Cherry Berries On A Cloud
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 Dessert, Snickers 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!
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!
Doesn’t Cherry Berries On A Cloud look glorious? It sure is a heavenly dessert!
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!
Cherry Berries On A Cloud is the perfect dessert for Christmas or Valentine’s Day.
Here’s what I did.
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.
Keep adding sugar until all is incorporated and the egg whites become stiff.
Spray a 9×13″ glass baking dish with Baker’s Joy Cooking Spray. Smooth meringue into the dish.
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.
Prepare filling: Soften cream cheese in large mixing bowl. Add sugar and vanilla.
Beat mixture until smooth. Set aside.
Whip 2 cups of HEAVY whipping cream with an electric mixer until thickened. Don’t use any substitutes.
Here the heavy whipping cream has been whipped until it’s stiff.
Add whipped cream to the cream cheese mixture in mixing bowl.
Add miniature marshmallows.
Stir carefully to combine.
Spread cream cheese mixture over top of baked meringue and refrigerate at least four hours.
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.
Add a can of cherry pie filling. Duncan Hines now makes pie filling WITHOUT high fructose corn syrup. Yay!
Stir fruits to combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
To serve: Cut dessert into 16 pieces. Place a piece on a serving plate. Spoon berry filling over top.
This shows the interior of the dessert without the topping.
Drizzle Cherry-Berry glaze over individual servings. I love fluffy desserts, especially with fruit topping.
Okay, guys, try out Cherry Berries On A Cloud on your wives next Valentine’s Day and you will rock their world!
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)
- [b]MERINGUE CRUST:[/b]
- 6 egg whites
- ½ tsp. cream of tartar
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 1 ¾ cups sugar[br]
- 6-oz. cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 2 cups whipping cream, whipped
- 2 cups miniature marshmallows[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
- In a mixing bowl, beat egg whites, cream of tartar and salt until foamy.
- Gradually add the sugar, beating on high until stiff peaks form (do not underbeat).
- Spread evenly in a greased 9×13” baking dish.
- Bake at 275° for 1 hour; turn off oven ([u]do not open door[/u]).
- Let cool in oven overnight or for at least 12 hours. [br]
- Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth; gently fold in cream and marshmallows.
- Spread over meringue.
- Chill for 4 hours. [br]
- Combine topping ingredients.
- Refrigerate topping until ready to serve.[br]
- Cut dessert into 16 pieces.
- Spoon ¼ cup topping over each serving.
- Refrigerate leftovers.
Cherry Berries On A Cloud is a fabulous dessert for holiday entertaining, special occasion birthdays, anniversaries, or Valentine’s Day.
Honestly, this dessert is not near as hard to make as it looks.
Cherry Berries On A Cloud is probably one of my top three favorite desserts of all time! It’s sensational.