This chocolate cake is perfect for busy schedules; it requires no sifting, whipping or decorating. Just drain, stir, bake and serve this decadent dessert.
There are a lot of desserts that start with a box of chocolate cake mix, and this chocolate cake is no different. The best part about this super rich cake is that it doesn’t require much effort. There’s no need to crack eggs and measure sugar, baking powder and shortening. All you have to do is layer your ingredients in a cake pan, quickly stir everything together, and bake until set.
Not only does this cake require very little effort, but this recipe only calls for four ingredients. A bit like this 4 Ingredient Caramel Apple Dump Cakethis chocolate cake will be ready to go in the oven faster than the oven can preheat it.
A lot of dump cake recipes we like don’t require stirring, but this recipe does. This is so the milk can mix evenly throughout the instant pudding and cake mix and won’t leave any powdery lumps on top of your cake. We promise you it’s worth it.
Once your cake is baked, it’s sure to be rich enough to serve on its own, or you can top it with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Of course, chocolate ice cream is always an option too. When a craving for chocolate strikes, it’s hard to resist!
How to make a chocolate cake
This recipe makes 12 servings.
- 1 box chocolate cake mix
- 1 package instant chocolate pudding mix
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
- 2 cups 2% milk
Step 1: Prepare the mold
Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 13×9-in. baking dish.
Step 2: layer the ingredients
Sprinkle dry cake mix evenly in dish, then top with dry pudding mix. Top both of these layers with 1-3/4 cup chocolate chips and drizzle milk on top of the chocolate chip layer.
Step 3: Stir gently
Stir to combine everything. The mixture will look thick and lumpy. Sprinkle remaining chocolate chips on top of combined ingredients.
Step 4: Bake
Bake your chocolate cake until the top appears set and the edges come away from the pan, about 35 to 40 minutes. Cool slightly on a wire rack and serve warm.
Tips for making a chocolate cake
- You can make your own chocolate cake using your favorite chocolate cake mix (these are our Test Kitchen favorites). The recipe also calls for semi-sweet chocolate chips, but you can tweak that to your preference as well. Try milk chocolate chips for a sweeter taste or 72% cocoa dark chocolate chips for a richer taste.
- We love a good mix of cakes and sweets, like this Oreo dump cake. If you want to take this chocolate cake into Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup territory, top it with creamy peanut butter instead of ice cream.
- Although this cake is best served chilled, leftovers can be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. If you don’t want to eat it chilled, reheat it in the microwave for a chilled effect. If you want to freeze your chocolate cake, cut it into serving-sized portions before freezing.