Super easy and moist Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe with dark chocolate ganache. Leave everything else and bake it right now!
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With this chocolate bundt cake around, your mornings are sure to start with chocolate and end with chocolate! I mean look at it. ↑↑↑ It's not that I always speak from experience or anything.
This cake is laughably easy, ridiculously rich, super moist and so chocolatey. Topped with ganache (ooh some of it also seeps into the cake, DELICIOUS!) and chocolate chips of two kinds. It's time to loosen up those pants my friends!
Cake Mix Chocolate bundt cake:
The recipe begins with cake mix. Now I know many of you don't like cake recipes that start from a box. But believe me, there is no alternative to this recipe that I've found yet!
Usually bundt cakes have a tendency to dry out as they bake. But I wanted my cake far cry from being dry! And you will agree I did a good job there, won't you?
Apart from being supremely moist, it is so soft and has a velvety texture. When you attempt to cut it, the fork goes in like it's softened butter.
All the credit goes to sour cream, chocolate pudding mix and oil in the recipe. Yes, we are using oil to moisten and soften our bundt cake today. We don't really need that buttery taste in chocolate cake recipes like this. All we want to taste is chocolate.
This sour cream+oil duo creates the most moist chocolate bundt cake you'll ever know!
How do you make a chocolate bundt cake from scratch?
- Mix all wet ingredients till combined
- Mix and beat in cake mix and pudding
- Fold in the chocolate chips
- Pour and bake in a greased bundt pan
- Top with chocolate glaze when the cake cools down
I topped my chocolate bundt cake with a dark chocolate ganache. This ganache is prepared on the stove top with a few simple ingredients. I used dutch cocoa for that dark color. You could also use natural unsweetened one if you prefer.
Dotted this crazy decadent cake with a boatload of chocolate chips (both mini + regular). Oh and also added 2 full cups of chocolate chips in the cake batter. Told ya, you need to loosen your pants!
Can you use any cake mix in a bundt pan?
Yes you can. This cake is the living proof. 😉 Vanilla and other flavored cake mixes can also be used here. I go with vanilla pudding when doing do.
How do you keep a bundt cake moist?
Adding oil, sour cream, full fat yogurt and even pudding help making cakes moist. Additionally topping cake with glazes and syrups also keep cakes moist.
How do you grease a Bundt pan?
Use vegetable oil or shortening to grease your bundt pan. Then coat the pan with a layer of flour.
How many boxes of cake mix do I need for a Bundt cake?
For a 10 inch bundt cake pan you will need one box of cake mix.
Should you let a bundt cake cool before flipping it?
Allow the cake to cool down for around 10 minutes before attempting to flip it.
What does adding pudding to a cake mix do?
Adding pudding to cake mix makes the cake super moist. Also gelatin present in the pudding gives a stable structure to cakes.
Fair warning: Bake this cake only when you have company around. I am not so experienced to extend this warning any further!
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Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe
- 10 inches Bundt Pan
- 1 Box (15.25 oz) Dark chocolate cake mix
- 1 Box (3.9 oz) Dark chocolate pudding (instant)
- 1 Container (16 oz) Sour cream
- 3 large Eggs
- ⅓ Cup Oil
- ½ Cup Water
- 2 Cups Dark mini chocolate chips
For dark chocolate ganache
- ¼ Cup Dutch processed cocoa powder
- ⅓ Cup Granulated Sugar
- 2 Tbsp Butter
- 1 Tbsp Milk
- ½ tsp Vanilla Extract
- ¼ Cup Milk chcolate chips (Regular)
- ¼ Cup Mini chocolate chips
- Preheat you oven to 350 deg F. Generously grease and dust a 10 inches bundt pan with oil/shortening and coat it with dark cocoa/flour. Set it aside.
- In a mixing bowl combine all the wet ingredients (egg, oil, sour cream and water) till mixed. Now add cake mix and pudding mix and beat until no flour is visible. You could also do this with a hand/stand mixer. Mix everything on medium speed for about a minute till the batter is smooth and is well combined. Don't over-mix it. Add in the two cups of chocolate chips.
- Pour batter in the prepared pan and bake for about 55-58 minutes or until the cake isn't jiggly anymore and is set in the middle.
- Allow the cake to cool in the pan for a while and then invert on a wire stand to cool completely. Frost when cooled.
