With 5 ingredients and 5 minutes prep, you can make a scrumptious Butterscotch Pudding Cake! Dense and delicious, everyone gobbles this one up!
Love easy desserts? Try our lemon tart recipe for a treat bursting with citrus flavor. Or give our perfect chocolate cake recipe a try next!
Easy Cake Recipe
5 ingredients. 5 minutes to prep. You CAN do this. Like right now.
This pudding cake has all the great taste of Butterscotch. It’s so moist and delicious that I know you will thank me when you taste it.
My kids love this cake; they’ve already requested I make another one ASAP.
It’s also one of the easiest ever cakes to make. Using instant pudding mix and yellow cake mix, you just mix everything together and toss it in the oven. Then you let everything chill in the fridge, frost it with cool whip and enjoy cold.
5 minutes of effort is really all it takes! It hardly lasted longer than 5 minutes in my house, too. This cake was gobbled up by all!
What is pudding cake?
If you’ve never made pudding cake before, don’t be expecting a moist, tender crumb like a white cake would have.
Pudding cake uses instant instant pudding mix to make this one of the most ooey-gooey cakes I’ve ever tried. Then, you top the whole thing with cool whip to complete the picture.
Instead of eggs and butter, this cake is held together by creamy pudding made from a mix and milk.
This time, I was in the mood for something with Butterscotch flavor, so I used Butterscotch pudding mix and threw in some Butterscotch chips for good measure.
This method works with any flavor pudding mix you can imagine! You could make a simple vanilla version with white cake mix and vanilla pudding mix or a banana pudding cake by substituting banana pudding mix.
Did I mention that there’s no frosting to mess with either? As much as I LOVE frosting (and oh, do I love it), it can be a little more than I feel like dealing with sometimes.
Having to carefully pipe icing on a cake takes attention to detail that I don’t always have time for.
Much like a JELL-O cake, you just spread cool whip on top and call it a day! It looks perfect with no mess, time or fuss.
What you’ll Need
I’m a big fan of using cake mixes as a baking short cut. But I almost never just make a yellow cake from mix without adding to it or punching it up a little.
This pudding cake recipe is the perfect example. You only need 5 ingredients to make a cake, and that includes the frosting. It has all the great taste of a cake made from scratch without spending all day in the kitchen.
Here’s everything you need:
- Yellow cake mix
- Instant butterscotch pudding mix
- Butterscotch morsels
- Cool whip topping or Homemade Whipped Cream
How to Make Pudding Cake
STEP 1. Whisk together the milk and instant pudding mix. Add the cake mix and butterscotch chips and mix to combine.
STEP 2. Pour the batter into a 13 x 9 cake pan. Bake according to the package directions on your cake mix, adding about TEN extra minutes to the cook time!
STEP 3. Let the pudding cake cool completely and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Frost the cake with cool whip before slicing into squares and serving!
Tips and tricks
- Garnish: To add even more butterscotch taste, sprinkle the top of the cake with more butterscotch morsels before serving.
- Cool whip: I used regular original cool whip topping for this. You can also make homemade whipped cream if you prefer.
- How to store pudding cake: Keep this cake covered in the fridge until you’re ready to serve. I like this cake cold best. It stays moist and delicious for several days in the fridge–but in my house it always disappears long before then!
- How long to bake pudding cake: I baked this cake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes, which is about ten minutes longer than the box mix requires. Some cake mixes vary, so follow the instructions on the box for best results.
- Don’t overbake: Like I mentioned before, this cake will be very moist and a bit ooey gooey when it’s ready to come out of the oven. Cooling and refrigerating the cake helps it solidify a bit more without drying out or becoming tough.
More Easy Cake Recipes
- Banana Split Poke Cake
- Chocolate Eclair Cake
- Gooey Butter Cake
- Coconut Cake
- German Chocolate Cake Recipe
With just one bowl, one pan and a few ingredients, it’s tough to beat this easy Butterscotch Pudding Cake recipe.
Can I use non instant pudding
Aimee can I use instead pudding with Carmel sauce for my butterscotch cake?
Aimee question for you. Can I use instant vanilla pudding mix with Carmel sauce for my butterscotch cake? If so please let me know. Truly Lesa
I’m not sure if that would work. The caramel sauce could be drizzled over the top after baking!
so only do the cake mix, pudding, milk and butterscotch chips??
Yep! It will have the consistency of a fudgy brownie (but butterscotch flavor)!
Can you use non-instant pudding mix?
I really want to make this as a surprise for my husband and I have only a Golden Butter or White cake mix. As I am unable to drive at this time, I am stuck with using one of those, if at all possible. What would you suggest?
I thank you for your time.
Golden butter or white would both work just fine 🙂
So moist and good!
This was perfectly light and fluffy and came together in a snap! Easily, a new favorite dessert recipe!
This cake was so delicious! Thanks for the easy recipe!
Made this cake. Was delicious.Can it be made with red velvet cake and chocolate pudding with white chips.
Made this at my parents place in Nebraska and it came out perfect but then I made it at my place in Colorado and it flopped what do I need to do differently for the elevation change.
Do u not add eggs to the cake mix batter?
Nope. Just add what is written 🙂
I make my own cake mixes as they are so expensive here can I use your recipe with my own cake mixes
OMG. This looks incredible!
This looks so good! I Think I will try it with my favorite whipped cream frosting- You take a quart of whipping cream, whip it up most of the way, then add a small box of pudding mix (in this case i will try butterscotch) and whip it a little longer, and if you keep the cake in the fridge covered, it keeps nice too 🙂
I’d love it if you came by and linked this up to my blog hop, Themed Baker’s Sunday! The theme this week is cakes.
Hope to see you there!