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Black Forest Cheater Cake Recipe

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Black Forest Cheater Cake

Deep in the woods of the Black Forest of Southwestern Germany, a local pastry chef might pour many ingredients and family secrets into a traditional Black Forest Cake. This dark, rich baked dessert treat is a favorite for family gatherings, holidays and special occasions.

Make a Black Forest Cheater Cake at home in short order, using a basic devil’s food chocolate cake mix, canned cherry pie filling, instant vanilla pudding mix and low-fat chilled whipped cream. If you don’t tell anyone, we won’t!

Black Forest Cheater Cake Ingredients

1 devil’s food chocolate cake mix

1 cups water

1/3 cup vegetable oil

3 eggs

1 can (20 ounces) cherry pie filling

1 box (3.5 ounces) instant vanilla pudding

1 tub (8 ounces) chilled low-fat whipped cream topping

Black Forest Cheater Cake Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Grease and lightly flour two round cake baking pans.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, water, vegetable oil and eggs. Beat well until batter is smooth and fluffy. Pour the mixture evenly into both pans. Tap the pans lightly on a counter or table to release excess batter bubbles.

Bake the Black Forest Cheater Cake for approximately 35 minutes at 350 degrees (F). Test the doneness of the cake with a wooden toothpick.

Cool the Black Forest Cheater Cake layers for 10 minutes before removing them to baking racks to finish cooling on a counter or table.

Place the bottom cake layer on a large round platter. Gently unfold the cherry pie filling to cover this base layer. Place the second cake layer on top.

In a medium bowl, mix the instant vanilla pudding and low-fat whipped cream topping gently. Spoon this carefully over the top layer of the Black Forest Cheater Cake.

Add a few extra cherries as garnish, if desired, before serving the Black Forest Cheater Cake.