Cherry-Pistachio Naked Cake

This Cherry Pistachio Naked Cake so delicious, you wouldn't guess it is so easy to make!

I have no idea why, but this Cherry Pistachio Naked Cake was kind of inspired by my love of the Royal Family!  

Please tell me I am a not the only Royal watcher.  I blame it on my grandparents.  Well, more my Nana really.  Although my Poppa was from England, my Nana did bear quite a resemblance to the Queen.  I remember her being in England during the Silver Jubilee and being quite excited about all the pomp and circumstance.  Even though I was only 12 years old at the time I do remember waking up before dawn to watch all the festivities.

Waking up before dawn to watch Royal events has been a mainstay over the years.  Prince Charles and Diana’s wedding, and then Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson was particularly eventful because they got married just 3 days before my husband and I.  Watching a royal wedding just a few days before your own can really take the excitement to a whole other level!  I am happy to report we have long outlasted that royal marriage!

This easy Cherry Pistachio Naked Cake is a keeper!

This last royal wedding was of course was that of Prince William and Kate.  That day my sister and I converged on my mom’s house in the wee hours of the morning to watch the ceremony.  Such a royal event requires the appropriate refreshments.  Homemade scones and clotted cream.  Or should I say clotted cream with a bit of homemade scone on the side!

This heavenly cherry pistachio naked cake reminds me of not only the clotted cream and scones, but also reminds me a bit of the crown jewels!  

The perfect summer dessert! Cherry Pistachio Naked Cake

The rich color of the fresh sweet cherries and the subtle color of the the pistachios make it just as pretty to look at as it is delicious to eat!

The best part of this yummy dessert is that it is so easy to make I feel silly calling it a recipe!  It looks like a lot of pomp and circumstance, but is so simple!

When it comes to summertime, the easier the recipe the better.  Like these fresh fruit meringue tarts. Although I made the meringue shells, you could just as easily use prepared shells from the grocery store.

An easy naked cake stuffed with fresh sweet cherries, pistachios and cream

As far as the Royal Family goes, since Prince Harry is reportedly seriously involved with an actress living right up the highway in Toronto maybe there will soon be another reason to get up in the wee hours of the morning and eat scones and cream!

Until next time…..

This Cherry Pistachio Naked Cake so delicious, you wouldn't guess it is so easy to make!

Cherry-Pistachio Naked Cake

Yield: 8 Servings
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

I have no idea why, but this Cherry Pistachio Naked Cake was kind of inspired by my love of the Royal Family! An easy layer cake that starts with a cake mix, but ends as a decadent dessert that looks as good as it tastes.


  • 1 French Vanilla boxed cake mix plus ingredients to prepare
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh sweet cherries
  • 1/2 cup shelled pistachio nuts, chopped
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 2 envelopes Whip It (whip cream stabilizer)
  • 5 tablespoons confectioners sugar


  1. Prepare cake mix according to package directions using 2 - 8 inch round cake pans, bake and set aside to cool completely
  2. Meanwhile chop cherries into small pieces, reserving a few for decoration. Rough chop pistachios, reserving some for decoration.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer add the whipping cream, Whip It, and confectioners sugar; whip just until stiff peaks form. Do not over whip.
  4. Gently fold cherries and pistachios into the prepared whipped cream
  5. When cake is completely cool, cut each layer in half horizontally. Using spatula add a generous layer of whipped cream mixture to bottom cake layer, spreading just to edges. Carefully top with next layer of cake, another layer of whipped cream mixture, repeating until all four layers are added, ending with a large dollop of whipped cream on the top. Spread topping within an inch or so of the edges and sprinkle with reserved cherries and pistachio pieces.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 484Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 493mgCarbohydrates: 64gFiber: 1gSugar: 38gProtein: 4g

Nutritional information is provided by Nutritionix and may differ depending on the brands of products used.

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  1. Looks delicious! Do you think I could pass this off as a Canada Day dessert this Saturday? It looks simple enough to make that I believe even I could throw it together quite quickly. Yes, with those red cherries atop the cake, it screams CANADA or at least Ontario or BC!

    Enjoy the upcoming holiday weekend, Maureen and an early “Happy Canada Day” to you and your family!

    1. Oh definitely Jan!! Maybe pop a little Canadian Flag or two in the top for an extra bit of Canadiana!! Happy Canada Day to you as well 🙂

  2. What a perfect looking cake! I love it when sweet cherries are in season. I also love the idea of getting together for clotted cream and scones to watch a royal wedding. What fun!