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Transform black forest cake into a cheery Christmas delight with this fun holiday cake idea.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


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  • Prepare cake mix according to package directions, except add almond and vanilla with the eggs. Bake in two greased and floured 8- or 9-inch round cake pans according to package directions. Cool completely.

  • On a cake platter or stand, place 1 cake layer in the center. Frost top and sides of cake layer with chocolate frosting until smooth. Repeat with remaining cake layer.

  • In the center of each cake layer, pipe a 4-inch ring with 8 dollops of whipped cream. Top each dollop with a red maraschino cherry. Pipe a 6-inch ring with 16 dollops of whipped cream around the first ring. Top each dollop with a green candied cherry. Insert pretzel halves around edge of each cake layer for antlers.

  • To serve, slice each cake layer into 8 pieces, making sure each slice has one red cherry, 2 green cherries, and 2 antlers. Serve with cherry pie filling, if desired.


This holiday cake recipe makes two single-layer cakes to serve 16. If you're serving a smaller group (of 8 or fewer), before frosting the second cake, wrap the unfrosted cake in plastic wrap and freeze up to 3 months for later use.

Nutrition Facts

517 calories; 24 g total fat; 8 g saturated fat; 6 g polyunsaturated fat; 9 g monounsaturated fat; 52 mg cholesterol; 400 mg sodium. 283 mg potassium; 75 g carbohydrates; 2 g fiber; 41 g sugar; 4 g protein; 0 g trans fatty acid; 351 IU vitamin a; 2 mg vitamin c; 0 mg thiamin; 0 mg riboflavin; 1 mg niacin equivalents; 0 mg vitamin b6; 31 mcg folate; 0 mcg vitamin b12; 77 mg calcium; 3 mg iron;


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