EASY Black Forest Cake Recipe (2024)

This Easy Black Forest Cake is exactly what the title says it is. It is so simple to make, and full of amazing flavor. It only takes a few minutes to throw together and is so yummy.

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So, it was my birthday this past week and this Easy Black Forest Cake is what I usually request for my birthday. My mom has been making it for as long as I can remember and it seriously is so simple to make.

It makes two cakes using two 8 or 9 inch cake pans, and nobody is opposed to two birthday cakes, am I right?

My favorite layer of the cake is the fluffy cream cheese layer. It adds the perfect amount of tang and creamy texture that the cake needs.

If you have never tried black forest cake, you need to stop what you are doing and make it right now.

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WHAT COULD I USE INSTEAD OF CHERRY PIE FILLING?

I am not usually a cherry pie filling kind of girl, but with this cake, I honestly can’t get enough. It tastes so yummy. If you have never tried it with the cherry pie filling, I highly recommend you do. However, you could easily switch it up.

Here are a few other recommendations, I am sure you will love:

  • Strawberry Pie Filling (I like to use the pie filling gel, then add my own fresh strawberries).
  • Raspberry Pie Filling
  • Blackberry Pie Filling (this one also tastes amazing with fresh blackberries)
  • Blueberry Pie Filling

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How to make Easy Black Forest Cake:

Spray 2 8″ or 9″ pans with non-stick cooking spray. Prepare cake mix with water, eggs and vegetable oil called for on cake mix directions. Split batter evenly between both pans and bake, following directions on back of cake mix box. Let cakes cool completely and remove from pans.

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In a large bowl, mix together cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Fold in Cool Whip. Divide evenly and spread half of whipped cream mixture over each cake.

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Top each cake with cherry pie filling. Refrigerate cakes until ready to serve.

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COULD I MAKE THIS BLACK FORREST CAKE USING A DIFFERENT CAKE MIX?

I am all about chocolate, however, you could easily switch out the chocolate cake mix for a vanilla or white.

If you use a white or vanilla cake mix, it will be very similar to ourStrawberries and Cream Cakerecipe.

We highly recommend giving either flavor a try because chocolate and white cake, are both delicious with this recipe.

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This No Bake Eclair Cake is light and rich and the same time. It is so rich and creamy, you won’t be able to resist. Plus that chocolate layer on top, really adds to the chocolatey goodness. It really is like an eclair in cake form.

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Serves: 16

EASY Black Forest Cake Recipe

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This Easy Black Forest Cake is exactly what the title says it is. It is so simple to make, and full of amazing flavor. It only takes a few minutes to throw together and is so yummy.

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Ingredients

Chocolate cake:

  • 1 Devil's Food cake mix (I used 15.25 ounces Betty Crocker cake mix)
  • water, eggs, and oil called for in cake mix directions

Cream layer:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 8 ounces Cool Whip Whipped Topping

Fruit Topping:

  • Your favorite pie filling*

Instructions

  • Spray 2 8" or 9" pans with non-stick cooking spray. Prepare cake mix with water, eggs and vegetable oil called for on cake mix directions. Split batter evenly between both pans and bake, following directions on back of cake mix box. Let cakes cool completely and remove from pans.

  • In a large bowl, mix together cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Fold in Cool Whip. Divide evenly and spread half of whipped cream mixture over each cake.

  • Top each cake with cherry pie filling. Refrigerate cakes until ready to serve.

Notes

*I just buy the biggest can of cherry pie filling that I can find and it will usually cover both cakes. I love it with cherry, but my husband and sisters love strawberries (hence the different toppings in the pictures!). Really, any kind of fruit filling would be excellent on here. When we use strawberries, we usually just buy fresh strawberries at the store and then by a box of “Danish Dessert” glaze and mix the strawberries in that . . . it’s delicious.

