Monday, February 14, 2011

Black Forest Cake with Chocolate Ganache

This is a great cake for Valentine's Day, Presidents' Day, or any day!  The cake is very rich and has a texture that is somewhere between cake and brownie.  I love chocolate, but the almond-cherry flavor in this cake is wonderful!  For the ganache I used chocolate chips.  I was surprised at how well it turned out--very smooth and shiny just like it should be!

Yes, this recipe starts with a cake mix and contains cherry pie filling.  I know there are differing views on using mixes and ready-made fillings in recipes.  Some refer to this kind of recipe as "semi-homemade" or don't even consider it homemade at all.  My view is that cake mix and pie filling are just ingredients you add to the recipe like eggs or butter.  As long as it tastes good, I am not bothered by recipes that use mixes or pie fillings.  Call it what you want, but some of my favorite recipes contain these shortcuts.  And they quick and easy recipes so I tend to make them over and over again!

What's your view on recipes that have mixes and pie fillings as ingredients?

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Black Forest Cake with Chocolate Ganache
A dense black forest cake that is topped with chocolate ganache.

  • 1 pkg. Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Dark Chocolate Fudge cake mix
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon almond extract
  • 1 (21 oz.) can cherry pie filling
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
          For Ganache:
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350° and grease Bundt pan.2. Mix together cake mix, eggs, almond extract, and pie filling.3. Fold in 1 cup of chocolate chips.4. Pour into Bundt pan and bake for 45-50 min. or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.5. Cool for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and allow cake to cool completely.6. Make ganache by heating butter and cream in a small saucepan over medium-high heat.7. Heat to the point where the cream just begins to boil.8. Remove from heat and pour over 1/2 cup chocolate chips and let sit about 1 min.9. Whisk until chocolate is completely melted and mixture is smooth and shiny.10. Cool slightly until ganache is the desired consistency to pour over cake.11. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 12 servings

Recipe adapted from


June 16 2011


  1. Looks amazing! Happy Valentine's Day, & thanks for sharing!

  2. Oh my that looks just sinfully good. I need a slice...oh yes. Neeeeed it. :)

    The pie filling mixed into the batter is a wonderful idea.

  3. I'm not the biggest fan of boxed mixes, but certain occasions call for it. And this cake looks like it's worth breaking out a box. It looks fantastic!

  4. My favorite Dessert is Black Forest Cake. You have made it so much more of an easier to make Cake! Thanks so much for sharing this!

  5. What a moist and wonderful cake! Happy Valentine's Day!

  6. I'm ok with the box mix! 1 less step to think about! I love enhancing them like you did here! what a wonderful idea this looks sooooo good!

  7. A slice? No thank you - I'll take mine by the spoonful please! A spoon and a napkin that's all I need! :)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today ;)

  8. The cake looks amazing and with the dollop of whip cream is looks heavenly.

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  9. This is beautiful, like from the magazine cover and look so tasty! Happy Valentine's Day!!

  10. Sounds delicious! I love black forest cake.

  11. This cake looks wonderful! And I love the idea of combining almond and cherry flavors! Thank you for befriending on Foodbuzz.

  12. A wonderful chocolate bundt with super moist texture!

  13. This is a beautiful cake, and I have made a similar version before. I love the chocolate cherry combo. Thank you for following me:)

  14. Mmm that looks incredibly moist and decadent!

  15. What a lovely cake! This is my first visit to your blog and the cake persuaded me to browse through some of your earlier entries. I just wanted you to know how much I enjoy the food and recipes you feature here. I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  16. I am totally mesmerized with this photo yum!

  17. That is a gorgeous cake! Totally gorgeous! I love your cake stand too.
    Following you on twitter now and will look for you on foodbuzz :)
    -abeer @

  18. I just found you over on Claudia's Italian blog and had to look up your blog! Love it and now following you. This cake is so decadent; haven't had black forest cake in years, but that ganache is over the top! Nice to have found you! Roz

  19. Thanks Roz! Your blog is amazing! I'm glad you found me so I could find YOU!

  20. This looks great, can't wait to make it for myself, thanks for sharing!

    My view on mixes, if the final product tastes good then who cares! :)

  21. My kid so love chocolate black forest that looks so delicious, thanks for share.


  22. What a great looking dessert! I love to try to make it soon, like tomorrow.


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