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Cherry Berries On A Cloud

June 29, 2012Teresa

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, Christmas, 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!

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

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

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Cherry Berries On A Cloud is the perfect dessert for Christmas or Valentine’s Day.

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. 

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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.

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Beat mixture 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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Here the heavy whipping cream has been whipped until it’s stiff.

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

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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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This shows the interior of the dessert without the topping.

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

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Okay, guys, try out Cherry Berries On A Cloud on your wives next Valentine’s Day and you will rock their world!

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You’ve gotta make this dessert sometime for company.

But make sure you plan ahead because the meringue has to be made the night before and then cooled for 12 hours in your oven before adding the cheesecake layer. The cheesecake layer has to cool 4 hours before serving.

So consider your time factor before making this dessert.

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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This spectacular dessert is to die for! Cherry Berries on a Cloud has a meringue crust, a cheesecake and marshmallow filling and a fresh strawberry and cherry pie filling for the topping. It's an excellent choice for special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, holiday parties or Valentine's Day.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Passive Time 16 hours
Servings
Ingredients
MERINGUE:
FILLING:
TOPPING:
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Passive Time 16 hours
Servings
Ingredients
MERINGUE:
FILLING:
TOPPING:
Cherry Berries On A Cloud | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | Prepare to wow your guests with this awesome, decadent #dessert! It has a meringue crust, #cheesecake layer with #marshmallows & topped with a #cherry & #strawberry glaze. It's perfect for #holidays like #Christmas, #ValentinesDay or special occasions.
Instructions
MERINGUE:
  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 meringue layer cool in oven overnight or for at least 12 hours.
FILLING:
  1. Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth; gently fold in the whipped heavy whipping 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.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: Preparation time does not include time required to refrigerate parts of the dessert or for leaving the crust layer in the oven overnight.

NOTE: When making the meringue, add sugar a tablespoon or two at a time and whip about 15 seconds before adding another addition of sugar.

NOTE: Once the meringue has baked one full hour. Turn off the oven. DO NOT REMOVE the dessert from the oven or open the oven door. Allow it to settle overnight (in the oven) for at least 12 hours.

Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker.
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

 

[b]Cherry Berries On A Cloud[/b]
Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Teresa Ambra adapted from Sarah Mann when we attended Hillcrest Baptist Church, Cedar Hill, TX; Sarah’s source: adapted from [url href=”http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/cherry-berries-on-a-cloud” target=”_blank” title=”cherry berries on a cloud”]Taste of Home[/url]; original source: adapted from [url href=”http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/cherry-berries-on-a-cloud/50182567-06d0-40de-bbf4-489472351255″ target=”_blank” title=”cherry berries on a cloud”]Betty Crocker Cookbook[/url]
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 16
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.
Ingredients
  • [b]MERINGUE CRUST:[/b]
  • 6 egg whites
  • ½ tsp. cream of tartar
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 ¾ cups sugar[br]
  • [b]FILLING:[/b][br]
  • 6-oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups whipping cream, whipped
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows[br]
  • [b]TOPPING:[/b][br]
  • 21-oz. can [url href=”http://www.duncanhines.com/” target=”_blank” title=”duncan hines”]Duncan Hines[/url] cherry pie filling
  • 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
Instructions
[b]MERINGUE CRUST:[/b][br]
  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 9×13” baking dish.
  4. Bake at 275° for 1 hour; turn off oven ([u]do not open door[/u]).
  5. Let cool in oven overnight or for at least 12 hours. [br]
[b]FILLING:[/b][br]
  1. Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth; gently fold in cream and marshmallows.
  2. Spread over meringue.
  3. Chill for 4 hours. [br]
[b]TOPPING:[/b][br]
  1. Combine topping ingredients.
  2. Refrigerate topping until ready to serve.[br]
[b]TO SERVE:[/b][br]
  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.
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Cherry Berries On A Cloud is a fabulous dessert for holiday entertaining, special occasion birthdays, anniversaries, or Valentine’s Day.

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

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

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Print Recipe
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This spectacular dessert is to die for! Cherry Berries on a Cloud has a meringue crust, a cheesecake and marshmallow filling and a fresh strawberry and cherry pie filling for the topping. It's an excellent choice for special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, holiday parties or Valentine's Day.
Cherry Berries On A Cloud | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | Prepare to wow your guests with this awesome, decadent #dessert! It has a meringue crust, #cheesecake layer with #marshmallows & topped with a #cherry & #strawberry glaze. It's perfect for #holidays like #Christmas, #ValentinesDay or special occasions.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Passive Time 16 hours
Servings
Ingredients
MERINGUE:
FILLING:
TOPPING:
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Passive Time 16 hours
Servings
Ingredients
MERINGUE:
FILLING:
TOPPING:
Cherry Berries On A Cloud | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | Prepare to wow your guests with this awesome, decadent #dessert! It has a meringue crust, #cheesecake layer with #marshmallows & topped with a #cherry & #strawberry glaze. It's perfect for #holidays like #Christmas, #ValentinesDay or special occasions.
Instructions
MERINGUE:
  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 meringue layer cool in oven overnight or for at least 12 hours.
FILLING:
  1. Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth; gently fold in the whipped heavy whipping 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.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: Preparation time does not include time required to refrigerate parts of the dessert or for leaving the crust layer in the oven overnight.

