Best Chocolate Cake Ever

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If you want to know the secret on how to make the very best chocolate cake ever, I have the recipe today! This is a very moist chocolate cake I make all the time! I used to buy a certain well-known chocolate Bundt cake until I came up with this recipe.

My family loves this recipe because I can make the cake a few days before I need it. On the day of the party I pull the cake out of the freezer and place the frozen cake on the platter I want to use. I have done this for years because I have four daughters and I always made their birthday cakes ahead of time.

After you place the cake on the platter, cover it with plastic wrap and just let the cake thaw until you are ready to frost and decorate it. I remember picking up one of those very popular chocolate Bundt cakes and thinking “yep it’s been frozen”, that is what makes your cakes moist. In case you missed my Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake

Best Chocolate Cake Ever

Best Chocolate Cake Ever

Secret To Making Cakes Moist:

I pull the cake out of the oven, wait 5-10 minutes depending on what else is going on in the kitchen. I place some parchment paper over the cake (still in the pan) put a plate on top and flip it over onto the large dinner plate.

The cake comes right out of the pan and I take it out to the freezer until I want to frost it say in 5 days or so. If you take any one of these cakes to a party. I promise it will disappear. This recipe is the last one you will ever use when you want to make the best chocolate cake. My favorite Bundt cake pan: Nordic Ware Pro Form Anniversary Cake Pan, 12 Cup

Best Chocolate Cake Ever

Step One

Gather the ingredients as shown below. This is the most moist cake you will ever make. Be ready to hand out the recipe.

Best Chocolate Cake Ever

Step Two

Combine the ingredients in your mixing bowl, set aside the chocolate chips for later.

Kitchen Aid Mixing Ingredients

Step Three

After thoroughly mixing the cake batter, fold in the chocolate chips.

Add the chocolate chips

Step Four

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a Bundt pan as shown, and scoop the cake batter into the pan.

Best Chocolate Cake Ever

Step Five

The next step is to trace a circle for the cake with some parchment paper. I fold the paper in half, and place the plate halfway on the fold. Next, cut the circle of parchment paper to place on the plate.

Trace the parchment paper

Step Six

Bake the cake in your oven for about 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Wait ten minutes or so and place the parchment paper and the plate on the cake pan and flip the cake over onto the plate.

Best Chocolate Cake Ever

Step Seven

You will freeze the cake (uncovered) in the freezer on the parchment paper placed on the plate. THIS IS THE SECRET TO MOIST CAKES!!

Freeze the cake

Step Eight

When the day comes that you want to serve the cake, remove the cake from the freezer, take the parchment paper off the cake and place the cake on the platter you will serve it on.

Best Chocolate Cake Ever

Step Nine

The SECOND TIP TO MAKE A MOIST CAKE is cover it with plastic wrap and let it sit on your counter for a couple of hours before frosting.

Cover with Plastic Wrap

Step Ten

You can make my cream cheese frosting below if desired. Cut a small hole in a gallon-size freezer bag (they are heavier) and fill the frosting and start squeezing the tube of frosting in a design you like. Because it’s cream cheese frosting, I recommend storing the cake in the refrigerator after frosting the cake.

Best Chocolate Cake Ever

Best Chocolate Cake Ever Recipe

Chocolate Cake by Food Storage Moms
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 people
Ingredients
  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (Duncan Hine’s)
  • 1 package INSTANT Chocolate pudding 5-5.9 ounces
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips or regular size chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. I place everything but the chocolate chips into the mixer bowl. I blend until completely mixed, about 1-2 minutes. Fold in the chocolate chips. Grease a Bundt pan and scoop the mixture into the Bundt pan. Bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. I wait for about 5-10 minutes before inverting the baked cake onto a parchment paper lined dinner plate. I freeze the cake overnight or until I need it for a party. The day of the party I remove the frozen cake and place it on the platter I will use to serve it. Remove the parchment paper and cover the cake with plastic wrap until partially thawed and ready to frost and serve.

