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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 large 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 in 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: 754 calories, 49g fat (25g saturated fat), 144mg cholesterol, 655mg sodium, 75g carbohydrate (53g sugars, 6g fiber), 9g protein.

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gina.kapfhamer User ID: 8717427 256301
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2016

"This dessert was a HUGE hit at the potluck my book club had. All the ladies absolutely loved it and were asking me for the recipe as soon as they had their very first bite!"

georgiadel User ID: 95909 254330
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2016

"How beautiful this cake appears! In spite of the high calories, I decided to make it for my daughter-in-law's birthday celebration. What a disappointment! The batter was thick and did not spread when baking. The icing ingredients couldn't possibly be correct! So much butter and so little confectioner's sugar! It did not fluff up and it didn't become smooth after I added the two kinds of melted and "boiled" chocolate. Besides all that, it's not an inexpensive cake to make. I'm hesitant about serving it!"

ireneone User ID: 7973467 243157
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2016

"This cake always works and keeps very moist."

vapam User ID: 1291404 222998
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2015

"I made this cake for my son-in-laws birthday. It was a great hit. He loves chocolate cake and I'm always making different one and he said " make this again"."

moe1229m User ID: 995059 220121
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2015

"this is an amazing cake!!!!! my husband made the cake and for the frosting he used Ghirardelli cacao instead of semisweet chocolate...omgosh!!!"

TriciaAG User ID: 8247097 220100
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2015

"I just made this and found it to take way more than 30 minutes. The batter was so thick, it crept up the beaters almost into the motor. I added 1/2 c water, and still had to finish beating with a spoon. The icing turned to syrup when I added the melted chocolate, and had to add more confectioners sugar to make it thick enough to spread. The taste of the icing was rated 'not good' by the 4 of us eating the cake. The cost and mess did not equal an exceptional cake to us."

nonajmills User ID: 8251259 220044
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2015

"I substituted strong coffee for water in the cake. I used Hershey's instant pudding (1 small box and 1 Tbsp. of another box) in the cake batter. Make sure eggs are room temperature.

In the frosting, I substituted one 4 oz. Ghirardelli semi-sweet baking bar and one 4 oz. Hershey's Dark chocolate bar for the 1 lb. chopped chocolate and only used 1 cup butter. I used 2 cups of confectioner's sugar. I left everything else as per recipe. It tasted moist and rich. It tasted like my "go to recipe" that takes twice as long to prepare. It is a thick batter and if you have thinner baking pans (or too much batter) it will be done on outer edges and underdone in the middle. This will cause the cake to fall when it cools. Insulators wrapped around pans (or triple thick foil strips) will help them cook evenly. I would rather have my cake a little underdone because it will continue to cook after you take it out of the oven. Hope this helps!"

AlyssaSporing User ID: 7359734 115549
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2013

"I bought the comfort food magazine off the rack as soon as I saw the cover because of this cake!! My mom is a serious chocaholic and her birthday was coming up, and with the picture and name of the cake, I thought it perfect for her birthday cake!! This cake is rich and has an amazing flavor. Now when I am asked to make a birthday cake for a chocolate lover, this is the cake I always go to!!!"

fudgeybutt User ID: 5208212 184579
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2013

"WOW! For all you chocolate lovers out there, if this doesn't tantalize your taste buds, NOTHING WILL!!!! I'm a major chocoholic. Great recipe:)"

cindy.r User ID: 5117503 121951
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2012

"This is a really rich and delicious cake. I used skim milk instead of buttermilk and marshmallow sauce instead of fudge sauce because that's all I had. However, like some others I think the 1/2 cup powdered sugar is not enough. I kept adding until it was the right consistency, at least 2 cups, maybe a little more. But it tasted great, my mouth actually tingled a little because it was so rich."

Charlotte Corbett User ID: 4804638 181441
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2012

"The cake was delicious, but I think there is a mistake in the frosting. It says 1/2 cup confectioner sugar for 1 1/2 cup butter and all that chocolate. I used 1 # box of confectioners sugar and it was perfect. Had about a cup of icing left over."

Nan Willett User ID: 821647 194263
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2012


gramcayo User ID: 5095727 196998
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2012

"This one is great but my version has 3/4 veg oil and 3/4 c. milk instead of the canola oil, water, buttermik, and no vanilla. Also, the biggest change is 12 oz. pkg of chocolate chips instead of syrup. I really love those little bites of chocolate (like a chocolate chip cooky) in the cake. I have never frosted since it's sooo rich (what was I thinking!) but usually just dust with powdered sugar. That will have to change :) Either way. it's my absolute "go to" chocolate cake recipe.

Thanks! This one had to be shared."

Cookpraylove User ID: 6041482 181440
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2012

"1 lb of chocolate is too much though??? I thought it was a mistake..."

kathleenh511 User ID: 6139026 181438
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2012

"Totally Awesome...!!!!"

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