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Black Forest Cupcakes

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Black Forest Cupcakes – These chocolate cupcakes are light and airy. The perfect flavor combination of chocolate, cherries and whipped cream create a dessert any cherry lover will go nuts for!


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There are three aspects to a good black forest anything; cake, cheesecake, cupcakes or even a trifle.

You need chocolate cake, cherries and whipped cream.

If you have those three items, then your black forest item will turn out fantastic.


Black Forest Cupcakes - cupcakes center hollowed out and stuffed with cherries


So what makes these black forest cupcakes amazing?

Well you have to start with a moist and delicious chocolate cupcake.

Second you need some good cherries.


Black Forest Cupcakes - hollowed out cupcake nub placed back on cupcake after filling it with cherries


Any cherry pie filling will do, and I highly recommend splurging and getting the kind with “extra cherries.”

The Cherries will top your cupcakes and they’ll also be the filling in the cupcakes.

Third you’ll need a good, homemade, whipped cream frosting.


Black Forest Cupcakes - Whipped cream frosting on top of cupcakes


Your frosting should be something smooth enough to pipe and stiff enough to stay in place but not be thick and powdered sugary.

Now if you’ve followed me and my cupcake adventures, you’ll know that I am obsessed with FILLED cupcakes.

Plain cupcakes with frosting tend to be dry and boring.


Black Forest Cupcakes - Single cherry on top of whipped cream to indicate what kind of cupcake it is. Down looking side angle.


Something these cup cakes are certainly not.

I prefer a moist cupcake with some kind of gooey filling that makes a mess on your face, hands and possibly even your shirt.

Because a filled cupcake is a good cupcake.

These Black Forest Cupcakes are all of the above!


Black Forest Cupcakes - Finished cupcakes lined up, down side angle


I do have to warn you though, that these cupcakes are very light and can trick you into thinking you need an extra one or two.

The only reason I know this is from experience.

I tend to need a minimum of two of these cupcakes because of how light they are.

I’m also in need of some new cupcake flavors so comment below on what your favorite is!

Black Forest Cupcakes are in my top 5 for sure!


Yield: 30 Cupcakes

Black Forest Cupcakes

Black Forest Cupcakes - Finished cupcakes lined up, down side angle
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 31 minutes


  • 1 (16 - 18 ounce) box of chocolate cake mix (do not use Devil's Food, it's too light)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 can cherry pie filling
  • 3/4 cup chilled heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


Preheat oven to 325*F
Line cupcake pans with cupcake liners.
Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, combine cake mix, flour, sugar and salt. Mix to incorporate.
Add water, oil, vanilla, sour cream and eggs. Mix well until mixture is smooth.
Using a large cookie scoop, fill each liner 3/4 full with cake batter.
Bake for 16 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
Allow cupcakes to cool completely.
Once cooled, Hollow out center of each cupcake & fill with cherry pie filling.
Top with center cupcake nub that was removed previously.
In a bowl mix heavy cream until whipping cream thickens and soft peeks form.
Add powdered sugar and vanilla.
Beat until stiff peeks form.
Fill piping bag and pipe frosting onto cupcakes.
Top with dollop of cherries
Devour in a very messy way immediately!

Originally Posted: September 3, 2015

Photos & Text Updated: December 10, 2018


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Carole Corrigan

Thursday 28th of April 2022

Can you freeze the Black Forest cupcake?


Tuesday 10th of May 2022

Hi Carole! Great question. You can freeze the cupcakes unfilled or even filled. However whipped cream does not freeze and thaw well. So if you do freeze these, freeze without frosting and then frost when ready to serve.


Wednesday 12th of February 2020

Love love love these - yum!


Monday 24th of August 2020

So glad to hear they were a hit! Thanks for your comment!

Shadi Hasanzadenemati

Wednesday 12th of February 2020

I'm making this for the weekend, I bet everyone is going to devour it!

Shadi Hasanzadenemati

Wednesday 12th of February 2020

Love how easy and delicious this recipe is. It's perfect for a gathering or a party.


Tuesday 16th of January 2018

Will these look/taste as good the next day? :)


Tuesday 20th of February 2018

Yes if you refrigerate them. However I'd wait to frost them till the morning of just for freshness. They really don't take long to frost.

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