Cherry Berries On A Cloud

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What can I say about this dessert? Cherry Berries On A Cloud is decadent, delicious, sensational–one of those desserts that’s beautiful and elegant enough for company and special occasions–and it tastes even better than it looks. The first time I tasted this amazing dessert was at a fundraising dinner where the hostess had invited about 15 couples who had helped support her husband’s ministry. The dinner was really their way of showing appreciation to those who supported their ministry. Even though I’d eaten a FULL meal, I could have eaten three or four pieces of this delectable dessert. It was that marvelous.

Cherry Berries On A Cloud has a cooked meringue base, then a sweet cream cheese filling with real whipped cream and marshmallows. Then it’s topped by a mixture of cherry pie filling and diced strawberries. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G doesn’t even do this dessert justice. It’s probably one of the top three desserts I’ve ever eaten and this is from the DESSERT QUEEN!!!!

Our friend found this delightful recipe in a Taste of Home cookbook, but this recipe actually originates from the Betty Crocker cookbook, 1972 edition. Regardless, all of us at that dinner party loved Cherry Berries On A Cloud! In fact, the whole room full of people were raving about the dessert even though the rest of the meal was heavenly too. I looked at the recipe and at the time (probably about 15 years ago) I thought it might be a little too involved so I passed on making it even though it was such a spectacular dessert. Finally, I got up the nerve to make this superb dessert and realized it’s really not all that difficult after all. It does have a few steps, but over all it’s not much different than making a Banana Split Dessert, Black Forest Dream DessertSnickers Delight, or Butterfinger Delight. And, I’ve made those desserts often enough.

Anyway, I’m glad I got over my fear of baking meringue because this recipe rocks! If you’re looking for an incredible recipe for special occasions like anniversaries, birthdays, Valentine’s Day, or other holidays, then I highly recommend Cherry Berries On A Cloud. Your guests will not be able to say enough about this wonderful dessert. Neither will you!

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Wow! Cherry Berries on a Cloud is a very elegant dessert with a meringue base, a cream cheese and marshmallow filling, and a cherry and strawberry topping. Let me repeat, wow!

Cherry Berries on a Cloud | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | we love this absolutely spectacular #dessert that's great for the #holidays. This one has a #meringue crust, a #marshmallow and #creamcheese layer and topped with #cherrypiefilling and #strawberries.

Doesn’t Cherry Berries On A Cloud look glorious? It sure is a heavenly dessert!

Cherry Berries on a Cloud | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | we love this absolutely spectacular #dessert that's great for the #holidays. This one has a #meringue crust, a #marshmallow and #creamcheese layer and topped with #cherrypiefilling and #strawberries.

I love the strawberry-cherry topping. Serve this to a houseful of company and they will RAVE over the exquisite taste and want MORE!

 

Here’s what I did.

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Separate six eggs. Place whites in a large mixing bowl and set aside yolks for another use or discard. Add cream of tartar and kosher salt.  Beat mixture until foamy. Begin adding sugar about a tablespoon at a time. Mix with the mixer about 10-15 seconds and add another tablespoon of sugar. Repeat every 10-15 seconds adding more sugar until all of it is worked into the egg whites. 

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Keep adding sugar until all is incorporated and the egg whites become stiff.

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Spray a 9×13″ glass baking dish with Baker’s Joy Cooking Spray. Smooth meringue into the dish.

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Bake at 275 for 1 hour. Turn off oven heat. Do NOT open the oven door. Allow to cool overnight in oven, or for at least 12 hours. This is what mine looked like this morning.

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Prepare filling: Soften cream cheese in large mixing bowl. Add sugar and vanilla and cream until smooth. Set aside.

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Whip 2 cups of HEAVY whipping cream with an electric mixer until thickened. Don’t use any substitutes.

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Add whipped cream to the cream cheese mixture in mixing bowl. Add miniature marshmallows.

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Stir carefully to combine.

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Spread cream cheese mixture over top of baked meringue and refrigerate at least four hours.

