Black Forest Cake

Black Forest Cake

Brian CampbellCamfam Cookery
Off-the-shelf all-American ingredients like devil's food cake mix and cherry pie filling are your passport to our version of this German classic Black Forest Cake recipe. It's a rich and decadent dessert that'll make you look like a pastry chef!
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine German
Servings 12
Calories 531 kcal


  • 16.5 oz devil's food cake mix 1 package
  • 3 eggs
  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 21 oz cherry pie filling 21-ounce can cherry pie filling, drained, with 1/2 cup sauce reserved
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp confectioners’ sugar
  • 16 oz chocolate frosting 16-ounce container


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat two (9-inch) round cake pans with cooking spray.
  • In a medium bowl, combine cake mix, eggs, water, oil, and reserved cherry sauce; mix well. Divide batter evenly between prepared cake pans.
  • Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Allow to cool 10 minutes, then invert onto wire racks to cool completely.
  • Beat heavy cream until stiff peaks form; beat in confectioners’ sugar. Place a cooled cake layer upside down on a serving platter and cover top with half of the whipped cream; spoon cherries over whipped cream.
  • Place second cake layer over first and frost sides with chocolate frosting. Frost top with remaining whipped cream. Serve, or cover loosely and chill until ready to serve.
  • Finishing Touch
  • For that elegant finishing touch, top the cake with chocolate curls and additional cherries or chocolate-covered cherries.
  • Plus, don’t forget to check out other German dessert favorites like The Ultimate German Chocolate Cake!
  • If you liked this recipe, be sure to check out our free eBook, Classic Cakes: 24 Easy Cake Recipes to Enjoy Year-Round!


Calories: 531kcalCarbohydrates: 70gProtein: 4gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 407mgPotassium: 286mgFiber: 3gSugar: 37gVitamin A: 396IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 100mgIron: 3mg
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