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Golden Chocolate Cake

At our Wisconsin farm, dessert was just as important as the main course. This idea has followed us to California, where I'm still on the lookout for good dessert recipes. This moist cake is a favorite since it's chock-full of fun ingredients like chocolate candy bars, pecans and coconut. -Kay Hansen, Escondido, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 1 hour + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 milk chocolate candy bars (1.55 ounces each), chopped
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional


  • In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, sour cream, oil and water; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Stir in candy bars, chocolate chips, nuts and coconut.
  • Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan. Bake at 350° for 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Cool in pan 15 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Chill before slicing. Dust with confectioners' sugar if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 412 calories, 25g fat (9g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 330mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • mmmmysharona_93
    Feb 2, 2018

    My son's favorite cake. I have made it for him every birthday for at least 15 years. The recipe needs no adjustments, but I have added toffee chips a few times.

  • lshaw
    Oct 11, 2014

    I've made this 2 or 3 times and each time, it is greatly appreciated by those who love cake! Only needs the confectioner sugar dusted on top. Very moist and the flavor bursts in every bite! Kids should like this one as well. I have never made adjustments--fine as written, IMO.

  • honeychild1965
    Mar 11, 2014

    I've been using this recipe for almost 20 years now, ever since it was originally published in the Taste of Home magazine. I've used name brand products, the cheapest generic products I can get, and it always turns out wonderfully. It's even the birthday cake of choice in my family. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • delowenstein
    Oct 1, 2013

    I prepared this cake and it came out GREAT! Again, I DID make adjustments to suit my own individual tastes! What I'd done was use a 3.4-oz size of "candy cane" flavor Jello Instant pudding mix instead of the vanilla instant pudding mix and I added a teaspoon of vanilla extract. I also added 2 Tbsp. of all-purpose flour to prevent the chocolate chips & candy bar pieces from sinking down into cake! What I also had done was use three Hershey ALMOND bars-1.45-oz. each, chopped in my food processor! Instead of using 1 cup chopped pecans, I used 1-1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut and 1/2 cup chopped pecans! I tested cake at 50 minutes and found that I DID need to bake it 10 more minutes which I did. I did cool 15 minutes in the pan before turning out to cool on wire rack completely! Thank you, Kay Hansen, for this recipe! Dawn E. Lowenstein