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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NanZim User ID: 3929200 66721
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"

DoggieMom2 User ID: 5596773 162701
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."

pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 93776
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."

cottoncandyhigh User ID: 6126230 161767
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2011

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

MY REVIEW User ID: 193450 162012
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2011

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

Genowefa User ID: 4395145 162009
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2011

"This cake is delicious. Thank you Patricia for submitting this recipe. It's going in my favorites."

Samo21 User ID: 3351000 167580
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2010

"This cake is AWESOME!!! I have made this 4 times and it is a Huge hit everytime. Everyone is always raving about how pretty it looks and that it tastes SO Delicious! Not to mention, it is real easy to put together."

MY REVIEW User ID: 1332978 94007
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2010

"9oz. cake mixes aren't around anymore. One 18oz. mix=2cups per cake. It works,just fine, follow same egg and water as directed. Have made it several times."

little_lady321 User ID: 5005651 162609
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2010

"It was very moist, rich and amazing! This is my brother's and my favorite cake. I made it for Easter and everyone raved about it! Very happy with it, and would definitely make it again!"

plumshoe User ID: 923064 208457
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2010

"I 'tweeked' this recipe alittle. I used the chocolate snack cake recipe from Betty Crocker's cookbook, it makes exactly one round 8-inch cake. Or you could probably use the Jiffy brand chocolate cake mix, I think it makes one 8-inch. Add your canned cherries, and follow directions to whip up the cream cheese topping."

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