Black Forest Buttermilk Cake

Kim Biegacki


I was searching for a Black Forest Cake recipe that didn't call for "pie filling cherries" and found this one. It is a wonderful Black Forest Cake that is not too sweet and just the right mixture of cherry and chocolate. It was a hit for our 4th of July party and disappeared quickly. Even those who didn't care for Black Forest Cake loved this recipe.

I love the addition of buttermilk and cream cheese that makes this a delicious moist cake with the beauty of the cherries peaking through the deep rich chocolate middle. Yumm....making this again tonight.

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★★★★★ 4 votes

12 - 24 servings


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1 box
chocolate cake mix (divided)
1 large
4 oz
cream cheese
1/2 c
1 c
semi-sweet chocolate chips


1 3/4 c
drained, red sour pitted cherries (in water)


1 c
heaping with cake mix
2 large
3/4 c
4 oz
cream cheese
3/4 c
powdered sugar
3 1/2 Tbsp
unsweetened cocoa powder


powdered sugar for topping

How to Make Black Forest Buttermilk Cake


  • 1Drain cherries and place on paper towels to soak up any remaining moisture. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 by 13 inch cake pan or line with non-stick foil. Reserve 1 heaping cup of dry cake mix and set aside.

    My recipe for Sour Cherry Preserves.
  • 2In a medium size bowl combine remaining cake mix, 1 large egg, 4 oz. cream cheese, 1/2 cup of butter and blend well. Mixture will be thick.

    ((((2nd cake I made I used 1/4 cup applesauce and 1/4 cup butter and it tasted just as yummy. Just in case you want to cut down on butter intake. ))))
  • 3Spread batter into bottom of prepared baking pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and press lightly into cake batter. Bake for 15 minutes.
  • 4Set baked cake aside and prepare your second layer.
  • 5Spread cherries on top of baked cake.
  • 6In a medium bowl cream 2 large eggs, buttermilk, 4 oz. cream cheese, 3/4 cup powdered sugar and cocoa until well blended. Then slowly add your reserved heaping 1 cup cake mix and beat on medium speed till mixture is smooth and thickened (about 3 or 4 minutes). Spoon batter carefully over the cherries and spread with a spatula. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes until light browned on top.
  • 7Remove and let cool. Before serving add your powdered sugar on top and then cut into squares and serve. This is such a beautiful cake!
  • 8Feb. 10, 2013 --- I made this cake into cupcakes for a Valentine party that I had this past weekend and they turned out great! This made 24 cupcakes.
  • 9Feb. 10, 2013 ---- I made one batch for Valentine's party and one batch for my Bible Study class that I am attending.

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