Ridiculous Chocolate Cake

The most RIDICULOUS Chocolate Cake I've ever made. Seriously delicious and crazy moist.

This is the most RIDICULOUS Chocolate Cake I’ve ever made…seriously delicious, super easy and crazy moist (sorry). There is so much to love about this cake!

You all know I am not opposed to using a cake mix from time to time. I, personally, look at cake mixes like any other ingredient. I don’t use them all the time, as I find making a cake from scratch is just as easy, but there are times when there is no substitute. Today is an example of that.

The base for this stupid-good cake is a chocolate cake mix. It’s not negotiable. There is a time and place for “from scratch” cakes, I totally agree, but not today.

Now that we are all on the same cake mix page, let’s talk a little more about this slice of perfection. The texture is so soft…I mean we add pudding mix, sour cream and a whole load of chocolate chips. You honestly could skip the frosting and dust it with a little powdered sugar if you feel so inclined, but since frosting-skipping is against my religion I won’t press the issue.

It’s the perfect little cake to take to any party, or even whip up on a weeknight. I REALLY want you to try this one.

The most RIDICULOUS Chocolate Cake I've ever made. Seriously delicious and crazy moist. It's a doctored up cake mix recipe and it's like no other cake I've ever had!

The batter is really really easy. Please note, though, I add a box of chocolate pudding to the cake mix, so don’t buy the cake mix with pudding “in the mix”. I know this is confusing…like why couldn’t you omit the pudding and just buy the cake mix with it already added? Great question…

It’s not the same. I’ve tried it both ways and adding your own pudding mix is just BETTER. I don’t make the rules, folks.

Also add in 2 whole cups of chocolate chips to the cake. Seriously good.

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Since the batter is fairly thick, the chocolate chips don’t sink at all!

The BEST Chocolate Cake!

The cake batter is so dreamy.

Just spread it into a heavily greased bundt pan…

The BEST Chocolate Cake!

And when it’s baked it will look like this…

My favorite chocolate cake...completely outrageous!

Just invert the cake onto a cake pan and allow it to cool. OR if you aren’t frosting it (blasphemy) try it warm and die at how good it is.

But if you’re a rule follower, go ahead and make some super creamy chocolate frosting…

Creamy Chocolate Frosting

And spread it on top of your gorgeous cake.

The most RIDICULOUS Chocolate Cake ever! SO SO GOOD!

AND if you’re feeling fancy add a few chocolate chips on top. I mean why not at this point!

The most RIDICULOUS Chocolate Cake I've ever made. Seriously delicious and crazy moist. It's a doctored up cake mix recipe and it's like no other cake I've ever had!

And then EAT!

The most RIDICULOUS Chocolate Cake I've ever made. Seriously delicious and crazy moist.

I can’t WAIT for you to try this one!

5.0 from 3 reviews
Ridiculous Chocolate Cake
 
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Serves: serves 12
Ingredients
Cake
  • 1 (15.25 ounce) box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 (3.9 ounce) box instant chocolate pudding
  • 1 (16 ounce) container sour cream
  • 3 eggs
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
Frosting
  • ¼ cup butter, room temperature
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
Instructions
Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Liberally grease a 10- inch bundt pan with butter or shortening and lightly dust with flour. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment combine all the cake ingredients. Mix on low for 30 seconds until combined and then on medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Stir in the chocolate chips and pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 55-60 minutes, until the cake is set. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then invert the pan onto a cake plate. Cool completely before frosting.
Frosting
  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on low speed beat the butter, cocoa powder and powdered sugar until combined. Add in the vanilla and cream and beat on medium speed for 1-2 minutes until creamy, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  2. Frost the top of the cake and garnish with more chocolate chips if desired.
Notes
recipe lightly adapted from all recipes.

and ps… if you’re wondering if you can do this with vanilla cake and vanilla pudding mix, the answer is YES! I did it for you… CLICK HERE FOR THE RECIPE!

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Danielle Clarke
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My daughter’s birthday is this week and she asked for an ice cream cake, which I have never made, but am about to attempt. :). Do you think this batter would work well?

Kathy
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Can you make mini cupcakes with this recipe?

