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Death by Chocolate

"I make this while I'm cleaning the kitchen after dinner--layers of German chocolate cake, toffee candy, and whipped topping."
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1 h servings 498 cals
Original recipe yields 12 servings


  • Calories:
  • 498 kcal
  • 25%
  • Fat:
  • 24.4 g
  • 38%
  • Carbs:
  • 62.6g
  • 20%
  • Protein:
  • 5.3 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 54 mg
  • 18%
  • Sodium:
  • 539 mg
  • 22%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13-inch pan.
  2. Mix cake batter according to package directions, adding water, oil, and eggs as directed. Spread batter into prepared pan and bake in preheated oven until a tester comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Cool and crumble. Make pudding, according to package directions, with milk.
  3. In a large trifle or other glass serving bowl, place half of the crumbled cake. Pour half of the coffee over the cake, and spread half of the pudding over that. Top with half of the whipped topping, sprinkled with half the crumbled candy bars. Repeat layers in the same order. Refrigerate until serving.

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  1. 168 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

This is the ultimate dessert. I did make some alterations to it though, instead of the coffee I used caramel sauce and skor bars. Everyone raved, and begged for the recipie.

Most helpful critical review

Seldom make critical remarks but the name is off on this recipe. This is no a Death by Chocolate. The real one is quite different

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This is the ultimate dessert. I did make some alterations to it though, instead of the coffee I used caramel sauce and skor bars. Everyone raved, and begged for the recipie.

This recipe was amazing. I used the base recipie and improvised. I doubled the recipe using 4 8oz tubs of extra creamy cool whip. I used crushed chocolate covered shortbread cookies and chocolat...

My 2 teenagers love this cake, have made it in place of birthday cakes even. I don't care for German chocolate cake so I use devil's food. If I am in a super hurry, sometimes I'll just by the ...

Mmm.. I used a chocolate brownie mix and 2 pkgs of chocolate pudding. I used kahlua in place of the coffee and used Daim chocolate bars (like Skor). I didnt use a frozen whipped topping because...

If you're gonna go, this is the way to do it. Anyone mind if I throw in a few crumbled Reeses peanut butter cups?

Excellent! Made this for a bridal shower and everyone raved over it. I did what a few others did and replaced the toffee with crushed up Oreo cookies. The bride loved it so much she requested...

My daughter had to make a dessert by herself for a foods class at school, and someone told her about this dessert. I thought it might be a little complicated for a 12 year old, but she made it a...

I always use 6 chopped snicker bars and ultimate fudge chocolate insant pudding with reg. chocolate cake batter... But sometimes adding mini chocolate kisses really adds to it! This recipe has b...

Every time I make this I get rave reviews and always get asked for the receipe. The first time I made it there was too much cake I thought. So I double the pudding, and whip heavy cream with s...