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Black Forest Cupcakes

This Black Forest Cupcakes Recipe is made from scratch with a cherry filling and a homemade whipped cream frosting.

Making these cupcakes have been on my list for quite some time and I can't believe that I'm just getting around to share them!  I've always been a fan of Black Forest Cake so making a cupcake version was definitely on my list.  The juicy fruit filling makes this cupcake stand out and the homemade whipped cream frosting makes this cupcake light and flavorful.

Black Forest Cupcakes on a white cake platter topped with fresh cherries.

Cherry Filling Center

Making these cupcakes are quite simple.  Everything is made from scratch except the cherry filling.  You can of course make your own but I just use a can of cherry filling, add ¼ cup of sugar to it and voila, you have a quick and easy filling. 

I use the back-end of a Wilton 1M tip to make the hole in the center of the cupcake.  After pulling out the center of the cupcake, I spooned cherry filling into the hole and then topped it off with the homemade whipped cream frosting.  I garnished the cupcake with a fresh cherry and chocolate shavings.

Black Forest Cupcakes cut in half with fresh juicy cherries.

 Black Forest Cupcakes

These Black Forest Cupcakes turn into quite the treat! To help stabilize the whipped cream frosting, I used unflavored gelatin to the frosting mixture.  It does need to be refrigerated right away if you're not serving it however.  The amount of gelatin I used helps keep the frosting's shape without altering the texture or flavor.

Black Forest Cupcake on a white plate garnished with a cherry and shaved chocolate.


📖 Recipe

Yield: 16 people

Black Forest Cupcakes

Black Forest Cupcakes

These Black Forest Cupcakes are made from scratch with a cherry filling and a homemade whipped cream frosting.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes



  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 ⅓ cup flour
  • ½ cup dutch cocoa
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup hot water

Whipped Cream Frosting

  • 1 pint heavy cream, chilled
  • 1 cup sifted confectioner's sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ packet unflavored gelatin

Cherry Filling

  • 1 can cherry filliing
  • ⅓ cup sugar


To Make Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Line muffin tins with 16 cupcake liners.
  3. Mix together butter and eggs.  Adding eggs 1 at a time.  Do not over mix.
  4. Stir in vanilla.
  5. Sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in separate bowl.  
  6. Add half of flour mixture to wet ingredients and lightly blend.  
  7. Add in ½ cup milk and then rest of flour mixture.
  8. Stir in hot water, careful not to over mix. 
  9. Bake for about 15 minutes, checking for toothpick to come out clean. 

To Make Whipped Cream Frosting

  1. Using a chilled bowl and whisk, beat heavy cream until desired peaks form.
  2. Add in vanilla and sifted powdered sugar.
  3. Beat in unflavored gelatin.
  4. Pipe onto cupcakes right away and either consume or refrigerate. 

To Make Filling

  1. Heat cherry filling and sugar on the stove. Remove from heat once the sugar is blended.

Filling Cupcakes

  1. Once the cupcakes are baked and cooled, use a piping tip to remove the center from cupcakes.  Fill with cherry filling and replace the removed piece of cupcake. 
  2. Make sure that cupcakes are cool or the filling will sink through the cupcakes and will not stay in the center. 


Using unflavored gelatin helps the frosting keep it's shape.

You will get a lighter and fluffier cupcake if don't over mix.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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Black Forest Cupcakes


Sunday 23rd of September 2018

I so much love this cupcake filling so fantastic. And I love the recipe,I will definitely try it out.


Wednesday 1st of August 2018

These cupcakes look so delicious and perfect for the summer! I love cherry desserts ?


Tuesday 31st of July 2018

OMG, yes! What a smart way to control the portions I consume of my FAVORITE cake!

Lisa Huff

Tuesday 31st of July 2018

Love that you put cherries in the inside! What a fun surprise!


Tuesday 31st of July 2018

Cherries & Chocolate just belong together. Love that combo and these cupcakes sound amazing!

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