Chocolate Pudding Cake Recipe

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Rich, fudgy and dense, this Chocolate Pudding Cake recipe is a huge hit at family parties! Nobody needs to know it starts with a cake mix!

If you have a pantry full of cake mixes, bake up a batch of easy Cake Mix cookies. Add holiday or colorful sprinkles to give them so fun and festive flair. Or give our delicious Chocolate pudding cupcakes a try next!

Slice of chocolate cake with cool whip on top.
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Easy chocolate pudding cake recipe

Sometimes when you’re craving a chocolate cake, you just want to whip up something easy.

My grandma always made us this banana pudding recipe or her jello cakes, so I thought why not take a similar approach with todays pudding cake recipe!

Sometimes you just need an easy treat. Holidays are great for making carrot cake or bread pudding, but Tuesdays are for chocolate pudding cake!

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed to make chocolate pudding cake.

Making a pudding cake is so easy. I’m often asked about the texture, and it’s similar to brownies. Rich and fudgy, and quite dense!

You only need a handful of ingredients to make today’s recipe:

  • Chocolate Cake Mix
  • Chocolate Pudding Mix
  • Milk
  • Cool Whip
  • Chocolate Chips and Sprinkles are optional

How to make Chocolate Pudding Cake

Step by step photos showing how to make chocolate pudding cake.
  1. First, in a large mixing bowl, combine chocolate pudding mix with milk. Whisk until smooth.
  2. Add in chocolate cake mix and beat until well blended. Fold in chocolate chips.
  3. Pour cake batter into a greased 13×9 baking dish, and bake according to cake mix package directions.
  4. Remove from oven and cool completely.
  5. Top with Cool Whip (or homemade whipped cream) and sprinkles, refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Cake will be moist and dense…perfect!!

More Pudding Recipes

If you love today’s chocolate version, then you’ve got to try this Lemon Pudding Cake recipe. Virtually the same, with a few swaps in ingredients!

One of the easiest cakes to make! The pudding added to the top of the warm cake makes this so moist and delicious. Add some Cool Whip and toasted coconut and this Coconut Pudding Cake will be gone in no time!

Chewy, moist, and packed with flavor. Thanks to the secret ingredient, these Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies are always a hit!

Chocolate cake with cool whip and fork with a bite taken out.

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Chocolate Pudding Cake

4.69 from 99 votes
By: Aimee
Rich, fudgy and dense…this Chocolate Pudding Cake recipe is a huge hit at family parties! Nobody needs to know it starts with a cake mix!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 32 minutes
Total Time: 37 minutes
Servings: 20 servings


  • 1 box box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips 12 ounce
  • 1 box instant chocolate pudding mix 3.4 ounce
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 16 ounce Cool Whip thawed
  • sprinkles optional
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  • In a large mixing bowl, combine chocolate pudding mix with milk. Whisk until smooth. Add in chocolate cake mix and beat until well blended. Fold in chocolate chips.
  • Pour cake batter into a greased 13×9 baking dish, and bake according to cake mix package directions.
  • Remove from oven and cool completely. Top with Cool Whip and sprinkles, refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.


  • Use homemade whipped cream instead of Cool Whip, if desired.
  • Store leftover cake in refrigerator for up to 5 days.


Serving: 1slice, Calories: 122kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 2mg, Sodium: 115mg, Sugar: 12g
Course: Cake
Cuisine: American
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Posted on April 4, 2019

Comments & Reviews

  1. 5 stars
    Thank you so much Aimee for sharing this great easy cake recipe!
    It was a huge hit with hubby and will definitely be added to my recipe book!

  2. I am having a hard time understanding directions, you said 3 box chocolate cake mix, do you mean 3 different boxes, or one box mix, same with pudding, 3 boxes?

  3. 4 stars
    So I thought this tasted really good. The only complaint is that there’s too much movement with the cool whip topping. I decided to freeze the whole thing instead and it’s like eating ice cream cake. So, so good!

  4. 5 stars
    I did not a chocolate cake mix, so used a yellow cake with Banana pudding and caramel bits! Turned out great and next time chocolate for sure!

  5. When you say to “ bake according to cake mix package directions” does that include adding eggs and oil or just follow the bake time?

    1. Nope, just the temperature and time. This is a very dense fudgy cake with the pudding mix. No eggs and oil.

  6. 5 stars
    Recently made your rice pudding recipe,! It turned out perfect! I then jumped on to your dad’s bread pudding..woah! So then did a bit of a combo from your dads and yours and did a caramel apple bread pudding using his recipe, adding diced apples and sliced almonds with your caramel apple sauce…do try! I shared this little goldmine with family and friends and sadly was left with an empty pan..only sad because nobody got seconds lol. Thank you for this marvelous site and for sharing your recipes! I’m just going to keep trying them one by one!

  7. I thought JUST 4 ingredients. That’s my kind of cake! I didn’t have exactly the same ingredients the recipe called for. It still turned out pretty tasty. I would like to know what size cake mix to use. I used the 15.25 oz devils food cake. I also had an 18 oz mix. I did make this recipe as it is written. Went against all my cooking instincts to use a dry cake mix without making a batter first. I didn’t think for a minute this would work. I had to use a chocolate mousse mix I had in my cupboard and bittersweet chocolate chips to substitute what the recipe asked for. After mixing everything together (I didn’t even have to dirty my mixer, mixed it by hand) the batter seemed too dry so I acknowledged my cooking instincts and through in an egg for good measure and little more cream. Folded in the chips and about 35 min later pulled a really beautiful cake from my oven. Tastes wonderful. Thanks for the recipe!

  8. I’m afraid I’ve over cooked it because it was so jiggly I kept putting in longer and longer crossing my fingers I didn’t blow it. Smells delicious 

  9. I was looking for a recipe to make a cake like the pudding cake sold at my local kroger. But this ain’t it. Theirs is like actual cake but still dense and moist, while this is like gooey, almost-raw cake batter that is sort of pudding-y. Maybe I should cook it longer? But I already had to cook it 10 min. longer than it said because the top was still liquid. I used Betty Crocker dark chocolate cake mix, does it make a difference? The recipe didn’t say any certain one. I guess I’ll have to keep searching.

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