As an avid baker, I'm typically opposed to using boxed mixes in my homemade creations. I feel guilty passing off boxed cake as my own, but sometimes you have to make do. One trick my grandma has taught me is to add in two secret ingredients to my chocolate cake mix: sour cream and instant pudding. Sounds strange, but trust me on this one.

This cake is sure to be a crowd pleaser, no matter who the audience. My cousins devoured every bite in approximately six seconds without even questioning what was in it. In addition to the sour cream and pudding, the chocolate chips are an added bonus of extra flavor. Whenever you're in a time crunch, now you know what to do.

Better Boxed Chocolate Cake

  • Prep Time:5 mins
  • Cook Time:50 mins
  • Total Time:55 mins
  • Servings:12
  • Easy


  • 1 package chocolate cake mix
  • 1 package instant chocolate pudding
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 6-oz package chocolate chips
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  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350°F. Place cake mix, instant pudding, sour cream, eggs, oil, water, and vanilla into standing mixer and beat on high for 3 minutes. Add in chocolate chips and beat until mixed.

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  • Step 2

    Grease a bundt pan (or other pan of choice). Pour cake mix into bundt pan.

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  • Step 3

    Place pan in oven and bake for 50 minutes.

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  • Step 4

    Place plate on top of bundt pan, and gently turn upside down to remove cake from bundt pan.

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  • Step 5

    Dust with powdered sugar. Serve and enjoy!

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