Double Chocolate Fudge Cake

My Sweet Helper

Where does the time go???

When I first started this blog, my sweet little niece was this small.

Her Cake

And now she’s totally THIS tall.

I can hardly believe it. She’ll be a teenager in the morning and I can’t even wrap my head around how much time has gone by and how quickly she’s grown into a such a smart, beautiful young lady.

My Little Helper

When I first started baking, she was by my side a bunch.

And she was my inspiration more than she knows. I loved making cakes from her drawings or just watching her excitement when she decorated desserts. I loved that she loved just even cracking the eggs. Something so simple and yet so, so sweet. Oh and these chocolate pudding cup bowls we made? Still one of my favorite memories. Oh, my gosh… We’ve had so much fun over the years!

And this weekend we had a little bit more.

She came over Saturday, which meant we totally needed chocolate cake to celebrate her last couple of days of being 12.

This is a quick and easy cake I used to make when she was little.

Chocolate Cake Batter

It’s full of mini chocolate chips and major yum!

Little Baker

She made the chocolate buttercream frosting, covered the cake and decorated it.

Chocolate Cake

And then we ate it. Like you do. Especially when the cake tells you to.

Seriously, so good!

Chocolate Cake

I love how her sprinkles coordinate with this crazy cute cake plate. Just so happy and fun! And, I already can’t wait for the next time we bake together!

Double Chocolate Cake
Yield: One 8-inch layer cake

Double Chocolate Fudge Cake

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


Double Chocolate Cake

  • 16.25 oz dark chocolate cake mix
  • 3.8 oz package instant chocolate pudding
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips

Chocolate Frosting

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 lb. box confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1-3 teaspoons milk


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease and flour two 8-inch cake pans (2 inches tall)
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except chocolate chips. Mix on medium speed for two minutes. Increase speed and mix for 3 minutes more.
  3. Stir in chips and spread into pans. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until done (when a toothpick inserted comes out clean).
  4. For the frosting: Beat butter and vanilla until smooth. Sift together confectioner’s sugar and cocoa. Slowly add sugar to creamed butter blending until completely combined. Add milk a teaspoon at a time until smooth and creamy.


Source: Adapted from Bundt Classics, 2003

Hope you enjoy. We sure did!

Double Chocolate Cake

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78 comments on “Double Chocolate Fudge Cake”

  1. This sounds and looks amazing. thanks for sharing this. will be giving this recipe a go. Simon

  2. Oh, So nicely decorated cake and looks yummy too. I want a bite. Ok, Right now i am going to order it from Monginis online cake shop and will try the recipe it later. Thanks for the recipe.

  3. I’ve made this cake before, and everyone LOVED it! Is it possible to make it without the eggs? What would I substitute? I have a vegan party guest.

  4. Hey, I absolutely love the way the reads. Can’t wait to try it. Just a quick question, would this work well if I were to stack ? Would it hold the weight of the top tier?

  5. Autumn is definitely takes the cake for me. Everything is perfectly beautiful from the trees to the weather.

  6. I love Christmas! I love the decorating and baking for family and friends. My parents always tried to make it as special as they could. They are gone now, but my brothers, sisters, and I will always have those special memories.

  7. Christmas is my most favorite Holiday!

  8. I love Thanksgiving eve, a holiday my sister in law invented out of necessity. For me, my parents (who live 3 hours away from me) are semi retired and have started to travel over Thanksgiving. So I take the week off, we head down to their home and celebrate a less frantic family Thanksgiving. The best part is that my whole family is there. On Thanksgiving we rerun to home to the hustle and bustle of a traditional Thanksgiving Day.

  9. My favorite holiday is, of course, CHRISTMAS!

    It is a time to celebrate the birth of our Saviour, everyone is in a jovial mood, time for sharing, FAMILY, expectations, peace and joy!
    Time to share goodies, especially those baking goodies and time to try new treats. not that we need a time to try new ideas and confections, but a reason to do as many as one can handle!

  10. My favorite holiday is Christmas. I love the variety of baking I can do for large crowds or just a few.

  11. I love July 4th or Labor Day. That’s when my all my extended family would get together. My Mom always felt that Christmas as a time to spend with your immediate family (basically the people who under the same roof). Sometimes we would get together for Thanksgiving if I didn’t have to work but we always spend those 2 holidays together. It also the only time of the year that I see my favorite uncle and cousins.

