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Come-Home-to-Mama Chocolate Cake Recipe

Come-Home-to-Mama Chocolate Cake Recipe

You'll spend less than a half hour whipping up this cure-all cake that starts with a mix. Sour cream and chocolate pudding make it rich and moist, and chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate make it decadent comfort food at its finest. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling YIELD:12 servings


  • 1 package devil's food cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1 package (3.9 ounces) instant chocolate fudge pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 pound semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 6 tablespoons Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 6 tablespoons boiling water
  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the first nine ingredients; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Pour into two greased and floured 8-in. baking pans.
  • 2. Bake at 350° for 38-43 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 3. For frosting, in a microwave, melt chocolate; stir until smooth. Let cool to room temperature, about 20-30 minutes. Meanwhile, dissolve cocoa in boiling water; cool.
  • 4. In a large bowl, beat butter and confectioners' sugar until fluffy. Add melted chocolate; beat on low speed until combined, scraping sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in cocoa mixture.
  • 5. Place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread with 1-1/2 cups frosting. Top with remaining cake layer. Spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 754 calories, 49 g fat (25 g saturated fat), 144 mg cholesterol, 655 mg sodium, 75 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 9 g protein.