Black Forest Trifle

Black Forest Trifle - layers of chocolate cake, chocolate pudding, whipped cream and cherry filling!

I was in charge of the desserts at a friend’s pool party a few weeks ago and my Mom made a request for a Black Forest Trifle. I knew I was already making my favorite Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cookies, so chocolate and cherry would be an a nice alternative.

I love trifles because they are so easy to toss together and always look impressive anyways. Like my absolute favorite Mama’s Best Banana Pudding — looks super impressive but is easy and crazy delicious.  Or my other Fall favorite Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Trifle.

Black Forest Trifle - layers of chocolate cake, chocolate pudding, whipped cream and cherry filling!

I didn’t make my own cake from scratch because, well you know, I have twin toddlers and I was already making cookies. Sorry, but it’s the truth – even food bloggers like a cheat box mix from time to time!

However, if you want to make your own cake, the chocolate cake form this Chocolate and Peanut Butter Dream Cake would be perfect! It’s a super moist dark chocolate cake and will make a wonderful trifle cake base.

Black Forest Trifle - layers of chocolate cake, chocolate pudding, whipped cream and cherry filling!

The layers in this Black Forest Trifle all combine into an amazing combination of chocolate and cherry and cream. You get a double dose of chocolate from the chocolate cake and chocolate pudding. Then a generous layer of sweet cherry pie filling and it is all topped with creamy whipped cream.

This trifle is based on the classic Black Forest Cake, however if you aren’t a fan of cherries, you could do another flavor of pie filling — like strawberry. However, I have to tell you that the chocolate and cherry combination is by far the best combo!

Keep this trifle chilled until you are ready to serve and let it rest for at least an hour before serving. I know it’s SO hard to wait, but it’s worth it to let all the layers meld together!

Hope you enjoy this trifle as much as we did! It would be a perfect 4th of July dessert!

Black Forest Trifle

Close-up of Black Forest Trifle topped with cherries and black forest crumbles

Black Forest Trifle - layers of chocolate cake, chocolate pudding, whipped cream and cherry filling!


  • 1 box devil’s food cake, prepared according to package directions
  • 1 (5.9 oz) box of instant chocolate pudding, prepared according to package directions
  • 3 cups whipped cream or 8 oz cool whip
  • 1 (21 oz) can cherry filling


  1. Crumble cake into small pieces.
  2. Layer, cake, pudding, cherry filling and whipped cream. Continue layering until all ingredients have been used.
  3. Refrigerate for at least one hour to let the flavors meld and cake soak up the good stuff. Serve chilled!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 160Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 65mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 2g

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28 Responses

    It needs so most important ingredient Kirschwasser (Cherry Brandy,which is a colorless brandy fromm the Black Forest).

  2. Sherry

    I have done this for years, I use white chocolate pudding mixed with one can of cherry pie filling and whipped cream for the bottom layers and I pour chocolate covered cherry Baileys on every second layer of chocolate cake. Could not find that kind of Baileys this year, so it will have to be the regular kind.

  3. Kathie

    Before making this recipe, I read a comment where it was advised to double the cherries, pudding and Cool Whip.     I purchased the extra ingredients but didn’t open them before I began layering my trifle.    If you have an extra large trifle bowl, you may need them but I have a standard footed bowl (from Walmart) and found that the recipe amounts fit perfectly in my bowl.   I had no space for anything else when I finished layering.   I ended my trifle with whipped cream, and decorated the top with chocolate curls from a Hershey’s bar.   It looked great and very festive for a Christmas Pot Luck.
    I used Duncan Hines Signature Triple Chocolate cake mix and it was very good.

  4. Janet

    I purchased a chocolate pound cake that was so dry my husband couldn’t eat it. I hated to throw it away so I went looking for something I could make with it. I found this recipe and decided to try it. This is definitely a winner!!!  I was afraid it would be too sweet but it wasn’t. Definitely a keeper. 

  5. Regina M Slowinski

    Hi, how exactly are you breaking up the cake? Are you cutting it and letting it kind of crumble, but still holding some form of piece lol or is it more like when your making cake pops, how you want the cake crumbled up?

  6. Jenny

    This is one of the most delicious trifles I have ever had! I have brought it to a couple family barbecues and it is always a huge hit. It is beautiful and so easy to make.

  7. Kate

    Definitely double the pudding ,cherries and cool whip. It was delicious, but would have been better with more of everything. Very easy.

  8. Susan Hubbard

    I have made this twice, the second time I doubled the amounts of pudding, cherries and cool whip. I prefer it with a family size mix brownie base that’s a little chewier too. Absolutely delicious and beautiful. Hit with kids and adults both. 

    1. Gaynor

      I did make mine the night before because of made too far in advance the pudding starts to separate and gets watery w the other ingredients.

  9. Surya-Patricia Lane Hood

    I am looking forward to making the cherry trifle. I could not see that you posted how long it would take to make it including the chill time.

  10. Nancy

    I always make a special dinner as my Christmas gift to my family, this year will serve filet of tenderloin. This will top it off nicely, I’m going to add some rum to the whipped cream, thanks for the inspiration!

  11. Renee - Kudos Kitchen

    There is nothing as pretty as a trifle, and your black forest trifle is particularly lovely. Must be the contrast of colors…or that I love black forest flavors 🙂

  12. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious

    Whoa….just hold those horses! That is one of the best looking desserts I have EVER seen!

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