Black Forest Pake (Chocolate Cherry Pie-Cake)




About: I am a domestic engineer, aka. a stay at home Mom. A former science geek, scenic carpenter, and quilter.

Intro: Black Forest Pake (Chocolate Cherry Pie-Cake)

Pake: (noun)
1. A delicious pie baked inside of a delicious cake resulting in a delicious, decadent over the top dessert.

This is the Turducken of desserts. I was inspired by a friend who made a Cherpumplle, a cherry pie, pumpkin pie, and apple pie each baked in a cake, stacked together and frosted as one extreme dessert. A genius idea, but I wanted to start with something a little simpler. Here is my Black Forest Pake, or Cherry Chocolate pie cake. 

You will need:

One Chocolate Cake Mix
water, oil and eggs
One Frozen cherry pie
Vanilla Frosting

Sure you can make your pie and or cake recipe from scratch, but this was easier. You could also use chocolate frosting, but I like vanilla. 
Feel free to use this technique for making any sort of pie in cake combo. 

Step 1: Cook the Pie

First you need to cook the pie. Mine said to put frozen pie on a cookie sheet and bake for 1 hour.  You could buy an already baked pie,  or make one from scratch, but this pie was on sale. 

Just make sure your pie isn't too big. You need to fit it into your cake pan later. 

Step 2: Make the Cake Batter

Follow the directions on the box to make the batter for your cake. 

Step 3: Assemble and Bake the Pake

Pour a little batter into your greased cake pan. Enough to cover the bottom of the pan about 1/4" deep. I am using a 9" cake pan. 

Now carefully take your pie out of the pie pan, and plop it into the cake pan. (Make sure your pie is cool. You don't want to burn yourself on cherry pie filling.)  I put my pie in right side up, but I would reccomend putting it in upside down. I think it would be easier to do, and leaves more room for pouring the batter on top. 

Now pour some more batter on top. DO NOT ADD TOO MUCH! I did, and it went over the side and burnt on the bottom of the over. Leave at least 1/2" from the top of the pan. 

Take your extra batter, and save it for later in the fridge, or make a second layer, or a second pake. I used a pan of star cupcakes that made a nice decoration on top. 

Put it in the oven, and follow the directions on the box for baking. 

Step 4: Cool and Frost.

When the pake is done, take it out and test it. The top should spring back a little when you touch it. 
Let it cool in the pan for at least 10 minutes. Then cool on a rack until it's totally cool to the touch. 
Frost it.  I put little star cupcakes on top, and then sprinkled the top with powdered sugar. 

Step 5: Enjoy!

Now for the best part. Serve it up. You can tell your friends what it is, or let the filling be a tasty suprise.  It is very very yummy. Similiar to black forest cake, but with a yummy buttery pie crust inside. 


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    29 Discussions


    6 years ago on Introduction

    For my Ladies Auxiliary Fall Bazaar, I made baby pakes. I took several mini springform pans (4.5") and bought the mini pies in the little boxes from Wal Mart bakery which are from .88 cents to .98 cents each. I made lemon cake with blueberry pie and added a lemon glaze to the top, chocolate w/pecan pie, and chocolate w/ cherry pie...They sold really well for $4 each. One cake mix made 8 baby pakes. I wanted to wrap them with the wrap tied at the top with mini rattles but ran out of time to get the rattles. The Wal mart pies are no sugar added or sugar free so the pakes werent too rich.

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    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    What a great way to make some extra money for a bazaar. I just found out about this, and am eager to try.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    I have always liked pie better than cake because cake is often so boring. But, NOW I am really excited to try this idea, and I will bring it to Thanksgiving dinner at my daughter's home. There will be regular pies there, but I think my contribution will be a big hit. Thanks for the idea!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    We've made pakes several times and each time it's better. I've made a pecan pie inside chocolate cake with coconut pecan frosting (turtle), cherry pie inside chocolate cake with chocolate ganache frosting and apple pie inside spice cake with buttercreme frosting. I use a large springform pan. It makes it so much easier and I put the pie upside down so when I flip the baked cake, it has a nice flat bottom for frosting or glaze. Have to be careful it's cooked all the way through. Takes about an hour....Use a thin filet knife to cut them because they are so rich...a little goes a long way.

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    7 years ago on Introduction

    What a great Instructable! Made this for my parents with all sugar-free ingredients. It was a big hit!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I've never heard of a "Pake" before .

    A Turducken, sure... but a PAKE...Who knew???

    You've inspired my one of my next IBLES to a whole nother dimension.

    I will keep you posted... and thank you so much!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I think I may try an Apple pie version. Any cake-flavor suggestions? Other than spice cake. I want this to be an original for the holidays.

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Duncan Hines make a caramel cake mix, and a coordination caramel icing. I do believe that will be an excellent compliment to an apple pie.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Turtle cheesecake pie baked inside a red velvet cake. Yeah with pecan cream cheese icing. Yeah that's the ticket!

    Well, ya know what they say. "Where there's a will, there's a bunch of greedy people waiting to hear what's in it." No, that's not it.