Chocolate Pudding Cake

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This Chocolate Pudding Cake is probably the easiest chocolate cake recipe out there. There are only 4 ingredients! One of the best tasting chocolate cakes I have ever had.

Spatula of Chocolate Pudding Cake coming out of the dish.

Chocolate Pudding Cake

I got this recipe at a women’s retreat many years ago and it has been a favorite ever since. It was a suggested dessert for holiday entertaining because it is so easy to make, yet it tastes so good. You can put it in the oven right before dinner and it is ready right when you are ready to serve it for dessert. In this recipe, I usually use a Devil’s Food Cake mix, but a German Chocolate mix or regular chocolate cake mix work just as well. If you like nuts on your cake, you can also sprinkle chopped pecans or walnuts on top with the chocolate chips.

No Frosting Necessary

The amount of pudding used in the recipe makes the cake so moist and delicious. What I love most about this cake is that you don’t need to frost it. The hot fudge pudding cake itself is so rich that you can eat it as is. You can also simply add a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream. One of my favorite treats during the holidays is to serve it with a scoop of peppermint ice cream or with a big mug of hot cocoa.

Two slices of Chocolate Pudding Cake topped with vanilla ice cream.

Ingredients in Chocolate Pudding Cake

This decadent chocolate cake comes together with just four ingredients! Every bite is rich with chocolate flavor. Your chocolate cravings are sure to be satisfied with this easy dessert. Here’s all you need:

  • A box of Devil’s Food cake mix – you’re just going to use the dry mix. Don’t make the cake according to the box.
  • Chocolate pudding – you’ll need the good old fashioned pudding mix, the cook and serve, NOT instant
  • Milk – you can make this recipe with boiling water or hot water but the cake batter is just more creamy and rich with milk. Use any kind of milk you have on hand.
  • Chocolate chips – we like semi-sweet chocolate chips but you can add any kind you like.

That’s it! You’ll whisk the milk and chocolate pudding on the stovetop until it boils, then pour the pudding sauce over the dry cake mix in a small bowl. Fold it all together, then spread in a prepared pan (for this size you’ll need a 9×13 inch baking dish and bake.

Ingredients to make Chocolate Pudding Cake.

How to Serve Chocolate Pudding Cake

I think this cake is best served warm right out of the oven. It makes the house smell wonderful. However, if you need to make it ahead to serve later, it is every bit as moist and delicious served cold. To reheat leftovers, simply pop a slice or two in the microwave for about thirty seconds and it’ll be nice and gooey again. Store leftover cake in the refrigerator.

Additions and Substitutions for this Recipe

This chocolate pudding cake recipe is perfect just as it is, but you can also dress it up depending on when you’re planning to serve it. 

  • Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
  • Drizzle hot fudge sauce over the top.
  • Dust lightly with some unsweetened cocoa powder for garnish.
  • Add a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the batter for an extra rich flavor.
  • For a thicker cake, bake in a square baking pan instead of a rectangle.

Easy Desserts That Start With a Cake Mix

Using a cake mix for a dessert makes preparation quick and easy, but you don’t have to settle for a basic cake. There are so many fun and fancy desserts that start with a cake mix. These are some of our favorites.

  • Chocolate Chocolate Chip Nothing Bundt Cake – A rich, moist, and delicious chocolate cake that tastes just like the cake you can buy from the Nothing Bundt Cake store.
  • Raspberry Lemon Cake – This cake is so cold and refreshing. The Jell-O gelatin in the cake makes it so moist and flavorful.
  • Better Than You Know What Cake – Turn a basic chocolate cake mix into a decadent dessert. A chocolate cake filled with sweet, caramel filling and topped with toffee bars.
  • Cake Mix Coffee Cake – If you like coffee cake, you are going to LOVE this Cake Mix Coffee Cake! I am a big fan of coffee cake and I am even a bigger fan of it when I can skip a couple steps to get it done quicker!

