These Cherry Dessert Cake Bars are so easy to make and they taste wonderful. Make them for dessert and serve with ice cream or have them with coffee. Either way they are delicious and you can use any kind of pie filling in the recipe. They would be great to take to any gathering or to serve friends and family on game day or holidays

1 (15.25 ounce) box Pillsbury yellow cake mix (could use white cake mix)
1/4 cup butter or 4 tablespoons, melted
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (20 ounce) can cherry pie filling
1 cup coconut
1 cup nuts, (walnuts or pecans)



Mix the dry cake mix with the 4 tablespoons melted butter, milk, eggs and vanilla extract using a mixer. Spray a 10 x 15 jelly roll pan with cooking spray. (You can line pan with foil and then spray or do it without the foil) Spread the cake mix over the bottom of the pan. Drop the cherry pie filling by teaspoons on top of the cake mix. Sprinkle on the coconut and nuts. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Drizzle on powdered sugar glaze below.




1 cup powdered sugar
3 to 4 tablespoons milk

Whisk together and drizzle over cake.

I cut this in serving size pieces and put in a large Tupperware container with foil between the layers. It keeps several days in the refrigerator and is good cold or reheated.

Makes about 12 large servings. Enjoy!


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  1. when do you put on the optional pudding layer and in what order?

    • The Southern Lady says:

      I do not put in a pudding layer with this cake, Kelly. It does not call for pudding anywhere.

  2. Wendy Petruska says:

    I don’t have the 10 x 15 pan and I don’t want to buy one just for this so would it be ok to use the 9×13. I did see someone else may have done this but I would like your opinion.

    • The Southern Lady says:

      I think it would be ok Wendy but I have not tried it. The 10 x 15 is just a baking sheet like you cook biscuits on with a lip around the side. The 9 x 13 will make the cake part thicker I think. That should be the difference.

  3. The cake rose and covered up cherries and pecans. What did I do wrong?

  4. Judy this looks SO good! Pinning it right now.

  5. Looks delish, does it need the coconut. Not a favorite in our home.

  6. I enjoy your recipes. Are your cook books available in stores?

  7. Delores Greenwood says:

    How do I get one of your cookbooks and how much are they?

  8. That looks so good and easy.. thank you for this recipe..Definitely will make it…

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