Ridiculous Chocolate Cake

This is the most RIDICULOUS Chocolate Cake recipe I’ve ever made. It’s a seriously delicious cake, a super EASY cake, AND it’s topped with creamy chocolate frosting. Everyone goes crazy for this moist chocolate cake recipe!

The Easiest and BEST Chocolate Cake Recipe EVER!

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. I mean, have you ever tried my Earthquake Cake?

Now that we are all on the same cake mix page, let’s talk a little more about this slice of perfection. The texture of this chocolate cake 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 chocolate bundt cake to take to any party, or even whip up on a weeknight. And certainly you could make it in a sheet pan, or as a layer cake, just adjust your bake times accordingly.

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!

Why is this the BEST chocolate cake?

The chocolate cake 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 chocolate cake batter is so dreamy.

Just spread it into a heavily greased bundt pan…

The BEST Chocolate Cake!

And the cake is baked it will look like this…

My favorite chocolate cake...completely outrageous!

Just invert the chocolate 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 chocolate 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 Ridiculous Chocolate Cake recipe. It is the BEST chocolate cake and easiest chocolate cake recipe I have ever made!


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Ridiculous Chocolate Cake

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield Yield: serves 12 1x
  • Category Category: Cake
  • Method Method: Baking
  • Cuisine Cuisine: Dessert

Description:

Ridiculous Chocolate Cake is the easiest and best chocolate cake recipe ever!


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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
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Frosting

  • 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 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.

Nutrition Information:

545
51.9 g
363.3 mg
27.6 g
75.1 g
7.2 g
65.3 mg

Keywords: chocolate cake recipe, chocolate cake, cake mix, chocolate frosting

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Valerie Cameron
May 16, 2022 5:55 pm

Can I use chia seeds as my “egg” for this recipe? I have a granddaughter who can’t have the dairy?

Pam
Feb 20, 2022 11:02 pm

I made the cake according to recipe but I only had the large box of pudding. I threw out about a quarter of the box and thought it would be ok but the cake went flat and fudge like. I have made this before and it was amazing

Evelyn
Jan 31, 2022 3:11 am

We tried it, my teenage son and daughter followed your recipe and bake the cake. The whole family, we are a big family by the way, (older children, plus grandkids) loved it!!! So moist and so chocolately. They’re siblings were asking for them to do it again for several family occasions. Thanks for sharing.

Deb
Jan 21, 2022 2:52 pm

I found this recipe to be too dense. If made again, I’d leave out the sour cream.

Lee
Dec 27, 2021 6:01 pm

I already have a box of chocolate cake mix with pudding in the mix. Should I omit the box of pudding or go ahead and add it?
Thanks!

debra peed
Nov 25, 2021 12:10 am

This cake is amazing. I added pecans to batter and used a cream cheese glaze garnished with pecans. This cake is rich and moist, you don’t even need frosting or a glaze.

Julie
Nov 21, 2021 10:53 am

I made this cake as a 2 layer round cake and it was delicious. What do I need to do to make it in a 17X12 sheet pan?

Babs
Nov 8, 2021 4:05 pm

I loved this cake. I used 1 cup of sour cream and 1and a half cups of chocolate chips … assorted mini and regular dark and semi-sweet. It is very chocolaty and rich and yummy. I made it in a bundt pan and I did ice it with chocolate icing. I’m going to make it again today as cupcakes for a birthday celebration. Thank you … I loved it!!

Mireille
Oct 26, 2021 4:47 pm

I have not tried it yet but reading the ingredients the eggs oil and water are the same usually added to a box mix . The extra are the sour cream and the chips. I would use an 8 Oz container of sour cream instead of 16. We’ll see what happens.

Patty
Oct 23, 2021 11:11 am

Followed directions. Cake fell within 5 minutes of removing from oven. Check the amount of sour cream. Perhaps qty should be 8 oz not 16

Linda
Sep 21, 2021 8:48 pm

Pretty good, not great. Could be user error, but seemed to be a lot of extra ingredients for a box cake. It was heavy and fell. I may make it again with one cup of sour cream and one cup of chocolate chips instead of two cups of each.

Janet Viletta Ross
Sep 11, 2021 12:48 pm

Instant pudding or cook type ? How long do I cook for a sheet cake pan ?

Melissa
Aug 16, 2021 2:48 pm

Made this with a gluten free Devil’s Food cake mix and was the best ever! So moist and chocolatey! Our new favorite cake.

RIMickie
Nov 29, 2021 5:39 pm
Reply to  Melissa

Good to know that it works with GF cake mix. Did you use 8 or 16 oz of sour cream?

Yvon ruschhaupt
Jul 9, 2021 9:56 am

Can any of these cakes be made into cupcakes ?? Thanks

Valerie Cameron
May 16, 2022 5:50 pm
Reply to  Shelly

I only make this recipe baking cupcakes. The thought of having to eat all the cake – for two people – is diet suicide LOL. It makes about 18 cupcakes and most of them I freeze and take out when required.

Stephanie Pierce
Jul 7, 2021 10:30 am

Big hit for my mom’s birthday. Making it again today for my son’s 13th, because everyone decided it was the new favorite for birthdays!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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