Dark Forest Cake

Dave .

By
@Augisdaddy

Myra's friend Connie asked me years ago if I could bake a Black Forest cake, saying it was her favorite. Of course I said yes lol. For her 60th birthday this year we decided to do something special. I got the idea for the sprinkles from a cake someone baked and the ganache from another and thought why not! While not exactly a genuine black forest cake, I call mine a dark forest cake, it's got cherry pie filling, maraschino cherries, dark semi sweet chocolate, devils food cake, whipped cream, mmmm and Its easy, it's fun and people love it, after all isn't that what cooking is all about? enjoy!


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Serves:

Several

Prep:

30 Min

Cook:

25 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

FOR THE CAKE

15 1/4 oz
cake mix, devils food
3 large
eggs
2, 3.25 oz
vanilla pudding snack packs (i use sugar free)
3 Tbsp
unsweet cocoa powder
1/2 c
milk chocolate chips
1 c
cool water
cooking spray
cocoa, unsweetened to coat pans

FILLING

21 oz
cherry pie filling
To cover
creamy supreme chocolate cherry frosting (pillsbury)

SIDE FROSTING

Remaining
creamy supreme chocolate cherry frosting (pillsbury)
To cover
small chocolate sprinkles

TOP COATING (GANACHE)

1/2 c
semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 c
heavy whipping cream
1 can(s)
reddi whip
12-18
maraschino cherries (drained)

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Preheat oven to 350

In a mixing bowl combine cake mix, pudding packs, eggs, cocoa, mix on low till incorporated, add water
2
Prepare 2, 8 inch non stick cake pans with cooking spray and dust with cocoa (not flower).
3
Evenly divide cake mix between the pans (about 2 1/2 cups each) smooth and tap lightly to remove trapped bubbles.
4
Bake for 20min at 350, turn off heat and continue to bake for 5 min more. Check with tooth pick for doneness and allow to cool completely on elevated rack before removing from pan
5
Invert one pan on cake plate top side down. Add layer of frosting and layer of cherry pie filling. Remove 2nd cake and level if needed, add to top of first layer
6
Using remaining frosting to coat the sides of cake only, do not frost the top.
7
Add sprinkles to side of cake, covering well. Set in fridge to allow frosting to set up before the next step.
8
Warm heavy cream in sauce pan over low heat, add semi-sweet chocolate chips and stir until melted and combined.
9
Slowly pour over the top and allow tondrizzle down sides a little, but not cover sides of cake
10
Set back in fridge and allow ganache to set up a little
11
Just prior to serving add several dollops of Reddi whip around the top of cake and add a maraschino cherry to each. Spray reddi whip around base of cake (hint use lots of reddi whip)
12
Enjoy!!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian, Vegan