Dark Forest Cake

Dave T


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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30 Min
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15 1/4 oz
cake mix, devils food
3 large
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


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


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


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

How to Make Dark Forest Cake


  • 1Preheat oven to 350

    In a mixing bowl combine cake mix, pudding packs, eggs, cocoa, mix on low till incorporated, add water
  • 2Prepare 2, 8 inch non stick cake pans with cooking spray and dust with cocoa (not flower).
  • 3Evenly divide cake mix between the pans (about 2 1/2 cups each) smooth and tap lightly to remove trapped bubbles.
  • 4Bake 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
  • 5Invert 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
  • 6Using remaining frosting to coat the sides of cake only, do not frost the top.
  • 7Add sprinkles to side of cake, covering well. Set in fridge to allow frosting to set up before the next step.
  • 8Warm heavy cream in sauce pan over low heat, add semi-sweet chocolate chips and stir until melted and combined.
  • 9Slowly pour over the top and allow tondrizzle down sides a little, but not cover sides of cake
  • 10Set back in fridge and allow ganache to set up a little
  • 11Just 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)
  • 12Enjoy!!

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About Dark Forest Cake

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

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