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"Pretty Much a Piece of Heaven" Black Forest Cake

Rated as 4.75 out of 5 Stars

"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."
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2 h 1 m servings 504
Original recipe yields 12 servings (1 3-layer 9-inch cake)


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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 9-inch round cake pans.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 504 calories; 27.8 64.7 6.1 89 467 Full nutrition

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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 impor...

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 ...

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...

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 ...

Double the frosting and use a pastry bag to spread the whip cream on top to make a nice presentation

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...

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 fe...