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Quick Dessert Cake

1 May 2009 10 Comments

On a recent week night, after eating dinner, we decided we wanted something sweet. Something that was really dessert, but didn’t take a long time to put together. We had a movie to watch and we wanted to get to it.

So, I jumped onto the Food Blog Search and typed in “quick dessert.” A whole bunch of things popped up, and a few items down, I found Millie’s Quick Dessert Cake. Not only did it, indeed, sound very quick, but it used canned pie filling – of which I have several I need to use up (how is it that I have several, I ask you? I never use them! Why did I buy them? I don’t understand). So, Quick Dessert Cake it was!

True to its description, this cake goes together very quickly – just a couple of minutes really. My boyfriend loved the cherry pie filling, and while I liked it, I would have liked it even better with fresh fruit, which is another suggested filling from the author. The only thing I did differently was to halve the recipe, as my pie filling can was a smaller one. It worked out perfectly for an 8″ square pan.

Next time you need a quick, easy dessert, give this one a try!

Quick Dessert Cake

Serves 9


  • 1/2 cup Unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 cups All purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 12 1/2 ounces Cherry pie filling
  • Powdered sugar for garnish


Preheat the oven to 350. Spray an 8″ or 9″ square baking pan with nonstick spray and set aside.

In large bowl cream together butter & sugar. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Add the vanilla extract. Add flour and baking powder and mix just until combined. The batter will be thick.

Spread batter evenly into the pan. Take pie filling and scatter all over the top of the cake.

Bake for 30-40 minutes until golden brown, or until center tests as done with a skewer (mine took about 35 minutes).

Cool and dust with powered sugar.


Nutritional Info calculated with BigOven Recipe Software

Calories: 270
Fat: 12g, Sat Fat: 7g
Fiber: 1g
Sugars: 17g
Protein: 3g

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  • Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary said:

    Thanks for making my Grandmas cake! It looks delicious! I make this all the time and vary the ingredients. In fact one of the ladies that follows my blog just made it with fresh pineapple and she said it was wonderful! Great blog…I’ll be checking back!

    Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary’s last blog post..Steamers

  • Digigirl said:

    Mmm… fresh pineapple sounds yummy! I was thinking maybe doing it with sliced bananas and some chocolate chips and seeing how that came out, too. Kind of endless possibilities, really. Thanks for sharing and for stopping by!

  • rebekka said:

    Woah, nice! I wonder if you could sub jam for the pie filling?

  • Digigirl said:

    I’ll bet you could! It seems like a pretty flexible recipe – try some fresh fruit, or some jam or some chocolate chips….

  • Marta said:

    This looks like a great idea for a busy weekday night! I’m always scrambling to make desserts. My family likes to have dessert every night and, because I love to experiment, I make tiny batches of everything. Fun, because I get to try out many recipes. Terrible, because I have to make something new pretty much every day! So, when I get back from work so tired that I don’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen, I’ll try this :)

    Marta’s last blog post..Familia’s Chicha

  • Digigirl said:

    That’s pretty much where I was that night. It is very quick and easy, and flexible because you can use whatever topping you happen to have around the house. Hope it works well for you!

  • Abby said:

    What a great dessert to throw together for unexpected visitors, too! Plus it’s pretty. Gotta love that.

    Thanks for stopping by. Love what you’ve got going on here!

    Abby’s last blog post..Easy Peanut Butter Cups

  • Ciaochowlinda said:

    This looks like something I might whip up after dinner but with either fresh fruit or maybe some jam. Thanks for stopping by my blog and giving me the chance to find you.

  • Ciaochowlinda said:

    whoops! I posted the wrong spelling for my name. silly me.

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  • Karina said:

    I too have cans of pie filling in my cupboard! Why do we do that? Anyhow, thanks for the recipe – it’s a delicious way of making more room in my cupboards!

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