Best Ever Chocolate Fudge Layer Cake Recipe -
Best Ever Chocolate Fudge Layer Cake Recipe

Best Ever Chocolate Fudge Layer Cake

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"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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Original recipe makes 18 servings, 1 slice each Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins

    1 hr 10 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease 2 (9-inch) round cake pans. Beat cake mix, dry pudding mix, eggs, sour cream, oil and water in large bowl with electric mixer on low speed just until moistened, scraping side of bowl frequently. Beat on medium speed 2 min. or until well blended. Stir in 2 squares of the chocolate, chopped. Spoon into prepared pans.
  2. Bake 30 to 35 min. or until toothpick inserted near centers comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 min. on wire rack. Loosen cakes from side of pans with spatula or knife. Invert cakes onto rack; gently remove pans. Cool completely on wire rack.
  3. Place remaining 6 squares chocolate and whipped topping in medium microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 1-1/2 to 2 min. Stir until well blended and shiny. Cool 5 min. Place 1 cake layer on serving plate; spread 1/4 of the chocolate mixture over cake. Place second cake layer on top; spread remaining chocolate mixture over top and sides of cake. Garnish with almonds.
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  • Substitute
  • Prepare as directed, using JELL-O Chocolate Flavor Fat Free Sugar Free Instant Reduced Calorie Pudding & Pie Filling, BREAKSTONE'S Reduced Fat or KNUDSEN Light Sour Cream and COOL WHIP LITE Whipped Topping.

Reviews More Reviews

Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 17, 2007

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*

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 06, 2009

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.

Jul 09, 2009

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!

Dec 16, 2007

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!

Mar 19, 2010

Have made as is and with subbing semi sweet chocolate morels for baking chocolate with great success. My family LOVES this cake. Very moist.

Oct 27, 2010

It's a little fluffy and light for me. I prefer a more dense and richer cake. But overall this is a good cake.

Jul 19, 2010

Not truly the best ever, it didn't have the rich, moist but still fluffy texture that I wanted. I will try again though!

Jul 03, 2008

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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