How To Make Chocolate Pudding Cake

Chocolate Pudding Cake

4.77 from 30 votes
This Chocolate Pudding Cake is probably the easiest chocolate cake recipe out there. There are only 4 ingredients! One of the best tasting chocolate cakes I have ever had.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings



  • 9×13 inch pan
  • Hand Mixer
  • Mixing Bowls



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Gather your ingredients.
    Ingredients to make Chocolate Pudding Cake.
  • Pour contents of cake mix box into a large bowl.
    Bowl of chocolate cake mix.
  • Stir dry pudding mix and milk together in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil on medium heat, stirring constantly.
    Saucepan of pudding mix and milk combined.
  • Fold cooked pudding into the dry cake mix.
    Dry and wet chocolate ingredients folded together in a bowl.
  • Pour mixture into a 9×13 pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle chocolate chips evenly on top.
    Chocolate Pudding Cake batter sprinkled with chocolate chips.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes.
    Full 9x13 dish of baked Chocolate Pudding Cake.
  • This cake is delicious served warm with whipped cream or ice cream.
    Two slices of Chocolate Pudding Cake topped with vanilla ice cream.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 323kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 5gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 494mgPotassium: 312mgFiber: 2gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 105IUCalcium: 134mgIron: 2.7mg

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Echo Blickenstaff

Echo lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah with her husband, Todd, who works in advertising, and her four kids: two girls and two boys. She deploys her accounting degree as the blog’s resident problem solver. In her time outside the kitchen, Echo loves to get away from the phones and busy schedules and spend quality time with the family. Anywhere’s great – but getting out into nature in the mountains or on the beach – is the best kind of getaway.

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    1. 5 stars
      4 ingredients, a measuring cup, a baking pan, 20 min prep, 25 min writing up a glowing review while it bakes in the convection oven. My second time so I can honestly rate this as an “Oh my god, amazing”, while this one is still baking.👌😘❤🤗😋

  1. I haven’t made it yet, so can’t rate it. I do have a question, can I make this ahead of time and put it in the fridge until my guests arrive so that I can serve it warm?

    1. Great question! This recipe is usually the same in all altitude locations. Enjoy your cake!

  2. I’ve been making a version of this cake since the early 70s and it was old when it was passed down to me. Instead of chocolate cake mix, I use yellow cake mix with pudding in it. Then stir in cooked chocolate pudding and add chocolate chips and chopped pecans on the top. It’s gooey when done. Toothpick test to test doneness does NOT work. If it passes the toothpick test, it’s over baked. Can be served with vanilla ice cream or a cold glass of milk.

  3. 5 stars
    This cake recipe was one I grew up on. My mom used to call it Chocolate Lunchbox Cake, because she would take each slice and slice it horizontally, then put the bottom on the top and wrap in plastic wrap to put in our lunchboxes . This was so the chocolate chips would not stick to the plastic. It was the best cake. I am in my 60’s now and I can still remember the taste. Thanks for the memories!

  4. 5 stars
    This is by far the best cake I have ever eaten. I might try it with vanilla pudding and a lemon or orange cake mix with white chocolate chips and see how that turns out

    1. Do u still add the cake mix ingredients, like eggs and oil before you add the cooked pudding?

  5. Hi my mom has made this for as long as I can remember she got it out of the old Betty crocker Cookbook we add walnuts with the chocolate chips I don’t have cook and serve pudding so going to try instant hopefully it still turns out. I have never thought to do other cakes with other chips that’s an awesome idea thanks. If it turns out I will post update

  6. 5 stars
    This cake is delicious! I love the simple ingredients. Instead of chocolate chips I used reeces pieces in miniature Reeces cups. Since there’s no egg in it I actually under baked it just a little bit to to make it extra gooey

  7. This was a favorite recipe growing up- my parents got it in the late 70s from a co-worker of my mother’s, she called it Rickie Dickie cake. Only difference is we’d top with half butterscotch and half chocolate chips and always serve with a scope of vanilla ice cream. Just brought me back to my childhood!

    1. We also have made this cake from the beginning of time. I am SO mixing up the chips next time. Sounds great. We also do a butterscotch version with butterscotch chips, butterscotch pudding and white or yellow cake. Amazing!

  8. 5 stars
    Came across your recipe looking for a chocolate birthday dessert for my wife that she would really enjoy. She is a chocolate lover and this was fantastic. Delicious cake that the whole family loved with or without ice cream. We especially enjoyed no frosting because we both enjoy the cake more anyway. Thank you!

  9. 5 stars
    Save a bowl, dump the dry cake mix straight into the pan of cooked pudding!
    Best chocolate cake ever; so easy, so chocolatey, so moist!

  10. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness that is wonderful I learned how to make this 25 years 30 years ago and never forgot the recipe and I just started making it again for the grandkids and they just go crazy over it so thank you for helping me to remember my favorite recipe thank you Mary Smith

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