Black Forest Cupcakes

Black Forest Cake turned to Black Forest Cupcakes? Who knew it could be done!

Black Forest Cake turned to Black Forest Cupcakes? Who knew it could be done!!!For as long as I can remember, Black Forest Cake was always around for Birthday’s and special occasions. It was the one thing you knew would be on the menu and up to this day, that tradition hasn’t changed. We still desire the flavors of Black Forest Cake and the specialness surrounding it.

So this year for my Birthday and Dad’s I decided to revive the tradition, and not only recreate that Black Forest Flavor that we love, but also make it into bite size cupcakes that are sure to please and are so much more fun! And so this recipe for Black Forest Cupcakes was born.

Black Forest Cupcakes


Traditionally Black Forest Cake is a layered cake from Germany consisting of layers of chocolate cake with cherries and whipped cream, then covered in shaved chocolate, with the addition of a German cherry liqueur known as Kirschwasser.

Doesn’t that just sound amazing?

So the challenge was taking this traditional layered cake and turning it into cupcake goodness. And our mission was accomplished!

With a few adjustments and a little experimenting, we were able to create a Black Forest Cupcake that is so delicious and reminiscent of the ones we used to have that we don’t even miss the original.

Plus it’s vegan too! How great is that? So grab a bowl, print out the recipe and give it a try if you miss this cake as much as we did!! Enjoy!

Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes
Yield: 12

Black Forest Cupcakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes 18 seconds
Total Time: 30 minutes 18 seconds

Enjoy the flavours of traditional Black Forest Cake in these delicious cupcakes! Rich, decadent, gluten free and vegan!!


For the Filling

  • 1/4 cup golden rum
  • 1/2 cup pre-made cherry pie filling

For the Cupcakes

  • 1 cup GF Baking Flour (I used Bobs Red Mill 1:1)
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar or xylitol
  • 1 cup dairy free milk
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp guar gum or xanthum gum (omit if blend already has)
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a small bowl combine rum and cherry filling mixing together until smooth and set aside unitl ready.
  3. Line a 12 cupcake pan with liners and set aside while you make the cake.
  4. In bowl, sift together all the dry ingredients except the sugar. In another bowl combine the dairy free milk, apple cider vinegar and vanilla. Whisk to combine then add the sugar and coconut oil, whisking to combine well.
  5. Next add the dry ingredients and whisk together until there are no lumps and batter is well combine.
  6. Using a measuring cup, fill the prepared cupcake liners about 2/3 - 3/4 way with batter, spreading it evenly among the 12 cupcakes.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for about 18 - 20 minutes or until a skewer stuck through the center comes out clean. Once done remove from oven and let cool.
  8. Once your cupcakes are cool, using a piping tip or knife, remove 3/4 of the center of the cupcakes. Gluten free Black Forest cupcake
  9. Using a teaspoon, fill each cupcake with about 1 tsp to 1 1/2 tsp of the rum liquid from the filling. Black Forest Cupcakes
  10. Next using the same spoon, place 1-2 cherries in the center on top of the liquid.
  11. Finally top with whipped cream or for a vegan option use dairy free buttercream, finish with a cherry and chocolate shavings. Then Enjoy!


What makes this recipe shine is really the cherry filling, so you can use almost any chocolate cake recipe and follow the steps for the filling.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 234Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 160mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 1gSugar: 25gProtein: 2g

This is just an average nutrition and is not a fixed value.

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  • ronak mehta

    July 31, 2020 at 3:07 am

    Cake looks prefect and fabulous to bake for a special day. Yes its definitely a best black forest Cake. Lovely!!

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