounces) Cool Whip
1 tablespoon almond slivers, toasted


Bake angel food cake according to package’s directions. Allow to cool and cut into cubes.
In a bowl, combine pudding mix, milk, and sour cream and beat until smooth. Set aside.
In a 9×13 baking dish, arrange 1/2 of cake cubes in a layer.
Spoon 2/3 of cherry pie filling over cake.
Place the remaining 1/2 of the cake on top of the pie filling.
Spoon pudding over cake and spread evenly.
Spoon and spread whipped topping over the pudding layer.
Garnish cake with the remaining pie filling and toasted almonds.
Chill for about 4 to 5 hours. Cut into servings.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 9g, Calories: 331kcal, Carbohydrates: 59g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 21mg, Sodium: 329mg, Potassium: 245mg, Sugar: 26g, Vitamin A: 405IU, Vitamin C: 2.6mg, Calcium: 143mg, Iron: 0.3mg

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