The best chocolate cake…

Forget that this heavenly slice of cake was a Super Mario Brothers Mushroom two seconds ago. Don’t let that sway your love for this cake. Forgive my picture…this was the last piece left after our party at Chuck E Cheese. My son just turned three and is obsessed with Super Mario Brothers. He’s equally obsessed with chocolate (I have no idea where he gets that)…so there was no other option but to make him this cake.
I searched around for a good chocolate cake and found this one that everyone raved about. I actually am not a huge chocolate cake fan which is strange since I adore chocolate but I really loved this cake. It will be my go-to chocolate cake from now on. I dare you to prove me wrong that it’s not the best. This cake is rich, moist and decadent. Just so you know, this is in a different category than a milk chocolate cake…it’s a darker cake so don’t compare the two. Even though my gigantic cupcake pan cooks a little unevenly I loved it. One of our friends said it tasted like a big Oreo. So if you like Oreos…you will like this.
I posted the frosting recipe even though I am not sold on it. The frosting has shortening in it and you know how I feel about that. I prefer butter but the shortening did give me a pure white frosting that you can’t get with butter. Maybe if I didn’t know it had shortening in it I would have liked it…

The Best Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 box devil’s food cake mix
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) box Jello instant chocolate pudding mix (not the sugar or fat free kind!)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups mini semisweet chocolate chips (you can use regular too)
  • Buttercream Frosting:
  • 1 cup shortening or butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a VERY large bowl (4 qt), mix together everything except chocolate chips. Batter will be thick. Stir in the chocolate chips. Pour batter into cake pan of choice (I normally use two 9-inch pie pans). You could use this batter to make any kind of cake: sheet cake, cupcakes, bundt cake, etc. For cooking time, use the cooking times on the back of the devil’s food cake box as a guide and add around 10 minutes to whatever it says. Do the toothpick check, and if it’s not done, I check on it every 5 mins after that. It usually takes around 45 mins for two, 9-inch pie pans.
  2. For the Buttercream Frosting: In a mixing bowl, cream shortening or butter until fluffy. Add sugar and continue creaming until well blended. Add salt, vanilla, and whipping cream. Blend on low speed until moistened. Beat at high speed until frosting is fluffy.

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  1. I love your Super Mario mushroom cak!. You did a great job!
    I feel the same way about shortening in frosting. It’s so hard to get away from though if you want a decent consistency.

  2. Here is an icing my friends and I use as an alternative to buttercream. It is delicious. Just keep in mind it is made with Cool Whip which has to be refrigerated.

    Mix a large tub of thawed Cool Whip and start with 1/2 box (3.4oz) of Instant Jell-O pudding flavor of your choice. Let it sit about thirty minutes. If the icing needs to be thicker, just add more pudding. You can add a little flavoring depending on what suits your taste and need.

    For two large tubs of Cool Whip, we use one box (3.4oz)of instant pudding.

    My favorite is made with coconut cream flavored pudding, but it is hard to find around here.

    Enjoy!

  3. Anonymous,
    Thanks for the frosting idea. I love anything coconut so I will be on the hunt for that flavor to try out.
    Christy

  4. Love that cake! Great with the frosting also!

  5. looks like the best cake ever! we’ll have to try the chocolate recipe for sure – my kids LOVE choc cake! I alway end up with a chocolate frosting and I’ve never used shortening in frosting before?

  6. Cute cake! Happy birthday to your boy!

    BTW, Americolor makes a Super White food coloring (gel) that makes things super white so you can use it in recipes calling for butter to get them white again. It’s worth a try.

  7. I have this cake on my list to make and forgot all about it! I am going to move it up the list so I don’t forget it again

  8. Just found your blog and I’m excited to try a bunch of your recipes! Probably will make this cake for my little guys 3rd birthday next month!

  9. Fantastic cake – looks delicious!
    My 7 yr. old son love Super Mario Brothers too, and would love this cake – Great job – TFS!

  10. I made this but used 1/2 c oil and water instead of milk. It was good but it was very dry around the edges and I think your version would be more moist & delicious. Thanks for rescuing my recipe!

  11. What a great cake idea! And dang…my boy just had a birthday. He would have loved that. My mom has been talking about your blog. So now your on my list! Love the recipes..and I’m going to have to try out those chocolate pretzel things! (Yes…very dangerously simple!)

  12. what a cute cake — nice work! That recipe for the chocolate cake sounds divine.

  13. Sounds delicious! I am going to try it this weekend, making dinner for a family in the neighborhood! I think I will add some raspberries on top and add some cream cheese into the frosting! :)

  14. Christy, It’s fate! Daniel’s birthday party is on Saturday and he said he wanted a chocolate cake with chocolate chips in it! I will be trying this one out…. It looks soo delicious, and homemade is always better than store bought…. Thanks for posting this one!!

  15. This IS the best chocolate cake! Sooo chocolately and delicious. I used butter instead of shortening in the frosting, and it turned out great. I left out 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips and sprinkled them on top of the frosting- it’s a nice way to finish it if you don’t have time for decorating!

  16. Ooh I’m glad the butter substitution worked since I’m terrified of shortening. I will try that next time. So glad you liked it!

  17. I have been searching all afternoon for a good chocolate cake recipe. My family isn’t the biggest fans of the overly sweet chocolate cakes, but think I am going to give this one a try. Thanks for sharing your find! Amazing what you can find on the Internet now a days.

  18. My daughter made this last night for her daddy for Father’s day! We used store bought frosting but it was spectacular, she was so proud! Thanks for sharing!

  19. Sounded and looked good, fully baked, the moment I pulled it out of the oven the cakes fell, same with the cupcakes. I have been baking since I was 3 (I’m 40 now) I bake para-professionally and have never had a cake fall (including totally from scratch, which I usually make). I followed the instructions.

  20. @Anonymous,
    I’m sorry. What cake mix brand did you use? Did you add 10 minutes to the baking time? Did you check the center to make sure that it passed the toothpick test?