  12. My favorite holiday is Christmas :)

  13. I love that cake recipe and that cake plate. I love birthday baking for the kids and grandboys and they would love that adorable plate to have their cakes presented on!!!

  14. hello =)
    my favorite holiday is any time my family gets together just to eat and enjoy everyone’s company…we don’t have to wait for a holiday to gather the clan, just any reason may suit our fancy. family is family, dysfunctional as ours may be but we always love to get together to eat, laugh and just be in that moment…holiday or not =)

  15. We all look forward to CHRISTMAS! That’s the best! For us, it’s a 2-day event! Brings together family and friends for food, entertainment, picture taking, holiday music, and our traditional baking and tasting contest! And least but not least, exchanging gifts! So Christmas is tops on my list!

  16. I love Thanksgiving! It’s a family time to relax, eat and enjoy before all the Christmas holiday craziness starts!

  17. I love Christmas! It’s time for family, fun, and lots of holiday music.

  18. I absolutely love Christmas. All the baking to be done, all the creative ideas to be had, and all the gifts to be made! By far my favorite!

  19. I love Christmas.. Just love baking cookies and things. Love being in the kitchen and having great memories with my kids.

  20. My favorite holiday is a tie between my birthday and Christmas! Love them both!!

  21. My favorite Holiday is family birthday’s. Letting my children pick what they want to eat. They choose the cake or pie or ice cream sandwiches they want candles on. We decorate their room when they are sleeping so they wake up to balloons and streamers its’ so fun. My oldest now does that for his son every year. I like celebrating LIFE! Birthdays do that for me.

  22. Thanksgiving its a holiday everyone celebrates

  23. Thanksgiving! Family, good food…..

  24. Thanksgiving! Because that’s when we can reflect and give gratitude for all the blessings my family & I have received!

  25. I love it when Fall comes around…I really enjoy baking and decorating for Halloween and Thanksgiving. But of course my favorite holiday is CHRISTMAS! We go all out decorating inside & out. I love having the family over for trick or treating, thanksgiving and christmas!!! I love being able to showcase my cooking & latest baking favorites!!! The baking that gets done is crazy!!!! I make cookie platters and trays to give out to my husbands co-workers, the numbers have grown from 4-5 to 15-20, everyone wants one instead of a gift.

  26. My favorite is Thanksgiving! It’s a wonderful time to reflect on & give gratitude for all the blessings I & my family has received!

  27. My fav holiday is my two sons birthdays!

    They would think their cakes in this cake plate is so cool! We would really treasure this gift and use it a lot!!! :-)

  28. Easter

  29. Birthdays – I love making birthday cakes for everyone.

  30. Birthdays – I love making a birthday cake for everyone.

  31. Thanksgiving Is my favorite holiday because I just resently moved and on thanksgiving I get to go home and visit all of my friends and family. We hang out and cook together and have a lot of fun plus my birthday is usually around thanksgiving so we get to eat cake, this year is even more special because my birthday is on thanksgiving day.

  32. I love Christmas and winter the cold air everyone’s in a holiday spirit. Nice and frosty fireplace lit, everything about the Christmas spirit I love.

  33. THANKSGIVING! This is a time where families can come together and just spend the time with each other without having to bring presents. Taking the time to talk with each other face to face.

  34. My favorite holiday are birthdays because of surprises and cakes that you can delight your loved ones with.

  35. My favorite holiday is Easter. It celebrates new life, the beginnings of nature awakening and is filled with wonderful childhoood memories.

  36. I love Fall & the Halloween time, but my favorite holiday is CHRISTMAS! Love the shopping & getting ready for the holiday with my family. I know the grandchildren loves the tradition we have of our “large” stocking where everyone one buys lots of stocking stuffers for everyone and our stocking is filled to the top. My ‘helpers’ love passing the gifts out to everyone.

  37. This cake looks like it would be absolutely delicious! I can’t wait to try it out on my family. I’d love to make it on Halloween for my class, as it’s also my favourite holiday and they’re no longer allowed to bring treats for each other at school.

  38. Our family loves CHRISTMAS! We put up our tree the weekend after Halloween. And have won the decorating contest in our neighborhood may times over.

