Black Forest Cheesecake Cake

Black Forest Cheesecake Cake -  A triple layer cake that is part black forest cake and part cheesecake. #recipe #birthday cake

A layer of smooth, creamy cheesecake swirled with tart pie cherries, sandwiched between layers of rich, moist chocolate cake covered in a luscious cream cheese frosting, then crowned with more cherries and grated chocolate. A triple layer cake that is part black forest cake and part cheesecake.

My husband dreamed up this cake for this birthday. Two years ago for my grandson’s first birthday I made a Chocolate Cheesecake Cake, which everyone loved, especially my husband. My son’s birthday is three days after my husband’s and he always picks a black forest cake. So my husband thought it would be fun to combine the two cakes.

Swirled Cherry Cheesecake Layer

The middle layer is a swirled cheesecake layer. I’ve made swirled cheesecakes many times in the past. In fact, my brother’s mother-in-law always looks forward to my Lemon and Berry Swirl Mini Cheesecakes. It’s a fun, easy way to serve cheesecake because the topping is already swirled on top.

Black Forest Cheesecake Cake Recipe @Barbara Bakes

When you’re a food blogger’s husband your wife always wants you to pick something new that she can blog about instead of your favorite cake every year. So I’m grateful when my family helps me out with great new ideas for wonderful, decadent desserts for special occasions to share with my readers.

I hope you enjoy this cake as much as we did.

Black Forest Cheesecake Cake

Yield: 12 - 16 servings

Black Forest Cheesecake Cake


    Cheesecake layer:
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cherry pie filling
  • Chocolate Cake Layers:
  • 1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup Hershey’s cocoa
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup cherry pie filling
  • grated chocolate, optional


Cheesecake layer:

Preheat oven to 325ºF. Put a kettle of water on the stove to boil. Spray a 9-inch springform pan with nonstick spray and line the bottom with a round of parchment paper. Set aside.

In a stand or electric mixer, beat cream cheese, sugar, and salt until well combined. Add in eggs one at a time, beating at low speed until smooth. Beat in the vanilla and sour cream. Pour the batter into the prepared springform pan. Put dollops of cherry pie filling scattered across the top of the cheesecake batter. Use a butter knife to hide the cherries and swirl the pie filling in to the batter.

Set a metal broiler tray on the bottom oven rack. Carefully pour the hot water from your kettle into the broiler tray. Place the springform pan in the oven on the rack above the boiler tray.

Bake the cheesecake for 45 - 55 minutes. It should be set to the touch and not jiggly. Remove the cheesecake and let it cool on a wire rack for about 10-15 minutes, run a butter knife or spatula around the edge to help prevent cracking.

Cool for at least an hour, then place the pan into the freezer and let the cheesecake freeze completely for several hours, or overnight.

Cake layers:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans. Set aside.

Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; With a mixer, beat on medium speed for about 2 minutes. Carefully, stir in boiling water. The batter will be very thin. Pour batter into prepared cake pans.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.


In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla with an electric mixer until blended. Add powder sugar and beat until smooth.

Assemble the cake:

Place one cake layer in the center of a cake plate or platter. Remove the cheesecake from the springform pan, layer the cheesecake layer on top of the bottom cake layer. (I had to let my springform pan warm up a bit before it would open.) If your cheesecake layer is not the same size as your cake layer, you may need to trim it before adding it. Peel off the parchment. Place the 2nd cake layer on top of the cheesecake.

Frost the cake:

Apply a thin layer of frosting to the top and sides of the cake to create a crumb coat. Put the cake in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, apply a second layer of frosting to the sides. Pipe a decorate edge on top of the cake. Add the remaining cherry pie filling to the top of the cake and carefully spread it up to the decorated edge. Sprinkle grated chocolate on decorated edge and sides of the cake. Keep cake refrigerated until ready to serve.

More cake recipes you might like:

Chocolate Cheesecake Cake, Barbara Bakes
Chocolate Cake with a No-Baked Oreo Cheesecake Filling, Barbara Bakes
Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake, Recipe Girl
Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Cake Cheesecake, Sprinkle Bakes
Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cake, Bird on A Cake

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    Leave a Comment:

  1. Karen Johnston says

    Barbara, can you suggest an alternative to your canned cherries recipe? I want to make this recipe today and haven’t any homemade.

    • Karen Johnston says

      I apologize, Barbara. I just realized after re-reading your recipe that I can used canned cherry pie filling.

  2. Elizabeth says

    OMG Barbara this cake is wonderful. I made it for a good friends small Birthday party of 8 and she only got to take homes 2 small pieces. A few pictures were taken of the cake and every one wanted to know how I made it I gave you the credit you were talked about a lot ( in a good way) thank you for making me look so good.

    • says

      I’m so glad the cake was a big hit. Thanks for taking the time to let me know. It really brightened my morning! I’m sure you get a lot of the credit too for making a beautiful cake.

  3. Tammy says

    Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe. I made it for my husbands birthday, he requested a black forest cake and loves cheese cake so I thought I would attempt something a bit different and boy did this fit the bill. It was a great success, even those that would only nibble at dessert ate their amazingly delicious piece. Thank you Thank you Thank you!

  4. Michael Hankins says

    I made this cake last weekend and it was a huge hit. The chocolate cake part was extremely moist. Everyone loved it. Making it again today… Thank you for the recipe.

  5. Cathy says

    This looks Yummy! I would like to cook the cheese cake in the pressure cooker to save time. Would I follow the cook time of the lemon cheesecake on you pressure cooker site? And would you change anything to the recipe to do so?

  6. says

    I can’t wait to try this one. I’m a black forest fanatic. I can’t get enough of it. My family doesn’t like it yet I always make them get me one for my birthday. So we end up with two cakes and I get the black forest to myself. Evil I know. I’m totally trying this one out for the next holiday. Would make a great Valentines Day cake. Such pretty photos too.

  7. says

    ¡Qué pastel más lindo! ¡Brava, Bárbara! I, too, love the Hershey’s chocolate cake recipe. I use coffee in place of boiling water and buttermilk in place of milk along with other variations. The cake looks delicious and worth all the work. I agree with Madonna; your family is very lucky! However, we are lucky we get to see your gorgeous creations!

  8. says

    If there was an Academy Award for best cake idea, this one would wn an Oscar. I’ve been craving a Black Forest Cake. That you created both a cheesecake and cake, together– genius!

  9. says

    This is going to make it into my mom’s book of favorite homemade desserts, I can just FEEL it. Thanks for this, Barbara, it’s going to make history in my household when I get my hands on some *time*!

  10. Carol says

    Oh my goodness………..Barbara, those photos are making me swoon. My daughter would be in HEAVEN with this cake-she loves Black Forest Cake and cheesecake-wait until she sees this. Just beautiful.