Easy Black Forest Cake


Impress your guests with this Easy Black Forest Cake topped with a thick layer of fresh whipped cream and fresh cherries!



  • 1 box (15.25 oz) devils food cake mix
  • water, oil and eggs per package ingredients
  • 1 can (21 oz) cherry pie filling


  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • fresh cherries for garnish (optional)
  • slivered almonds for garnish (optional)
  • chocolate shavings for garnish (optional)
  • chocolate syrup for garnish (optional)



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare cake mix per package instructions.
  3. Pour batter into a greased 9×13 baking dish.
  4. Dollop cherry pie filling by the spoonful on top of batter.
  5. Using the back of a knife gently swirl pie filling into batter.
  6. Bake cake for 21-28 minutes until cake is brown and a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Check cooking time on cake mix for accurate bake time. 
  7. Cool cake completely before adding topping.


  1. Meanwhile add heavy whipping cream, sugar and almond extract to a large bowl and whip on high using an electric or handheld mixer for 4-5 minutes until stiff peaks form.
  2. Chill whipped cream in the refrigerator until ready to use. 
  3. Once cake has cooled completely spread whipped cream on top of cake.
  4. Garnish with fresh cherries, slivered almonds, chocolate shavings and/or drizzle with chocolate syrup.
  5. Keep cake chilled until serving.


I use Duncan Hines Devils Food cake mix.