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Ultimate Chocolate Cake from a Cake Mix

Sometimes the best chocolate cake really does start from a cake mix.

Chocolate Cake with Rich Chocolate Glaze Icing.
Do you ever crave something sweet?

 Every once in awhile I need chocolate. BUT, I don't always have a lot of time to bake.  That's why I love this recipe for chocolate cake.  It starts out with a cake mix but it 
doesn't taste like a traditional cake mix cake.  I promise! 

All you need are a few "extras" from your pantry and you will have the most delicious chocolate cake to serve to your family and friends as a special treat this week and 
they will never believe this ultimate chocolate cake is from a cake mix.  

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I really must confess that my "need" for chocolate cake came from
 purchasing this great pan from Amazon a week ago and make a cake right away. 
 BUT...I really didn't have time to make
 a "from scratch" cake, so I reached for a chocolate cake mix and my computer
 and came up with this yummy creation you see in the photo above.  

I also have this mini loaf pan that I love to use too!

If you have a pan like either of these, it's really important that you 
grease the pan generously before adding the cake batter.  

I chose to use a non-stick baking spray and the cakes came out sticking. 

Chocolate Cake


  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 small box instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups mini chocolate chips

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 TBS. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 TBS. milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract



Using your stand mixer, combine all the ingredients together, except the chocolate chips.  THEN add the chocolate chips.  The batter will be thick.
Using an ice cream scoop, pour the batter into the cake pan of your choice that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.  
Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
Depending on the cake pan you use, you may have to bake the cake longer or shorter.  My mini cakes took around 30 minutes to bake completely.  BUT I started checking them at 25 minutes.  I followed the directions on the back of the cake mix box for baking using a bundt pan. 

Let the cake cool in the pan for a few minutes and then remove and place on a wire rack to cool completely before adding the chocolate glaze.  

Chocolate Glaze:

Combine the powdered sugar and cocoa powder.
Add the remaining ingredients and mix until smooth.
Using a spoon, drizzle the icing over the cake.

My mini bundt cakes cooling.
Mini Chocolate Bundt Cakes

I didn't always cool my cakes and cookies on baking racks, but then
I purchased a set and they really do work GREAT.  

And this is on my wish list waiting for someone in my family 
to check out my Amazon wish list and order it for me...

I love these ice cream scoops to help get batter into pans!
I don't even think we use them for ice cream, just my cake batter.  

Such a delicious and easy recipe.  My family loved having their own little cake.
Ultimate Chocolate Cake from a Cake Mix with Rich Chocolate Glaze Icing

If you like this chocolate cake recipe, you're going to LOVE 
these Chocolate Chunk Muffins!  They also start out with a cake mix.  

Chocolate Chunk Muffins

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  1. Oh, I'm always ready for chocolate. Your ultimate chocolate cake recipe sounds perfect and it looks so delicious. I do love your pan from Walmart also. I'll have to keep checking out the kitchen section when I'm there, I'm always looking for something different to use for baking.

  2. I am drooling over here. This cake looks so good. I love anything chocolate.
    Pinning and making,

  3. Dear Lois, I always crave something a little sweet! These little bundts are perfect and I love that you used a box mix as a base...extra easy to whip up! xo, Catherine


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