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Meanwhile, make topping: Wash strawberries. Slice or dice them. Measure out 2 cups of strawberries. That was about 12-oz. fresh strawberries. Place diced strawberries in a medium-sized mixing bowl or glass dish. Sprinkle with lemon juice.

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Add a can of cherry pie filling. Duncan Hines now makes pie filling WITHOUT high fructose corn syrup. Yay!

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Stir fruits to combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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 To serve: Cut dessert into 16 pieces. Place a piece on a serving plate. Spoon berry filling over top.

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Drizzle Cherry-Berry glaze over individual servings. I love fluffy desserts, especially with fruit topping. 

Cherry Berries on a Cloud | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | we love this absolutely spectacular #dessert that's great for the #holidays. This one has a #meringue crust, a #marshmallow and #creamcheese layer and topped with #cherrypiefilling and #strawberries.

Okay, guys, try this recipe out on your wives next Valentine’s Day and you will rock their world!

 

Here’s the recipe.

CHERRY BERRIES ON A CLOUD

(Recipe adapted from Sarah Mann when we attended Hillcrest Baptist Church, Cedar Hill, Texas; Sarah’s source:  adapted from Taste of Home Cookbook 1998; original source: adapted from Betty Crocker Cookbook, circa 1972 edition)

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Cherry Berries On A Cloud
 
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This spectacular dessert is to die for! Cherry Berries on a Cloud has a meringue crust, a cream cheese/marshmallow filling and a fresh strawberry and cherry pie filling topping. It's an excellent choice for special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas or holiday parties or Valentine's Day.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 16
Ingredients
MERINGUE CRUST:
  • 6 egg whites
  • ½ tsp. cream of tartar
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 ¾ cups sugar
FILLING:
  • 6-oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups whipping cream, whipped
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
TOPPING:
  • 21-oz. can Duncan Hines cherry pie filling
  • 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
Instructions
MERINGUE CRUST:
  1. In a mixing bowl, beat egg whites, cream of tartar and salt until foamy.
  2. Gradually add the sugar, beating on high until stiff peaks form (do not underbeat).
  3. Spread evenly in a greased 9x13” baking dish.
  4. Bake at 275° for 1 hour; turn off oven (do not open door).
  5. Let cool in oven overnight or for at least 12 hours.
FILLING:
  1. Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth; gently fold in cream and marshmallows.
  2. Spread over meringue.
  3. Chill for 4 hours.
TOPPING:
  1. Combine topping ingredients.
  2. Refrigerate topping until ready to serve.
TO SERVE:
  1. Cut dessert into 16 pieces.
  2. Spoon ¼ cup topping over each serving.
  3. Refrigerate leftovers.
Notes
Preparation time does not include time required to refrigerate parts of the dessert or for leaving the crust layer in the oven overnight.

 

Cherry Berries on a Cloud | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | we love this absolutely spectacular #dessert that's great for the #holidays. This one has a #meringue crust, a #marshmallow and #creamcheese layer and topped with #cherrypiefilling and #strawberries.

Cherry Berries On A Cloud is a fabulous dessert for holiday entertaining, special occasion birthdays, anniversaries, or Valentine’s Day.

Cherry Berries on a Cloud | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | we love this absolutely spectacular #dessert that's great for the #holidays. This one has a #meringue crust, a #marshmallow and #creamcheese layer and topped with #cherrypiefilling and #strawberries.

Honestly, this dessert is not near as hard to make as it looks.

Cherry Berries on a Cloud | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | we love this absolutely spectacular #dessert that's great for the #holidays. This one has a #meringue crust, a #marshmallow and #creamcheese layer and topped with #cherrypiefilling and #strawberries.

Cherry Berries On A Cloud is probably one of my top three favorite desserts of all time! It’s sensational.

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37 Responses to “Cherry Berries On A Cloud”

  1. K. Chance
    May 6, 2016 at 8:25 pm #

    MMM….looks SO good…except that I don’t eat strawberries. Is there another fruit you can suggest that would be a good substitute for the strawberries, or would the dessert still taste awesome with only the cherries on top?

