Chocolate Bundt Cake (Nothing Bundt Cake Copycat Recipe)

4.56 from 61 votes

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This Chocolate Bundt Cake recipe is rich, moist, and delicious! Our recipe tastes just like the cake you can get at the popular Nothing Bundt Cakes shop, but at a fraction of the price.

Spatula removing a slice of Chocolate Nothing Bundt Cake.

Chocolate Bundt Cake

There are few things I love more than a Nothing Bundt Cake. If you have one nearby, you know what I’m taking about. They are dense and moist and delicious, but they are also a little pricey. You can make this bundt cake for much less than the cost of one at the store. And I guarantee you have most of these ingredients already in your fridge and pantry. This chocolate bundt cake recipe tastes just like the real thing – plus you can steal a taste of the cake batter and eat as much frosting as you want. I won’t tell.

Side view of a Chocolate Nothing Bundt Cake slice.

Secret to a Moist Cake

I have tried my hand at several bundt cakes and this chocolate bundt cake is my favorite. What separates this cake from others that I’ve tried is how moist it is. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a cake as moist as this one. The secret is adding instant pudding mix and sour cream to the mixture. And because you start with a devils food cake mix, it’s such an easy recipe to make. No worrying about the right amount of cocoa powder or all purpose flour. All of that is taken care of in the dry ingredients of the cake mix. All you have to do is whisk in the sour cream, water and oil and you’re all set! Don’t forget the chocolate chips, which adds an extra level of richness to the finished product. You could use milk chocolate or semi-sweet, whatever you have on hand.

Cream Cheese Frosting

You could top this chocolate cake with a simple glaze or a layer of ganache glaze, but if you want a true copycat recipe, you must try this rich cream cheese frosting. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to frost this cake like a pro – all you need is a Ziplock bag and some scissors. Put the frosting into the bag, cut a tiny hole in the bottom corner and get busy! Watch the video in the recipe card to see how it works. Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature, for that perfectly creamy texture.

Chocolate Nothing Bundt Cake with a pom pom on top.

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How to Make Our Version of Nothing Bundt Cakes’ Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cake

Slice of Chocolate Nothing Bundt cake on a plate.

Our Version of Nothing Bundt Cakes’ Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cake

4.56 from 61 votes
This Chocolate Chocolate Chip Nothing Bundt Cake is rich, moist, and delicious! Our recipe tastes just like the cake you can get at the shop.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16



  • Bundt Cake Pan
  • Electric Mixer
  • Mixing Bowls



  • Mix first six ingredients together in a mixer or with beaters. Stir in chocolate chips.
    Batter of Chocolate Nothing Bundt Cake in a mixing bowl.
  • Pour into a greased bunt cake pan (cooking spray works great). Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes.
    Top view of Chocolate Nothing Bundt Cake batter in a Bundt pan.
  • Remove from oven. Let cool for 20 minutes.
    Baked Chocolate Nothing Bundt Cake in a bundt pan.
  • Remove cake from bundt pan by placing a plate upside down over the bundt pan.  While holding the plate firmly on top of the bundt pan, flip both over so the cake comes out onto the plate. Cover the cake with plastic wrap and place it in the fridge overnight before frosting.
    Unfrosted Chocolate Nothing Bundt Cake on a cake plate.
  • In a medium bowl, cream together the cream cheese and butter until creamy. Mix in the vanilla, then gradually stir in the powdered sugar. Start with 2 cups then keep adding more until it is nice and thick.
    Cream cheese frosting in a mixing bowl to frost the Chocolate Nothing Bundt Cake
  • Spoon the frosting into a Ziplock resealable gallon bag.  Clip one bottom corner of the bag.
    Piping bag with cream cheese frosting for the Chocolate Nothing Bundt Cake.
  •  Squeeze frosting out of the bag onto the cake in strips as pictured.
    Side Close up view of a frosted Chocolate Nothing Bundt Cake with pom pom decoration.


