Black Forest Texas Sheet Cake Recipe

This Black Forest Texas Sheet Cake is seriously so good! I am usually pretty reserved when it comes to cake, but I had to go back for seconds on this one! This one is a keeper!

Black Forest Texas Sheet Cake Recipe is a super simple cake recipe that’s fit for a crowd.

This Black Forest Texas Sheet Cake recipe is seriously so good! I am usually pretty reserved when it comes to cake, but I had to go back for seconds on this one! This one is a keeper!pinterestBlack Forest Texas Sheet Cake Recipe combines chocolate cake with cherries and is topped with a smooth chocolate icing that’s to die for!

The other day I was cruising the aisles of the grocery store when I somehow got to the bakery.

This Black Forest Texas Sheet Cake recipe is seriously so good! I am usually pretty reserved when it comes to cake, but I had to go back for seconds on this one! This one is a keeper!

Ok, I went to the bakery first, with intentions of drooling over their cakes and pastries.

This Black Forest Texas Sheet Cake is seriously so good! I am usually pretty reserved when it comes to cake, but I had to go back for seconds on this one! This one is a keeper!

In our grocery store they sell single slices of cake, which is genius and I also kinda hate them for that. So tempting!

I saw a single slice of Black Forest Cake and something clicked in my brain. I always see Black Forest Cake in it’s layered cake form, but never really in a sheet cake. That’s when I decided I should make one.

Best. Decision. Ever.

This Black Forest Texas Sheet Cake is seriously so good! I am usually pretty reserved when it comes to cake, but I had to go back for seconds on this one! This one is a keeper!

I started with a box of devil’s food cake mix and added some eggs, a little almond extract and a whole can of cherry pie filling.

That’s it! That is the base of your sheet cake! Spread the mixture out in a baking sheet and let it bake.

Since it’s so thin it bakes up in just 20 to 30 minutes. Mine was done at 25 minutes.

This Black Forest Texas Sheet Cake recipe is seriously so good! I am usually pretty reserved when it comes to cake, but I had to go back for seconds on this one! This one is a keeper!

It’s a little lumpy when baked due to the big cherries throughout the cake, but that’s ok.

You’ll pour this warm chocolate frosting all over the cake and it’ll settle into all the nooks and crannies.

This Black Forest Texas Sheet Cake recipe is seriously so good! I am usually pretty reserved when it comes to cake, but I had to go back for seconds on this one! This one is a keeper!

The trick is to have the frosting ready right when the cake comes out of the oven, that way it glides on nice and smooth.

I let the cake and frosting cool completely and then topped it with fresh whipped cream, a few extra cherries and some chocolate shavings… cause Black Forest Cake.

This Black Forest Texas Sheet Cake recipe is seriously so good! I am usually pretty reserved when it comes to cake, but I had to go back for seconds on this one! This one is a keeper!

If you wanted to enjoy the cake warm you could do that too!

Serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a couple cherries on top… oh mama!

This Black Forest Texas Sheet Cake recipe is seriously so good! I am usually pretty reserved when it comes to cake, but I had to go back for seconds on this one! This one is a keeper!

I made this cake for a little family gathering at my house and there were so many people that went back for seconds. It was such a good cake!

The cake itself is light and fluffy with jewels of sweet cherry throughout. The frosting is thick and rich and almost fudge like, it’s the perfect paring.

I love how easy it was to make too! Definitely making this one again!

This Black Forest Texas Sheet Cake recipe is seriously so good! I am usually pretty reserved when it comes to cake, but I had to go back for seconds on this one! This one is a keeper!

Sheet cakes are seriously the best!

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Black Forest Texas Sheet Cake Recipe

Black Forest Texas Sheet Cake Recipe is a super simple cake recipe that’s fit for a crowd.

  • Author: Shawn
  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min.
  • Total Time: 1 hr. 30 min.
  • Yield: 16 to 20 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
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Ingredients

For the Cake:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 box Devil’s Food cake mix
  • 2 (21oz) can cherry pie filling, divided

For the Frosting:

  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

For the Topping:

  • 1 1/2 cups cold whipping cream
  • 3 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 chocolate bar for shaving

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a half sheet baking sheet (15″x10″x1″) with baking spray (the kind with flour in it) and set aside.

For the Cake:

  1. Whisk together the eggs and almond extract in a large bowl. Add the cake mix and 1 (21oz) can cherry pie filling. Whisk until combined and then spread the mixture evenly into the prepared baking sheet.
  2. Bake for 23 to 27 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

For the Frosting:

  1. Meanwhile, while the cake is baking, prepare the frosting. Combine the milk, sugar and butter in a small saucepan on medium high heat, stirring often, until melted. Bring mixture to a boil for just 1 minute then remove from heat and add the chocolate chips. Stir until mixture is smooth.
  2. Pour the hot frosting over the warm cake and spread out to edges. Let cake and frosting cool completely (or serve warm with vanilla ice cream).

