Easter and chocolate, they just goes hand in hand. Black forest cake is a bit retro, but I’m pushing for it to have a comeback. Even though the name makes me think of being lost all alone in a dark forest filled with wolves, it really deserves a second chance to prove it’s not that lame last-minute birthday cake your parents just picked up from the grocery store on the way home because they forgot to order you one, and then they stick in candles leftover in a drawer from last year. Not that anything like that has ever happened to me. Sigh.*
These individual sized black forest cakes are super easy to make, but if you are a kitchen superstar with a lot more time on your hands than I have lately you can make the batter, icing and even filling by scratch.
What you need:
- 1 box of chocolate cake mix (as well as the ingredients to make the mix specified on the box)
- 1 can of cherry pie filling
- 1 tub of white icing
- Cocoa powder
- 1 sandwich bag**
What you do:
- Prepare the cake mix according to package directions
- Lick cake mix off of spoon (optional)
- Prepare cupcake tin with paper liners
- Spoon in 1 tablespoon of cake mix (to cover the bottom)
- Top with 1 teaspoon of cherry filling in the centre
- Add 1 tablespoon of cake mix to seal in and cover the cherry mixture
- Bake according to package directions
- Once baked, cool completely. While the cupcakes are cooling, snip the corner off of the bottom of a sandwich bag. Fill with icing, and twist
- Ice the cupcakes. Sprinkle with cocoa powder and top each with an individual cherry
- Eat any remaining icing directly out of the container (optional, but recommended)
If you want to get a bit fancy (and who doesn’t like to get fancy?), you can add a bit of Bailey’s to your cake mix before you bake (aprox ¼ cup). Liquor and cupcake batter were made for each other.
* If my parents are reading this, um, thanks for the cake. It was delicious.
** This is only if you want to neatly swirl the icing onto the cupcakes. You can also spread the icing onto each with a spatula or butter knife.