NOTE: When making the meringue, add sugar a tablespoon or two at a time and whip about 15 seconds before adding another addition of sugar.

NOTE: Once the meringue has baked one full hour. Turn off the oven. DO NOT REMOVE the dessert from the oven or open the oven door. Allow it to settle overnight (in the oven) for at least 12 hours.

Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker.
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

52 Comments

  • Criselle

    March 29, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    Thank you! I’m so glad I found this dessert. I made it once and it was a hit! Im making it again by popular demand. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Teresa

      March 30, 2018 at 1:58 pm

      Hi Criselle. I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe. It really is a keeper. Everyone drools over it when I make it. Have a great Easter.

  • Emily

    August 6, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    I had this once a long time ago and wanted to make it so was searching recipes. When I had it,it was at a baby shower made into special separate “clouds” for everyone. Would that work with this recipe?

    1. Teresa

      August 6, 2017 at 6:03 pm

      Emily, that may work but you will probably have to adjust the baking time if you bake it that way. Hope it works.

  • Susan Austin

    May 17, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    I didn’t grease the pan!!! Is this going to come out? I make angel food cakes all the time, and you DON’T grease the pan. I’m too far along to start over, have the second layer on, chilling in the frig. Ugh ….

  • Susan

    May 17, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    I just made this. The meringue layer came out beautifully, rose to the full height of the 9×13 pan. When I spread the second on, it crushed the bottom layer in places (mostly the center) but not all. Was I supposed to press down on the meringue? It seems like it’s going to be very uneven looking, and maybe that won’t matter – never had this before, so I don’t know what it’s supposed to be like.

    1. Teresa

      May 17, 2017 at 2:33 pm

      Hi, Susan, I’m assuming you allowed the meringue to cool in your oven over night? I really wouldn’t worry too much about the unevenness of the dessert, because once you spread the fruit filling over top it will fill in all those places. I’m not sure about not greasing the pan. It may come out okay. I would use a metal spatula, and you may have to dig a little into the first piece in order to get it to come out without sticking. On the other hand, it may come out with no problems. I’ve never made it without greasing the pan so I’m not sure. It’s a lovely dessert. I’m sure you’ll love it.

  • Katie

    December 14, 2016 at 6:46 am

    Took a risk and used stevia in the meringue to reduce sugar. Doesn’t work. Meringue deflated with in 5 minutes of placing in oven. Oh well I tried.
    However, this desert is more than worth the sugar.

    1. Teresa

      December 15, 2016 at 11:53 am

      Hi, Katie, that’s good to know. Yeah, it’s one of those amazing desserts that you just have to go all out for and splurge on calories; (and have company join you so you don’t eat it all!) It’s really a great dessert this time of year for Christmas or New Year’s parties.

  • Anonymous

    September 24, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    If I cook the crust in a covection oven should I reduce the temp. Things seem to cook way faster in these ovens. I will be cooking 3 at the same time.

    1. Teresa

      September 24, 2016 at 9:34 pm

      Yes, you will probably have to watch it through the window in the oven. Because you are cooking 3 at the same time it may take longer than cooking a single crust. Remember, these need to stay in the oven over night (with oven turned off).

  • Judy Smith

    September 1, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    If I want to half this recipe, do I need to reduce the time I bake the crust? If so, how long do I bake it?

    1. Teresa

      September 1, 2016 at 6:54 pm

      Hi, Judy. Yes you would definitely have to cut the baking time for the crust. I would probably cut it to about 40-45 minutes, and then leave in the turned-off oven overnight as the directions specify. Good luck!

  • debbie ison

    July 29, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    Can I use parchment paper on the bottom of the 9×13 instead of cooking spray?

    1. Teresa

      July 30, 2016 at 11:22 am

      Hi Debbie. Well, you can use parchment paper, but I would still grease it with coconut oil or butter if you don’t want to use cooking spray.

  • 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?

    1. Teresa

      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.

  • 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!!

    1. Teresa

      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.

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  • 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?

    1. Teresa

      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.

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  • 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!

    1. Teresa

      September 15, 2015 at 3:33 pm

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

    2. Anonymous

      October 4, 2015 at 1:11 pm

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

      1. Teresa

        October 5, 2015 at 11:57 am

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

  • 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.

    1. Teresa

      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.

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    March 14, 2015 at 10:23 am

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

    1. Teresa

      March 14, 2015 at 10:55 am

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

  • 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?

    1. Teresa

      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.

    2. Anonymous

      August 12, 2015 at 9:38 am

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

      1. Teresa

        August 12, 2015 at 12:12 pm

        Hope you enjoy the recipe.

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  • 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……….

    1. Teresa

      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.

  • mary

    December 18, 2014 at 7:47 pm

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

    1. Teresa

      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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