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."

[email protected] 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."

[email protected] 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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