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Prep Time
35 Mins
Cook Time
32 Mins
Other Time
1 Hour 10 Mins
Makes 12 servings

Devil's food cake layers enriched with milk chocolate and a trio of extracts are sandwiched with the simplest and most decadent stuffing of them all--ready-to-eat cheesecake filling and cherry pie filling. Capped off with fudge frosting and gooey chocolate-covered cherries, it's a cinch to wow your guests.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease 2 (8-inch) round cake pans, and dust with cocoa. Set aside.

Step 2

Beat cake mix and next 7 ingredients at low speed with an electric mixer 1 minute; beat at medium speed 2 minutes. Fold in chopped chocolate. Pour batter into prepared pans.

Step 3

Bake at 350° for 30 to 32 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks, and cool completely on wire rack. Wrap and chill cake layers at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours.

Step 4

Using a serrated knife, slice cake layers in half horizontally to make 4 layers. Place 1 layer, cut side up, on cake plate. Place 1/3 cup of the frosting in a piping bag; pipe a ring of frosting around the edge of the first cake layer to create a border. Spread one-third of cheesecake filling over cake inside frosting ring; top with one-third of cherry pie filling. Repeat procedure twice with frosting borders, remaining cheesecake filling, and cherry filling. Place final cake layer on top of cake; cut side down. Spread remaining chocolate fudge frosting on top and sides of cake. Cover and chill in refrigerator until ready to serve. Garnish, if desired. Store in refrigerator.

Chef's Notes

We tested this recipe with Philadelphia ready-to-eat cheesecake filling. You'll find it in the dairy case with cream cheese products. 

Adapted 4/24/17

Ratings & Reviews

jegkafly's Review

December 21, 2012
I have made this many times, always to rave reviews. It is the pefect "wow" cake when I don't have loads of time to be fussy. Unlike some other reviewers, I appreciate a few quick recipes thrown in with the scratch recipes. Different times of my life need both options.

May 13, 2015
No one says you have to look at American recipes or make them. If you hate them, look elsewhere. Not everyone has time to make everything from scratch.

September 20, 2015
I agree, Snobby Brit!

Jonettabostic65's Review

January 20, 2013
Everyone at the party loved this cake. It was very moist. It is very rich though, so will serve about 20 people. Not healtly or low fat, but for a treat once a year, it is perfect and very easy.

Fast, Easy, Delicious!

May 15, 2016
OK, listen up people - It is called easy black forest cake. It IS easy. It IS GOOD! If you reviewers who are saying bad things about canned pie filling and boxed cake mix are so against these shortcuts, then go look up other recipes! Do not knock this one which is not only super easy, but also very delicious and showy. You food snobs can go elsewhere, we who enjoy good food that doesn't take days to prepare will be feasting on the most moist delicious Black Forest cake ever!  

Sweet04sugar's Review

April 16, 2011
A good help to one of the blackforest cake fanatics, like me more power!

FeliciaLamb's Review

June 30, 2011

Xromos's Review

January 16, 2010
This is a mess of flavors. It is too sweet with a disgusting spectrum of flavors. Also I agree with the British guy on the ingredients.

staynfit's Review

November 19, 2011
I agree with Strisha52 and Xromos. Please give us recipes with REAL ingredients. There are too many chemicals in the mixes.

ak47gramma's Review

May 21, 2010
A great WOW cake, very moist And loaded with flavor, a keeper for sure