Chocolate Pudding Cake Recipe

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.


Why this Recipe Works

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

My grandma always made us 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.

More Cake Recipes

Chocolate Pudding Cake

4.69 from 98 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

Ingredients 

  • 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

Instructions 

  • 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.

Notes

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

Nutrition

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. 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?

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 5 stars
    Recently made your rice pudding recipe, oh..my..gosh! 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!

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