Chocolate Pudding Cake Recipe: 5 Ingredients!

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This 5 ingredient chocolate pudding cake recipe takes just 10 minutes to prepare and pop in the oven. Uses basic pantry ingredients and is so moist!

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Today I have an amazing cake recipe, that once you make it, you will keep the ingredients on hand. All the time.

Why This Recipe is A Must-Keep

This chocolate pudding cake is the go-to dessert that my friend and former boss made on a regular basis. The only “fresh” ingredient is eggs, and we all usually have those. Everything else is a pantry item. I keep the ingredients on hand all the time, so at a moment’s notice, I can have a homemade dessert on the table. You can literally make this from start to in-the-oven in ten minutes. It’s definitely a recipe you want in your arsenal!

chocolate pudding cake recipe ingredients

Easy Assembly

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • With an electric mixer, blend cake mix, pudding, and eggs. Scrape the sides of the bowl because the batter is thick.
  • Pour into prepared 9 x 13 pan and spread to the sides. I prepare my baking pans with Baker’s Joy.
  • Sprinkle with sugar and chocolate chips.
  • Bake for 35 minutes.
chocolate pudding cake ingredients in mixing bowl

Expert Tips

  • Truth be told, I don’t measure the sugar and chocolate chips. I just dump them on. (Feel free to use more than the recipe calls for. I promise I won’t tell.)
  • I have made this chocolate pudding cake so many times I’ve lost count, and it’s perfect every time. You really can’t go wrong.
  • My daughter makes this recipe into cupcakes and they are amazing. Use a large scoop so the cupcakes are uniform in size, and bake according to the directions on the cake box.
  • This is the perfect cake to take to a new neighbor, sick friend, or anyone else who needs a pick-me-up. Use a disposable 9 x 13 inch cake pan, and there’s no dish to return.
chocolate pudding cake batter in mixing bowl

Variations + Substitutions

  • White cake mix, vanilla pudding, butterscotch chips.
  • Yellow cake mix, butterscotch pudding, butterscotch chips.
  • Chocolate cake mix, chocolate pudding, peanut butter chips.
  • Spice cake mix, vanilla pudding, pumpkin or cinnamon chips.
  • Funfetti cake mix, vanilla pudding, white chocolate chips + sprinkles.
  • Yellow cake mix, banana pudding, white chocolate chips.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of pudding should I use?

The easiest thing to do is buy ready-made pudding cups, and use as many as needed to equal about 15 oz. Hershey makes pudding cups that come in packs of 4, and each cup is 4 oz. Some pudding cup packs come in sets of six, and the cups measure 3 oz. Whatever works!
Tip: use a narrow spatula to get the pudding out of the little cups.

Can I make my own pudding?

Yes! It’s fine to make your own cook-and-serve or instant pudding. Use about 2 cups of prepared pudding for the cake.

What kind of chocolate chips should I use?

Whatever you like best. I always use semi-sweet, but milk chocolate or dark chocolate would be delicious as well!

pieces of chocolate pudding cake on plates

What Readers Are Saying

“Ann, I made this chocolate cake last night and it was a big hit with my family. It was quick, easy, and very delicious!”

~Mimi

piece of chocolate pudding cake on small plate

Chocolate Pudding Cake Recipe

This 5 ingredient chocolate pudding cake recipe takes just 10 minutes to prepare and pop in the oven. Uses basic pantry ingredients and is so moist!
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Servings: 12 pieces
Author: Ann Drake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
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Ingredients

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 15 oz. ready-made chocolate pudding
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 tablespoons white granulated sugar
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • With an electric mixer, blend cake mix, pudding, and eggs. Scrape the sides of the bowl because the batter is thick.
  • Pour into prepared 9 x 13 pan and spread to the sides. I prepare my baking pans with Baker’s Joy.
  • Sprinkle with sugar and chocolate chips.
  • Bake for 35 minutes.

Notes

Pudding tip: buy pudding cups and use as many as needed to equal about 15 oz. Hershey makes pudding cups that come in packs of 4, and each cup is 4 oz. Some pudding cup packs come in sets of six, and the cups measure 3 oz. Whatever works!
Variations:
  • Yellow cake mix, vanilla pudding, butterscotch chips.
  • Chocolate cake mix, chocolate pudding, peanut butter chips.
  • Spice cake mix, vanilla pudding, pumpkin or cinnamon chips.
  • Funfetti cake mix, vanilla pudding, white chocolate chips + sprinkles.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 piece | Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 368mg | Potassium: 195mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 43IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 2mg
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10 Comments

  1. Marie Braun says:

    5 stars
    I made this cake today for the first time and it was so good that I ate 3 pieces….which is unheard of for me! My husband and kids loved it too. I have yet to make one of your recipes that didn’t turn out (and I’ve made quite a few of them!), which I really appreciate because that isn’t always the case with online recipes. I’ve wasted a lot of time and money on ingredients in the past just to have the end result be a fail. This one is a keeper for sure! Thank you, Ann!

  2. 5 stars
    Made this for a dessert for backyard bbq. It was fabulous, rich chocolate flavor and so easy to make. Not a piece left and everyone wanted the recipe.

  3. 5 stars
    This looks delicious! and I’m really loving how easy this treat is to put together.
    @tisonlyme143

  4. Thanks for the recipe. Great one for our coffee hour at church.

  5. Question from Australia. What do you call ‘chocolate pudding’? Is is a set custard, something like a sachet instant pudding or a mousse type thing? Definitely no tinned pudding here.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Alison…yes, it’s like a set custard. We can buy it ready-made here in the states, or we can get a boxed powder that you add milk to. The brand name is Jello. I don’t think a mousse would work as well because the pudding needs to be rather thick. I hope this helps!

  6. Patty Nuth says:

    Sounds good! Are the chocolate chips the baking morsel kind?

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Yes Patty just regular old semi sweet chocolate chips!