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Hornets Nest Cake Recipe
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Hornets Nest Cake

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"This is a bar cake similar to a brownie. The butterscotch chips and walnuts sink into the cake giving it the appearance of a hornets nest."

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Original recipe makes 1 - 9x13 inch pan Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    1 hr


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan.
  2. Prepare pudding as directed on box. Allow to cool slightly. Mix in yellow cake mix. Stir well. Pour batter into 9x13 cake pan. Sprinkle top with butterscotch chips and chopped walnuts.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes. Cut into squares and serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 27, 2002

This cake tastes wonderful and is really easy. The instructions are written a little confusing, I think. You need to mix the cake mix batter as written on the instruction box and then add the pudding. It sounded to me like you add the yellow cake mix powder to the pudding. I figured it out when the mass looked strange :-) Good cake!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 06, 2010

Simple to make, but I thought this was far too sugary and heavy. Smells awesome. Cake was so thick and sweet, but you really need to add in the pudding to make it thick enough to keep the chips and nuts from sinking. If I were to make this again, I would probably use instant sugar-free pudding (that was let to sit for a couple minutes after beating to thicken) and I would try to get away with adding 3/4 of it to the cake mix. I would definitely only use 1 cup butterscotch chips since this was the most sugary part. Walnuts were great! Probably won't make this one again though. Sorry!


23 Ratings

Nov 24, 2009

I've made this cake many times. I got the recipe from The Cake Mix Doctor, but my recipe does not use non-instant pudding. Mine actually uses the instant pudding and it is always a moist delicious dessert. This is more of a brownie than a cake. I noticed one user made the cake according to the box and that is not correct. For this recipe you must mix the dry cake mix with the pudding. Strange, but it will come out yummy.

Jan 05, 2004

Great cake, looks and tastes good. Easy to make for last minute guests.

Oct 13, 2010

This is my 21-year-old son's enduring favorite. He requests it for almost any occasion...even tailgating for college football games! I too got the recipe originally from the Cake Doctor's cookbook, and the only changes I've made from this recipe are using instant vanilla pudding and adding whatever chips I have on hand - chocolate, butterscotch, peanut butter...it's all good! Oh, and I use pecans most of the time.

Mar 31, 2009

I made this exactly as the recipe states. This was delicious. It was even better after being refrigerated.

Apr 23, 2003

This is a delicious sweet brownie-type dessert! Anyone who can't make this one right did not follow the directions. COOK the pudding on the stove and then add the box of cake mix. I don't like walnuts so I used two different ingredients: toffee pieces and crushed Frosted Flakes. YUMMY!

Aug 29, 2002

This is a great cake! There is never any left over and I get requests all the time to make it. The best part is it is so easy! Give it a try!


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  • Calories
  • 222 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 32 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • < 1 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 9.8 g
  • 15%
  • Fiber
  • 0.6 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 2 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 195 mg
  • 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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