Cherries Jubilee is a dessert that has been passed down within my family for more than 20 years. Probably like 40 years, tops, ever since lo the days of 1964. Cue Mad Men theme song.
One day, as my grandmother tells the story, she was in her kitchen when she heard a knock on the door, and yea, it was the Tupperware Saleslady. The Saleslady wanted my grandmother to be learned of the ways of the Tupperware Store ‘N Serve, a device you could store food in while you served it at the same time. So she showed my grandmother how to make Cherries Jubilee, this thing she made up that has the name of another dessert you LIGHT ON FIRE! Sorry, this one doesn’t light on fire which is a HUGE let down.
She told my grandmother all those years ago that this dessert could be prepared and stored in the same dish, if you can believe it, and thus, a legend was born.
Ok so maybe not legend since the recipe doesn’t exist online, but last year my friend Jamie’s son was sick and cranky at our Thanksgiving party, and cried and cried until he had a bite of this and then all the sudden wasn’t crying anymore! So, if anything, baby silencer!
- Angel food cake (store bought is fine, Ina Garten)
- 1 can cherry pie filling
- 1 bar cream cheese (maybe more?)
- 1 container whipped topping (maybe more!)
- 1-2 cups of powdered sugar
So, you’re going to need a deep and wide pan. Like a 9”x12” or something will do, but if you want to double the recipe and get a huge buffet server, go for it. I’m not standing in the way!
Slice the angel food cake so it’s no more than 1” thick and covers the pan. Just sort of squish it all in there. It’ll look awkward but no one is going to see it. The wonders of the Store ‘N Serve!
Mix the cream cheese and whipped topping together, slowly sifting in the powdered sugar. Aaaannnnnddd now we get to start tasting it. Too sweet? Add more cream cheese! Tastes like a bagel? Add more sugar! HOLY SHIT THE FILLING DOUBLED IN SIZE JUST EAT IT!
Spread the mixture on the angel food cake, being careful that it’s not at the top of the pan already. If it is, you’ll need to
eat scrape some off the top. Now it’s time to break out your spatula shaped like a cupcake and spread the cherries on top.
Yep, got a little messy. It’s ok, you’re serving it in this dish that you’re storing it in!
This is my entire family tree right here. People will eat this like there’s no tomorrow, which there may not be for them if they eat too much.
Can I use another kind of pie filling? I have no idea. Probably!
What if I don’t have a spatula shaped like a cupcake? Well, then I mourn for you.