I have always loved a Black Forrest Dessert with rich chocolate topped with creamy whipped cream and a dollop of cherry pie filling. Chocolate and Cherry is a combination made in heaven. It was natural progression to try a Black Forest Brownie. It’s much easier than making a traditional cake without missing out on those rich and delicious bites.

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When serving my family I love the presentation of making Black Forest Brownies. The sheet pan is beautiful and I drool over how good it will taste until I can take that first bite. You tell me, doesn’t this look wonderful?

To take it a step further, I’ve made it with our family favorite Texas Sheet Cake Recipe that we affectionally call “Bow Wow Woofies”. Haha, yes I know the name is absurd but most moms can relate to how it was named and it stuck. Here we are 40+ years later and even my kids know what to call them.

Black Forest Brownie

How Texas Sheet Cake became Bow Wow Woofies

My mom was was making Texas Sheet Cake one day while I was little. I’m sure the day was hectic, dirty dishes in the sink and likely no idea what was for dinner that night. Regardless my mom was the taxi driver to dance lessons, soccer practices and anywhere else we needed to go. Just about every mom can relate.

It was evident that my mom was making a treat, a chocolatey treat at that. My brother kept bugging her and asking questions and finally asked “What are you making?”. Now, as young children will, they are oblivious to the ovbious and wasn’t able to infer what was happening. My mom, was exhausted, tired and in a rush and said “I’m making Bow Wow Woofies! It’s Ginger’s Birthday Cake”. Ginger was our little dog.

To a young child that answer make PERFECT sense. And the name stuck! So welcome to our family tradition of Bow Wow Woofies. And to clarify, no we didn’t give the dog any, it’s chocolate which is not healthy for dogs. 😉

Black Forest Brownie

Brownie Recipe

Feel free to use your favorite Texas Sheet Cake Recipe, or use ours. It’s moist and delicious and I personally love to freeze some for later. They are best when served cold if you ask me.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cup All Purpose flour
  • 2 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 6 Tbs Coco powder
  • 1/2 Cup Butter Milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • Cherry Pie Filling
  • Frosting:
  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Milk
  • 1 1lb Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 Tbs Coco Powder

Whipping Cream

  • 2 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1/4 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla
Black Forest Brownie

How to make Black Forest Brownie

This recipe is mixed in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Yes, I know it seems strange but it really does end up be fairly simple. Just follow along, you won’t regret it.

  • Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees
  • In a large Saucepan over medium heat add 1/2 Cup Butter, Vegetable Oil, water, and Coco Powder.
  • Use a whisk to blend and bring to a boil.
  • In a separate bowl combine dry ingredients: Flour, Sugar, Salt and Baking Soda
  • When mixture comes to a boil turn off heat and add SIFTED flour mixture and stir to combine.
  • Stir in Buttermilk, eggs and Vanilla
  • Pour mixture into Jelly Roll pan and bake at 350 20-22 minutes
  • Frosting:
  • In a saucepan over medium heat add 1/2 cup Butter, milk and vanilla.
  • Sift Powdered Sugar and Coco Powder into a bowl
  • With butter melted add powdered sugar and coco and stir until smooth
  • Pour warm frosting on hot brownies and spread with rubber spatula.
  • Allow to cool
Frosting on Brownie

Whipping Cream

  • In a chilled bowl using a hand mixer whip whipping cream until soft peaks form.
  • Add powdered sugar and vanilla to taste and continue whipping until stiff peaks

Add a dollop of whipping cream on each brownie and top with a spoonful of Cherry Pie Filling

Making Whipping Cream

How to make Buttermilk

Often times I don’t have buttermilk on hand in the fridge. Really, it’s okay. Did you know you can make your own buttermilk to use in recipes easily? You can! At 1 1/2 tsp Vinegar into a 1/2 cup measuring cup. Add milk and allow to sit for 10+ minutes. It will thicken and curdle. Perfect to use in recipes.

Traditionally a Black Forrest Cake Dessert is a rich dark chocolate cake that is drizzled in a cherry liquor and topped with cherry filled whipping cream. I have of course adapted this recipe to be a bit more family friendly and easy to make. I think it’s pretty darn good and the plate is always empty which tells me it’s a winner recipe.

Can you Freeze Black Forest Brownie

Yes, you can freeze the brownie portion very easily. Make and frost the brownie and then cover and seal to freeze. When you are ready to serve. Remove from freezer and allow to thaw. Add whipping cream and cherry on top and serve.

How to Store Black Forest Brownie

These brownies should be stored in the refrigerator once the whipped topping is placed. Or add whipped topping as served and store brownies covered on the counter.

Can you make ahead of time

This recipe is perfect to make a head of time. Brownies can be made and frosted with chocolate frosting up to a month early. Then add whipping cream and cherries on top when ready to serve. Delish!

Now that you know how Texas Sheet Cake got it’s name, and how much I adore Black Forest Dessert I hope you will make this simple Brownie Recipe and tag @devourdinner on social media. I’d love to see what you make!

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Black Forest Brownie

Black Forest Brownie, a decadent chocolately dessert topped with creamy whipping cream and cherries. Winning Recipe Must have!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Black Forest Brownie, Black Forrest Dessert, Texas Sheet Cake Recipe
Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 2 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 2 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 6 Tbs Coco Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Butter Milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 Can Cherry Pie Filling

Frosting

  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 1 lb Powdered Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 Tbs Cocoa Powder

Whipping Cream

  • 2 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1/4 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla

Instructions

  • Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees
  • In a large Saucepan over medium heat add 1/2 Cup Butter, Vegetable Oil, water, and Coco Powder.
  • Use a whisk to blend and bring to a boil.
  • In a separate bowl combine dry ingredients: Flour, Sugar, Salt and Baking Soda
  • When mixture comes to a boil turn off heat and add SIFTED flour mixture and stir to combine.
  • Stir in Buttermilk, eggs and Vanilla
  • Pour mixture into Jelly Roll pan and bake at 350 20-22 minutes

Frosting

  • In a saucepan over medium heat add 1/2 cup Butter, milk and vanilla.
  • Sift Powdered Sugar and Coco Powder into a bowl
  • With butter melted add powdered sugar and coco and stir until smooth
  • Pour warm frosting on hot brownies and spread with rubber spatula.
  • Allow to cool

Whipping Cream

  • In a chilled bowl add Heavy Whipping Cream and whip with hand mixer until soft peaks form
  • Add powdered sugar and vanilla and continue to whip until stiff peaks form

Notes

How to Make Buttermilk at home:
Add 1 1/2 tsp Vinegar to 1/2 Cup Measuring cup.  Fill remaining with milk and allow to sit for 10 minutes.  Milk will curdle and works perfectly to substitute in recipes.
 
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