Best Chocolate Birthday Cake


This cake is always requested from my kids for their birthdays; it's the best!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins
1 9-inch fluted tube pan


  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package devil's food cake mix

  • 1 (3.9 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • ¾ cup vegetable oil

  • ¾ cup water

  • 4 eggs

  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

  • 1 (16 ounce) package prepared chocolate frosting

  • 2 tablespoons candy-coated milk chocolate pieces (such as M&M's®), or as desired


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9-inch fluted tube cake pan (such as Bundt®).

  2. Combine cake mix and pudding mix in a mixing bowl using an electric mixer. Add sour cream, vegetable oil, and water; mix well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour batter into the prepared pan.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 55 to 60 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes. Transfer to a cake plate and let cool completely, 20 to 30 minutes more.

  4. Place opened frosting container in a microwave on medium heat, stirring every 30 seconds until just soft enough to pour. Drizzle frosting over cake and sprinkle candy-coated milk chocolate pieces on top.

Cook's Note:

The original recipe called for 1/2 cup sugar, but I felt it was not necessary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

542 Calories
32g Fat
63g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 14
Calories 542
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 40%
Saturated Fat 10g 51%
Cholesterol 68mg 23%
Sodium 474mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 63g 23%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 48g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 71mg 5%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 346mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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