Black Forest Mug Cake, with fluffy chocolate cake, sweet cherries, and chocolate sauce, allows you to enjoy the traditional flavors of a black forest cake in just one minute with this quick and delicious microwave cake recipe!
Why you'll love this recipe
Black Forest Mug Cake is an individual chocolate cake drenched in chocolate syrup and topped with cherry pie filling, adding a German twist to the list of Monday Box mug cakes.
In Germany, where the cake originated, it is traditional (and legally mandated) to add a tart cherry liquor. 3-2-1 Black Forest Mug Cake doesn’t share all of those characteristics, but it is super chocolaty and full of cherries.
The ingredients are all shelf stable and care package mailable. However, if you are enjoying 3-2-1 Black Forest Mug Cake at home, add a dollop of whipped cream on top give this microwave wonder more traditional flavor.
This is an overview of the instructions. The full instructions are in the recipe card below.
- In a gallon sized ziplock bag, combine one box of angel food cake mix and one chocolate cake mix.
- Lightly coat the inside of a microwaveable mug with non-stick spray or use a disposable microwave safe paper cup. Add 3 tablespoons of cake mix and 2 tablespoons of water. Stir. Add a rounded tablespoon of cherry pie filling.
- Microwave on high for up to 1 minute until cooked.
- Add a generous drizzle of chocolate syrup, another tablespoon of cherry pie filling and a sprinkle of chopped almonds.
Mug cakes are meant to be eaten immediately. Their texture becomes rubbery if stored.
For care packages, mail all of the ingredients and a copy of the recipe.
- When making mug cakes in ceramic mugs, always spray with nonstick spray before using.
- Microwave safe paper cups/bowls are recommended for sending mug cake ingredients to college students and service members.
- For care package shipping, combine the two cake mixes into a labeled gallon-size ziplock bag. Label the bag with instructions.
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3-2-1 Black Forest Mug Cake
- 1 box Angel Food Cake mix
- 1 box chocolate cake mix
- Non-stick spray if not using disposable cups
- 1 ½ cups slivered almonds 1 bag
- 3 cups cherry pie filling 2 cans
- 1 ½ cups chocolate syrup 1 bottle
- In a gallon sized ziplock bag, combine the two boxes of cake mix. Shake the bag to mix thoroughly.
- Lightly coat the inside of a microwaveable mug with non-stick spray or use a disposable microwave safe paper cup. (Without the spray the cake will not transfer out of the mug and the mug is harder to clean.)
- (Here comes the 3-2-1 part) Into the prepared mug, stir together 3 tablespoons of cake mix and 2 tablespoons of water. Add a rounded tablespoon of cherry pie filling.
- Microwave on high for up to 1 minute until cooked. (My microwave takes 40 seconds.)
- Add a generous drizzle of chocolate syrup, another tablespoon of cherry pie filling and a sprinkle of chopped almonds. Then eat it right out of the mug. If you want to transfer the cake onto a plate, run a knife around the edge between the cake and the mug to loosen, dump out onto a plate, then add the syrup, cherries, and almonds.
- Combine the two cake mixes into a labeled gallon-size ziplock bag.
- Include a measuring spoon, a bottle of chocolate syrup, a can of cherry pie filling, and a bag of slivered almonds.
- If the care package is international, include microwave safe paper cups.
- If the care package is domestic, add either a can of non-stick spray (for use with a ceramic mug) or microwave safe paper cups.
First Published: May 13, 2014. Last Updated: January 30, 2023. Updated for better reader experience.