  39. Christmas

  40. One of my favorites this, delicious, thanks for putting this up.


  41. Looks stunning does this cake! Will have to give it a go soon with the kids during the holidays.

  42. I LOVE that cake plate. Can you tell me where to find it?

  43. I love how you’ve used the sprinkles to decorate the cake. I did something similar when I made this funfetti cake;

  44. This cake looks amazing! When I first went vegan, this is the kind of cake that I missed the most. Luckily, my amazing mom & business partner created this delicious vegan chocolate cake recipe (! It seriously is ungodly how good it is!

  45. Beautiful post! I’ve not visited for a while, and before even reading the text, I thought oh – she’s grown! I remember the purple cake, and I loved the idea of the inspiration. Belated 13th to your niece!

  46. Such a beautiful birthday cake, looks so decadent and delicious! Happy birthday to your niece :-)

  47. The cake plate is SOLD OUT! Sob……

  48. Tried it and loved it!!! Rave reviews from the whole family. Thanks Bakerella :-)

  49. That cake plate is AMAZING!!

  50. Cute photos. Must try that recipe. Looks yum,
    Thanks for sharing.

  51. Isn’t it amazing how time flies? I began reading the Bakerella blog when I was 14, and now I’m getting ready to turn 20! I know that growing up even I was inspired by your blog, so it’s absolutely heart warming to see what an impact you’ve had on your niece! :)

  52. It must be so cool to have an aunt like you :)

  53. Seems to be delicious. I’ll try! Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe.

  54. This is the epitome of decadence! I would love to have a slice of this w/ a glass of milk.

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  56. Wow!! Your blog is SO epic and great and something that me and my friend, Freza could only dream of! You have people all over the world looking at this!! This blog is a real achievement and you should be really proud of it xxx We would be SO honoured , if you have the time, to take a peek at our blog- !! Thank you xxx

  57. That cake looks delicious!! The decorating looks great too, she could have a future in baking!

  58. My girls are 11, 9, and 7, so I know too well how quickly they grow up!! I love the idea of turning their art into edible art!! I definitely want to try this soon as my girls would love it!!!

    I love the cake platter too, definitely a splurge item!!! The cake pops on T&T are to die for!!! I am going to buy some soon to display :)

  59. Can you use the recipe and make cupcakes?

  60. How fun! This cake looks delicious!

  61. Adorable! I am always surprised at how much my nieces and nephews have grown (and I try not to think that everyone year they age I do too!!) :)
    And the cake looks totally yum!

  62. Oh how sweet! I remember the chocolate pudding cups! I made them with my girls who are now 12 and 14 =)
    The cake platter is adorbs!! Thanks for sharing ;)

  63. That cake platter is so adorable. I love it. I so wish I could afford it. The cake looks so delicious. I will have to make with my 11 yr old baking friend.

  64. I used to be one that stood by the side and helped my mother bake and cook. It is where I got my love of cooking, but now it is now the other way around. It is still so much fun baking with my mother, but our roles are reversed. I love the cake and stand and I am sure that your niece will treasure these moments forever.

  65. What brand of 16.25oz dark chocolate cake mix did you use for this recipe?

  66. My nephew turns 12 this year and I’m not ready for it! I wish I wasn’t so far away from him, that I could bake with him!! And his brother and sisters! It’s such a bonding experience! Love the cake plate too! I hope you have many more birthdays to make cakes with her!

  67. This is so sweet! Yes, they grow up so fast! I usualy prefer vanilla cke over chocolate, but this one looks so moist and delicious. I just may have to try this recipie. Thank you so much for sharing this with us and tell your niece Happy Birthday for me! She is an absolutely beautiful young lady.

  68. My neice is coming to visit from OR at the end of the month and she already wants to know when she can get a day in her Auntie’s kitchen!

  69. YUM! Very cute niece =)

  70. Awwww, what a sweet post, and beautifully decorated cake! The very last photo really makes me want to eat a piece!

  71. Sweet post. She is beautiful.

  72. Such a sweet post. Happy birthday to your very pretty niece! It’s so nice you are creating these lovely memories in the kitchen for/with her. I can picture the fun you both had making this delicious chocolate cake. It’s beautiful!

  73. Irresistible! Sin palabras!

  74. What sweet memories, I love baking with my nephews and niece. They bring such joy to the simplest things. I treasure the time we can spend together.

  75. OMNOM to the cake and happy b-day to your niece-what a pretty girl :))

  76. Yum! Looks like such a simple and perfect cake to share!

    LOVE that cake plate too, oh my!

    – Taryn Elise xx

  77. That looks delicious and your niece is beautiful!!

  78. The cake looks lovely and very nicely decorated! Well done.

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