Chocolate Cake


I’ve been daydreaming about chocolate cake now for some time, wishing I had a recipe that was moist, rich, and loaded with frosting, when I came across this pin from Karen. As soon as I read that the frosting author likes “a little cake with [her] frosting”, I knew we (the cake and I) were MFEO (meant for each other). (Yes, a little “Sleepless in Seattle” reference.) This cake is fabulous!!! (p.s. I doubled the frosting recipe so I could have thick frosting layers. If you like your frosting thin, then half the frosting recipe below.)



1 box Devil’s food cake mix

1 4-oz. box instant chocolate pudding mix

1 c sour cream

½ c water

½ c vegetable oil

4 eggs



12 1-oz. Baker’s semi-sweet chocolate squares

1 c heavy cream

2 c butter, cut into chunks

5 c powdered sugar, sifted


Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans. Set aside. In large mixing bowl add cake mix, pudding mix, sour cream, water, vegetable oil and eggs. Mix on low speed for 1 minute. Mix on medium speed for 2 minutes. Equally divide the batter between the pans. Spread batter until smooth. Bake at 350°F for 22-24 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean. Watch carefully as cake goes from “gooey” to “baked” rather quickly. Cool in pans on wire rack for 20 minutes. Remove from pans and cool another 20 minutes (while preparing frosting).


To make frosting, in large pan heat chocolate, cream, and butter over medium/low heat, stirring constantly until mixture is melted. Turn heat to low and continue to cook another 5-6 minutes while stirring (keep heat low enough that mixture does not boil). Remove from heat and beat in powdered sugar until smooth. Place pan in large bowl of ice and beat frosting with electric mixer for 5 minutes or until frosting is smooth, thick, and fudgy. (Frost cake immediately as frosting thickens as it sets.)


To assemble, cut cakes in half using knife or cake leveler. Place one layer of cake on plate dusted with powdered sugar. Top with layer of frosting. Repeat layers until top layer of cake is frosted. Frost sides of cake.



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4 Responses to Chocolate Cake

  1. Jan Jardine says:

    Oh yum! That looks like the perfect General Conference dessert….if there’s any left by today, that is. Do Shane and your kids realize what they have over there? You are unreal!

    • Carol says:

      Thanks, Jan! You’re too sweet. There are two slices left…and given that I made tres leches cake for the boys, I think Christi and I better finish off the chocolate cake, yes? Are you loving conference?? I thought of you yesterday, remembering how much you love the conference weekend!

  2. Angie says:

    Oh Carol!! I love a good chocolate cake, the frosting to cake ratio looks perfect!! You’re my hero. :) I’ll be making this one right away!!

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