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Black Forest Cheesecake

I have brought this popular cheesecake to every gathering since I created the recipe many years ago. My family asks for it all the time, and I'm happy to make it. —Christine Ooyen, Winnebago, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 chocolate crumb crust (9 inches)
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
  • 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling


  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in sour cream and vanilla. Fold in whipped topping. Spread half of the mixture evenly into crust. Fold cocoa and confectioners' sugar into remaining whipped topping mixture; carefully spread over cream cheese layer. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  • Cut into pieces; top each piece with cherry pie filling.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 469 calories, 24g fat (15g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 213mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (38g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • Iwona
    May 19, 2019

    Taste is awesome but the recipe needs couple fixings because if you need a 8” cheesecake the ingredients should be: 4 x 8 oz cream cheese 1 cup of sour cream 2/3 of confectioners sugar 3 teaspoons of vanilla Oreo’s crushed ( 1 row out of the whole pack ) for bottom 16 oz whipped cream topping And this is how I did it and it was amazing by cutting out sugar and substitute it which confectioners sugar.

  • diannevdv
    Feb 13, 2019

    I can not use Cool Whip anymore due to really unhealthy ingredients, some of which I can not pronounce. This recipe deserves real whipped cream. I found out that real whipped cream can be stabilized with gelatin (directions on internet) and substituted for Cool Whip. I will f/u .

  • annamossburg
    Apr 1, 2018

    This was easy and fast. I made my own crust though.

  • GoodyQueen
    Feb 10, 2018

    This is simple and delicious! Fast too!

  • Gail
    Dec 24, 2017

    Very good

  • Aman
    Oct 9, 2017

    Very Good, I will probably make again. Really this cake recipe is very helpful for everyone. Thanks for sharing this nice cake recipe.

  • mwalker21
    May 14, 2016

    This may look like it took forever, but the recipe is quite easy and the cheesecake was fabulous! I will absolutely make this again. Beautiful and Delicious!

  • wunsagin
    Mar 19, 2016

    Perfection! Love it when a recipe turns out and I don't have to make any changes. Our new favorite!

  • rockscats
    Jun 5, 2015

    Excellent. and easy to make

  • gnome42
    Jun 17, 2014

    Very refreshing easy pie, used real whipping cream and spooned cherry pie filling over the white layer and topped with cocoa filling. A little cherry pie filling on top for decoration. Delicious.