The BEST Chocolate Cake

Chocolate cake

Yesterday was Hannah’s 20th birthday.  Hannah is my 3rd daughter.  Hannah and Cali have been best friends and have lived next door to each other since they were 3 years old.

You may remember the post I did on the girls when they graduated from high school.

I told Hannah I would make her a birthday cake to celebrate.  When I asked her what flavor cake she wanted, she didn’t hesitate, the answer was chocolate!

So today’s Eat Cake recipe is for what I consider the BEST chocolate cake.

Chocolate cake

We invited some of the other neighbors over to help us Eat Cake and celebrate Hannah’s birthday.  If all the oohing and aahing that came from the crowd as they ate this chocolate cake was any indication, I think we’ve got a winner!

I don’t make chocolate cake very often because if I am going to choose the flavor of cake it usually ends up being lemon but I have to say if you are going to eat chocolate cake – it should be this one!

Chocolate cake

It starts with a Devil Food’s cake mix but then is doctored up with some chocolate pudding and sour cream.

And did I mention it also has chocolate chips in it?!!!

Chocolate cake

Cover all that chocolate goodness with some yummy, fluffy buttercream frosting and who could resist!?
Chocolate cake

And just to top it off sprinkle a little chopped chocolate on top!  Perfection!

So Happy Birthday dear Hannah!  I hope you enjoyed your cake, I know the rest of us did!!
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Note:  Don’t forget – this week I am looking for your best cake recipes.  Send me an email or leave the link or recipe in the comments!  Thanks!

The BEST Chocolate Cake
  • 1 box devil’s food cake mix
  • 1 small pkg Jello instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 C sour cream
  • 1 C canola oil
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • ½ C milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 C semisweet chocolate chips
Buttercream Frosting
  • 1 C butter
  • 4 C powdered sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅓ C heavy whipping cream
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bow mix together all the ingredients except for the chocolate chips
  3. Stir in the chocolate chips
  4. Pour batter into a buttered and floured cake pan
  5. I used two 9-inch pie pans
  6. For cooking time, use the cooking times on the back of the cake box as a guide and add about 10 minutes to that. Check for doneness using a tooth pick.)
Buttercream Frosting
  1. In a mixer cream butter until fluffy
  2. Add sugar and continue creaming until well blended
  3. Add salt, vanilla, and whipping cream
  4. Blend on low speed until moistened. and then beat at high speed until frosting is fluffy
Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. says

    Mmmmm! This is definitely a good one! My roommate in college introduced me to this recipe and it is delicious, I can attest!

    Here’s another incredible chocolate cake recipe (very rich, but not quite as sweet- but so so good!)- (no pictures taken as of yet, but here’s another link to another post where I made the cake!)

  2. says

    Is there something creepy about the fact that we have baked nearly the same thing without talking to each other more than once?! I was going to add it to your “Eat Cake” post but never mind. 😉

    I got the same recipe from and made it yesterday. I didn’t make her accompanying frosting recipe and wanted something lighter than buttercream so here’s some yummy frosting I made by taking the best ingredients from two different recipes:

    1 8 oz cream cheese
    1/2 stick butter
    2/3 C powdered sugar
    1 tsp vanilla
    2 C heavy whipping cream

    Blend first 4 ingredients together. Slowly add whipping cream while whisking with wire whip attachment (Kitchen Aid) until peaks form but be careful so it doesn’t go to next phase which is curdling – ewwww – then it’s not frosting.

    Not as heavy as cream cheese frosting, not as sugary as buttercream and not as light as sweetened whipped cream!

    I did split the two round cakes so I had 4 layers and put a thin layer between each and still had plenty of frosting to frost the whole cake. YUM!

  3. says

    That’s my favorite cake recipe!! Infact it’s the only cake my husband has ever asked me to make, normally he wants cheesecake instead! We usually just sprinkle powder sugar on top, but I’m definately going to do that buttercream recipe next time!

  4. kelly says

    our standard b-day cake is skor cake
    1 devils food cake mix prepare and bake , then poke holes in the top with a straw. pour caramel ice cream topping over the holes ( i use the whole jar). cover in whip cream and top with crushed skor, or heath bar!

  5. says

    I get rave reviews about this cake every time I make it. It is delicious!

