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Black Forest Trifles

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8-12 servings 1x


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


  1. To Make Cherries:
  2. 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.
  3. To Make Whipped Cream:
  4. 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.
  5. To Assemble Trifles:
  6. 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.


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.