Easy Cake Mix Upside-Down Black Forest Cake

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 5m
Ready In

Recipe: #40942

June 11, 2023

"This is an easy way to make black forest cake and you don't need to frost/ice it."

Original is 8-10 servings
  • For the Topping:
  • For the Cake:
  • For Garnish (optional):


  • Serving Size: 1 (157.8 g)
  • Calories 364.7
  • Total Fat - 20.3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 10.2 g
  • Cholesterol - 369.4 mg
  • Sodium - 346.4 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 34.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.8 g
  • Sugars - 29 g
  • Protein - 12 g
  • Calcium - 63.3 mg
  • Iron - 1.8 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0.8 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Preheat the oven to the temperature specified on the cake mix package. Grease a round cake pan (9-inch diameter) and set it aside.

Prepare the Topping:

Step 2

In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.

Step 3

Add the brown sugar and salt to the melted butter, stirring until the sugar has dissolved completely. Remove from heat.

Step 4

Pour the mixture into the greased cake pan, ensuring an even distribution.

Step 5

Arrange the maraschino cherries on top of the butter-sugar mixture. Set aside.

Prepare the Cake Batter:

Step 6

In a large mixing bowl, combine the chocolate cake mix, eggs, vegetable oil (or as specified on the cake mix package), and the reserved maraschino cherry juice.

Step 7

Beat the mixture using an electric mixer on medium speed until well combined and smooth.

Pour the Cake Batter:

Step 8

Carefully pour the cake batter over the cherries and topping in the cake pan, ensuring an even layer.

Bake the Cake:

Step 9

Place the cake pan in the preheated oven and bake according to the package instructions for a round cake. Use a toothpick or cake tester to check for doneness.

Step 10

Once the cake is fully baked, remove it from the oven and let it cool in the pan for about 10 minutes.

Invert and Serve:

Step 11

After the cake has cooled slightly, place a serving plate or cake stand on top of the pan.

Step 12

Using oven mitts or a towel to hold both the pan and plate, quickly and carefully invert the cake onto the plate.

Step 13

Gently lift the cake pan, revealing the beautiful upside-down black forest cake with the cherries on top.

Garnish and Serve:

Step 14

If desired, you can garnish the cake with whipped cream, chocolate shavings, and additional maraschino cherries.

Step 15

Slice the cake and serve it while still slightly warm or at room temperature.


No special items needed.

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