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Sharing our favorite chocolate cake today! This chocolate cake recipe is only bundt cake recipe you need! The Best Chocolate Bundt Cake makes the perfect sweet treat for your family and friends!

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Chocolate Cake Recipe

I’ve been making this chocolate cake for years and I’m telling you it’s a favorite every single time. You’ll get asked for the recipe over and over again. People never believe that it starts with a cake mix. I always keep the ingredients on hand if I need to whip up a cake for someone. It is sure to make someone’s day! Hope you enjoy my simple, ultra soft, decadent chocolate bundt cake!

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Tips For Making The Best Chocolate Cake

  1. Bring butter and eggs to room temperature before you use them. If you need to soften the butter in a hurry, place it on a plate, heat a glass in hot water and cover the butter with it.
  2. Sift dry ingredients together to add air into the batter and you’ll enjoy a soft, light cake.
  3. When you’re mixing the dry ingredients, add in a small box of instant pudding, like I’ve done in this recipe. It makes for a delicious moist cake.
  4. Another way to achieve a moist cake is to drizzle a few tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk over the top after warm and baked.
  5. Cakes are delicate. Resist opening the oven door to peek while baking. It can cause your cake to fall.

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Where Can I Buy A Bundt Pan?

You can find bundt pans at any kitchen store, Walmart and Target in the kitchen/baking section. I always keep Amazon as a back up if I can’t find at my local stores.

How Can I Prevent My Bundt Cake From Sticking To Pan?

If you’ve ever had your bundt cake stuck in the pan, you know the horror, ha! To prevent this, make sure you generously spray your pan with cooking spray before putting the cake batter in. After removing the cake from the oven, place the pan on a wire rack and let cool; about 10-20 minutes. This allows the cake to become firm enough to remove from the pan without breaking apart. Carefully slide a plastic knife down the sides of the pan to release any sticking spots.

What Happens If My Cake Comes Out Broken?

Take a deep breath and let’s look at some options. If it’s just a few smaller pieces that stuck to the pan, you can carefully place them/patch back onto the cake and cover it all up with a nice thick drizzle of chocolate ganache. If it’s a little more broken, let’s make a trifle! Break the entire bundt cake into small pieces and layer with fruit and fresh sweet whipped cream. A trifle is a perfect option for broken cake.

The Best Chocolate Cake Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baking, best bundt cake, best chocolate cake, best chocolate cake recipe, birthday cake, bundt cake recipe, bundt cake recipes, cake, cake mix, chocolate birthday cake, chocolate bundt cake, chocolate cake, chocolate cake recipe, chocolate chip cake, chocolate fudge cake, chocolate pudding cake, death by chocolate cake, dessert, easy chocolate cake recipe, how to make chocolate cake, moist chocolate cake recipe
Servings: 12
Calories: 432 kcal
Author: Jenny
  • 1 box Devil's Food Cake Mix
  • 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup milk whole or 2%
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3.4 ounce package instant vanilla or chocolate pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup chocolate sauce I use Hershey's
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 cup melted chocolate I use Ghirardelli melts
  • 1 cup crushed Oreo Cookies to garnish on top
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and spray bundt cake pan generously with cooking spray.
  2. Place all ingredients into a large mixing bowl, stir to combine until well combined. Transfer to bundt pan, spreading evenly. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until baked through. Remove and let cool completely before flipping over.
  3. Dust with powdered sugar and cut into slices. Another serving option is top cake with melted chocolate then garnish with crushed Oreos as in first photo.

Nutrition Facts
The Best Chocolate Cake Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 432 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 62mg21%
Sodium 434mg19%
Potassium 201mg6%
Carbohydrates 52g17%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 34g38%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 190IU4%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 108mg11%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. 1
    Jess says:

    PINNED!! This sounds A-MAZING! YUM!

    I would love for you to share this with my Link Up on Mondays and then my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

  2. 2
    Maria Lichty says:

    This does look delicious!

  3. 3
    Lianne says:

    When you say chocolate sauce do you mean the Hershey’s syrup in the can??

  4. 4
    Freda says:

    What is chocolate sauce in above recipe…? Is that chocolate syrup?

  5. 5
    Freda says:

    What exactly is chocolate sauce?

  6. 6
    Leanne Wolf says:

    Hi….. I have the same question as several others…..what is chocolate sauce??? Is it the same as Hershey’s chocolate syrup????? Cake sounds great and I always love Bundt cakes….thanks for your help….. have a magnificent Monday!!!!

  7. 7
    Lynne says:

    I would love to make this; it sounds so good! But I would also like to know what is chocolate sauce? Thanks

  8. 8
    Emily says:

    So it looks like the chocolate sauce question has never been cleared up?

  9. 9
    Tammy says:

    What is the chocolate sauce? They no longer make the Hershey’s sauce in the can (I have checked everywhere for it and am told they no longer make it) You can buy it on line, but its supposedly very expensive. Can you just use the normal Hershey’s syrup in the bottle?
    Thanks looks so delicious.

  10. 10
    Michael says:

    Hello, Jenny! Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe. But I would like to kick it up a notch by adding a coconut macaroon filling. Would the filling cook or should I make them separately and then assemble it? Thanks in advance.

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