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Layered Chocolate Cake Recipe

Layered Chocolate Cake Recipe

"It is hard to believe this impressive dessert started with a boxed cake mix," relates Dorothy Monroe of Pocatello, Idaho. Cream cheese in the icing provides the luscious finishing touch.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling YIELD:10 servings


  • 1 package (18-1/4 ounces) German chocolate cake mix
  • 1-1/3 cups water
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cook-and-serve vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa


  • 1. In mixing bowl, combine the first four ingredients; mix well. Pour into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 23-25 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 2. In a saucepan, combine pudding mix, gelatin and milk; cook according to package directions for pudding. Cool. Cut cake into three 10-in. x 5-in. rectangles. Place one on a serving platter. Spread with half of the pudding mixture; repeat layers. Top with third layer.
  • 3. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and butter. Add vanilla; mix well. Add sugar and cocoa; beat until smooth. Frost top and sides of cake. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 10 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 600 calories, 33g fat (15g saturated fat), 120mg cholesterol, 580mg sodium, 71g carbohydrate (47g sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein.

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