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Mary K.’s Never Ending Chocolate Cake

by on April 11, 2009 · 17 comments

After hearing me complain about being in a baking rut, my friend Taneka who moderates the Cake Mix Doctor forum, sent over a no-fail chocolate cake recipe.  She said it won her a prize in a contest, and I can see why! As much as I like scratch cakes and admire people who make good ones, I am always interested in trying prize winning box cakes.  This one really is a winner. and I’ve made it several times since.

Mary K.'s Never Ending Chocolate Cake
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This is a very moist and heavy chocolate Bundt cake.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12
  • 1 (18.25 oz) devil’s food cake mix
  • 1 (3.9 oz) package chocolate fudge instant pudding mix
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup chocolate syrup
  • 4 large eggs (Hershey's)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, preferably the mini type
Chocolate glaze
  • 1 c. semi-sweet chocolate
  • 2/3 c. evaporated milk
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a 12 cup Bundt pan with Baker's Joy.
  2. Combine cake mix, pudding mix, milk, oil, syrup and eggs in a mixing bowl. Beat on low speed until mixed, then increase mixer speed to medium and beat for about 2 minutes. Stir in chocolate chips and pour into Bundt pan.
  3. Bake for 55 minutes to 1 hour, or until cake tester comes out clean. Let cake cool in pan for 10 minutes, and then turn out onto cooling rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar for garnish, or drizzle with chocolate glaze.
  4. Combine chocolate and milk in small saucepan. Cook and stir over low heat until blended and mixture comes to a boil. Lower heat and cook, stirring constantly until thickened.
This reminds me of the Bundt cakes from Nothing Bundt Cakes, although they serve theirs draped with cream cheese icing.

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Published on April 11, 2009

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CindyD April 11, 2009 at 12:00 pm

I know what you mean! I’d like to bake something for a gift for the family who has invited us to Easter dinner tomorrow, but I can’t decide what to make.

Carol A, April 11, 2009 at 12:27 pm

Ha, here I am, trying to choose what to bake to bring to an Easter lunch tomorrow! I need to decide so I can get the ingredients and get at it, but just can’t seem to settle. Been looking through your goodies here, plenty to pick from, so that’s not the problem. Just need to focus and go.

Thanks for all the great ideas and recipes, I sure appreciate it!

VeggieGirl April 11, 2009 at 12:42 pm

Hang in there with the baking funk!!

Louise April 11, 2009 at 1:58 pm

If someone was having me to dinner, I’d appreciate another dessert. Peanut butter and chocolate seem like Easter. What about the Peanut Butter and Fudge Brownies with Salted Peanuts that Anna has on this blog, or the Snickers Bar Bread Pudding which Anna has a pointer to on NPR or Lemon Squares (which for some reason remind me of Spring) :-)

snooky doodle April 11, 2009 at 2:12 pm

chocolate cake is always well recieved :)

Anna April 11, 2009 at 2:13 pm

Louise, I wouldn’t dream of serving you cake mix cake ;). My step-mother is another one who will not touch cakes made with it. But recently she admitted she just didn’t care for cake (insert Agnes Skinner joke here).

I’m beginning to think cake mix is like Vegemite — you only really like it if you grew up in Australia eating it. You only really like cake mix if you grew up in America eating it? Not sure.

Anyway. I think I’ve changed my mind and will go with angel food cake, strawberries and whipped cream — not exciting, but delicious. I found the Whip-it, btw.

Louise April 11, 2009 at 3:43 pm

Oh, Anna. I’m so sorry. I was making suggestions for CindyD and Carol A for what they could make. I thought you were already decided. And, I think some of the cake mix stuff turns out fine. I looked at the one you listed. I have The Cake Mix Doctor Cookbook. I always like the Upside Down Bananas Foster Cake (more for you) and also the Bacardi Rum Cake. :-)

Anna April 11, 2009 at 4:47 pm

There are so many Cake Mix Doctor recipes that I haven’t tried or that I think sound good and then forget about. The Upside Down Bananas Foster cake i something my dad would love. I’m going to have to bookmark that for when he comes over. He loves bananas foster and we have fond memories of ordering it at the country club and watching them make it at our table. Hmmm. Maybe I should just make bananas foster one day…but then I’d miss the cake.

Carol A, April 11, 2009 at 7:23 pm

Thanks for the ideas, Louise! I checked out that PB brownie and it looks great – but it reminded me that I have a Cream Cheese Brownie recipe that I love and haven’t made in awhile. So I’m making that, and a cupcake I made up called Chai Latte Cupcakes. Just a good cupcake recipe with chai spices added to the batter, and into the buttercream frosting as well. Very tasty, if I do say so myself. :-)

Oh and I love lemon bars, too. If my lemon tree was more loaded right now I’d definitely do that. I am going to make those PB brownies sometime too, Anna they look so delicious. April 11, 2009 at 8:34 pm

If it has pudding it it, I bet it’s good!

Elyse April 11, 2009 at 10:06 pm

Sounds like a no-fail plan! All of those ingredients sound ultra-yummy and ultra-chocolatey. Can’t wait to hear how it tasted!

Pearl April 12, 2009 at 2:48 am


Jenn's Baking Chamber April 12, 2009 at 6:49 am

My mom uses this recipe all the time! its sooo good! She also makes a vanilla version of it too and puts chocolate chips in it. It has great flavor from the pudding and a nice moist texture, good luck!

Sue April 12, 2009 at 10:32 am

Happy Easter Anna, Todd, Fuzz, and all of you fellow Cookie Madness Fans!

I think your cake choice sounds really tasty. Someone brought a doctored up cake mix cake to a function I attended on Thursday and it was very good. I’m sure the choice you made will be excellent.

I just put a pie in the oven that I think will be a disaster, but the filling is tasty so even if it’s a mess we’ll still eat it. The recipe is The Cherry Red Raspberry Pie from a pie contest. It was the winning recipe. I’m going to blog about it later or tomorrow depending on what time allows.

Randi April 12, 2009 at 5:51 pm

Haha, I was VERY active on the cake mix doctor board in 2004. I used 4( including that choc. one) recipes for my wedding cupcakes. They all came out awesome and no one knew they were from a mix. There are so many cake mix snobs out there( esp on egullet). I prefer to bake from scratch now, but if an occasion called for it, I’d still use a boxed mix( doctored up of course). I made the symphony brownies today and everyone loves them. I dont think I’ll ever stop making them with the ghiradelli brownie mix.

hulagirl247 April 13, 2009 at 8:11 am

hi anna –

just catching up on reading and saw this – oddly enough there was an episode of “america’s test kitchen” this weekend on PBS that actually has a lovely lemon layer cake with seven minute frosting (all from scratch) and they explained about the differences in taste and texture scratch cakes versus box cakes. it was very interesting and even though i am a complete chocolate freak i do like other flavours as well (lemon being one of them) and the lemon layer cake they made looked scrumptious! probably would have been a perfect cake for Easter.

hope you get out of your baking funk soon.
i hate when you have to throw something out like that – but i guess it has to happen to all of us scratch bakers once in a while. maybe you just need to make a nice batch of your all time favourite cookies to bring you back to the happy baking frame of mind. (sometimes the simplest pleasures can do wonders)

have a great day!


kitty62 October 20, 2009 at 8:58 am

I made vanilla cupcakes the same way the chocolate cake was made (with cake mix, chips and pudding) but with a yellow cake, french vanilla pudding and white chocolate chips. I frosted it with homemade buttercream frosting that i put some raspberry extract in. Very yummy and im not a huge white chocolate fan. They were a hit with the family.

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