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Cherry Charlotte Dessert

    A super simple Cherry Charlotte Dessert. Buy some ladyfingers and canned pie filling, then make a no-bake cheesecake filling and layer it all together. It’s so pretty to serve and couldn’t be easier to make.

    Lead in image of the Cherry Charlotte on a cake platter with ladyfinger cookies on the side.

    Cherry Charlotte Dessert

    Looking for an easy dessert that you don’t have to slave away in the kitchen for? A special treat that will knock your guests socks off? A sweet treat that you can prepare the day before and not have to worry about? Need something that will serve a lot of hungry guests and leave them satisfied?

    Then, darling – this Cherry Charlotte Dessert is exactly what you’re looking for. It’s perfect for any celebration and makes a wonderful birthday cake. This one was for my mama 🙂

    An overhead horizontal image of the Charlotte dessert focusing on the cherry topping and mint sprig.

    I made it to celebrate my Mom’s birthday. Every January 13th, my mom turns 39 again. I think she’s turned 39 for the past 3o-something years 🙂 She’s off celebrating with her girlfriends in beautiful Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. My mom doesn’t bake and she hates to cook, but I think that even she can manage this easy dessert. Happy Birthday, Mama! We hope you had a wonderful day!

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    Ladyfinger Cookies

    Buying Ladyfingers in the grocery store is the easiest way to start with this recipe. I found them near the strawberries, but you may also find them in the bakery section. These are light and fluffy little cake-like treats.

    If you are more adventurous, you can always bake your own Ladyfingers as I did for my homemade Tiramisu recipe.

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    Use a Springform Pan

    To make these Charlotte easy to serve, make it in a 9-inch Springform Pan. A Springform pan has a clasp on the outer ring that allows you to separate it from the base.

    Once the dessert has set overnight, simply unclasp the ring, and transfer it to a serving platter. It’s so easy!

    No-Bake Cheesecake Filling

    I loved the lemony cheesecake filling with the cherry pie filling. It was a great flavor combination. Of course, you can use blueberry pie filling or strawberry instead. Whatever your taste buds love!

    No-bake Cheesecake is the perfect filling for a Charlotte. Some recipes will use a mousse, pastry cream, or even just pudding. The cheesecake gives it extra depth and simply tastes amazing!

    Another image of the slice of cherry cheesecake Charlotte on a plate with a bowl of lemons in the background.

    If you are ready to celebrate, this is a big 9-inch Charlotte and it will serve a crowd! It’s the perfect dessert to take to your book club or church group. The kids and adults will gobble it up in no time.

    Another image of the slice of cherry cheesecake Charlotte on a plate with a bowl of lemons in the background.

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    Cherry Charlotte Dessert

    Call all the ladies - I'm serving this quick and easy Cherry Charlotte dessert. There's a video just to show you how easy it is!

    A super simple Cherry Charlotte Dessert. Buy some ladyfingers and canned pie filling, then make a no-bake cheesecake filling and layer it all together. It’s so pretty to serve and couldn’t be easier to make.

    Prep Time 20 minutes
    Chill Time 12 hours
    Total Time 12 hours 20 minutes


    • 2 – 3 packages of Ladyfingers
    • 8 oz cream cheese
    • 1 C + 1 teaspoon sugar
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
    • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
    • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
    • 2 C whipping cream
    • 1 can Cherry Pie filling (or filling of choice)


      1. Place cake board on the bottom of a springform pan. Add a layer of ladyfingers on the bottom and sides of the pan. Set aside.
      2. Cream the cream cheese, 1 cup of sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, lemon juice, and grated lemon in a bowl until smooth. Set aside.
      3. Whip the heavy cream, 1 teaspoon of sugar, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla to stiff peaks. Gradually fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture.
      4. Spread half the cream cheese into the pan. Layer half the can of cherry filling. Arrange a layer of ladyfingers in a spoke pattern over top. Evenly spread the remaining cream cheese mixture. Top with remaining pie filling.
      5. Refrigerate overnight before serving.


      It’s easiest to slice it while it’s cold and if you want pretty slices, wipe off the knife after each cut.

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      I'm Karyn, a mom and wife, and I founded this little baking blog. Baking and making desserts have been my passion since I was a kid. I love experimenting with different flavors and sharing delicious recipes with all of you. Read more.

      24 thoughts on “Cherry Charlotte Dessert”

        1. She had a great birthday with her friends and she’s patiently waiting for me to visit and make this for her… I have no doubt you can make some GF ladyfingers and enjoy this dessert.

      1. Hello.. what a delicious recipe. I’ve never seen such soft ladyfingers. The only one I can find here are the ones that are something like biscotti but on the softer side. Will that work?

        1. The soft ladyfingers can usually be found where the fruit is in the stores. Most likely by the berries. I find the more cookie/crunchy ones in the cookie isle. Hope that helps.

      2. I would like to make this recipe. Could you clarify the can size for the cherries, and which brand of lady fingers you used? The ones I have are about double the size of the springform pan depth. Thank you.

        1. Hi Laurie, I just picked up standard lady fingers in the bakery section of my grocery store. I don’t know why they would be so big. And the cherry pie filling is just a standard sized 21 oz can of Lucky Leaf pie filling.
          I hope you love it as much as we did!

      3. hi i am in london and we get only hard / firm ladyfingers ( sort of biscuit like ). do you think they will work in this dessert ? thank you

        1. Most likely not, these need to be soft and flexible. They are being used to replace a sponge cake. If you can’t get soft lady fingers you’ll want to slice a cake and wrap it around the pan like I did in htt:// This will work much better.

        1. I’m not 100% sure about using crunchy biscuits. If you maybe give them a dip in liquid that’ll help soften them, like in tiramisu. If you don’t want to dip them, maybe use a sponge cake. That’s what I used in this Jewel Cake. Line the bottom and sides with a thinly cut sponge cake and that should work out perfectly.

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