Cherry Cheesecake Surprise Layered Dessert

I got this recipe years ago from a friend of mine.  I remember thinking that it looked so complicated and tasted so decadent.  I was very happy to find that it was quick and easy.  Try it out for your self!

2 packages shortbread cakes (or 1 Angel food cake)
2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened (can use fat free)
1 (16 oz.) container sour cream (can use low fat)
2 sm. boxes vanilla instant pudding (can use fat free/sugar free)
1 large can cherry pie filling


  1. Make pudding as directed on box, chill.  
  2. In separate large bowl, blend cream cheese and sour cream until smooth.  
  3. Fold in pudding, blend on low until smooth.   
  4. Cut bread into 1/2 inch pieces and cover bottom of 9x13” pan. 
  5. Pour cream mix over bread, smooth out evenly.  
  6. Top with spoonfuls of cherry pie filling.  Use a knife to swirl it through the cream filling.
  7. Refrigerate for one hour.  Enjoy!!

**You can also make this dessert in a deep dish/trifle bowl by doing 2 layers of cake, mix, and cherries.  It can also be made into single servings by using small dessert dishes.

Thanks ~ Nichi

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  1. This looks really good! We love any kind of cheesecake. :)

  2. This looks gorgeous and I love the bright red and swirl effect

  3. Saw this on the DIY Mommy Link Party and so glad I did! I love me some cherry cheesecake but suck at baking. Would have never thought to use angel food cake. Plan on trying this tomorrow! Thanks for the post.

  4. This looks delicious. I found your post at the Inspire Me Monday Linky Party.

  5. Looks so yummy! Sharing on Twitter! Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! Hope to see ya next week!

  6. Oh this looks so delicious! Thanks for sharing at #overthemoon link party and see you next week!

  7. This looks delicious and I love that it's easy to make. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle. Pinning.

  8. thank you for sharing this yumminess at TFT featured on Fb and Google+, pinned too xo

  9. This cherry-cheesecake surprise looks and sounds so good. Thank you for sharing at Wonderful Wednesday link party. Shared and pinned.

  10. Hope you have a fantastic weekend and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us here at Full Plate Thursday. We hope to see you again real soon.
    Miz Helen

  11. Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner Link up!

  12. Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner Link up!

  13. It looks really yummy! Happy Fiesta!

  14. This is a great idea for a party and looks like a fantastic crowd-pleaser! Thanks for bringing this to FF, Nichi!

  15. Making this dish this afternoon for a dessert for tomorrow night. I'm really hoping it's ok to sit in the fridge for 24 hours!!


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