The Easy Old-Fashioned Cherry Dessert My Friends Ask Me to Make Every Summer


Ah, summer. The season of sun-kissed days, warm nights, and gatherings with friends and family. And what’s a summer gathering without a sweet treat to satisfy our sweet tooth? For me, that treat is an old-fashioned cherry dessert that’s become a staple in my social circle. Every year, without fail, my friends beg me to make it for our summer get-togethers, and I’m happy to oblige.

This dessert is a classic, and for good reason. It’s easy to make, requires minimal ingredients, and is a crowd-pleaser. The best part? It’s a nostalgic throwback to summers past, when life was simpler and desserts were made with love and care.

The Recipe

So, what’s the magic behind this beloved dessert? It’s surprisingly simple. Here’s what you’ll need:

 1 can of cherry pie filling
 1 package of yellow cake mix
 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
 1/2 cup of melted butter
 1/2 cup of chopped pecans (optional)

Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). In a 9×13 inch baking dish, mix together the cherry pie filling and granulated sugar. Next, prepare the cake mix according to the package instructions, but don’t bake it yet. Pour the cake mix over the cherry mixture, spreading it evenly to cover the entire surface. Drizzle the melted butter over the top of the cake mix, followed by a sprinkle of chopped pecans if you’re feeling fancy.

Bake the dessert for 40-45 minutes, or until the cake is golden brown and the cherry filling is bubbly. Let it cool for a few minutes before serving warm, topped with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream if you like.

Why It’s a Summer Staple

So, what makes this dessert so special? For starters, it’s incredibly easy to make. No need to spend hours in the kitchen perfecting a complicated recipe. This one’s a breeze, even for the most novice bakers.

Next, it’s a crowd-pleaser. The combination of sweet cherry filling and moist yellow cake is a match made in heaven. And let’s not forget the nostalgia factor – this dessert is a throwback to summers past, when life was simpler and desserts were made with love and care.

Finally, it’s a versatile dessert that can be customized to fit your summer gathering. Want to make it more festive? Add some red and blue sprinkles on top. Want to make it more decadent? Top it with a scoop of ice cream and some caramel sauce.


This old-fashioned cherry dessert is a summer staple for a reason. It’s easy, delicious, and nostalgic – everything you want in a warm-weather treat. So, the next time you’re hosting a summer gathering, give this recipe a try. Your friends will thank you, and you’ll be the star of the show.

And who knows? You might just start a new summer tradition.


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