I have been doctoring store bought cake mix for a few years now ~ adding in sour cream and dry pudding mix mostly (see here and here).
And this chocolate cake is no different.
This is Actions favorite cake ~ he has requested for 3 years for his birthday and I am happy to make it for him.
(Action is so little in this picture! Cute little 9yr old ~ Check him out here with his chocolate cake at the age of 13!)
1 box chocolate cake mix
1 small package (3.9oz) instant chocolate pudding
1 cup (8oz) sour cream (I use regular sour cream ~ it's dessert after all)
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup canola oil
4 oz semisweet chocolate, melted
* Mix all of the ingredients together. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds, medium for about 2 minutes. The batter will be thick.
* Pour batter evenly into two greased 9" round cake pans (I also line the bottom of the pans with a
sheet of parchment paper cut to size.)
*Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes ~ test for doneness with a toothpick
* Cool in pans for 10-15 minutes, remove cakes from pans and place on cooling racks to cool
You can also make cupcakes ~ the recipe does make a thick batter so plan on scooping it into your muffin tins. I use paper liners. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes.
2 cups unsalted butter, room temperature
4 cups powdered sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened, baking cocoa
1/2 cup milk, room temperature
* Beat the butter, powdered sugar and cocoa until mixed. Then add milk, beat until smooth.
Place one of the cakes on a plate.
Top with frosting.
Place 2nd cake on top of the frosting layer.
Use remaining frosting to coat the top and sides of the top and sides of the cakes.
Cut into slices and serve with vanilla ice cream, which in my opinion is the perfect compliment for all of that chocolate. Oh and top with strawberries, because having a little fruit with this delicious chocolate cake makes it healthy.......right?