For the Topping:

  1. Use a hand mixer or mixing bowl to beat the whipping cream in a medium bowl until soft peaks form. Add the powdered sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form.
  2. Decorate the top of the cake with the whipped cream and extra cherry pie filling. Use a vegetable peeler to shave off bits of chocolate from the chocolate bar to garnish the top of the cake. Slice and enjoy!

Keywords: black forest, texas, sheet, cake, chocolate, cherries

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SUPER EASY Black Forest Texas Sheet Cake is filled with cherries and has a smooth chocolate icing on top!

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Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes with a bit of life sprinkled in. Mom to 4 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
77 Responses
  1. Kellen

    Ok. I made the cake in a 9×13 pan, baked about 38-40 minutes. When I made the chocolate frosting somehow I confusingly put the 1 and 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream in the pan with the butter and sugar, and there was no way I was throwing it out so I added about 1/3 extra chocolate chips. Everyone loved it! Said it was so creamy and smooth.
    I did use cool whip as the topping, with cherries and shaved chocolate. Served with chocolate cherry ice cream. Will make it again. Wish I could share a picture.

  2. Went looking for a Black Forest sheet cake for a church function that called for a celebration type cake. Like you, I had never seen the Pillsbury recipe or a sheet cake version! Absolutely wonderful to find it and I love that I can do the whipped cream ahead and keep the cake cold until serving. A winning recipe for sure!

  3. Chriss

    Hi Shawn,
    I baked this cake several months ago using your recipe, and it was DELICIOUS! and I’m planning to make it again soon. Now the problem is I couldn’t remember which cake mix that I used haha…
    Could you tell me which brand did you use? Thanks! 🙂

  4. Jane

    Been making this for 30 years, so good! Friend that gave me the recipe called it funeral cake, since you could make, bake and frost it in an hour or less to take to a family quickly.

    1. Oh man, sorry to get back to you so late! I prefer this kept in the fridge, but if you don’t put the whipped topping on top of the cake you can leave it on the counter covered too.

  5. Pauline Mumford

    This cake has been around for over 40 years as I have made it every year for my sons’ birthdays who are now 42 and 47. It was on the box of Pillsbury and Duncan Hines cakes and on page 117 of the Pillsbury Family Cookbook. I don’t think people should take credit for recipes as so many bloggers do today. Give credit where credit is due, then present it.

    1. I would honestly be so surprised if the Pillsbury recipe was the exact same as mine since I’ve never in my life seen the Pillsbury recipe. I don’t doubt that they have a recipe out there, I’m just saying I’ve never seen it. I also don’t doubt that I would be able to come up with a recipe that is similar to a Pillsbury recipe since I wrote recipes for Pillsbury for 3 years, I guess we just have similar styles of recipes. What I’m saying is that just because I came up with a recipe that happens to be similar to one that Pillsbury came out with 40 years ago doesn’t take anything away from Pillsbury or from my site. I didn’t “steal” their recipe. Great minds just think alike, as they say. 🙂 I’m glad you’ve enjoyed a recipe for so long and feel so passionate about it. I also love this recipe and have made it several times.

  6. Eva

    I made this cake. It was the BEST cake I ever had from a mix. The frosting is amazing. I thought it would be too sweet, but it wasn’t. The next time I make it, I’m going to put both cans of cherry pie filling in as it was an amazing chocolate cake, but I think I would have liked more cherry taste. Thank you for a great recipe.

  7. Terri

    The recipe calls for using cooking spray with flour in it,would I be able to use Pam cooking spray and sprinkle flour in the bottom,also can I do regular 13x 9 baking pan

  8. Molly

    This looks so great, but I’m confused on the cherry quantity. Is it two cans of pie filling to equal 21 oz? It says divided, but I’m guessing that was just reserving a few for the top. I was only able to find one large can of pie filling, that’s why I’m trying to figure out how much actually went into the batter. Thanks

    1. You’ll use 1 (21oz) can of cherry pie filling for the cake, and the rest will be used for a topping. You’ll have leftover cherry pie filling this way. But if you have just one larger size can of cherry pie filling, I would say that 2 cups of the cherry pie filling should be about the size of the 21oz can. I hope that makes sense!

  9. Mary P

    This matches a recipe from a 1970’s Pillsbury bake off cookbook, in that book it’s called chocolate cherry bars. They don’t add the whipped cream or cherries to the top either. My oldest sister has been making this for 40+ years. It’s a great cake.

  10. Susan

    I have been making this cake for my daughters birthday for 47 years, they won’t hear of having any other cake on their birthday

  11. Jennifer C.

    Will I be affecting flavor a lot if I skip the whip cream and just add cherries to the top of the cake? I plan to take this cake to a large family gathering where there will be alot of people in the kitchen, rendering it tough to whip the cream and top it prior to serving.

  12. Camille Fowler

    This has been my “go-to” cake for 50 years. Mom gave me the first recipe. It never fails to WOW the crowds.!

  13. Margaret Swan

    If making for someone who is lactose intolerant, would the frosting turn out okay if made with soy milk and a butter substitute?

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Shawn Syphus Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm a busy mom of four; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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