A Black Forest Piecaken, you ask? Talk about a showstopper of a dessert! A whole cherry pie is baked within a fudgy chocolate cake and it takes just minutes to prepare!
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I’ve been dreaming of creating this Black Forest Piecaken for months. MONTHS. Seven months to be exact. Ever since I created an Apple Piecaken for my husband’s birthday back in April, I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to create something similar but with MY favorite flavor combination – chocolate and cherries.
And the time has finally come.
What is a Piecaken?
A piecaken is a pie baked inside of a cake. Not just a piece of pie, an entire, whole pie. This Black Forest Piecaken is a cherry pie baked within a fudgy, chocolate cake.
This Black Forest Piecaken is then frosted with a Chocolate Cool Whip Frosting, cherry pie filling and chocolate curls. You could also substitute my decadent Dark Chocolate Buttercream as well. In other words, this dessert is an absolute showstopper.
And the best part? Nobody will ever guess how insanely easy it was to create.
SIDE NOTE: Those of you who also appreciate a great chocolate and cherry flavored dessert will also no doubt love my Black Forest No Bake Cheesecake. Yum!
I love how absolutely unassuming this Black Forest Piecaken looks before the first slice is served. Sure, any chocolate lover would be ready to dive in but the real show begins once the cake is cut.
Although a boxed chocolate cake mix is used for this Black Forest Piecaken, I have a couple of tricks up my sleeve to really elevate the chocolate flavor to the next level.
The cake mix is prepared according to the box directions but with two additional ingredients. The first is Rodelle’s Gourmet Baking Cocoa. It’s the only cocoa that I keep in my pantry, and believe me, I always have plenty of it on hand!
This baking cocoa is European Dutch-processed for rich flavor and appearance and contains one of the highest levels of cocoa butter on the market. This ensures a superior chocolate flavor and is truly a difference you can taste.
And for a bit more chocolate, a teaspoon of Rodelle’s Organic Chocolate Extract.
This chocolate extract is very similar to Rodelle’s vanilla extract in how it’s created as the cocoa bean is distilled in a solution of water and alcohol, however it creates a deep chocolate base flavor rather than vanilla.
I also chose to add a couple tablespoons of coffee to heighten the chocolate flavor as well as to insure the cake batter isn’t dry due to the addition of the baking cocoa. Non-coffee drinkers, don’t fret! The coffee flavor isn’t present.
How to Make a Piecaken
 In a large bowl, add cake mix, ingredients noted on box to create cake (typically water, oil and eggs), Rodelle Chocolate Extract, Rodelle Baking Cocoa and coffee.
 Stir together until completely combined.
 Pour two cups of cake batter into greased 9″ springform pan.
 Place prepared cherry pie into springform pan.
 Cover pie with remaining cake batter. Bake for one hour at 350 degrees. Allow cake to completely cool before removing from pan.
Feeling like a rockstar – as you should! – and ready to serve this Black Forest Piecaken? I have a few tips!
I find it cuts easiest if you have stored it in the fridge prior to cutting and if you use a serrated knife. This allows a smooth cut through both the cake and the pie crust insuring a clean presentation.
Black Forest Piecaken (Cherry Pie Baked in a Chocolate Cake)
- 15.25 ounce boxed chocolate cake mix + ingredients to prepare cake mix as noted on box
- 1 teaspoon Rodelle Organic Chocolate Extract
- 1/3 cup Rodelle Gourmet Baking Cocoa
- 2 tablespoons prepared coffee
- 1 prepared 9" cherry pie
- 1 recipe Chocolate Cool Whip Frosting prepared
- 1 cup cherry pie filling
- chocolate curls to garnish, if desired
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl, add cake mix, ingredients noted on box to create cake (typically water, oil and eggs), Rodelle Chocolate Extract, Rodelle Baking Cocoa and coffee.
- Stir together until completely combined.
- Pour two cups of cake batter into greased 9" springform pan.
- Place prepared cherry pie into springform pan and cover with remaining cake batter.
- Bake for one hour. Allow cake to completely cool before removing from pan.
- Before serving, top with frosting, cherry pie filling and chocolate curls, if desired.
I used a store bought pie for my Black Forest Piecaken but if you want to take things to the next level, you could easily substitute this Cherry Crumb Pie or Deep Dish Cherry Pie. Or if you have a favorite crust recipe, you could also try this Homemade Cherry Pie Filling.