  2. Frost with cream cheese frosting or whipped cream and sprinkle with crushed candy canes or chocolate ganache.

Frosted with Whipping Cream

The chocolate cake below is made with whipping cream on top. This one is very popular at Christmas time or New Year’s Day! The combination of chocolate cake, whipping cream and crushed candy canes are always popular for parties! Now, you can also make my very moist chocolate cake with my cream cheese frosting as well.

best chocolate cake
Cream Cheese Frosting
Prep Time
12 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 36 cookies or Bundt Cake
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1-eight ounce cream cheese softened
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1-2 teaspoons vanilla
Instructions
  1. Cream the butter with the cream cheese and slowly add the powdered sugar to the thickness you desire

  2.  Add the vanilla until blended.

One thing I want to mention is this recipe can be made into TWO Bundt cakes so you can keep one and take one to a friend: Nordic Ware 6-Cup Bundt Pan, Multicolor If you decide to make two small 6-cup Bundt cakes then the baking time will be only 43 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. It really is the best chocolate cake ever!

Ganache Frosting by Food Storage Moms
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
18 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 cake
Ingredients
  • 3 cups chocolate chips (I buy semi-sweet)
  • 3/4 cup butter (softened)
Instructions
  1. If you don’t have a double-boiler to melt the chocolate chips and the butter then use your microwave. I microwave for one minute, stir and repeat this process. Once the mixture is totally melted be ready to spread the mixture over the cold cake you have removed from the freezer. Spread the ganache quickly, covering the top of the cake as best you can. Place the cake in the refrigerator until ready to cut and enjoy!

Final Word

I really hope you try making this cake, you will love it, if you love chocolate! It’s important to me to share recipes so people will cook from scratch again. Most of us do cook from scratch, which is awesome. Of course, this recipe uses a cake mix, but who cares, right? I watch for them to go on sale and but 12 or so cake mixes when they go on sale for 2 for $2.00. Those of you who buy Duncan Hines cake mixes know $1.00 is awesome for that brand! I have to admit I’m a snob cake mix chick. Duncan Hines is the only one I will buy. Please remember we need to have some sweets to survive an emergency so it may as well be this chocolate cake. May God Bless this world, Linda

7 thoughts on “Best Chocolate Cake Ever

  • December 21, 2016 at 12:02 pm
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    Ohhhh Linda, this looks like it would be so moist. Tell me, could you spread that batter out in a cookie sheet and make a Texas cake out of it? Oh my, I remember when relatives would get together the ladies made Texas cake that was really moist like this one must be. And they’d make slab pies, which is also made on a cookie sheet but it’s pie with drizzled icing on top.

    Very nice recipe. I must try it!

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    • December 22, 2016 at 6:37 pm
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      Hi Debbie, oh I’m not sure this recipe would work with a cookie sheet because it might overflow in the oven. I’m guessing because I haven’t tried it. My Texas sheet cake is really yummy. It’s a popular one here in Utah! Happy holidays, Linda

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  • January 17, 2019 at 6:09 pm
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    I can hardly wait to make this cake as well as your Watergate Cake. The picture at the top shows what looks like a thick chocolate glaze on the chocolate cake. Is there a recipe available for this?

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    • January 17, 2019 at 6:25 pm
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      Hi Kathy, I have what I call a Ganache frosting. Let me find it. I will add it that that post. Linda

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  • November 27, 2020 at 7:35 am
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    Linda, Do you cover the cake with anything while it is in the freezer? How long can it stay in the freezer?

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    • November 27, 2020 at 7:48 am
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      Hi Jamie, no I do not. But I only keep it in there for a week at the most. BUT, once you pull it out place it on the platter you are going to serve it on. THIS is when you cover it with plastic wrap. Let it thaw and frost it. Here’s the deal with a freezer, if it’s a frost-free freezer it may dry out the cake. I have never had trouble but I serve it within a week. I remember picking up a cake from Nothing Bundt Cake and their cakes were cold. So I realized what my mom did with her cakes, they must do it as well. You will be so happy at how moist these cakes are!! Linda

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