Black Forest Dessert Dip – An easy dessert dip reminiscent of the classic German cake. A luscious combination of chocolate, cherries, & whipped cream!
It’s February (already)! And with it, so many opportunities to party hardy! The “big game” this Sunday, Valentine’s Day, the Oscars (if you’re into celebrating that!). . . This Black Forest Dessert Dip is super easy to make and is a tasty addition to any one of those celebrations!
I’ve long loved dessert dips ever since my first bite of a creamy chocolate chip version at a party about 15 years ago. As a “selective” eater, finding foods I like at a party can sometimes be challenging. Especially when it comes to normal party dips. If it’s straight-up cheese, I’m okay. But please don’t throw in tomatoes or peppers or grossness like that! Blech!
Ah, but since being introduced to dessert dips, I’ve been hard pressed to find one I haven’t loved! May have something to do with the heavenly combination of cream cheese and powdered sugar. Just going out on a limb. 😉
In brainstorming different Valentine’s Day desserts, my thoughts immediately went to the Chocolate Covered Cherry Heart Cake I made last year. The flavor combination of chocolate and cherries is so classic and just made for a holiday like Valentine’s Day! There is no chocolate and cherry dessert more iconic than the Black Forest cake, and I thought the flavors translated wonderfully into a luscious dessert dip.
Like most dessert dips, this Black Forest Dessert Dip uses cream cheese as a base. To achieve the deep chocolate flavor reminiscent of a Black Forest cake, I used devil’s food cake mix. And just because you can never have enough chocolate, a dose of mini chocolate chips is added to the mix.
Chopped maraschino cherries fulfill the cherry requirement, but to add a bit more cherry flavor, I decided to use maraschino cherry juice in place of the milk typically used in dessert dips.
No Black Forest cake is complete without whipped cream, and neither is this Black Forest Dessert Dip! Now, here is where I think we can take some liberties with the classic Black Forest cake. We all know that dips tend to sit out at parties for several hours. (Maybe not this Black Forest Dessert Dip, though. Too yummy!) Yeah, whipped cream is not so much for surviving several hours.
Maybe you’re okay with the whipped cream melting into the creamy chocolaty goodness of this dip. If so, that’s cool. More power to you. If you want something with staying power, though, may I suggest marshmallow fluff? Fluff can totally tough it out! Not exactly whipped cream, but I dare say it’s more delicious!
This Black Forest Dessert Dip is a fabulous Valentine’s Day treat, but it would be great at any get-together. And who needs another chili cheese dip? Dessert dips are where it’s at!
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened to room temperature
- 1 ½ cups devil’s food cake mix
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 3 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice divided
- 1/3 cup coarsely chopped maraschino cherries
- ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
- Whipped cream or marshmallow fluff for topping
Place cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat on medium high speed for 3 minutes, or until cream cheese is light and whipped.
In a small bowl, whisk together cake mix and powdered sugar. With mixer speed on low, slowly add half of the cake mix mixture. Add 2 tablespoons of the cherry juice and mix until combined. Add the remaining cake mix and cherry juice and increase mixer speed to medium to blend until fluffy, about 1 minute.
Stir in chopped cherries and chocolate chips. Top with whipped cream or marshmallow fluff. Serve cold with vanilla wafers, chocolate graham crackers, or similar.
Dip will stay fresh in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.