I lived in Germany when I was little and I continue to love German desserts. Black Forest Cake is one of my faves, only I Americanized it and made it more amazing! I took my mom's great chocolate cake and added to it to create this masterpiece which recently took first place in the cake division of our city bake-off. My husband took the leftovers to a Chemistry Society meeting and they said that it was amazing and he didn't bring any back home with him. I hope you enjoy it just as much as those judges and those crazy chemists.

Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
26 mins
additional:
1 hr 10 mins
total:
2 hrs 1 min
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 3-layer 9-inch cake
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Cake:
Filling:

Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 9-inch round cake pans.

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  • Combine chocolate cake mix and instant pudding mix in a large bowl. Add eggs, water, and vegetable oil; mix well to combine. Mix in 1/2 cup maraschino cherry juice until smooth. Stir in cherry pieces and chocolate chips. Divide cake batter between prepared pans, filling each halfway.

  • Bake cakes in the preheated oven until toothpicks inserted in the centers come out clean, 26 to 32 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool, 10 minutes. Remove from pans and transfer to wire racks to cool completely, about 1 hour.

  • Beat heavy cream in a chilled glass or metal bowl with an electric mixer on low speed until foamy, about 1 minute. Add sugar and cream of tartar. Increase speed to high and beat until stiff peaks form, 4 to 6 minutes.

  • Spread 1/4 of the whipped cream evenly over the bottom cake layer. Cover whipped cream with a thin layer of pie filling. Place second layer of cake on top. Spread another 1/4 of the whipped cream over the second layer; cover with pie filling. Place third layer of cake on top. Spread remaining whipped cream on top; cover with remaining pie filling.

Cook's Notes:

Can be served the same day but is best if made the day before and put in the refrigerator overnight.

If the cake seems unstable, steady it by putting a wooden dowel through the center top of the cake if you plan on moving the cake much.

Garnish with chocolate shavings if desired.

Nutrition Facts

504 calories; protein 6.1g 12% DV; carbohydrates 64.7g 21% DV; fat 27.8g 43% DV; cholesterol 89.2mg 30% DV; sodium 466.8mg 19% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2017
I made it for a Christmas present for a neighbour. OMG it was fantastic now everyone wants one. It was the first time I had made a layer cake. Of course I had to try a difficult one. It's important to cool the cake and then chill (I left it overnight) before cutting and filling. The cake is rich and moist real whipped cream makes it. It is time consuming but worth it. Be prepared and it'll be Great. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/13/2016
I made this for my husbands birthday and our guests loved it. They all loved how moist the cake was and asked for additional slices to go. The only thing I did different was doubled the icing to put on the sides of the cake. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2017
I made it for a Christmas present for a neighbour. OMG it was fantastic now everyone wants one. It was the first time I had made a layer cake. Of course I had to try a difficult one. It's important to cool the cake and then chill (I left it overnight) before cutting and filling. The cake is rich and moist real whipped cream makes it. It is time consuming but worth it. Be prepared and it'll be Great. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/08/2017
This was really really good. I made it for my daughter's 22nd birthday (per her request) and it didn't disappoint. I doubled the whipped topping "icing" - I actually think you could do even more cause it makes it really feel light and fresh. I would also recommend to get 2 cans of the cherry pie filling. By the time I got to the top of the cake there wasn't enough of it visually for my liking. Overall a yummy cake that I will certainly make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2017
This cake was great. I did make changes that my family loved. I doubled the icing like the other reviewers suggested and added some vanilla to the icing. I used a mix of sour cherries sweet cherries and maraschino cherries (all canned)in the batter in between the layers and on top. I used extra cherry juice in the batter and added a few Tb of sour cream. I used the left over Cherry juice and combined with pectin and cherries to make a gel for the middle layers. After adding the cherries on top I melted chocolate and drizzled over the cherry top and down the sides. It was moist tasty and beautiful. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/23/2017
Double the frosting and use a pastry bag to spread the whip cream on top to make a nice presentation Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/06/2017
I followed the recipe exactly except I also doubled the whip cream to cover the cake plus I bought a 500ml container of whipping cream so I used the whole thing. The cake was really good a few things I would change if I make it again is omit the chocolate chips. They make the cake "crunchy and I prefer a plain cake. I let the cake sit for about 4 hours and the pieces fell apart next time I would refrigerate over night so it settles really well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2017
Yep! Pretty much heaven. I made this for work. I needed it to travel well so I did not put the cherry pie filling in or on it. I took the cherries separately and had people spoon it on to their slices of cake. They liked this because they could put as much or as little as they wanted. I also didn't want to take the time to pipe the icing on the cake and I don't like the way whipping cream looks when it is used like a frosting. So I shaved an ounce of semi-sweet chocolate on top of it. It worked out beautifully. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2019
No changes. Everybody loved it even those who are not crazy about chocolate. Holiday dessert for sure. Read More