Black Forest Cake

By WKBW Directors

Black Forest Cake


Black Forest Cake
12 to 16 servings
  1 package (18-1/4 ounces) devil's food cake mix
3 eggs
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling, drained with 1/2 cup sauce reserved
1 cup (1/2 pint) heavy cream
3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
1 container (16 ounces) chocolate frosting


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat two 9-inch round cake pans with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, water, oil, and the reserved 1/2 cup cherry sauce; mix well. Divide the batter evenly between the cake pans.
  3. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then invert onto wire racks to cool completely.
  4. Beat the heavy cream until stiff peaks form; beat in the confectioners' sugar. Place a cooled cake layer upside down on a serving platter and cover the top with half of the whipped cream; scatter the cherries over the whipped cream.
  5. Place the second cake layer over the first and frost the sides with the chocolate frosting. Frost the top with the 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.

Cake Decorating Tips

  • Over a basic cake (frosted or not), drizzle a contrasting color of canned frosting that we warmed, or some melted chocolate chips, for some razzle-dazzle!
  • Dip fresh strawberries in melted chocolate and arrange them on top of a cake for a real eye-catching presentation.
  • Make an easy version of Black Forest Cake by cutting a store-bought chocolate cake in half horizontally, spreading a layer of whipped cream and canned cherry pie filling in the center, replacing the top, layering on more pie filling, and garnishing it with whipped cream and the shavings from a grated candy bar.
  • Give a frosted vanilla layer cake a tropical makeover by placing pineapple slices and maraschino cherries on top, and sprinkled toasted coconut on the sides.
  • Transform a frozen store-bought cheesecake into a gourmet favorite in minutes by topping it with pantry staples like crushed sandwich cookies, chocolate and caramel sauce.

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