Black Forest Cake Recipe
Yield: 12 servings
For the cake:
- 1 box (15 oz) chocolate cake mix
- 1 can (21 oz) cherry pie filling
- 1/2 cup melted unsalted butter
- 3 eggs
- 1/4 cup dried cherries
- 1/4 cup brandy
For the whipped cream:
- 1 pint heavy whipping cream
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp cherry infused brandy
For the chocolate drizzle:
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 2 tbsp heavy cream
Combine the dried cherries and brandy in mason jar or glass. Let soak overnight. Drain and reserve the cherry infused brandy.
Preheat your Yoder Smokers YS640 pellet grill to 350°F.
Combine cake mix with cherry pie filling, melted butter, eggs and brandied cherries. Whisk together until no dry spots remain. Pour into a greased Lodge Logic 12” cast iron skillet. Spread evenly.
Transfer to the cooker and bake until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean, about 30-35 minutes. Let cake cool to room temperature.
In the bowl of a stand mixer (or using a hand mixer), whisk the whipping cream until thickened. Add the sugar and continue whisking until soft peaks are formed. Add the cherry infused brandy (reserved from earlier), and continue whisking until stiff peaks are formed. Spread whipped cream over the cake
Melt the chocolate chips and 2 tbsp butter in the microwave, stirring every 30-60 seconds until smooth. Drizzle the chocolate over the cake. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Traditionally the German Black Forest cherry-torte includes kirschwasser, a spirit made from cherries. We’re putting a twist on that by adding brandied cherries. That is, dried cherries that have been rehydrated in brandy. This lends a little of the booziness while letting you enjoy the cherry flavor.