This dessert is called 'Heaven on Earth,' and it couldn't be more true


Servings: 10

Prep Time: 20 mins

Cook Time: 1 hr

Total Time: 1 hr, 20 mins


1 ¾ cups superfine sugar

¼ teaspoon salt

1 cup cake flour

12 egg whites, room temperature

1/3 cup warm water

1 teaspoon almond extract

1 ½ teaspoons cream of tartar

4 cups cherries, fresh or thawed if frozen

4 tablespoons cornstarch

2/3 cup sugar

Juice of ½ lemon

1 cup heavy whipping cream

3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar


Preheat Oven: Set your oven to 350°F (175°C).

Prepare Dry Ingredients: Sift together half of the sugar, salt, and cake flour.

Make the Meringue: In a stand mixer, whisk egg whites, water, almond extract, and cream of tartar for 2 minutes on medium-high. Gradually add the remaining sugar, continuing to whisk until medium peaks form.

Fold in Dry Ingredients: Gently fold in the sifted dry ingredients until fully incorporated.

Bake the Cake: Grease a 9x9 cake pan, transfer the mixture into it, and bake for 20-30 minutes. Let it cool before turning out onto a wire rack.

Prepare Cherry Filling: Cook cherries, cornstarch, sugar, and lemon juice in a saucepan over medium heat until thick. Adjust sweetness as desired.

Cut and Assemble: Once the cake is cool, cut it into 1-inch squares. Whip the cream and confectioners' sugar until stiff peaks form.

Layer the Cake: In a casserole dish, layer cake cubes, ¾ of the cherry mixture, remaining cake cubes, and dollops of whipped cream. Drizzle with the remaining cherry mixture.