Fudge Filled Vanilla Bundt Cake

Fudge Filled Vanilla Bundt Cake. Super fudgy cream cheese filling inside a delicious vanilla bundt!

This Fudge Filled Vanilla Bundt Cake recipe is buttery and moist with a super fudgy cream cheese filling inside!

I have to be honest with you…I never thought I was a bundt cake girl. I mean, they are fine and cute…and like perfectly, well…fine. But I have never thought, “you know, today I need a slice of bundt cake”.

Until now.


The thing is, whenever I have a good slice of a bundt cake I always think, “well how yummy!” But then 4 seconds later I forget and move on with my life, back to cake with things like frostings and layers.

So today I am writing this post as a reminder to myself that bundt cakes are worth it. And I’m learning to appreciate that a really good cake doesn’t need a mound of frosting.


Anyway, this bundt is a bit of a dirty cheater, because while it doesn’t have frosting it does have a huge tunnel of cream cheesy, chocolaty fudge in the center.



Also another issue I have with bundt cakes is that moment when you flip the pan and pray to sweet baby Jesus the cake comes out intact is far too stressful for my delicate soul. I have cried many a bundt tear with stuck cake.

The trick (which isn’t really a trick) is to HEAVILY grease the pan. I actually use nice layer or shortening and then a light dusting of flour.

Works like a charm.

Carefully greased bundt pan!

And with this recipe you put half of the batter in the pan, then you layer the chocolate in the center of the batter, careful to keep it away from the edges so it stays in side the cake. Then top it with the rest of the batter…


Once it’s baked and cooled slightly, hold your breath and flip the dang pan.


Then. THEN. Glaze that puppy.

glazed bundt

And you know, sprinkle chocolate chips all over it too.


And when you slice it, it will look like this…

Fudge Filled Vanilla Bundt Cake. Super fudgy filling inside a delicious vanilla bundt!

SUPER moist vanilla pound cake around a thick cream cheese fudge center that doesn’t really cook, but stays a fudgy consistency.

You guys. Yes.

Fudge Filled Vanilla Bundt Cake
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 5 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 6 ounces semi- sweet chocolate chips, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1- 2 Tbsp milk
  • mini chocolate chips to garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 325°
  2. Heavily grease a bundt pan with butter or shortening and dust with flour, set aside.
  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer beat the butter and the sugar together for 2 minutes on medium speed until light and fluffy, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary. Add in the eggs and vanilla and continue mixing until smooth and combined.
  4. Mix the baking powder and salt into the mix and combine.
  5. Turn mixer to low and add in flour and milk in alternating amounts, beginning and ending with the flour. Mix until smooth. Transfer batter into a medium sized bowl, because you will need a clean mixing bowl for the next step.
  6. In the clean bowl of your mixer beat the cream cheese until smooth. Next mix the melted chocolate into the cream cheese, until it's smooth. Finally beat in the egg into the mixture until creamy.
  7. To assemble the cake spread half of the cake batter into the bottom of the prepared bundt pan. Next spoon the chocolate filling into the center of the batter, keeping the chocolate in the center of the batter so it doesn't touch the edges. Finally spread the remainder of the batter on top of the chocolate, covering completely.
  8. Bake for 50- 55 minutes or until the cake is set.
  9. Allow the cake to cool in the bundt pan for 10 minutes and then invert pan onto a serving platter or cake stand.
  10. Whisk together the glaze ingredients and drizzle this onto the warm cake. Sprinkle with mini chocolate chips, if desired.
  11. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Store airtight for up to 2 days


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Jessica @ Sweet Menu

Oh YES! I love surprises and chocolate fudge is the best surprise ever! Gorgeous Shelly!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

A fudge filled cake sounds like a splendid idea! Yum!

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

I felt the same way until I started making more of them because well, cake without frosting?? But it’s also cake I can slice and freeze…which is a good thing. Also, this center. OMG!


Been looking for a “go to” dessert to take to potlucks and such, going to try this one out, can’t beat a bundt cake for a crowd!

Joshua Hampton

The chocolate fudge in that cake made my eyes glaze over. It looks so good.

Cookbook Queen

I LOVE a good bundt — this is perfect!


Just came across your page last week after searching for a Banana Blondie recipe. After making yours, with that AMAZING brown sugar frosting…..I now know where to go for my sugar fix!!! Cant not wait to try out this bundt cake recipe…..looks wonderful!!! Xoxo


OMG! Looks so delicious 🙂

Sharana @ Living The Sweet Life Blog

YUM! you just took bundt cake to a new level … Mmmm!


I freaking love bundt cake and I shall never forget it. I have a chocolate “tunnel of fudge” cake recipe that I love, but I have to try your vanilla version! Pure genius!

Marla Meridith

Oh my! A stuffed bundt cake? I so in love!!

Jenny Flake

What a beautiful cake! I love the yummy surprise inside!!


My favorite cake is vanilla with chocolate frosting. This might just take its place. Definitely will be the next cake I bake. Every one of your recipes is always delicious!

Mary Norsworthy

Oh how I LOVE making a Bundt cake! So easy! Can’t wait to try this one!