Nutrition

Calories: 254 kcal · Carbohydrates: 42 g · Protein: 5 g · Fat: 8 g · Saturated Fat: 3 g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g · Monounsaturated Fat: 3 g · Trans Fat: 1 g · Cholesterol: 51 mg · Sodium: 322 mg · Potassium: 194 mg · Fiber: 1 g · Sugar: 21 g · Vitamin A: 240 IU · Vitamin C: 1 mg · Calcium: 87 mg · Iron: 2 mg

Recipe Details

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

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  1. Cami says:

    Looks yummy!!! Do you think it would work with a 9 x 13? ( I lent my 8 inchers out and still don't have them back..)

  2. Sarah says:

    Mmm. Looks DELICIOUS. Definitely going to try it - though my brothers will probably eat it up in a second!

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  5. Terri says:

    Sounds and looks yummy!! Thanks for visiting my blog & following!!

  6. raquel@erecipe says:

    wow that is really easy I never thought that making black forest could make that easy and not so complicated.
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  7. Summer says:

    Looks fabulous! Thanks for the follow! I'm returning the favor!

  8. Joy @ Joy Of Desserts says:

    Happy belated birthday! Hope it was a great one, and wishing you many more.
    Thanks for linking at Joy of Desserts.

  9. Anonymous says:

    hi, i have been following your blog for about a month now. i really like it. i do not have any link. i'm not very computer savvy. i wonder if i could make the black forrest cake and since it makes two, could i freeze one for future use? i don't know if you anwser questions like this, but i thought i would give it a try. thanks!

  10. Camille says:

    Hi Anonymous! I have never frozen a cake before, but I googled it and it looks like the "cake" part will freeze just fine, but the cream cheese frosting and strawberry layer might not hold up so well- it would make the cake soggy as it thaws. So, if I were you, I would wrap one of the "cakes" in Saran Wrap and foil (or an air tight container) and freeze it, then when you are ready, pull it out and thaw it, then add toppings. I hope that helps!! Thanks for the question!

  11. Alice Prevost says:

    I made this for dinner tonight and my husband and I just love it. It is easy to make and looks just elegant. Could make it for a pot luck or a special occasion. Thank You for posting.Just yummie!

  12. Cyd says:

    This would totally work in a 9 x 13 inch pan.

  13. Lorenda says:

    I use a brownie mix for my Black Forest Cake. The cream cheese filling is a little different also, it is always a hit. I just bought your cook book and I'm really looking forward to trying out your recipes.

  14. Lisa C. says:

    I just made this tonight, it is one of the best cakes I've ever had, so easy to make and it's not too sweet or heavy, it was heaven ! Pure heaven !!!!! If you wanna get to his heart then this is the way to go !!!!!!

  15. Kate says:

    I am making it for my family hope they enjoy it it will be the first time for me making this cake. Can not wait for results

  16. Mary says:

    Love how easy this is and festive to look at! My only comment would be that one of the photos shows TWO cream cheese loafs in the bowl but the recipe calls for one. I followed the recipe. Hope that’s right.

  17. Cyd says:

    You are right. Just one 8 ounce block of cream cheese.

  18. Mary nethercutt says:

    I just want the recipe

  19. Cyd says:

    The full recipe is there with ingredient amounts and directions. You may not have scrolled down far enough in the post.

  20. Lisa says:

    I am making this right now but I'm gonna put the cherries on the cake 1st then the topping on top and chocolate savings on top of that. Thanks for this easy recipe. Yummy it's my favorite!

  21. Lynne says:

    I make something very similar, but I use fudge brownie mix instead of cake mix. Voila! Black Forest Brownie cake

  22. Michelle McCarten says:

    After you make both 8 inch round cakes - do you stack them or serve them separately? The pictures never stack but wondering if that would look cool and would realistically work?

  23. Momma Cyd says:

    We do not stack them. You could stack them, but the cherry pie filling in the center would need to be free of cherries and you would need more cherry pie filling than what is listed in the directions.

  24. Darlene says:

    Made this for my daughter’s 17th birthday. She loved it.

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