Black Forest Cheesecake Cake

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

a black forest cheesecake cake - part cherry cheesecake and part black forest cake

My husband dreamed up this cake recipe 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.

How to Make Black Forest Cheesecake Cake

Collage of Swirled Cherry Cheesecake being baked inside of a black forest cake

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.

slice of triple layer Black Forest Cheesecake Cake

Why is it called a black forest cake?

Many people think that black forest cake is named after the Black Forest, but actually, the cake is named after a tart-cherry alcoholic liquor called ‘Schwarzwälder Kirschwasser’, also known as Black Forest Kirsch.

If you don’t want to use the liquor, you can omit it from the recipe, which is what I did with the black forest cheesecake cake.

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 cheesecake cake as much as we did.

Black Forest Cheesecake Cake recipe from Barbara Bakes
Yield: 12-16 servings

Black Forest Cheesecake Cake

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours 50 minutes

Black Forest Cheesecake Cake is a triple layer cake that is part black forest cake and part cheesecake. This is a rich and decadent cheesecake cake recipe!


  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans. Set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.


  1. 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

  1. Place one cake layer in the center of a cake plate or platter.
  2. 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.)
  3. 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

  1. 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.
  2. After 30 minutes, apply a second layer of frosting to the sides.
  3. 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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