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How to Make Black Forest Cupcakes: A Delicious and Decadent Recipe

How to Make Black Forest Cupcakes: A Delicious and Decadent Recipe

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If you’re looking for a delicious and decadent cupcake recipe, look no further than black forest cupcakes! This recipe is easy to follow and will result in some of the most mouth-watering cupcakes you’ve ever tasted. Plus, they’re perfect for any special occasion!

How to Make Black Forest Cupcakes: A Delicious and Decadent Recipe

What is Black Forest Cake?

Black Forest Cake is a classic German chocolate cake that consists of layers of chocolate cake, whipped cream, and cherries. It’s based on a German dessert called Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, which means “Black Forest Cherry-torte.”


The cake is probably named after a liquor made off of the sour cherries that are grown in the Black Forest region. The Black Forest is a large mountain range in southwest Germany. The mountain range owes its name to the plentiful large, dark trees that grow in the region.

Who created Black Forest Cake?

According to Wikepedia:

The confectioner Josef Keller [de] (1887–1981) claimed to have invented Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte in its present form in 1915 at the prominent Café Agner in Bad Godesberg, now a suburb of Bonn about 500 km (310 mi) north of the Black Forest. This claim, however, has never been substantiated.

So, it is one of those things that we have a rough idea of, but may never know for sure. That is OK – all we need to know is that it is an amazingly delicious and decadent treat!

What makes chocolate and cherries just a great combination?

The tartness of the cherries pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the chocolate. Plus, both black cherries and dark chocolate are rich in antioxidants, which makes this a healthy dessert option!

Can I make these in advance?

Yes, almost. If you bake the chocolate cupcakes and let them cool, you can store them for up to a week in the fridge or a few months in the freezer. If you put them in an airtight container or Ziploc baggie and remove the excess air, you are good to go.

Just make sure they are thawed out at room temperature for at least 24 hours before scooping out the insides and filling them in with the cherries and frosting.

If you fill and frost them in advance? The centers will get too soggy and you will lose that “wow” factor that you are after.

Black Forest Cupcakes from scratch

The chocolate cupcake base can be made from either a boxed mix or the following recipe:

How to Make Black Forest Cupcakes

For my Chocolate Cupcake Recipe You will need:

  • 2 C sugar
  • 1 3/4 C flour
  • 3/4 C cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs, room temp
  • 1 C whole milk, room temp
  • 1/2 C canola oil
  • 2 tsp Kirsch
  • 1 C boiling water

How to make Black Forest Cupcakes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake tins with paper liners.
Whisk the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl.
Combine the eggs, milk, oil, and Kirsch in a bowl. Add this to the dry ingredients beating on medium until the batter is smooth.
Gradually add the boiling water, milk, and oil and blend together until the batter is smooth.
Using a medium scoop fill the paper-lined cupcake tins with the prepared batter.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Allow to slightly cool before transferring to wire racks.

Easy Black Forest Cupcakes recipe

Use a dressed-up boxed cake mix. (snort)

How do you store Black Forest Cupcakes?

Here is the thing – with the more futzy designs, I like to make them in advance of an event or get-together. The best way to usually store your finished creations? Room Temperature.

Granted, they aren’t going to be around that long – my family of three could easily take them out in two to three days. Since you are using canned frosting instead of buttercream frosting or fondant, they should be fine for five to six days. You can learn more about that in our article How To Frost A Cupcake.

Black Forest Cupcakes Recipe

black forest cupcake ingredients

What you need:

  • Chocolate Cupcakes – you can either make my recipe above to have them from scratch or take a box of chocolate cake mix and bake them off as the box says to.
  • Cherry pie filling 
  • Vanilla or sour cream frosting 

Black Forest Cupcakes Tutorial

You need your chocolate cupcakes to be baked and totally cooled off.

scooped out black forest cupcake

Use a spoon to carve out a hole in the center of each cupcake.

cherry filling a black forest cupcake

Fill the space cupcake hole with cherry pie filling.

black forest cupcakes waiting to be frosted

Place the piping bag into a large glass and fold the sides of the bag over the rim of the glass. Scoop the vanilla frosting into the piping bag. Bring the pastry bag edges up and twist them together to start decorating. Add your star tip.

frosted black forest cupcakes

If you don’t have a piping bag, try a plastic bag with the tip snipped off and star tip added. Frost the cooled and filled cupcakes.

ready to eat frosted black forest cucakes

Top cupcakes with one cherry and some sauce from the pie filling.

ready to serve frosted black forest cucakes

Aren’t they beautiful? They will rock your next event!

Save money with this DIY – instead of buying them – at almost $3 each! A box of cake mix is only a buck!

Give these Black Forest Cupcakes a try this weekend and see what your family thinks! They’re so easy to make, you’ll be able to whip them up in no time. You might even want to plan ahead for the next event or get-together because they are such an amazing dessert that everyone will love. So give it a shot and let us know how they turned out by leaving a comment below!

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