Simple Canned Fruit Parfait -
Black Forest Parfait Recipe

This Black Forest Parfait Recipe is excellent. Although it may not really be a fruit salad it does use canned fruit. The original Black Forest Cake was from the Black Forest Region in Germany. This simple parfait is an adapted version of the Black Forest Cake for a parfait recipe.

In this fruit parfait recipe we have crumbled brownie, chocolate pudding, canned cherry pie filling and whipped cream. Not terribly difficult - but the result is fantastic.

For this simple salad recipe I used the larger glasses (1& 1/2 cup (360 ml) size), even though it was intended as a dessert. I just knew that everyone would devour it.

Black Forest Parfait Recipe


  • 1 pkg. brownie mix, baked (OR if you're in a real hurry a precooked brownie pkg)
  • 1 pkg. instant chocolate pudding mix, already prepared and set
  • 1 can cherry pie filling
  • 1 carton whipped topping or prepared whipped topping
  • 6 large parfait glasses


1. Crumble the brownie into approximately 1/2" pieces.

2. For the bottom layer use the pudding, then the brownie crumbs.

3. Add the pie filling so that it covers the brownie pieces.

4. A layer of whipped cream, then brownie pieces and then top it off with the whipped cream.

5. Garnish with a couple brownie crumbs or a cherry.

6. Enjoy your Black Forest Parfait.

Yield: 6 Black Forest parfaits


If you really want to imitate the original Black Forest Cake:

Crumble up your brownie pieces a day ahead and let them dry out. Then you can drizzle 1 tbsp. of rum or brandy over the brownie pieces. They will absorb the alcohol and create that authentic Black Forest flavour.

Did you know

- that dark chocolate and cocoa are packed with antioxidants. One serving of dark chocolate has more antioxidant capacity than a serving of blueberries or cranberries. (Note: that this isn't the sugar filled chocolate used in cheap chocolate bars. This is the better quality chocolate with at least 60% cocoa.)

- milk chocolate contains relatively small amounts of caffeine - about the same as a cup of decaffeinated coffee.

- that documents detailing Aztec life showed that chocolate was viewed as a medicinal marvel.

- that chocolate can be toxic for many animals, but especially for dogs. It can cause them to go into a seizure and possibly a coma, and sometimes results in death.

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