Cat
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You can make cupcakes out of any cake recipe or mix! 😉

Kate
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This looks so yummy. Here in the UK I can’t find pudding mix, we only have the cake mix,we sell things like Betty Crocker mix, or chocolate fudge cake mix, so should I use two packs of that with the other ingredients, would that still work do you think. Would love to try this for my daughters birthday cake as it would be a super easy one to make. X

eilidh
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do you have chocolate Angel Delight? thats pretty much pudding mix…..

georgie
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Kate, Pudding seems to be a weird American thing. I find it occasionally at the supermarket in Australia. It’s usually near the jelly, and things like DIY mousse. Have a look there just in case. It’s not actually cake like Christmas pudding is. It’s more like thick chocolate custard. So adding a different box mix wont make any difference. And I dont know about there, but none of our cake mixes here come with “added pudding”. So if you’re up for some experimenting check out the jelly (jell-o) section, or the yoghurt section??

Cat
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Alicia
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What is your favorite chocolate box cake mix?

Lisa
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Could you please give me the brand or brands of cake mix that DONT have pudding in the mix?? Impossible for me to locate! Thank you so much!

Jennifer
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Life saver! My son wants chocolate cake with chocolate frosting for his birthday today. Perfect timing. Thank you for the wonderful recipe!

Jody
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I’ve made this cake before, but it had a different icing. The one I made had a frosting that tasted just like slightly hardened fudge. This is a really good cake & easy to make.

Stephanie | Worth Whisking
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Using a boxed cake mix as a base is totally acceptable, IMO. 🙂 With the sour cream and pudding add-ins, this cake has to be as amazingly moist as it looks! SO easy, too! Great for when you need quick prep for a summer get-together!

ShaNae
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This looks absolutely delicious! A question. Anytime I have used heavy whipping cream for frostings, mine always turn more liquidy then what they should be. The last I tried was a raspberry whipped cream, and well it was a disaster. Any suggestion to what I am doing wrong? I would love to make the frosting for this cake. Thank you!

Monica
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Can I sub buttermilk for the water? What about butter for the oil?

Linda
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Always, both!

Laura @ Laura\
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This is ridiculous!! There is a place for cake mixes in my book 🙂

Brenda
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I have this recipe but I add Kahlua to it with all ingredients being the same!

Anjalika
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?? Sounds delish!! How much kahlua? And are the measurements of the other ingredients the same? Would love to try it!!!

Nav
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Question: is it possible to make this into cupcakes? If so, how?

By the way – just ordered your book here in Canada, so very excited!!

Leah
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Lord, have mercy. That looks fantastic. And full of calories *crying*

Leah // http://www.sunmoonwars.com

Nadine
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May we see your recipe for that delicious looking icing as well please?

laura
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This looks amazing! But I’m in the UK what could I use as ‘pudding’ as we don’t have that here? Or if we do its not called that lol

Katie
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Puddings in the US are just cornstarch (corn flour in the UK), sugar, milk, plus any flavoring you want to add (cocoa powder for chocolate, mashed bananas for banana pudding, etc.). The French call our style of pudding “creme dessert”, so perhaps you’re familiar with that term in the UK?

Veronica
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Hi! Do I need to put flour on the chocolate chips before I add them to the batter so they don’t fall to the bottom of the cake? Thanks!

Jamie
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2 questions!
First one how do you store this? In the fridge? On the counter?
Second do i have to use the paddle attachment when making the frosting or can i use the whisk attachment?

Mrs. G.
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I have been making this cake for several years now. It’s on All Recipes under Extreme chocolate cake. It is wonderful and the one my family wants for all their get togethers. I frost with a smooth chocolate glaze from the same site. However, I have also made the recipe using a yellow cake mix, butterscotch pudding abd butterscotch chips. That was also pretty great. Some day I want to try it with peanut butter chips.

Jasminr
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Mmm, butterscotch! Peanut butter!!! If you like pistachio or strawberry, you could try that! Pistachio with dark choc chipd. Or, maybe, strawberry with chocolate chips inside and a chocolate glaze 🙂 Lemon. I’m gonna stop here ??

Isha
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Can I use betty crockers cake mix box i.e chocolate fudge cake? any pudding mix can work right or there needs to be a specific flavor of it? TIA!

Karen
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I have been making a version of this cake for years and it’s always a hit. I use DH moist supreme Devils food which does have pudding in the mix and I add an extra egg. I never frost, just add preferred powdered sugar. This is the only cake I make that I can keep in my cake carrier sealed, which is the trick to keeping it moist.

Tanya
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Do you have to use sour cream?

Diane Lee
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Can I use a different cake pan?

Renee
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Excellent question. Following this thread. Also, any tips to get my cakes to NOT stick in a bundt. I have awful luck.

