Black Forest Cake Recipes

Chocolate cake, cherries, and whipped cream come together in this decadent, German dessert. Whether it's dump cake, cheesecake, or the traditional, find the best black forest cake recipes here.

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Black Forest Cake I

Rating: 4.51 stars
This recipe delivers a classic version of the original Black Forest cake with whipped cream frosting and sour cherries.

Black Forest Brownie Dump Cake

This simple dump cake is super sweet and indulgent with a classic pairing of cherries and chocolate. Salted butter balances out the sweetness and adds rich flavor to the gooey chocolate brownie topping. Serve this warm dessert with cold vanilla ice cream for the perfect bite!

Quick Black Forest Cake

Rating: 4.65 stars
This version of Black Forest cake gets you an easy, delicious, and moist cake by using cherry pie filling and devil's food cake mix.

Black Forest Cake II

Rating: 4.32 stars
Wonderful chocolate layer cake which is soaked in Kirsch liqueur, with cherry filling.

Black Forest Cheesecakes

Rating: 5 stars
A Yuletide treat, these easy mini-cheesecakes combine the perfect match of chocolate and cherries.

Unbelievably Easy Slow Cooker Black Forest Cake

Rating: 3.89 stars
This recipe is amazing. It seems too good to be true, with only four ingredients and almost no preparation involved. I was worried about how this would turn out, but it was a huge hit at Thanksgiving. This can be altered to your liking by using different pie fillings and different cake mixes.

Jenny's Black Forest Cake

Rating: 4.74 stars
This recipe is from a friend of my mother's. She used it for catering and has won the hearts of most who've tasted it. I've had to share this recipe with everyone who's been to one of my parties. Serve with whipped cream if desired.

Black Forest Cake Icing

Rating: 4.67 stars
This recipe is great with black forest cake or on any other cake. Pair this icing with cherry pie filling and your favorite chocolate cake recipe for a delicious Black Forest cake.

Black Forest Dump Cake II

Rating: 4.2 stars
This recipe is so easy even kids can do it! Cherry pie filling, canned cherries and chocolate cake mix are all dumped into a pan and baked!

Black Forest Cupcakes

Rating: 4.33 stars
So delicious! These homemade chocolate cupcakes are filled with black cherry jam and topped with whipped cream, maraschino cherries, and grated chocolate.

"Pretty Much a Piece of Heaven" Black Forest Cake

Rating: 4.75 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.

Black Forest Dump Cake I

Rating: 4.13 stars
You can vary this dump cake by using apple pie filling and white, golden, or spice cake mix. Serve with whipped cream or soft ice cream.

Inspiration and Ideas

Black Forest Chocolate Cake
Rating: Unrated
The recipe for this well loved cake has been altered to reduce the fat content. It uses fat free sweetened condensed milk and an oil substitute. It is not frosted, unlike the traditional cake, but does have a cherry topping.
Easy Dressed-Up Black Forest Cake
Rating: Unrated
After traveling to Germany and loving their Black Forest Cake, I came home wanting to recreate it with what I had at the time. I was 17 and could only purchase, not yet create, so here is what I did. To this day my son requests it for his birthday every year. Pie filling should ooze out - this is the art of the cake!

Black Forest Cheesecake

Rating: 4.6 stars

I won a baking contest with this cake. This is very rich, delicious, and worth the time it takes to make it.