The ** Ultimate Chocolate Cake ** Recipe

@marylauren - The Ultimate Chocolate Cake Recipe @marylauren - The Ultimate Chocolate Cake Recipe @marylauren - The Ultimate Chocolate Cake Recipe

Tis the season for baking, baking and more baking. I have made this recipe over and over. It is so moist, so yummy, and best of all SOO easy. If you’re counting calories though, look away. Seriously, this is not for you. This chocolate cake is EVERYTHING. It is a beast of a cake and packs a punch. It is so rich, so chocolatey, it gives all other chocolate cakes a run for their money. The best ever. Okay… believe me yet?


1 (18.25 oz.) chocolate cake mix. (I used Devil’s food, but anything will work.)

1 (3.4 oz.) package instant chocolate pudding mix

2 cups sour cream

3 eggs

1/3 c vegetable oil

1/2 c water

2 c semi-sweet chocolate chips (Go with Ghirardelli if they’re available!)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease pan. (This is actually meant to be a bundt cake, which I usually make it to be, but this time I used 2 8 inch cake pans and it worked perfectly.)
  2. Beat all ingredients together (not chocolate chips)
  3. Pour batter into prepared pan/s.
  4. Bake 50 mins to one hour. (For two 8 inch pans I baked for 40 minutes, but just test with a toothpick.)
  5. Cool completely and frost.

I use a traditional cream cheese frosting. A good recipe can be found here.

Original recipe found on


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  2. Jack says:

    Hi Mary. Where do the chocolate chips go into the cake?

    • Mary Lauren says:

      I put the chocolate chips in at the very end after I have already put the batter into the bundt cake pan. I just dump them on the top and gently press them down into the batter. They will fall a little more while baking.

      If they are mixed in beforehand, they may fall to the bottom and burn to the pan. (happened to me once.)

  3. Erin says:

    What accessories did you use to decorate (greenery and fruit)

  4. Ana says:

    Hi! Did you just slice the rounds in halves to have 4 total layers or really use 4-8 in pans? Thanks!

    • Mary Lauren says:

      Sorry for the delayed response! I used two normal round cake pans and then just cut them in half once they were baked.

  5. Darian says:

    Hi! For this post, did you use two round cake pans and two boxes of cake mix?

    • Mary Lauren says:


      Sorry for the delayed response. I just made it with this exact recipe… one cake box and two round cake pans. Then cut them in half once they were baked.


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