EASY Black Forest Cake

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.

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.

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





could i make this 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 our Strawberries and Cream Cake recipe.

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

watch how to make another one of our favorite chocolate dessert recipes, here:

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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.

Watch how to make this recipe, here:

Serves: 16

EASY Black Forest Cake

Black Forest Cake is a family favorite- and you will love how simple it is to make this cake!

20 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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    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:
  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 container (8 oz) Cool Whip
  • Fruit topping:
  • -Your favorite pie filling*


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Top each cake with cherry pie filling. Refrigerate cakes until ready to serve.


*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.



3734 cal


101 g


583 g


30 g
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21 Responses to “EASY Black Forest Cake”

  1. Anonymous
    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!
  2. 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!

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