I made this once for a family gathering and now everyone insists that it be at every gathering! It's so easy; you use a box cake mix! For chopping the chocolate bars, I put them in the freezer, then hit them with a hammer while still in the wrapper

Recipe Summary

prep:
45 mins
cook:
25 mins
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
3 layer 8 inch cake
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour 3 (8 inch) pans.

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  • In a large bowl, combine cake mix, milk, eggs, oil and instant vanilla pudding mix. Beat on low speed until blended. Scrape bowl, and beat 4 minutes on medium speed. Pour batter into prepared pans.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.

  • To make the frosting: In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese with the white sugar and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Fold in the whipped topping, pecans and chopped chocolate. Spread between layers and on top and sides of cake.

Nutrition Facts

736 calories; protein 9.3g 19% DV; carbohydrates 75.2g 24% DV; fat 46.1g 71% DV; cholesterol 81.4mg 27% DV; sodium 535.4mg 21% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/25/2003
For anyone that loves chocolate and fabulous very-easy-to-make-and-spread frosting, this takes the cake!! :) My only suggestion is to use three 9" layer cake pans instead of the 8". The 8" pans make too narrow a cake in diameter, and too high (would not even fit in my glass cake dome holder). The 9" pans make for a much more attractive and large, more normal appearing cake. And because the cake layers are just a tad thinner, the frosting in between the layers is thicker -- looks beautiful when it's cut and tastes terrific! Just remember to bake the 9" layers a few minutes less and test with a toothpick. And be sure to use a nice amount frosting between the layers -- the recipe makes plenty. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/06/2012
This is the second time I've attempted adding pudding to a cake mix...I simply don't like it. Instead of tasting light and fluffy it tastes dense and heavy. I did enjoy the concept of the candy bar cake and I liked the frosting so I'm giving it 3 stars. I made it in 3 9" pans and then layered the frosting in between without frosting the side - so pretty when cut. Will make again but with heavy alterations. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 30
  • 3 star values: 9
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Rating: 5 stars
10/25/2003
For anyone that loves chocolate and fabulous very-easy-to-make-and-spread frosting, this takes the cake!! :) My only suggestion is to use three 9" layer cake pans instead of the 8". The 8" pans make too narrow a cake in diameter, and too high (would not even fit in my glass cake dome holder). The 9" pans make for a much more attractive and large, more normal appearing cake. And because the cake layers are just a tad thinner, the frosting in between the layers is thicker -- looks beautiful when it's cut and tastes terrific! Just remember to bake the 9" layers a few minutes less and test with a toothpick. And be sure to use a nice amount frosting between the layers -- the recipe makes plenty. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/25/2003
This cake is so extremely moist and the frosting is wonderful! The only thing I would add is some vanilla or other extract to the cream cheese base for the frosting to give it a little more flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2005
Everyone always asks me to make this cake. I made a GREAT CHANGE, substitute the crushed candy with Oreo cookies (half of a package) into the icing.... You're cake will be a hit! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2004
This is awesome!! I used 3 9" pans as suggested and it was great. My husband does not like nuts so I used chopped Skor bars saving a bit to sprinkle on top. Definitely will make again...and again...and again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2008
I've made this cake several times for baby showers and it has been a MAJOR hit every time. It is super easy and has a nice heavy texture. I've only made the cake with 9 inch pans and there was barely enough batter for 2 layers so when I needed a larger cake I just doubled the recipe. I also make sure I make the frosting at least 1 night before I serve the cake because it takes some time for the sugar to fully dissolve but it is perfect the next day. I've also used white chocolate shavings to decorate the top of the cake and it makes it really classy professional looking. No one has to know that it started as a mix! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/07/2008
Delicious cake and the frosting is amazing! I made this recipe for a friends birthday and it received rave reviews. I changed the recipe a bit because my friend requested chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. So I cut each of the three layers in half and frosted every other layer with the candy bar frosting and chocolate on the others. Then I frosted the outside of the cake with chocolate. To decorate I used hershey's hugs because of the brown and white stripes. It matched the inside and was a neat effect. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/30/2003
This cake is very delicious. It is very easy to make and the most complicated part is the layering which is not difficult at all. I made this cake for work and received many compliments. i.e. This is the best cake I have ever tasted. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/25/2003
I made this once for a potluck at work and now I'm not "allowed" to ever bring anything else except this. Everyone loved it! Thanks for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2006
A huge hit! Made this for a birthday party and people were coming back for seconds! Frosting is awesome and the cake was so moist! I used skor bars as well and also 2 8x8 pand and it was perfect. Will make again! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/06/2012
This is the second time I've attempted adding pudding to a cake mix...I simply don't like it. Instead of tasting light and fluffy it tastes dense and heavy. I did enjoy the concept of the candy bar cake and I liked the frosting so I'm giving it 3 stars. I made it in 3 9" pans and then layered the frosting in between without frosting the side - so pretty when cut. Will make again but with heavy alterations. Read More
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