*Prep time and cooking time does not include letting the cake refrigerate overnight.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 579kcalCarbohydrates: 64gProtein: 6gFat: 35gSaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 97mgSodium: 490mgPotassium: 182mgFiber: 1gSugar: 48gVitamin A: 745IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 112mgIron: 2mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her three beautiful girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. 3 stars
    It certainly is a “nice cake” but side by side with a Nothing Bundt Cake, there is no comparison. Believe me, I wish it were as good, as I hate paying the $35.00 got the real cakes. The taste is very good, but the texture of the Nothing Bundt Cakes is superior – pure and simple. I made the recipe and followed the directions to a T, but it is not the same as the authentic cake.

  2. Salted or unsalted butter for the frosting? First time trying your recipes and I can’t wait to try them! THank you!

  3. HI,
    I would like to tell you how much I LOVE all of your Nothing Bundt Cake Recipes, I have tried most of them and enjoyed every one. I’m fixing to have a birthday and would like to make myself an Almond bundt cake with chocolate cream cheese frosting. My question is how can I by using your Nothing Bundt cake mix recipe into an Almond bundt cake?

  4. 5 stars
    Nothing bundt cakes are my sweet indulgence!! And, of course, the more chocolate the better!! Excited to make this whenever I am craving it!

  5. 1 star
    I have figured out after trying to bake this cake twice that the ratio of moist to dry ingredients is off. I would estimate the recipe requires additional flour (and a proportional amount of sugar) in order to bake properly. Otherwise, the cake falls and remains partially unbaked inside. I am going back to one of my original tried and true recipes for chocolate bundt cake.

    1. I’m so sorry this didn’t work for you. I’m not sure what is going on. I am at an elevation of 4,000 ft and have never had this recipe not turn out for me, and I have made it many, many times.

    2. 5 stars
      Hi Anne,

      I am wondering if you are in a high altitude and that might be affecting your results I have made 3 different flavors of the Nothing Bundt cakes (chocolate chocolate chip, lemon and red velvet) for a total of 6 cakes and they all turned out perfect. I use Duncan Hines cake mixes. Ensure that you are using instant pudding as well. I hope it is something like that so that you can enjoy the recipes!

  6. Why does this cake fall? I’ve made tons of bundt cakes over the years and I’ve never had one fall on me before. I’ve made this recipe twice. The first time, I substituted vegan sour cream and other vegan ingredients to accommodate someone with food allergies. I thought this might be the reason why the cake fell. The second time, I made the cake according to the recipe exactly, but it fell again. Any suggestions?

    1. I have never had this cake fall, so I don’t know what could be going wrong. Are you at a high elevation?

    1. You don’t have to refrigerate it overnight. We do this because Nothing Bundt Cakes serves their cakes cold out of the fridge. Wrapping it in plastic wrap keeps it moist.

      1. 5 stars
        I realized too late I had run out of plastic wrap after this came out of the oven and it was 12 AM. Ack!!!! But I had a cake carrier with a locking plastic lid that I planned to use to transport it the next morning. I placed it in there and stuck it in the fridge with no frosting. Came out perfect the next morning and and I frosted it per the recipe. Everyone loved it and so I shared your video and recipe.

  7. Does it mater what size/shape bunt cake pan you use for this? Also, do you cover the cake with plastic & refrigerate white still warm or wait until it’s cool? Thank you!

  8. I try to stay away from packaged foods so I’m not a fan of box cake mixes. Can you tell me how to make this cake completely from scratch?

  9. 5 stars
    We love this recipe! We make it for every holiday. On Christmas, we decided to use a French Vanilla cake mix with semi sweet chocolate chips in cupcakes. We forgot to buy the frosting, but it didn’t need it! So delicious. Again, we love your recipes!!

  10. 5 stars
    Just made this last weekend for my daughter’s 18th birthday and it was amazing- everyone raved about it! Very moist and full of rich chocolate flavor (and I normally don’t like cake.) We’re now preparing to make two for Christmas Dessert. Thank you for another delicious recipe.