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Black Forest Dessert Cake Recipe

Black Forest Dessert Cake Recipe

“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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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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."

Reviewed Jan. 18, 2011

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

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."

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."

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!"

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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