My older son had his 11th birthday on Sunday and he had requested a black forest cake. I was honestly relieved not to have to make a sheet cake and draw something on it in frosting, which is usually what the kids want. I am not a good cake decorator. I was proud of this because it looks sooo fancy, but the decorating part is pretty easy.
I did remember from making it a couple of years ago that the cake seems kind of dry with just the pile of cherry pie filling and whipped cream. So before I put that on it, I made a chocolate glaze to coat the two cake halves. It turned out to be just what it needed to give it some moisture without a thick layer of frosting. You can see that I forgot to put wax paper strips underneath while I was spreading the glaze. Whoops.