Easy Triple Chocolate Cake – An Old Fashioned Chocolate Pudding Cake

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This Easy Triple Chocolate Cake is made with just five ingredients and mixed in one bowl making it a simple, quick dessert option. This old fashioned, chocolate Bundt cake uses chocolate cake mix and pudding mix, both great shortcut ingredients. Add in some chocolate chips and that is where the “triple chocolate” comes in to play.

This Easy Triple Chocolate Cake is made with just five ingredients and mixed in one bowl making it a simple, quick dessert option.

We love a from-scratch cake as much as anyone but let’s be honest time is not always on our side. Being able to pull a couple of mixes from the pantry and add some milk and eggs to create a gorgeous cake that also tastes great is awesome.  That’s when this old fashioned chocolate pudding cake recipe comes in handy.

Barbara found this Easy Triple Chocolate Cake recipe while thumbing through In the Kettle at Van Duyn cookbook. As you can see from the photo below, she has several other recipes in this cookbook marked to try.

This Easy Triple Chocolate Cake is made with just five ingredients and mixed in one bowl making it a simple, quick dessert option.

Easy Triple Chocolate Cake Recipe

With both the chocolate pudding mix and the BAG of chocolate chips, this Easy Triple Chocolate Cake is decadent. It doesn’t need frosting but if you want to make it look fancier, add a simple drizzle of frosting, sprinkle with powdered sugar or add a chocolate ganache or frosting.

Honestly, just baking this cake in a Bundt pan makes it look fancier. A tip from Barbara…instead of dusting the Bundt pan with white flour after greasing, use cocoa powder so it looks prettier when you take it out of the pan. None of that white flour left over on your pretty cake.

I think it is great that this cake is so fancy, but what I love about it is made in just one bowl. How great is that!

This Easy Triple Chocolate Cake is made with just five ingredients and mixed in one bowl making it a simple, quick dessert option.

Chocolate Bundt Cake (with cake mix) Ingredients

Chocolate Cake Mix

Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix

Chocolate Chips

Eggs

Milk

Scroll down to the bottom to find the complete recipe including ingredients.

This Easy Triple Chocolate Cake is made with just five ingredients and mixed in one bowl making it a simple, quick dessert option.

Why should I add pudding mix to my cake?

The purpose of an instant pudding mix in cake recipes is to add a fluffy, moist texture to the cake.  Once you go the pudding route, it’s hard to go any other way. It’s almost fail-proof.

This Easy Triple Chocolate Cake is made with just five ingredients and mixed in one bowl making it a simple, quick dessert option.

How to Make Old Fashioned Chocolate Pudding Cake:

Scroll down for the full instructions for chocolate Bundt cake with cake mix and pudding:

  1. In a bowl, mix eggs, chocolate cake mix, instant chocolate pudding mix, milk and chocolate chips.
  2. Grease all sides generously with shortening; flour all sides (or use cocoa powder).
  3. Pour batter into prepared Bundt pan.
  4. Bake in a preheated oven until a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Let cool and then take a knife around the edges to loosen the cake before inverting to cooling rack.
  6. Sprinkle with powdered sugar or frost as desired.

When should you flip a Bundt cake to remove it from the pan?

Resist the urge to remove a Bundt cake from its pan immediately out of the oven. Instead, let the cake cool on the counter for 5-10 minutes before removing from pan.

How do I remove a Bundt cake from its pan?

Let the Bundt cake cool for 10 minutes. Take a knife, and gently run it around the outer and inner edges of the cake pan to loosen it. Place a cooling rack or large plate over the pan; and then flip it over quickly.  If the Bundt pan was properly greased before adding the cake batter, the cake should easily slide out of the Bundt pan onto the cooling rack or plate.

This Easy Triple Chocolate Cake is made with just five ingredients and mixed in one bowl making it a simple, quick dessert option.

Notes About Chocolate Bundt Cake with Pudding Mix:

  • Use instant chocolate pudding mix, not the cook type.
  • German chocolate, dark chocolate or any other flavored cake mix could be substituted for a fun mix-up.
  • Grease all sides of the Bundt pan generously with shortening even the inner circle. This ensures the cake comes out without sticking.
  • Powdered sugar hides any imperfections on the cake.
  • Frost with a chocolate ganache or frosting, if desired.
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  • If you want to add a twist to the traditional chocolate Bundt cake, try our Chocolate Kahlua Bundt Cake recipe.

