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This Black Forest Poke Cake is a gooey chocolate cake filled with hot fudge and cherry pie filling. It is topped with fresh whipped cream and chocolate shavings. 

Please note this post is sponsored by Lucky Leaf Pie Filling, however all opinions are my own. 

Black Forest Poke Cake serving on a plate

When I sat down to write this post, I thought to myself, I wonder who invented the original black forest cake and what its significance is in the dessert world. So I did what anyone in my position would do, and Googled it.

This Black Forest Poke Cake is a gooey chocolate cake filled with hot fudge and cherry pie filling. It is topped with fresh whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

I learned the original black forest cake is a German dessert that has layers of chocolate cake, cherries, whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Different countries vary slightly from the original idea, and some countries make their cakes with alcohol. Traditionally, it seems like bakers in the United States do not make this cake with alcohol. Last fun fact, true black forest cakes are decorated with black cherries.

I will be the first to admit that I don’t love cherries. So it surprised me how much I loved this Black Forest Poke Cake. Cherries just seem kind of difficult to work with in my opinion. The whole pitting process is just too much for me!

This Black Forest Poke Cake is a gooey chocolate cake filled with hot fudge and cherry pie filling. It is topped with fresh whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

This is where a canned cherry pie filling becomes your best friend! Thanks to my friends over at Lucky Leaf, you and I can both make this poke cake relatively quickly!

Are you familiar with the poke cake? It gets it name because after you remove it from the oven, you poke holes all over the top of the cake! I like to make large holes so that the toppings seep into the cake and it gets all ooey and gooey. This actually makes the cake spongy and “wet” , similar to a tres leches cake. It is also served cold, which I think might be my favorite way to enjoy cake.

This Black Forest Poke Cake is a gooey chocolate cake filled with hot fudge and cherry pie filling. It is topped with fresh whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

The black forest poke cake is covered with a jar of hot fudge sauce. You know my theory, more chocolate is more betta! After that, you pour the can of cherry pie filling over the top of the cake and spread it out, you can also push some of the cherries into the cake.

I had to keep with tradition and cover this cake with fresh whipped cream. Trust me when I say that it is SOO much better than the alternative. But, if homemade whipped cream isn’t your thing, you can use Cool Whip too.

This Black Forest Poke Cake is a gooey chocolate cake filled with hot fudge and cherry pie filling. It is topped with fresh whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

Don’t forget the chocolate shavings! This is really easy. You just need a chocolate bar, and a sharp knife. Take the knife and start making tiny cuts off the end of the bar and it should naturally break apart; sprinkle on top of cake.

The best thing about poke cakes is that they come together quickly, they can be made in advance and they are sure to wow your friends! Grab a can of Lucky Leaf Cherry Pie filling and make this cake this weekend!

This Black Forest Poke Cake is a gooey chocolate cake filled with hot fudge and cherry pie filling. It is topped with fresh whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

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Black Forest Poke Cake

  • Author: Julianne Dell
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 15 slices

Description

This Black Forest Poke Cake is a gooey chocolate cake filled with hot fudge and cherry pie filling. It is topped with fresh whipped cream and chocolate shavings. 

Ingredients

  • 1 box Chocolate cake mix
  • Ingredients listed on the box: Eggs, Oil, Water etc. (Note that I used milk instead of water).
  • 1 jar Hot fudge sauce (16 oz)
  • 1 can Lucky Leaf Cherry Pie Filling
  • 2 C Heavy whipping cream
  • 1 ¼ C Powdered sugar
  • Chocolate bar for shavings
  • OR Cool Whip instead of whipped cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine cake mix according to the ingredients on the box. Beat on medium speed until well combined.
  3. Bake cake in 9×13” for 20-22 minutes. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the middle of the cake. If the toothpick comes out clean, you cake is done. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  4. While the cake is still warm, take the end of a wooden spoon or another round object and poke holes all over the top of your cake.
  5. Heat the jar of hot fudge sauce in the microwave for about 30 seconds until you can stir it and thin it out. You may need an additional 30 seconds. Pour the jar of hot fudge sauce on the top of cake and allow it to absorb in the cake until cake is cooled. Let set until completely cooled.
  6. Open the jar of Cherry Pie Filling and pour over the top of the cake, spread evenly. Allow cake to cool completely.
  7. Prepare the whipped cream. Put the bowl and whisk attachment in the freezer for 5-10 minutes to get them really cold (this step is optional, but a common practice I use.). In cold mixing bowl, pour in heavy whipping cream and beat on medium speed for about 3 minutes. Add powdered sugar and increase speed to medium high. Beat until stiff peak form.
  8. Spread whipped cream over the top of cake. Chop a chocolate bar into small pieces and sprinkle over the top of the cake. Keep refrigerated.

Notes

  • Category: Cake
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Poke Cake Recipe, Chocolate Poke Cake, Black Forest Cake

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  1. Reanna

    I made this to bring to a Super Bowl party and it was a huge hit! Definitely one if the best cakes I’ve had! I will definitely be trying more if your recipe. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Hi Reanna! That is so wonderful! I have a popular post called 15 Poke Cakes which has plenty of more of those types of cake. I am excited to see you here.

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Awesome Michael, thanks for letting know! This has been a very popular recipe, I am so glad you enjoyed it!

  2. Linda

    I made this cake for my granddaughter’s birthday & it was delicious! Everyone loved it!! I will definitely make it again & again.

  3. Heather

    im making this for my daughters birthday! Can’t wait to taste it! One question… Where does the milk get used in the recipe?

      1. Monique Joy

        I used cold coffee instead of water with a devil’s food cake mix. I also used coconut oil because I ran out of vegetable oil. It turned out great! I think I’ll be making this every year for my dad’s birthday 🙂

  4. Connie

    No booze in the American version?! I once picked up a small bottle of Kirschwasser at the market in the clearance bin. Maybe I need a good excuse to use it? I mean, it could be lightly sprinkled on the cake before the fudge, right? 😉 Cake looks great! I do agree, pitting fresh cherries are a bit of a hassle to deal with. Last year I bought a little hand tool made for pitting cherries, there was a bit of a learning curve for me. Apron definitely necessary.

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Hi Connie! Yes! You could certainly add the alcohol into this cake! Thanks for the tip on the apron 🙂

  5. Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats

    Mmmm alcohol? I need to move to another country and have cake! Love that you made this with pie filling to make it easier!

  6. heather @french press

    you are right – pitting cherries is the PITS!! and unlike most things, I actually prefer canned cherry pie filling to homemade – this cake is INCREDIBLE!!

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Thank you Heather! The dessert possibilities are certainly more favorable with a can of cherry pie filling!

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