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Easy Black Forest Cheesecake Cups

There is no dessert more luxurious than Black Forest cake and this amazing homage takes it to new depths of deliciousness! This easy recipe for Black Forest Cheesecake Cups will amaze you with its simplicity and sinful chocolate flavor!

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Black Forest cake is world-renowned for its luscious and indulgent chocolate-covered cherry flavor, but even the most beloved recipes need an update once in a while. That is why you will love this new twist on the classic Black Forest cake!

This wonderfully rich and sumptuous dessert perfectly marries the taste of iconic Black Forest cake with the smooth creamy flavor of cheesecake. It does all of this flavorful magic with only 6 affordable ingredients, proving that delicious elegance can be accessible to anyone!

Nothing saying I love you, like a perfectly crafted chocolate dessert and you will want to share the love with everyone. These little cheesecake confections will impress at celebrations of all sizes, including parties of one! So grab a spoon and get lost in an elegant forest of flavor with these adorable cheesecake cups!

You may also want to check out our Instant Pot Black Forest Cheesecake.

Ingredients For Black Forest Cheesecake Cups

Ingredients You Need for Easy Black Forest Cheesecake Cups

Milk: This super easy recipe uses common staples like milk and chocolate pudding mix to make a lush and indulgent cheesecake filling. Whole milk is a great choice for this element, but any variety of milk will work perfectly.

Cream Cheese: Wonderfully thick and delicious cream cheese makes the base of decadent cheesecake filling for these cups. Brick-style cream cheese is perfect for this recipe, but remember to soften it first so it is easy to mix.

Chocolate Graham Crackers: Crushed Grahams are the ideal ingredient to make a yummy crust for these perfectly portioned cheesecake treats! Chocolate graham crackers are a great way to bring out the Black Forest vibes, but if you only have plain those will work just fine!

Instant Chocolate Pudding: Instant pudding is the key to getting a delicious, silk, smooth chocolate flavor without spending all day in the kitchen. Be sure to select the ‘instant’ variety for this recipe.

Cherry Pie Filling: Cherry pie filling is such a great way to serve up luscious fruit flavor without all the work. Grab a can from the supermarket or if you’re all about homemade, use your own jarred cherry pie filling.

Mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips: Mini chocolate chips are the best! They are fun to look at and to eat and in this easy Black Forest cheesecake recipe they add to the delicious appearance and flavor of this luxurious dessert.

Beaters mixing cheesecake mixture in larger bowl.

How to Make Easy Black Forest Cheesecake Cups

  1. In a large bowl, combine the instant chocolate pudding and milk. Beat on medium-high for 2 minutes and then chill the pudding mixture for about 5 minutes.
  2. While the pudding chills, beat the cream cream on high for about 1 minute to soften.
  3. Add 1 cup of the chilled pudding to the cream cheese (reserve the remaining pudding for later). Beat until smooth.
  4. To assemble the cheesecake cups, start with a layer of the cream cheese pudding mixture, followed by a layer of graham crackers, then a layer of chocolate pudding, and finally a layer of cherry pie filling. Sprinkle each cup with mini chocolate chips. Chill or enjoy immediately.

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Expert Tips

Chocoholics go wild for this layered chocolate cheesecake treat, but if you want something with a little less cocoa, try substituting the chocolate chips. You can garnish the Black Forest cheesecake with shaved coconut or chopped nuts, or just enjoy it plain.

If you’re making these fantastic Black Forest cheesecake cups for a special occasion, use decorative dishes. For example, make these just right for Valentine’s Day by serving them in adorable heart-shaped dishes.

If you are planning to chill the cups rather than eating them right away, try to fill the cups even with or just below the brim so that you can easily cover them with plastic wrap.

This recipe can be prepared in a larger glass dish, like a trifle. To make a larger version, execute the recipe steps, but when assembling just make one large, layered cheesecake instead of several small ones. This family-sized version is great for holidays and really makes a statement in the right trifle dish!

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Serving Ideas

Black Forest Cheesecake Cups are delicious on any occasion! They make great personal-sized party desserts and their lux look makes them a great romantic treat to share with that someone special!

Enjoy these cheesecake cups while they are cold. Pair them with the bold flavor of coffee or elevate them with the fresh, bubbly taste of champagne.

Treat your party guests to the deluxe experience by letting them top off their cheesecake cups themselves! Put out a tasting topping bar including the standard chocolate chips, and also coconut shavings, nuts, and whipped cream. It’s an interactive and fun way to share this dessert with your friends!

Storing Suggestions

These wonderful cheesecake cups are so easy to store! To store, cover any leftover cups or place them in a large food storage container. Keep the cups in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I Need to Bake Black Forest Cheesecake Cups?

A: No! This incredible recipe is an oven-free wonder! The cheesecake cups can chill out in the fridge but they are not baked.

Q: Are Black Forest Cheesecake Cups Nut-Free?

A: Yes! This awesome dessert is deliciously nut-free. However, if you are cooking for someone with allergy concerns, always double-check your ingredient packages. Sometimes foods are processed in the same facilities as nuts, so always read the labels to be safe.

Q: I Grabbed Neufchatel Cheese By Mistake, What Can I Do?

A: This is a super common mix-up. The two cheeses are packaged almost identically, so if you grabbed Neufchatel by mistake don’t sweat it! Fortunately, Neufchatel can be used as an even substitute for cream cheese in this recipe; however, Neufchatel has a slightly grittier texture that might come through in the finished dessert.

Two cups of black forest cheesecake cups sitting on dish towel

Easy Black Forest Cheesecake Cups

Indulge in the decadent and irresistible taste of our easy Black Forest cheesecake cups. With layers of creamy cheesecake, rich chocolate, and sweet cherries, this dessert is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Impress your friends and family with this simple yet impressive sweet treat. Trust me, you won't regret treating yourself to these delicious cheesecake cups.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: black forest cheesecake cups, cheesecake dessert
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 335kcal


  • 2 Cups milk
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese softened
  • 1 Sleeve Chocolate Graham Crackers crushed
  • 2.03 oz Instant Chocolate Pudding unmade
  • 21 oz Cherry Pie Filling
  • Mini semi-sweet Chocolate Chips


  • In a large mixing bowl, combine milk and instant pudding.
  • Beat with a hand mixer on medium/high for 2 minutes. Set aside in refrigerator for 5 min.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, beat cream cheese on medium/high for 1 minute.
  • Add 1 cup pudding and continue beating until combined and smooth, about 30 seconds.

Assemble Cups

  • Add a layer of cream cheese/pudding mixture.
  • Next, add a layer of crushed graham crackers.
  • Add a pudding layer.
  • Add cherries.
  • Finally, top with mini chocolate chips.

These Are Estimated Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts
Easy Black Forest Cheesecake Cups
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 335 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 48mg16%
Sodium 555mg24%
Potassium 280mg8%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 843IU17%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 149mg15%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Know that estimated nutrition facts are just a guideline and will vary depending on any variation you make or brand you use from what we have listed.

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