this is a cake that my mom has been making for years. she made it almost every time we’d go over to her house because she knew it was my husband’s favorite – and who would blame him? it’s got sour cream to make it super moist, and pudding to make it fudgy. it may be called “death by chocolate” cake, but you’ll swear you died and went to heaven!
and may i also point out that my nephew, when asked what kind of cake he wanted for his birthday party said he wanted “the cake that nana makes with the hole in it.” move over disney-decorated cakes….
usually when i think of baking cakes i think of huge messes in the kitchen – flour everywhere, lots of dishes to clean, etc. but this recipe really couldn’t be easier to put together. and i only used my kitchen aid stand mixer – it was the only bowl i used. awesome.
the ingredients are probably ones you have in your fridge or pantry.
there are eggs, sour cream, oil, water, instant pudding, chocolate cake mix, and chocolate chips. that’s it!
the first thing you need to do is beat together the eggs and sour cream. the sour cream is what makes this cake unbelievably moist, just like it does in banana bread.
and then you just add everything else in and mix it up! it’s as easy as pie. well, actually, it’s as easy as cake. i was never good at making pie.
oops. i forgot the chocolate chips. just stir them in when you’re done mixing the rest of the batter, if you want. otherwise, just throw them in the bowl with everything else.
see how thick that batter is?! it’s going to make an amazing cake!
pour all the batter into a greased bundt pan (i use this non-stick bundt pan [aff link] but grease my pan just to be safe!) and bake at 350 for 45 minutes.
and when it’s all done, let it cool down in the pan, and it’ll look like this:
when it’s cooled down, invert it onto a cutting board or cake stand. look – it even gives you portion sizes…little piece? big piece? you’ll definitely want a big piece.
cut yourself a big slice. it honestly cuts like butter, its incredible how moist it is.
and then if you’re feeling fancy, do what my mom always does and sift some powdered sugar on top. but only put that on when you’re about to serve it – piece by piece, if you need to. otherwise, the powdered sugar will start to seep into the cake (because it’s SO moist) and will like a little gummy. so powdered sugar is great, if used at time of serving. plus it makes it look so darn pretty.
for more chocolate goodness check out and follow my chocolate pinterest board! here’s the recipe!
- 4 eggs
- ¾ cup sour cream
- ½ cup oil
- ½ cup water
- 1 small package instant chocolate pudding
- 1 chocolate cake mix
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Beat the eggs and sour cream together until well combined. Add all the other ingredients and mix well. The batter will be thick. Pour into a greased bundt pan and bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Enjoy!