Black Forest Cupcakes


  • 1 box Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
  • 3.9oz package Jell-O Instant Chocolate Fudge Pudding
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Cupcake Filling
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Optional toppings: fresh black cherry, chocolate shavings


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and prepare a cupcake pan with 24 liners.
  2. Combine all cupcake ingredients in a large stand mixer or bowl and beat until smooth.
  3. Fill each liner with cupcake batter 1/2 – 3/4 full or use a #20 scoop.
  4. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean and then let cool completely.
  5. While cupcakes are cooling make cherry filling.
  6. To a saucepan add cherries and syrup. Set over medium heat, stirring occasionally until thickened and able to coat the back of a spoon. Let filling come to room temperature.
  1. Add heavy cream and instant pudding mix to mixer, mix on medium speed for two minutes.
  2. Turn off mixer and add in sugar and vanilla extract. Beat slowly at first and then increase mixer to medium speed until frosting becomes light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
  1. Core cupcake center using a corer, knife, or the back of an icing tip.
  2. Fill each cupcake with prepared cherry filling.
  3. Pipe frosting over the filled hole and then in a circular motion to cover the cupcake top.
  4. Option to add a fresh black cherry and/or chocolate shavings.

Thanks to the recipe which inspired me here.

The Story Behind the Recipe

For my husband and my, first child, we had an Oktoberfest themed baby shower thrown by my amazing older sister. The food menu was out of this world. Although my sister did not want me to lift a finger for the party, I really wanted to contribute. So I asked her if I could make dessert.

When brainstorming what German dessert I would put together, black forest cake continuously kept coming to mind. I knew wanted to have individual desserts at our baby shower (especially during COVID). So I decided on cupcakes.

A combination of recipes came together and a little inventive experimentation resulted in this extremely moist cupcake that falls apart and melts in your mouth. Maybe even a little too moist, according to my husband but I don’t believe that is possible when it comes to dessert.

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