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Best Chocolate Cake Recipe – How To Make A Box Cake Better

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I have made a lot of cakes! But I will tell you a little secret – I usually start with a box cake mix and make it taste homemade! If you are looking for chocolate cake mix recipes with sour cream – this will be your go to recipe! It’s so moist and delicious. 

 

This is also a cake mix with pudding recipe – all these extras will make this the best cake ever!

 

This blog post is going to show you how to make a box cake better and how it will make the best chocolate cake that is moist and delicious and tasted homemade. No one will ever have to know that you started with a box cake mix! 

 

 

I usually start with a cake mix when I make chocolate and white cake mixes.  I’m usually the one that gets to bring desserts to family parties so it’s a toss-up between a chocolate layer cake or a white chocolate strawberry cake. 

This recipe for a better white cake mix recipe with a box mix is so fluffy and yummy! This is one of our favorite recipes and I usually bring it to parties when they ask me to bring dessert. This recipe will make a boxed cake taste like a wedding cake. 

 

 

Are you looking for how to make a box cake mix taste better? This is the best chocolate cake recipe ever. It is so easy! It starts with a mix and is moist and yummy! With a few adjustments, you will have a cake that tastes like it came from a bakery.

 

 

My son asked for a chocolate cake for his birthday with my delicious chocolate frosting recipe – so that is what he got! I have used this chocolate buttercream frosting to make peanut butter sandwich cookies – it is so good! 

 

 

If you are looking for a yummy birthday cake recipe or need a  chocolaty dessert to make for your friends – this is your recipe! 

 

  Are you looking for how to make a box cake mix taste better? This is the best chocolate cake recipe ever. It is so easy! It starts with a mix and is moist and yummy! With a few adjustments, you will have a cake that tastes like it came from a bakery. It would be a great birthday cake.

 

How To Make A Box Cake Better Recipe Notes:

  • You can also make these into cupcakes. There is plenty of frosting so that you can be generous with the frosting. Or you can cut the recipe in half if you want to lightly frost the cupcakes. Follow the box instructions for cooking times. 
  • This recipe is still going to use the ingredients that are on the box instructions. But you will do some substitution. You will change the water to milk and add an extra egg. You will also use the oil that is on the package instruction. But it’s the addition of the pudding powder and sour cream that makes the cake extra moist! 
  • If you really want to up the flavor of the chocolate you can add chocolate milk instead of plain milk. 
  • Add parchment paper to the bottom of the 9-inch cake pans to make sure they can easily be removed from the cake pans. 

 

If you are looking for a recipe about how to make a chocolate box cake taste homemade – you have to try this. It is very easy!

 

 

Are you looking for how to make a box cake mix taste better? This is the best chocolate cake recipe ever. It is so easy! It starts with a mix and is moist and yummy! With a few adjustments, you will have a cake that tastes like it came from a bakery. It would be a great birthday cake.

 

 

Best Chocolate Cake Recipe – How To Make A Box Cake Better

 

  • 1 – box of chocolate cake mix ( I used Devils Food Chocolate)
  • 1 – 1.4 box instant chocolate pudding
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Change the water for milk according to the box instructions
  • Add 1 extra egg according to the box instructions
  • Add oil according to the box instructions

 

Instructions for the Best Chocolate Cake

  1. Preheat your oven to 325*. Add parchment paper to 9-inch pans and spray the pans with cooking spray. Set aside. 
  2. Mix together the cake mix and pudding powder until combined. 
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. You should scrape down the sides to everything is mixed well. Mix for about 1 minute. 
  4. Split the batter between the 2 cake pans. Tap them on the counter to spread out the cake mix and get out air bubbles. 
  5. Bake for about 25 minutes. Poke a toothpick into the center and if it comes out clean – it’s done. Add 2 – 3 minutes and check it again until it’s cooked completely. 
  6. Let cool completely before you add the icing. 

 

 

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting:

  • 2 sticks of butter, softened (1 cup)
  • 1  cup of cocoa powder
  • 2/3  cup hot water
  • 1  teaspoon vanilla
  • 8 cups powdered sugar

 

Instructions

  1. In a standing mixer add the butter, cocoa, hot water, vanilla. Mix for about 1 minute until well combined. 
  2. Add all the powdered sugar and set the mixer to low. 
  3. Once all the powdered sugar is mixed in let it whip on high for about 30 seconds until light and fluffy. 
  4. Let it sit for about 10 minutes and add it to your cake!

 

 

Assembling the cake

  1. Add 1 layer of the cake to a plate. Add the chocolate frosting  – be generous! 
  2. Add the second layer. I like to spoon the icing on top of the cake and spread it around with a butter knife or mini frosting spatula. 
  3. Pull the frosting down the sides of the cake to cover the sides. 
  4. Finish the top of the cake and add more frosting. 
  5. I added some frosting to a piping bag with a Wilton 402 open star piping tip and I swirled them around the top of the cake. I also put a bunch of stars around the bottom of the cake. But you don’t have to do this – it’s perfect without the extra icing decorations! 

