Chocolate Pudding Cake Recipe
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Chocolate Pudding Cake Recipe

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This rich, fudgy dessert is a cross between pudding and cake. I like to serve it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Whenever I take it to parties, everybody wants the recipe. —Paige Arnette, Lawrenceville, Georgia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES:10-12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES: 10-12 servings


  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 package (3.9 ounces) instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • Whipped cream or ice cream, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (calculated without whipped cream or ice cream): 505 calories, 30g fat (11g saturated fat), 98mg cholesterol, 449mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour into a greased 5-qt. slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out with moist crumbs. Serve in bowls with whipped cream or ice cream if desired. Yield: 10-12 servings.
Originally published as Chocolate Pudding Cake in Quick Cooking September/October 1998, p17

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amsm User ID: 8302234 235164
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2015

"The kids and I enjoyed the flavor of this. My husband did not care for this dessert. It definitely had a different texture that we are not used to. I loved the chocolate smell throughout the house while it cooked! I did have to substitute vanilla pudding for the chocolate. I thought I had chocolate pudding in the cupboard but I didn't. The chocolate chips went to the bottom."

dinacrowell6 User ID: 6770922 220684
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2015

"making this today. It's a snow day and cooking this will hit the spot to warm up and indulge."

angieact1 User ID: 1990802 218160
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2015

"I love this -it cures the chocolate and pudding cravings!"

zweewer User ID: 8100331 59083
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2014

"Always gets "kudos" from the crowd!! I only cooked for 4 1/2 hrs., and I put "paper towels" under the lid to absorb the condensation that tends to drip on the cake and make it "soggy". Such a wonderful recipe, so easy, delicious, and frees up the oven.


IseNanao User ID: 2548282 50539
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2014

"wonderful recipe. The only issue that I experienced was that all of my chocolate chips went to the bottom and burnt. Next time I will add the chocolate chips a couple hours into baking."

JuliaInBoston User ID: 7853868 83138
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2014

"This was great! It was done in 4 hours, though. I used 1/4 cup of chocolate liqueur and 3/4 cup of water."

Monarchsmomma User ID: 1811632 30033
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2014

"I have been making this cake for years now. I have made 2 changes that work well for me. I use 1/2 c each semi sweet & milk chocolate chips. I also cook the cake on HIGH for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Best to check the cake after 2 hours."

buncogranny User ID: 4511260 52872
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2013

"Made this over the weekend. It is like a steamed pudding. We liked it but it does need the chips and ice cream or whipped topping. Reminds me of what most of the world calls pudding. Mine was done in 4 hours rather than 6. Crock pot low may be warmer than some."

suepues User ID: 4265346 48568
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2013

"I've made this for years. Sometimes substitute mint chocolate chips."

park6591 User ID: 4038780 18128
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2011

"This recipe is delicious and so easy to make. Just mix, pour and turn your crockpot on and forget. Wonderful!"

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