Cherries in the Snow

by Cate on August 19, 2009

Cherries in the Snow

I’ve always tried to be one of those friends.  If I’m at Starbucks and I know you like Frappuccinos, I’ll bring you one.  If I spy your favorite snack at the store, I’ll grab a few.  New baby?  A week later, I’ll bring dinner by.  No new baby?  I’ll bring dinner over just because.  I try.  This past week, I’ve been on the receiving end of those friends.  Seriously, I have the best friends and most supportive family ever.  Friends and family gave up their lunch hours to help me pack.  My sister and brother-in-law brought over lunch on moving day.  Last week a friend took the kids for a few hours so I could pack.  Last night, a friend came over and, in one hour, blazed through relocating so many boxes from the dining room that I can actually see the dining room table (there’s hope!).  Tonight, a friend took the kids so I could unpack some more.  I’m very lucky.  Very lucky indeed.

Last week, when I dropped the kids off at a friend’s, it was on the condition that I bring dinner as well.  If she’s going to watch six kids seven and under, it’s the least I could do!  And ‘sides, it actually helped me out too, as I was able to empty some more items from the fridge and freezer while making dinner.  I made a new recipe for the main meal, but for dessert I stuck with a tried-and-true.  I originally got the recipe for Cherries in the Snow from a family friend many, many years ago.  She doesn’t really cook or bake, so that tells you how crazy simple it is to make.  But what’s more is that it’s pretty and usually gets oohs and aahs from the kids.  Perfect for the crowd that night.

If you google it, there are seemingly countless versions of Cherries in the Snow … some with graham cracker crumbs on the bottom, some the same recipe I use but shorter layers put in a long glass baking dish, some light, some not so light.  The recipe has been around for a good 50 years, with, it seems, a slightly different interpretation with each person that makes it.  The version below is the one that I have been making for years.  I like putting it in a glass trifle dish so you can better see all the pretty layers.  It feels like a heavy dessert, but tastes great with light or reduced fat ingredients, so you can dig in and leave the guilt behind.  That’s totally my kind of dessert.

Cherries in the Snow

1 (8-ounce) tub fat-free cream cheese
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
1 (12-ounce) carton frozen reduced-calorie whipped topping, thawed
8 cups (1-inch) cubed angel food cake
1 (20-ounce) can light cherry pie filling

Beat cream cheese at medium speed of a mixer until smooth. Gradually add the sugar, beating until blended. Gently fold in whipped topping.Place half of cake cubes in a large glass bowl; top with half of cheese mixture. Spread half of cherry filling over cheese mixture. Repeat layers with remaining cake cubes, cheese mixture, and cherry filling. Cover and chill.

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Joanne August 20, 2009 at 8:19 am

It is really amazing how simple this is! You basically just layer some of the best tasting things together., Kind of like a cherry cheesecake deconstructed.


Patsy August 20, 2009 at 8:22 am

Looks like a nice summer treat! Good luck with the unpacking! Last time we moved, I swore I would NEVER move again! LOL! I managed to unpack everything in 3 weeks… but, that was because I got tired of stumbling over boxes!


Cate August 20, 2009 at 8:57 am

Joanne – exactly, easy peasy and so yummy. :)

Patsy – lol, when we were unpacking over the weekend, I told Nick that we weren’t moving again, to which I got, “But Mom, didn’t you say that last time?” I told him this time I really mean it! ;)


Vicki August 20, 2009 at 9:20 am

Cate – I never leave comments on blogs. I have lurked on your blog for years. I have always loved to know what your cooking and seeing the kids grow up, always wishing y’all were our neighbors! I am sorry to hear that your are going through this difficult time. Just know there are people that you don’t even know rooting for you!


Kris #40 August 20, 2009 at 2:18 pm

This looks awesome!

Although I would probably have to eat the whole thing myself. I don’t think my family would try it. Although they all did try Strawberry Pretzel Salad last week (oh yum – I need more!)


Ramona August 20, 2009 at 5:07 pm

Good friends have good friends in return! Glad ya’ll have each other. Cherries in the snow looks yummy.



Cate August 20, 2009 at 9:56 pm

Vicki – aww, thank you! Always glad to hear from a lurker. :)

Kris – I’ve always been intrigued by the Strawberry Pretzel Salad, but have yet to take the plunge…

Ramona – They do indeed!


Natasha - 5 Star Foodie August 21, 2009 at 10:10 am

What a lovely elegant dessert! I love everything with cherries!


Magda August 21, 2009 at 10:27 am

I wish I was there to help…


Meg August 25, 2009 at 3:36 pm

That looks/sounds so delicious! I love cherries.

And thank goodness for great friends and family! :)


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