Black Forest Cake

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 30 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
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1 box chocolate cake mix for two 8-inch rounds, plus necessary ingredients

Strong brewed coffee, as needed

Buttermilk, as needed


4 cups heavy whipping cream

3/4 cup powdered sugar 

1 teaspoon almond extract 


One 24-ounce jar sour cherries, drained

2 tablespoons kirsch 

Chocolate shavings, for garnish


  1. For the cake: Make the cake according to the package instructions, but substitute half of the water with coffee, and the other half with buttermilk (most likely it will call for 1 cup total of water). Bake in two 8-inch round cake pans according to package instructions. Let the cakes cool completely.
  2. For the cream: Using an electric mixer, beat the cream, sugar and almond extract together in a large bowl until stiff peaks form.
  3. For the cherries: Combine the cherries and kirsch in a small bowl.
  4. To assemble: Use a serrated knife to cut the cakes in half horizontally. Create layers of cake, cherries and whipped cream, repeating. Top the cake with whipped cream, a few cherries and chocolate shavings.