Black Forest Trifles

I am my father’s daughter — I adore fresh bing cherries.

And I am my mother’s daughter — I love a good chocolate cake!

So when I not-surprisingly found myself with leftover chocolate cupcakes and a fridge full of fabulous bing cherries this summer, I decided to go “Black Forest” and make these adorable little trifles!

Traditionally, black forest cake is often made with jarred cherries, but I much preferred the fresh — delicious!  I was actually cooking for one of my good friends who’s expecting, so decided to nix adding the Kirsch this time.  But I included it in the recipe for any of you who want to add it into the cherries (and the yummy chocolate whipped cream!) to kick things up a notch.  :)

Definitely a fun and delicious take on a classic that will have you saying “pretty please with a cherry on top”!  :)

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Black Forest Trifles

You will love this delicious Black Forest Trifles recipe. It’s beautiful, chocolate-y delicious, and topped with a fresh cherry. Try it today!


!For the cake/brownies:
1 pan of chocolate cake or brownies, torn or cut into small pieces
!For the cherries:
1 pound fresh bing cherries (**or see tip below for using jarred cherries**)
6 Tbsp. Kirsch or spiced rum (you can substitute cherry juice or water to make without alcohol)
3 Tbsp. sugar
!For the whipped cream:
2 cups chilled heavy whipping cream
6 Tbsp. powdered sugar, sifted
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
1 Tbsp. Kirsch (optional)
bing cherries (with stems)
chocolate curls or shavings


To Make Cherries:

In a small saucepan or medium skillet, stir together pitted cherries and sugar over medium heat. Cook until sugar is dissolved and cherries release their juice, about 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat, carefully stir in Kirsch, and transfer back to heat. Continue to cook over medium-heat until liquid is slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.

To Make Whipped Cream:

In an electric mixer bowl (that has preferably been chilled for at least 5-10 minutes beforehand), beat the cream, powdered sugar, cocoa (and Kirsch, if desired) together until peaks form.

To Assemble Trifles:

Place a layer of chocolate cake or brownies in a trifle bowl. Then spoon or pipe on a layer of chocolate whipped cream. Then add a layer of cherries. Repeat as many times as desired, and top with a layer of whipped cream garnished with chocolate curls and a cherry.

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If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

Ali’s Tip:

If using jarred or canned bing cherries, they don’t need to be cooked as long as fresh cherries.  Drain and reserve the juice, and add a few tablespoons to the Kirsch and sugar to cook in the skillet.  And then after 2 minutes, add the cherries and continue cooking until warmed through.

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6 comments on “Black Forest Trifles”

  1. I don’t know what I love more. Looking at the gorgeous trifle or saying the WORD trifle.

    It’s a tie.


  2. Beautiful and delicious. Love the composition.

  3. This looks so incredibly yummy! I was perusing for dinner recipes, but now all I want to make is THIS.

  4. I’d love to make this in little individual trifle dishes that I just can’t seem to ever find a use for! How many could I make with this recipe ?