Michelle @ Modern Acupuncture

Agreed, that pan flipping moment is so tense! I pray pretty hard that it works out, and when it doesn’t… oh well. The messed up pieces are the pieces you get to eat ASAP because you can’t give that to company, right? Right?

Anna @ Sunny Side Ups

Flipping the pan always terrifies me too!! But oh my goodness, yours turned out beautiful, and I’m craving it NOW with that fudgy-yum filling!! Just delicious!!


It’s like Christmas morning, every time I see I’ve got a new recipe from cookies and cups I can’t wait to try it. Love every new recipe I get!


I love bundt cake! I actually am not a huge cake person, especially those loaded with frosting, but I do love a good bundt (now I really want to watch My Big Fat Greek Wedding) Pinned!!

Norma Ramos

If the fudgy middle “doesn’t really cook”, wouldn’t that pose a problem since the filling contains a RAW egg? I sure would not feel safe eating or sharing with children anything that contains RAW eggs as this could be dangerous!


I melted the chocolate mixed egg in a little at a time so it wouldn’t curdle and cooked the mixture to 165 degrees added the cream cheese turned out great. No risk taken

Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg

Shelly – This bundt cake looks too good! The surprise center looks like the best part. 🙂


Remember back when the Tunnel of Fudge cake was poplar. This sounds similar and good


Bundt cake? Borrrring! Wait! Frosting in the middle? Game changer!


This looks so yummy! Rockin’ my world with this cake!

Minnie Sereneo

Lunch break yoga which started 2 weeks ago is running smoothly. Our dear yoga pals deserve a treat. Why not? What treat??? Fudge Filled Vanilla Bundt Cake, of course. Can’t wait to get to work and see the happy faces.

As soon as I saw this cake I had to pop over to tell you this. Back in 2011, after skimming through an old Pillsbury Bake-Off cookbook and seeing the original Tunnel of Fudge bundt recipe, I couldn’t help thinking..why not a vanilla bundt with a fudge tunnel? I used a Ring of Coconut cake in the same book to guide me..omitting the coconut and sugar, ending up with cream cheese, chocolate chips and an egg, like yours. BUT, I had visions of a huge fudge tunnel, so I used TWO 8 ounce packs of cream cheese and a 12… Read more »

Just found your blog and the recipes look delish. But I have to admit, I really love your writing. It’s funny 🙂


I must try this bundt cake.. must be really delicious!


Hi! I love this recipe! Looks so delicious!! I have a query, after preheating the oven at 325 degrees, what temperature should I bake the cake at?


Hi I was wondering if I need to a add sugar to the cream cheese mixture?

Btw it looks absolutely fantastic can’t wait to try it!!


how do you check that the cake is done?


Just made awesome… Trying to post pic


Made it this evening and it came out perfect!!! We all loved it!!! Thanks the directions were perfect!!


I only have a pound cake pan. If I wanted to attempt making this recipe in a pound cake pan, would you suggest me using the same amounts of ingredients, or using half, or 3/4…? I’m desperate to make this ASAP 😉


Just made today. Serving tomorrow for Easter Sunday dinner. Came out perfect. Instead of glaze and chips I melted dark and white chocolate and drizzled over the cake. Hard not to sneak a taste. Thanks for a great new cake.


This looks so yummy! Though if you could tell me how make the chocolate filling eggfree? :/

Patrick Blair

This is pure evil. Now I have to break my diet. lol
(It TOTALLY looks worth it, too!)


Thanks for an awesome website I wish I can bake more


dear i tried this recipe it was very tasty texture of cake and fudge was excellent but my fudge filling was not in the centre of the cake it was on top can u plz tell me what mistake i made

Manasi Vashishtha

This looks so crazy yumm.. I ma making it tomorrow for friends…
But I dont have a bundt pan. Can I make it in some other pan?


I had the same issue as Sumiyah. I made this yesterday and followed the instructions to a tee (at least I think I did) and the fudge center ended up at the top (well technically fell to the bottom of the bundt pan while baking). Any idea why? The end result still tasted amazing and I will definitely make this again but so curious why the fudge center didn’t stay in the center. To see an image of my results, https://instagram.com/p/6LnlxsM8F7/


Not sure what I did wrong, but mine was horrible. The flavor was lacking and it didn’t seem to rise as high as a normal bundt cake. There was nothing standout except that it looked nice. We tried a small piece and the rest went in the garbage.

Eden Passante

This looks so good! The fudge looks like perfection!


Can you use cake mix instead and does this have to be refrigerated?


Do you think this cake would work with a “tunnel” of dulce de leche? I tried with another bundt bake, but the dulce de leche sank to the bottom (which became the top). Luckily not all the way through (so it didn’t stick to the pan), but there was no pretty tunnel (still tasted good).

Priya Krishnamoorthy

Great recipe! Can I replace the chocolate chips in the frosting with Nutella?


I had the same problem as others. The fudge sank to the bottom of the bundt pan while baking, so when inverted, the fudge is at the top. Not a problem- the whole cake held up well structurally. Could local climate be a factor? The cake itself was a lovely texture. Neither the cake nor the fudge are very sweet (the fudge actually tastes bittersweet since the cream cheese dilutes the sweetness of the chocolate chips) so if you don’t like overly sweet cakes, this may be for you.


Have you ever used milk chocolate chips in the filling?