Easy Black Forest Cake

First of all, please pardon the sloppiness of this cake. I was too impatient waiting for the cake to cool before decorating it and I did not completely drain the cherries before using them. So as you can see in the picture, I had to pay the price! Sloppiness aside, the cake was very yummy and was very easy to make as I used chocolate cake mix, cherry pie filling, and canned frostings. I made it for my husband's birthday and everybody raved. The only tricky part, to me, is making the chocolate curls, which I had never done before. But it was worth it, the curls made the cake instantly fancier, don't they?

1 pkg (18oz) German chocolate cake mix
1 cup strong brewed coffee, (cooled to room temperature)
1/2 can cherry pie filling
2 tbsp Kirch liquor
1 can (12 oz) fluffy white frosting
1 can (12 oz) chocolate frosting
1 jar cherries with stems, drain and tap dry with paper towels
1 dark chocolate bar
chocolate curls to garnish, optional (see video instructions at the bottom of this post)

1. Bake the chocolate cake according to the box instructions, replacing the water with strong brewed coffee, to make two 9-inch round cakes. Cool thoroughly!
2. Using a vegetable peeler, start shaving the chocolate bar to make the chocolate shavings. Set aside in a small bowl to be used later.
3. Place one cake layer on a cake plate and brush the top with Kirsch liquor.
4. Top with a layer of chocolate frosting, then with the cherry pie filling
5. Top with the second cake layer. Brush the top with Kirsch liquor.
6. Spread the side of the cake with chocolate frosting and the top of the cake with white frosting.
7. Sprinkle chocolate shavings around the side of the cake and on the top of the cake
8. Using the star tip, pipe white frosting around the edge of the cake and place the cherries on top.
9. Garnish with chocolate curls.


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