Black Forest Dessert Cake Recipe
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Black Forest Dessert Cake Recipe

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“The cake is a traditional German dessert. When my daughter went to Germany on a backpacking trip, she said the streets were lined with pastry shops.” —Patricia Rutherford, Winchester, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 package (9 ounces) devil's food cake mix
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 349 calories, 12g fat (8g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 269mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (40g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein


  1. In a small bowl, beat the cake mix, water and egg on medium speed for 3-4 minutes. Pour into a greased 9-in. springform pan; place pan on a baking sheet.
  2. Bake at 350° for 23-25 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until fluffy; fold in whipped topping. Spread pie filling over cake; top with cream cheese mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours. Remove sides of pan. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Black Forest Cake in Taste of Home October/November 2008, p45

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Reviewed Mar. 16, 2014

"I don't often use cake mixes, but I needed an easy quick dessert using ingredients I had on hand. I am glad I chose this cake. Myy husband rated it very good. March 28th is National Black Forest Cake Day"

Reviewed Jul. 24, 2013

"I have made this numerous times and it always turns out delicious! Very simple to make too. Sometimes I make a lighter version using lite whipped topping and light cherry pie filling. Can't go wrong with this recipe."

Reviewed Dec. 18, 2011

"I couldn't find 9oz of chocolate cake mix so I was unsure of whether to use the one cup of water still or not, so I followed the box directions for an 18.5oz box. Besides it taking forever to bake this in a springform pan, this cake just doesn't taste homemade. Very disappointed."

Reviewed Jul. 30, 2011

"Loved this recipe. Turned out excellent and was very easy to make."

Reviewed Mar. 7, 2011

"Very easy, very delicious. Made a beautiful cake for my daughter and mother-in-law's birthdays."

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