black forest buttermilk cake

★★★★★ 4 Reviews
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By Kimberly Biegacki
from Canfield, OH

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. Found this on

★★★★★ 4 Reviews
serves 12 - 24 servings
method Bake

Ingredients For black forest buttermilk cake

  • 1 box
    chocolate cake mix (divided)
  • 1 lg
  • 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 lg
  • 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

  • 1
    Drain 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
  • 2
    In 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. ))))
  • 3
    Spread batter into bottom of prepared baking pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and press lightly into cake batter. Bake for 15 minutes.
  • 4
    Set baked cake aside and prepare your second layer.
  • 5
    Spread cherries on top of baked cake.
  • 6
    In 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.
  • 7
    Remove and let cool. Before serving add your powdered sugar on top and then cut into squares and serve. This is such a beautiful cake!
  • 8
    Feb. 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.
  • 9
    Feb. 10, 2013 ---- I made one batch for Valentine's party and one batch for my Bible Study class that I am attending.