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Quick & Easy Mock Black Forest Cake (Only Four Ingredients!)

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My kids absolutely love this cake and ask me on a regular basis to make it for them.

Mock black forest cake calls for only four ingredients!

Mock black forest cake calls for only four ingredients!

About This Recipe

A number of years ago I worked at the local Royal Canadian Legion with the ladies auxiliary. This group contained a wonderful bunch of ladies who were always eager to lend a helping hand with lunches and special functions.

Every so often we would have staff and volunteer get-togethers, and this is one of the best recipes that one of the ladies shared with me.

My kids absolutely love this cake and ask me on a regular basis to make it for them.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

45 min

55 min

9 x 12 cake

Only four simple ingredients (plus optional sugar)

Only four simple ingredients (plus optional sugar)

Ingredients

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix (I like German chocolate or chocolate fudge)
  • 1 can cherry pie filing (any brand)
  • 1/2 bag small white marshmallows
  • 500 ml / 1/2 litre whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cover the bottom of a 9" x 12" pan with about an inch of small white marshmallows.
  2. Mix cake according to instructions on the box. Pour cake batter over top of marshmallows.
  3. Pour the cherry pie filling on top of the cake batter. The marshmallows will help the cherries stay at different levels of the cake!
  4. Bake until the middle is set and no longer jiggles. This usually takes about 10 minutes longer than the instructions on the box because of the cherry pie filling.
  5. Set on rack to cool.
  6. Once completely cool (I like to refrigerate overnight), mix up the whipping cream. Add the sugar to help it whip up faster. Whip with an electric mixer on high until it is stiff. If you prefer you can use cool whip, but I like and always use the actual whipping cream.
  7. Frost the cake with whipping cream and enjoy!

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Cover the bottom of the pan with marshmallows

Cover the bottom of the pan with marshmallows

Pour cake mix over marshmallows, then pour cherry pie filling over cake mix

Pour cake mix over marshmallows, then pour cherry pie filling over cake mix

Bake until center no longer jiggles

Bake until center no longer jiggles

How to Cover This Cake

For some reason, whipping cream 'eats' tinfoil. When covering your cake, if your cake pan doesn't have a lid, use plastic wrap instead of tinfoil.

Other Variations to Try

While the mock black forest cake is my kids' favorite, any type of cake mix and canned pie filling can be used. I have even made my pie filling from scratch at home and used it instead of the canned ones.

These are other variations I have tried with this recipe that work well. They are all done in the same way as described above, just change the type of cake mix and the pie filling.

  • Apple spice cake: Use spice cake mix and apple pie filling.
  • Peach delight: Use vanilla cake mix and peach pie filling.

Thanks for stopping by, and happy baking!

© 2013 Dawn

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