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Chocolate Cherry Pie Cake

A combination of Black Forest Cake and Cherry Pie make up my new Chocolate Cherry Pie Cake: layers of chocolate cake, chocolate ganache, fresh cherry pie filling, pie crumbs and mascarpone frosting.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time10 hrs
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Cake
Servings: 1 3 layer, 6-inch cake
Author: Courtney Rich



  • 1 1/4 cups  plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup  minus 1 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons dark cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon ( 4 g) baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2 g) baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.8 g) kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup (120 g) buttermilk shaken
  • 1/4 cup (54.5 g) vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.1 g) pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (118 g) hot water


  • 1/2 cup (75 g) dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup (57.75 g) heavy cream

FOR THE PIE CRUMBS (recipe from Milk Bar)

  • 1 1/2 cups (180 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons (25 g) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon (5.6 g) kosher salt
  • 8 tablespoons 1 stick (113 g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons (22 g) water


  • 1 lbs. fresh cherries pitted 
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) sugar
  • 2 teaspoons (16.8 g) corn starch sifted


  • 8 oz. mascarpone
  • 2 cups (250 g) powdered sugar measured and then sifted
  • 1 cup (231 g) heavy whipping cream


  • Fresh cherries



  • Preheat the oven to 360 degrees F. Spray a quarter sheet pan and line it with parchment and spray again. Set aside.
  • In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix for about 30 seconds.
  • In a separate bowl, combine all of the wet ingredients and whisk for a few seconds.
  • With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Once all the wet ingredients are added, continue to mix on low speed for 30 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix for another 15 to 30 seconds. Don't over beat this batter.
  • Pour the batter into a quarter sheet baking pan. Bake the cake for 16-18 minutes.
  • Cool completely before using.
  • Cake can be made up to two weeks ahead of time. After the cake cools completely, wrap the cake in the pan in plastic wrap twice and then once with tin foil.


  • In a microwave safe bowl, heat the cream for about 1 minute.
  • Pour the cream over the chocolate chips and let sit for about 5 minute. Stir until all the chocolate is incorporated.
  • Can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.


  • Head your oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside
  • Combine the flour, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on low speed for about 20 seconds.
  • With the mixer on low speed add the butter and water and mix until the mixture starts to come together in small clusters. 
  • Spread the pie crumbs on the parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool completely before using.
  • Crumbs can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week or one month in the fridge or freezer. 


  • Combine the pitted cherries, sugar and sifted cornstarch in a medium sized saucepan over medium heat.
  • Bring to a boil and then reduce heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture thickens.
  • Let cool completely before using.
  • Can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. 


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whipped the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Move to a separate bowl and refrigerate until next part is done.
  • In the clean bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the mascarpone cheese and sifted powdered sugar until combined. 
  • Fold the whipped cream into the mascarpone mixture until no streaks of cream remain. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until you're ready to use. 


  • Put a piece of parchment on the counter. Invert the chocolate cake onto it and peel off the parchment from the bottom side of the cake. Use a 6-inch cake ring to stamp out 2 circles from the cake and then two half circles (as shown above in the pictures).
  • Clean the cake ring and place it in the center of a sheet pan lined with clean parchment. Use 1 strip of acetate to line the inside of the cake ring. (This is essential, as it is going to support the cake as you layer all the amazing elements.)
  • Place the two chocolate cake half circles inside the acetate and place them against the sides of the acetate. Fill in the center gap with cake scraps, as shown above. 
  • Use the back of a spoon to spread 1/4 cup of the chocolate ganache over the chocolate cake, making sure to spread up against the acetate.
  • Spread sprinkle the chocolate ganache with pie crumbs, followed by 1/2 of the cherry pie filling and 1/3 of the mascarpone frosting.  
  • With your index finger, gently tuck the second strip of acetate between the cake ring and the top 1/4 inch of the first strip of acetate, so that you have a clear ring of acetate 5 to 6 inches tall - high enough to support the height of the finished cake.
  • Set one of the full chocolate cake layers round on top of the mascarpone frosting and repeat the chocolate ganache, pie crumbs, cherry pie filling and mascarpone frosting. 
  • Nestle the last chocolate cake layer on top of the mascarpone frosting and decorate with remaining mascarpone frosting, fresh cherries and leftover pie crumbs.
  • Transfer the sheet pan to the freezer and freeze for a minimum of 12 hours to set the cake and the fillings. The cake will keep in the freezer for up to 2 weeks, covered in plastic wrap.
  • At least three hours before you are ready to serve the cake, pull the sheet pan out of the freezer. Using your fingers and thumb, pop the cake out of the cake ring and gently peel off the acetate. Let it defrost in the refrigerator for a minimum of 3 hours.