Black Forest "Quickie"


Black Forest "Quickie"

Black Forest Quickie
35 Min

You'll love our version of this popular German dessert! Our Black Forest "Quickie" calls for some of our favorite shortcuts, including devil's food cake mix, cherry pie filling, and vanilla pudding mix. The great thing is, that even though we start with shortcuts, we end up with a homemade-tasting cake that's really impressive!

What You'll Need

  • 1 (15.25-ounce) package devil's food cake mix
  • 1 (21-ounce) can cherry pie filling
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 (4-serving size) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 (1.55-ounce) chocolate candy bar, shaved
  • 1 (8-ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 15 fresh black cherries, with stems

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, pie filling, eggs and water; mix well. Pour batter evenly into baking dish.
  3. Bake 35 to 38 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine pudding mix with sour cream and milk and mix until smooth. Spread pudding mixture evenly on cake. Sprinkle with chocolate shavings and a dollop of whipped cream. Garnish with cherries and serve or refrigerate until ready to serve.


Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 15

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 315
  • Calories from Fat 135
  • Total Fat 15g 23 %
  • Saturated Fat 7.9g 40 %
  • Trans Fat 0.0g 0 %
  • Protein 5.3g 11 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 83mg 28 %
  • Sodium 294mg 12 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 41g 14 %
  • Dietary Fiber 1.2g 5 %
  • Sugars 19g 0 %

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I made this recipe and used a 12 cup muffin pan turning this into 12 individual cakes, placed ice cream and whipped cream on top, It was a big hit. Just wanted to thank the person placing this recipe on this site.

Are you kidding?! This sounds delicious and it is so easy! I like the idea of sprinkling powdered sugar on top because I am not a big fan of cake frosting. This is such an inexpensive recipe too.

I don't like chocolate cake, but my husband does. I made this a couple months back and we both loved it. I didn't put anything on top the first time but am going to sprinkle a bit of powdered sugar on just to make it look fancier. It's in the oven now. )

Can you use two 8 or 9 inch round cake pans?

Yes, you can. :) Enjoy!

I have made this quite a few times. It is very moist. My Grandson said he wants this every year for his birthday.

I make this cake for my hubby on Valentine's day but I use 2 eggs with a 12oz package of chocolate chips!!! It is so rich & Moist!!!

ever hear of a dump cake? that what this is.

This is not a dump cake since all ingredients are mixed together before placing into the baking pan.

I have made this, but without the eggs, just cake mix and pie filling. Moist, more fudgy. Absolutely fabulous! I have seen several variations of this recipe, this is first I've seen calling for 4 eggs, most call for only 2.

Great recipes but it defeats the purpose for me if I use a cake mix. I enjoy baking, and like to start from 'scratch'.

Well, then don't make this recipe!

What "purpose"? The purpose of this recipe is a quick dessert!

3 ingredients, this is my kind of recipe.

This was delicious, however, I topped with my own whipped cream. Cool Whip has "high fructose corn syrup" in it, which is very un-healthy and contributes to a lot of dietary problems. If you notice in the grocery stores, a lot of companies have gotten the message, and they are eliminating the HF Corn syrup from lots of products, finally!! Good recipes though.

what about all the crap in the cake ix???

I agree with viceroy, plus what about the pie filling?

Instead of Covering with Icing....Serve Pieces Topped with COOL WHIP . AWESOME !!!!! My husband and I couldn't just eat one piece it was So Good as Mr. FOOD Always Says & SO EASY To make. A FAST DESSERT for ANY OCCASION. :)

I think this sounds gross. You mix the cherries in? Just weird really.

you can use this method for any pie filling. I even use an angel food cake mix. Dry mix and pie filling. quick and easy

You ever try choc. covered cherries!!

Helpful since I agree wholeheartedly GROSS

No, this is really tasty. It is an old recipe I have made for maybe 40 years. Everyone loves it.

I have been making this for years to rave reviews when I got the recipe from a Duncan Hines cookbook. I bake the chocolate cake in a bundt pan, cool it and then split the cake in half. Put some "Cool Whip" on the bottom layer and spoon about 3/4 of the cherry pie filling over it, keeping it in the middle of the layer so it is a surprise when it is eaten. Replace the top and "frost" the entire cake with "Cool Whip". Spoon the remaining cherry filling around the top edge and allow it to drizzle down the sides of the cake. Put it in the fridge for a few hours to set, and serve. Your family and guests will love it.

O.K. I have one question. Do you make this recipe using the cake mix (oil,water eggs) or dry with just the pie filling and eggs?

just the mix

I don't really like the taste of sour cream in my desserts, so I usually use plain or vanilla yogurt instead. It gives the same texture, but not the unpleasant taste.

My mother in law has made this for yrs...she also added a teaspoon of almond extract,which I think adds to the flavor of the cherries. This can also be a a great "bar" receipe by baking in a jelly roll pan (17x11). I have iced with chocolate icing or left plain with a sprinkle of powered sugar. Has gone over well for bake sales. Also is quick and easy in a bundt pan.

I could see this working well in such an application- better than as a regular cake. You may have just given me extra incentive to give this one a shot.

For the topping just use whipped cream

I made this for my family because my husband likes cherries and chocolate cake every one said the cake was ok (I used a can of cream and cherries it was what I had in the pantry) the cake was somewhat moist, I made the topping and NO one liked it said it tasted too much like sour cream and I even added extra milk to it because it was so very very thick... it is not sweet at all and we ended up giving it all to the chickens they told me not to make that again???????:( oh well better luck next time

Questionable toppings, I always sample before I ruin something by putting it on them. You can also serve your toppings separately and let people add it if they like. If you had tasted it you may have been able to add vanilla or another flavor to mask the sour cream.

I have made this recipe many, many times. It is everyone's favorite. Like that there are only 3 ingredients. It is a very moist cake. If you are a real chocoholic, frost it with milk chocolate icing. YUM!!

I pour half the batter into a bundt pan........then spoon the cherry pie filling in the center (not touching the ends of the pan) and pour the rest of the batter over the cherry pie usually takes another 10 minutes to bake..............instead of frosting a dust with XX sugar..............


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