Ultimate Chocolate Cake really can start from a cake mix. Check out how easy it is to take a boxed cake mix to a whole new level of deliciousness with just a few extra ingredients.
Ultimate Chocolate Cake
Do you ever crave something sweet? Every once in awhile I need chocolate. BUT, I don’t always have a lot of time to bake. That’s why I love this recipe for chocolate cake. It starts out with a cake mix but it doesn’t taste like a traditional cake mix cake. I promise!
All you need are a few “extras” from your pantry and you will have the most delicious chocolate cake to serve to your family and friends as a special treat this week and they will never believe this ultimate chocolate cake is from a cake mix.
Boxed Cake Mix Recipe
I think boxed cake mixes get a bad rap sometimes. Yes, homemade is always best, but sometimes we don’t have enough time and grabbing a boxed cake mix is really easy. Plus if you can get them when they’re on sale, it’s even better!
I really must confess that my “need” for chocolate cake came from purchasing this great mini bundt pan from Amazon a week ago and make a cake right away. BUT…I really didn’t have time to make a “from scratch” cake, so I reached for a chocolate cake mix and my computer and came up with this yummy creation you see in the photo above.
Homemade Chocolate Glaze
The secret to make a boxed cake mix taste even more delicious is to make your own homemade icing. For this recipe I chose to go with a homemade chocolate glaze that I could just pour over the top of the cake and let it drip down over the sides.
The result was amazing! And so delicious!
Choosing the Proper Tools
- 1 box chocolate cake mix
- 1 small box instant chocolate pudding mix
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 2 cups mini chocolate chips
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 4 TBS. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 TBS. milk; more if needed
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
Using your stand mixer, combine all the ingredients together, except the chocolate chips. THEN add the chocolate chips. The batter will be thick.
Using an ice cream scoop, pour the batter into the cake pan of your choice that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
Depending on the cake pan you use, you may have to bake the cake longer or shorter. My mini cakes took around 30 minutes to bake completely. BUT I started checking them at 25 minutes. I followed the directions on the back of the cake mix box for baking using a bundt pan.
Let the cake cool in the pan for a few minutes and then remove and place on a wire rack to cool completely before adding the chocolate glaze.
Combine the powdered sugar and cocoa powder.
Add the remaining ingredients and mix until smooth.
Depending on the consistency of icing you desire, you may need to add more milk.
Using a spoon, drizzle the icing over the cake.