Jill
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I made this cake tonight and it was easy and very moist. I did substitute the coffee for the water. Wouldn’t know it was in the cake. Just brings out the chocolate flavor. Turned out great. Loved it!

Monique
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Would this cake be “stable” enough to use as stacked birthday cake with fondant over it?

gloria
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This seems to be the same cake my Mom used to make back in the seventies, but she used mini chip. Skipped the frosting, and severed warm with whipped cream. I don’t care for chocolate, but I could eat a small piece of her cake.

Marisa
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I liberally greased and floured the bundt pan but half the cake stayed in the pan. Any idea what to do differently?

Amanda
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Can you use a 9×13 pan for this recipe? Thanks!

Julie
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I just made this with vanilla cake mix/pudding (omit chocolate chips) in two 8″ cake pans. vanilla cream frosting and a layer of fresh raspberries in the middle and on top and my husband says it is the best cake he’s ever had! Extra moist on day two with berries that it turned into more of a pudding cake and still ridiculously good!!
I’ve made the doctored chocolate cake mix recipe with one cup sour cream and more oil before and it was really good, but this was even better!
Thanks!

Eileen
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Yummm! Super moist chocolate cake. Followed recipe exactly, except I made 24 cupcakes. Only took about 15 minutes to bake. I made a white buttercream frosting.

Marki Salcido
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This is the same recipe I’ve been using for years from Kevin and Amanda’s website “Best Chocolate Cake.” She posted it in 2008. http://www.kevinandamanda.com/the-best-chocolate-cake/

Yes you can make cupcakes out of it – I did for the 4th of July. Also, be careful about checking when it’s done – the chocolate chips make it a little hard. It is the best damn cake around.

Jill P
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The one on Kevinandamanda is slightly different – uses 1 c. sour cream, 4 eggs, and more oil.

Sarah
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I just made this cake for when friends came to stay at our house and it was a definite crowd pleaser! The cake comes out so moist and fudge, and the frosting is just right too! I can’t believe how easy it was to whip together for such a pretty and tasty product! 🙂

Mary
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I’m going to try this devilish desert . But one thing I need to know. Is there a certain brand for the cake mi x and pudding? Sometimes it might make a difference. But this sounds so devilish. Thanks
Mary

Marki
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This cake is the best cake ever! It changed my life. 🙂

Mark Harbour
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Sounds so good. But what to do if you can’t buy a chocolate cake mix? We live in Taiwan and no store in the whole country sells chocolate cake mixes.

Luuv2cookinCA
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You can order cake mix through Amazon!

Lavonda
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So when do you add the instant pudding?
I think you left that pat out.

Marcia
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This is seriously the best chocolate cake I’ve ever had! So moist !!

Becky
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Can u sub Greek yogurt for the sour cream? If so would it b 16 oz still? Has anyone tried with greek yogurt?

Becky
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Can u sub Greek yogurt for the sour cream? Would it still b 16 oz? Has anyone tried it?

Natalie
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Hi, this looks delicious!! Not sure if anyone already asked this question, but can you omit the 1/2 cup of water and replace it with a 1/2 cup of coffee? I’ve seen recipes call for this, as it makes the cake even richer in flavor. Thank you!!

Shelly
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I would like to make two round cakes with this instead of a bundt shape. Do you foresee any issues with that?

Brooke Atkinson
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I’m going to try and use this recipe but convert it to white chocolate for my daughters first birthday

Kalia Kelley
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This cake is awesome!

Canela
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I LOVE THIS RECIPE! I was wondering if it would work the same with vanilla cake mix and vanilla pudding mix?

Colette
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The recipe calls for 2 cups (16 ounces) of sour cream. Is this correct??

Mary
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I’m going to be making this for my daughter’s birthday but it will be baked in Albuquerque so what would change due to the high altitude ? Thanks

Pam
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I would like to make this with a gluten free mix. Since most mixes only make a 9 inch square, would I have to use 2 mixes or could I get by with just one?

Nicole
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Any adjustments for living at Altitude?

Ann
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I would suggest you look at the altitude adjustments on the cake mix and try that. I haven’t made this cake but I always make the adjustments on the mix box and my cakes turn out great. I live at an el of 5,400 ft.

Wowie Ortiz
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I just made this cake and its super moist and chocolaty.. This will be my go to recipe from now on. I frosted it with Chocolate Italian Meringue Buttercream.. Perfect! 10 stars

Kathy
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Just took this out of the oven. I baked the cake in a 9×13 cake pan and it took 55 minutes in my oven. Hope everyone at the family Bar-B-Que likes it.

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