Consisting of luscious layers of chocolate cake, whipped cream, and cherries, this decadent dessert is perfect for any special occasion. Black Forest cake originated in southwestern Germany and got its name from the specialty liquor of the region, which is distilled from tart cherries. Though Black Forest cake is the original recipe, there are many recipe variations that are equally delicious. Check out a few of our favorite Black Forest variations below.


Starting out with a package of devil’s food cake mix makes this recipe for Easy Black Forest Cake a cinch to make. In this recipe, ready-to-eat cheesecake and cherry pie fillings are sandwiched between layers of devil’s food cake. For a delicious finishing touch, top the cake off with a fudge frosting and chocolate-covered cherries. Be sure to check out our How to Slice a Layer Cake video to make your cake as stunning as it should be. For a streamlined version, check out Cooking Light’s recipe for Black Forest Cherry Cake.


If you’re looking for a lighter and simpler version of Black Forest, these Black Forest Parfaits are the way to go. This recipe requires just 4 ingredients, including cornstarch, chocolate wafer cookies, Greek yogurt, and sweet cherries. For another parfait recipe, check out this Black Forest Cheesecake Parfaits recipe, where cream cheese replaces whipped cream.


Speaking of cheesecake, this Black Forest Cherry Cheesecake is simply divine. Showcasing dark, sweet cherries atop a creamy chocolate filling and graham cracker crust, this cheesecake is a definite crowd-pleaser.


Last but certainly not least, let’s talk about this to-die-for Black Forest Trifle. This classic make-ahead layered dessert is ideal for entertaining. You can even make this a reduced-sugar trifle by using sugar-free chocolate cake, sugar-free pudding, frozen cherries, and whipped topping.