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Chocolate Pudding Cake

This rich, chocolate pudding cake is one of my favorites. 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
    12 servings


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


  • 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.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs. Serve in bowls with whipped cream or ice cream if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 505 calories, 30g fat (11g saturated fat), 98mg cholesterol, 449mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • kredhead
    Jan 15, 2020

    Been making this for years. Last time I used French vanilla white cake mix, cheesecake flavored pudding

  • amsm
    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
    Feb 17, 2015

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

  • angieact1
    Jan 18, 2015

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

  • zweewer
    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.Zola

  • IseNanao
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Feb 4, 2013

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