To make Chocolate Ganache:
- Make ganache while cake is in the oven. In a small sauce pan add milk, butter, vanilla, sugar, cocoa and heat it till the sugar dissolves, stirring continuously. Remove from heat and let it cool completely. Now beat the ganache using a balloon whisk till it thickens and smoothens to a spreadable consistency.
- You can also use chocolate mixes with natural cocoa and the same goes for pudding as well in this recipe.
- Don't use cake mixes that already have puddings mixed in them. It doesn't give the same results.
- If your bundt cakes aren't completely moist (or incase they are overbaked), I follow this weird trick that works like a charm! Simple syrup soaking! Take about 2 tbsps of water and equal amount of sugar. This solution shouldn't be all watery or else you will end up over-moistening your cake. You will heat it in the microwave just till it boils, to help that sugar dissolve completely. Drizzle this room temperature solution over your cake using a spoon/pastry brush and voila! Sometimes, I also do it on individual slices (Now you know for sure how I loathe dry bundts). You will be amazed to see how it enlivens your cake. Taste wise and look wise.
This cake recipe is adapted from cookiesandcups.com
I made this cake for my mother-in-law on Sunday just because she loves chocolate. Let me tell you the following.... The BEST chocolate cake I have ever made that was not from scratch. I did make a few changes, as I always do, because I like it to be my creation as well. I added all the ingredients as listed above but I also added 1/2 cup of hot fudge sauce that I warmed in the microwave, and I also made the simple syrup but with butter, water and sugar, and poured it over the cake as soon as it came out of the oven so to soak in to the cake. Lastly, I made the Ganache but not thick as listed more in between so it dried on the top and sides and added fresh raspberries and strawberries tot he top. DELICIOUS!
Can you taste the sour cream?
Oh no! Not at all Chloe. It acts like a moist maker in the cake. Happy Baking!
This recipe is amazing! Have you ever tried it with white cake and vanilla pudding?
No I have not, but what a brilliant idea! Let me know if you take that route ever. 😉
Chocolate cake can never be too rich or too moist. This recipe has it all. Perfect to satisfy that chocolate craving.
I can see why you called it a 'MOIST' chocolate bundt cake! It looks incredible luscious and perfect for this weather! Can't wait to try it 😀
Mama Maggie's Kitchen
Oh how I love everything about chocolate! This moist chocolate bundt cake is making me drool! I can't wait to have this on my plate.
Haley D. Williams
Oh my goodness this cake is SO good. Decadent, moist and delicious!
Really Really awesome !!🎂🎂
Ooooo, no problems with cake mix here! This looks insanely good! Thanks for sharing!
Yayy!! So happy to hear it.
Jill | sugarspicelifeblog
wow! this looks sooo good! its a drop whatever you're doing to make this right now-type of recipe.
So glad you liked it Jill! 🙂
This cake looks heavenly awesome... ahhh what a texture!
I so knew you'd love it Priya! 🙂
wow. That does look moist! I'm usually not a fan of dry baked goods, especially shortbread and scones. Bundt cakes can be dry as well, at least to me. So this recipe is a keeper! thanks!
You said it so right Mimi! Dry baked good are the worst! I know you'd like it!
You’re so right, Neha! This cake looks heavenly - moist, chocolatey, so so good! I might just start and end my morning, afternoon and evenings with it!
This cake is so irresistible Laura! 🤩
looks very beautiful, and beautiful pictures
Glad to hear it!
Ashika | Gardening Foodie
This chocolate cake looks so good Neha. So perfectly moist and chocolatey. I love the use of chocolate pudding in your recipe. I have never tried it, but I can see what an amazingly moist cake it produces. This I have got to try.
You will love it Ashika!
OMG; loosen already !
wow that looks so chocolatey, rich and tempting!
So happy to hear it Angie!
Can I make cupcakes with this recipe?
I don't see why not Natalie! I am just unsure of the baking time. I'd say keep an eye on them after 15 minutes and take them out of oven when they pass toothpick test. 🙂
Tracy | Baking Mischief
This cake looks so insanely moist, and I'm legitimately angry I'm not eating a piece right now. 😉 Also super intrigued by the pudding/cake mix combo. I've never tried that before, but now I'm thinking I need to!
How I wish I could invite you over for a slice or two 😉 Tracy. You need to try this duo. I am sure you will be hooked. <3
Hello! The current version of this recipe I’m looking at says 1/3 1/3 of sugar. Do I need 2/3 or 1/3?
Hey! it's 1/3 cup, thanks for catching!