    • May 6, 2016 at 8:31 pm #

      Hi, Keisha. I would consider using raspberries if you can’t do strawberries. I do think the combination of at least two berries would be better than just one. Let me know what you think. Remember to plan ahead because the meringue is baked and then left in the oven (with temperature off) all night long. Then the rest of the dessert is made the next day. Enjoy.

  2. Amy
    March 21, 2016 at 11:36 am #

    This looks AMAZING! I am planning to make it for Easter. Question…. do you know how long it will keep once prepped and at the “ready to serve” refrigerate stage? I see it should be refrigerated a minimum of 4 hours…but do you know the maximum? For example, if I baked the meringue over Friday night, and assembled it on Saturday with the cream cheese layer (fruit separate)… would it hold like that for 24 hrs until Sunday before serving? Thanks!!

    • March 21, 2016 at 12:07 pm #

      Hi, Amy. I don’t think there’s any problem holding it the length of time you need to make it. Once made, this dessert will keep in the refrigerator for several days. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Chris
    February 14, 2016 at 8:02 am #

    Was hoping to make this dessert today, unfortunately I wasn’t able to make the crust last night. If I make it during the day, do I have to leave it in the oven for 12 hours? Will it not work if I take it out earlier?

    • February 15, 2016 at 1:58 pm #

      I’m sorry, Chris, I’ve only left it in the oven for 12 hours and have never taken it out earlier than that. You can always see if it will work after 6 or 8 hours, though.

  4. Wanda
    September 15, 2015 at 12:15 pm #

    Bet this would be awesome with stewed rhubarb and strawberries too … can’t wait to try it both ways!

    • September 15, 2015 at 3:33 pm #

      Wanda, I’m sure it would be awesome that way, too!

    • Anonymous
      October 4, 2015 at 1:11 pm #

      Been making this recipe for the past 20 years. Family favorite. I do not use marshmallows.

      • October 5, 2015 at 11:57 am #

        Yes, it certainly is a wonderful recipe. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Tammy
    August 30, 2015 at 8:41 pm #

    This is the best dessert I’ve made in a very very long time. The only change I made was to cut the sugar by half in the meringue and in the filling I used only 1/4 cup of sugar. I cut back sugar in all my baking and find the finished product tastes better.

    • August 30, 2015 at 10:57 pm #

      Hi, Tammy. I’m so glad you enjoyed the dessert. We found it amazing and just drooled over it the first time it was served to us. It’s a great dessert for company and special occasions. Thanks for sharing your experience with me.

  6. March 14, 2015 at 10:23 am #

    Oh wow! A meringue crust! This really does sound like a light, fluffy, cloud dessert!

    • March 14, 2015 at 10:55 am #

      Thank you, Amber. It’s actually a lot easier to make than it looks, too.

  7. Dianna
    February 14, 2015 at 7:55 pm #

    If you want to take this to a pot luck dinner can you put the topping on over the whole thing just before you leave or ahead time or will it soak in to much?

    • February 15, 2015 at 4:52 pm #

      Dianna, this is one of those very few desserts that I would probably not spoon the topping over top ahead of time and, instead, bring the topping separately and have everyone spoon the topping on over top of the dessert right before serving. Enjoy.

    • Anonymous
      August 12, 2015 at 9:38 am #

      Thanks for the tip,I was thinking about that one!!

      • August 12, 2015 at 12:12 pm #

        Hope you enjoy the recipe.

  8. Mary
    December 19, 2014 at 7:57 pm #

    thank you for the quick response. planning on making this week. looks wonderful!!! happy holidays and new year to you and yours……….

    • December 19, 2014 at 9:15 pm #

      You’re welcome, Mary. I hope you and your family really enjoy it. Let me know what you think.

  9. mary
    December 18, 2014 at 7:47 pm #

    since it isn’t strawberry season could i use frozen strawberries in this recipe?

    • December 18, 2014 at 8:57 pm #

      Actually Mary, I think you can get strawberries year round these days, even at Wal-Mart. (I just bought some the other day). I wouldn’t use frozen strawberries as they will be mushy and not give the right consistency.Thanks for stopping by. I hope you give this recipe a try. It’s so worth it.

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