This Easy Triple Chocolate Cake is made with just five ingredients and mixed in one bowl making it a simple, quick dessert option.

Old Fashioned Chocolate Dessert Recipes:

Sweet Southern Chocolate Pie

Southern Sweet Chocolate Pie is a homemade baked chocolate pie topped with chopped pecans and coconut.  It's all the flavors of your favorite German Chocolate Cake in a decadent pie.  This old fashioned chocolate pie is Grandma approved!

Chocolate Fantasy Fudge

Grandma's Chocolate Fantasy Fudge is a rich, decadent treat that is quick and easy to make. A small piece is all you need to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Three Layer Chocolate Squares

Grandma's Three Layer Chocolate Squares are a family favorite treat that are served every Christmas at my house.  The triple layer cookie bar consists of a chocolate graham cracker crust, a vanilla cream center and a sweet Hershey's chocolate topping.  The combination is a match made in chocolate heaven. 

Hot Fudge Sauce (Homemade)

You may never purchase another jar of the store-brand after making Old Fashioned Hot Fudge Sauce.  You can have this thick, rich sauce drizzled over your ice cream in ten minutes or less. 

Homemade Chocolate Pudding

Homemade Chocolate Pudding is a rich, decadent, old-fashioned dessert that is easy to make and a hit with all ages. Top with whipped cream or pour into a graham-cracker crust for a yummy treat. 

Favorite Cake Mix Recipes

As we said earlier, we love grabbing a cake mix from the pantry to help us get a dessert in the oven quickly. Here are some of our favorite recipes featuring boxed cake mix:

Yellow Cake Mix Gooey Bars

Pistachio Coffee Cake

Grandma’s Boston Creme Cake

Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls

Chocolate Cake Gooey Bars

Cherry Almond Dump Cake

Easy Triple Chocolate Cake

This Easy Triple Chocolate Cake is made with just five ingredients and mixed in one bowl making it a simple, quick dessert option.  This old fashioned, chocolate Bundt cake uses chocolate cake mix and pudding mix, both great shortcut ingredients. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Triple Chocolate Cake
Servings: 12
Calories: 226kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 4 1/2 ounce pkg. instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 pkg. chocolate cake mix
  • 12 ounce pkg. chocolate chips
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 2 eggs beaten

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease 12-cup Bundt pan and "flour" with cocoa powder.
    This Easy Triple Chocolate Cake is made with just five ingredients and mixed in one bowl making it a simple, quick dessert option.
  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl, mixing by hand until well-blended.
    This Easy Triple Chocolate Cake is made with just five ingredients and mixed in one bowl making it a simple, quick dessert option.
  • Pour into prepared Bundt pan.
    This Easy Triple Chocolate Cake is made with just five ingredients and mixed in one bowl making it a simple, quick dessert option.
  • Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
    This Easy Triple Chocolate Cake is made with just five ingredients and mixed in one bowl making it a simple, quick dessert option.
  • Cool for 10 minutes in pan. Loosen inner and outer edges with a knife. Invert onto a cooling rack.
    This Easy Triple Chocolate Cake is made with just five ingredients and mixed in one bowl making it a simple, quick dessert option.
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar or frost with your favorite frosting.
    This Easy Triple Chocolate Cake is made with just five ingredients and mixed in one bowl making it a simple, quick dessert option.

Notes

  • Use instant chocolate pudding mix, not the cook type.
  • German chocolate, dark chocolate or any other flavored cake mix could be substituted for a fun mix-up.
  • Grease all sides of the Bundt pan generously with shortening even the inner circle. This ensures the cake comes out without sticking. 
  • Use cocoa instead of flour to coat your greased pan to avoid leftover flour on your baked cake.
  • Powdered sugar hides any imperfections on the cake. 
  • Frost with a chocolate ganache or frosting, if desired. 
  • Love chocolate? Try our Sweet Southern Chocolate Pie recipe. 

Nutrition

Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 475mg | Potassium: 201mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 97IU | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 2mg

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This Easy Triple Chocolate Cake is made with just five ingredients and mixed in one bowl making it a simple, quick dessert option.

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