 

This is my little secret about How To Make A Box Cake Better – it’s really easy and you can apply it to all box cake mixes to make them taste like they are homemade! These box cake hacks can be our secret!

 

And don’t let all the instructions make it look difficult. It’s just adding a few extra ingredients to a box of cake mix so it’s really simple. And it’s totally worth it to make homemade buttercream icing. It’s really not that difficult;t and tastes so much better than a jar of icing. 

 

Here are some of the products I used from Amazon. These are my affiliate links so I will earn a small commission when you use my links. 

If you want to make a bundt cake, this is the best bundt cake recipe and it also starts with a boxed cake mix. 

 

 

 

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Best Chocolate Cake Recipe - How To Make A Box Cake Better

Best Chocolate Cake Recipe - How To Make A Box Cake Better

This is the best chocolate cake recipe ever. It is so easy! It starts with a mix and is moist and yummy! With a few adjustments, you will have a cake that tastes like it came from a bakery.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1 - box of chocolate cake mix ( I used Devils Food Chocolate)
  • 1 - 1.4 box instant chocolate pudding
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Change the water for milk according to the box instructions
  • Add 1 extra egg according to the box instructions
  • Add oil according to the box instructions

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

  • 2 sticks of butter, softened (1 cup)
  • 1  cup of cocoa powder
  • 2/3  cup hot water
  • 1  teaspoon vanilla
  • 8 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

Instructions for the Best Chocolate Cake

  1. Preheat your oven to 325*. Add parchment paper to 9-inch pans and spray the pans with cooking spray. Set aside. 
  2. Mix together the cake mix and pudding powder until combined. 
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. You should scrape down the sides to everything is mixed well. Mix for about 1 minute. 
  4. Split the batter between the 2 cake pans. Tap them on the counter to spread out the cake mix and get out air bubbles. 
  5. Bake for about 25 minutes. Poke a toothpick into the center and if it comes out clean - it's done. Add 2 - 3 minutes and check it again until it's cooked completely. 
  6. Let cool completely before you add the icing. 

Instructions for the chocolate frosting

  1. In a standing mixer add the butter, cocoa, hot water, vanilla. Mix for about 1 minute until well combined. 
  2. Add all the powdered sugar and set the mixer to low. 
  3. Once all the powdered sugar is mixed in let it whip on high for about 30 seconds until light and fluffy. 
  4. Let it sit for about 10 minutes and add it to your cake!


Assembling the cake

  1. Add 1 layer of the cake to a plate. Add the chocolate frosting  - be generous! 
  2. Add the second layer. I like to spoon the icing on top of the cake and spread it around with a butter knife or mini frosting spatula. 
  3. Pull the frosting down the sides of the cake to cover the sides. 
  4. Finish the top of the cake and add more frosting. 


I added some frosting to a piping bag with a Wilton 402 open star piping tip and I swirled them around the top of the cake. I also put a bunch of stars around the bottom of the cake. But you don't have to do this - it's perfect without the extra icing decorations! 

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    Dana

    Wednesday 18th of May 2022

    I love to bake and often times will try recipes I see online. I have to say this one knocked it out of the park. I substitute Kerry Gold butter for oil in the cake recipe (cause I always do). Highly recommend it.

    Janell

    Friday 20th of May 2022

    Thank you so much for the compliment!! I am so glad you loved it. I will have to try the butter substitution - that's the best!

    Julie

    Saturday 19th of March 2022

    What does the asterisk mean? I looked everywhere and did not find a note anywhere. It’s about baking time so pretty important. Guess I’ll just wing it since I bought the stuff and need to make this TODAY. Seriously, with all the talking and narrative that comes with recipes online, putting an asterisk and asking someone to find it in all that text is asking a lot. Just say what you want to say!

    Caroline Willis

    Wednesday 16th of February 2022

    My cake also completely sank, using Pillsbury Devil's Food Cake Mix and 9 inch pans.....

    Janell

    Monday 21st of February 2022

    That stinks!! Im sorry, you had an issue. Some of the things that may cause that is if the oven was opened before the cake "set". Or if the cake was taken out before it was cooked - it could also sink. It happens to the best of us :)

    Gina Ferrell

    Monday 20th of December 2021

    I absolutely love chocolate! I'm going to try this recipe for sure.

    KATHLEEN

    Sunday 10th of October 2021

    Can the cooked kind of pudding be used in this cake? I don't have instant. If not, can it be omitted? Kathleen

    Janell

    Monday 11th of October 2021

    I have never used the cooked kind - so I am not sure. You can omit it. Im sure it will still be good!

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