    Red Velvet Cake:

    2 1/2 cups (250 grams) sifted cake flour

    1/2 teaspoon salt

    2 tablespoons (15 grams) Dutch-processed cocoa powder

    1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature

    1 1/2 cups (300 grams) granulated white sugar

    2 large eggs

    1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

    1 cup (240 ml) buttermilk

    2 tablespoons liquid red food coloring

    1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar

    1 teaspoon baking soda

    Cream Cheese Frosting:

    1 1/2 (360 ml) cups heavy whipping cream

    1 – 8 ounce (227 grams) cream cheese, room temperature

    1 – 8 ounce (227 grams) tub of Mascarpone cheese, room temperature

    3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

    1 cup (115 grams) confectioners’ (icing or powdered) sugar, sifted

    Red Velvet Cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and place rack in center of oven. Butter two – 9 inch (23 cm) round cake pans and line the bottoms of the pans with parchment paper. Set aside.

    In a mixing bowl sift together the flour, salt, and cocoa powder. Set aside.

    In bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the butter until soft (about 1-2 minutes). Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes). Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the vanilla extract and beat until combined.

    In a measuring cup whisk the buttermilk with the red food coloring. With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and buttermilk to the butter mixture, in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour.

    In a small cup combine the vinegar and baking soda. Allow the mixture to fizz and then quickly fold into the cake batter.

    Working quickly, divide the batter evenly between the two prepared pans and smooth the tops with an offset spatula or the back of a spoon. Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 25 – 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cakes comes out clean. Cool the cakes in their pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Place a wire rack on top of the cake pan and invert, lifting off the pan. Once the cakes have completely cooled, wrap in plastic and place the cake layers in the freezer for at least an hour. (This is done to make filling and frosting the cakes easier.)

    Cream Cheese Frosting: In your food processor, or with a hand mixer, process the cream cheese and mascarpone cheese until smooth. Add the vanilla and confectioners sugar and process until smooth. Transfer this mixture to a large mixing bowl.

    Then, in the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, whip the cream until stiff peaks form. With a large spatula, gently but quickly fold a little of the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture to lighten it. Then fold in the remaining whipped cream, in two stages. If the frosting is not thick enough to spread, cover and place in the refrigerator for an hour, or until it is firm enough to spread.

    Assemble: With a serrated knife, cut each cake layer in half, horizontally. You will now have four cake layers. Place one of the cake layers, top of the cake facing down, onto your serving platter. Spread the cake layer with a layer of frosting. Place another layer of cake on top of the frosting and continue to frost and stack the cake layers. Frost the top and sides of the cake. Can garnish the cake with sweetened or unsweetened coconut

    Makes one – 9 inch (23 cm) four layer cake.


  6. Mary Kathryn says

    I have made the same recipe (or at least similar) in a crockpot. Minus the frosting and using mini chocolate chips. It is good and may be in need of making sometime soon. I LOVE chocolate!!

  7. Cat says

    Do you find if you substitute a lower fat product, such as 5% our cream or creamed cheese or 1% milk, in baking, it makes a significant difference? I try to cut back where I can. I see this one has sour cream. I’m not sure I’d do the no-fat substitutions but lower fat?

  8. Lory says

    I made this cake for a dessert function at work and it was such a hit! After 1 hour of the event, I went down to check on how it was going and whether anyone had tried my cake only to find an empty plate with nothing but a few crumbs on it! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.

  9. M. Moore says

    I was wondering if you have ever made this buttercream frosting chocolate? If not, do you think you could and how? I am going to try a 12 layer chocolate cake and wanted the frosting to be chocolate as well and love this frosting. Thx for you help.

  10. Miranda says

    I was making the cake for my parent’s 50 & 60th Birthday’s. I didn’t want to chance it so I used full fat. Thanks so much for the recipe it got RAVE reviews. It was my very first two layer cake and one of my first attempts at homemade icing and it turned out great. Everyone loved it!!

  11. Candice Clark says

    Hi Leigh Anne!

    As always…HUGE fan of yours and I have to try this cake! I am actually making cupcakes for my daughters 1st birthday and was wondering if this recipe would work well as a cupcake or if you suggest keeping it as a cake recipe! Either way I am going to make it…I just bought all of the ingredients!

    Thank you :)


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