Recipe by BAKER'S Chocolate
"Imagine a tall, rich chocolatey glazed layer cake, which takes half the time to make as your favorite scratch recipe, but tastes twice as good. This is it."
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1 (18.25 ounce) package
chocolate cake mix
1 pkg. (4 serving size)
JELL-O Chocolate Flavor Instant Pudding & Pie Filling
BREAKSTONE'S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream
1 (8 ounce) package
BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate, divided
1 (8 ounce) tub
COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed
PLANTERS Sliced Almonds
I used a milk chocolate cake mix, and I swear to you it merged into something almost completely void of flavor. For some unknown reason, I put it in the fridge overnight. Tasted amazing cold the next day. *shrug*
It's good, but it had the definite, unmistakable flavor of a mix. The texture is super moist with a nice, fine crumb. If you want that true, clean chocolate flavor, however, you gotta bite the bullet and make the cake from scratch. It really doesn't even take that much more time than this one does. The glaze/frosting was not too sweet, which we like. It's a glaze if you don't refrigerate it. If you want it to be more spreadable than drizzly, then refrigerate it for 10 minutes or so. If you like mixes and don't mind the artificial taste, then this is a favorable option, I suppose.
Alright, I HAD to make this cake after all the reviews. However, I wanted to also make it healthier. I used Egg beaters in place of eggs, sugar free pudding (as dark chocolate as I could find), fat free sour cream, and fat free cool whip. Then followed the recipes and remaining ingredients list as originally published. The end result... AMAZING! I didn't even chill it yet! The frosting is good if you like ganache or that real semi-sweet taste. If you don't, top it with something else. However, the cake was so moist and good... it doesn't even NEED frosting!
I have made this several times and have even made different flavors. The last time I made it I used yellow cake mix and vanilla pudding, and used my own icing and it was amazing! I never use the glaze that they suggest but instead make a homemade icing. I also don't use the chopped up chocolate, I feel that it takes away from the amazing moistness of the cake. No one ever knows that it's a boxed cake mix!
Have made as is and with subbing semi sweet chocolate morels for baking chocolate with great success. My family LOVES this cake. Very moist.
It's a little fluffy and light for me. I prefer a more dense and richer cake. But overall this is a good cake.
Not truly the best ever, it didn't have the rich, moist but still fluffy texture that I wanted. I will try again though!
I have made this cake on at least 4 occassions, mostly for my church group, and it is without a doubt the best chocolate I have ever tasted. I even make the frosting recipe which can be a little overpowering if you are not a chocolate lover , as I am. (;>
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