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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12 - 24 servings



  • 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


  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 Sour Cherry Preserves.
  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.

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