Chocolate dump cake is so decadent with lots of chocolate chips and delicious toppings.  Each bite is loaded with chocolate for a dessert you can’t resist.

Bowl of cake topped with ice cream.
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I love to make one of these Easy Dump Cake Recipes for holidays or just because. Another favorite is  German Chocolate Dump Cake.

Anytime we need a quick dessert that is amazing, we make this easy cake recipe that starts with a chocolate cake mix. It has so much rich chocolate flavor.

What is a dump cake?

A dump cake is exactly how it sounds. You dump the dry ingredients and wet ingredients into the baking pan and bake.

No mixing bowls are needed. Some dump cakes are fruit topped with a cake mix and butter but this one is a little bit different.

Everything is still dumped into the pan but we do mix it before serving it. We just mix it in the same pan as we bake it in to save on dishes.

Ingredients

Ingredients for recipe - cake mix, pudding, milk, chocolate chips.
  • Chocolate Cake Mix – I use either a plain chocolate cake mix or a Devil’s Food Cake Mix for this Recipe.
  • Instant Chocolate Pudding
  • Milk
  • Chocolate Chips– These are optional but I highly recommend them. They make this cake moist and gooey. Usually I use semi-sweet chocolate chips but milk chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips will work great as well.

You can see the entire ingredient list in the recipe card.

Variations and Substitutions

  • Try German chocolate dump cake for a delicious twist on the classic recipe.
  • Caramel chocolate dump cake is so tasty. We love adding caramel to the cake.
  • Try using white chocolate chips. This is great mixed in with the milk chocolate chips or you can substitute them.
  • Add nuts to the cake mixture before it bakes. Pecans, walnuts or almonds would be great.
  • Peanut Butter chips are also so delicious in the cake. If you love peanut butter and chocolate, this is a great combination.
  • Toffee Chips. This combination is delightful on top of the casserole dish with the chocolate.
  • Frosting. Skip the chocolate chips and top the cake with chocolate frosting.

How to make chocolate dump cake

  • Step 1. First, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Next, go ahead and spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray.
Baking dish with milk.

Step 2. Pour the milk in the pan.

Baking dish with cake mix on top.

Step 3. Add in the dry cake mix and the pudding mix into the pan. Stir everything together with a fork or whisk.

Chocolate chips spread on top of cake mix.

Step 4. If you are using the chocolate chips, go ahead and add those on top of the cake. While this is optional, I highly recommend it because it just adds such an amazing layer of ooey gooey chocolate.

Cake baked and cooling.

Step 5. Finally, bake for 30 minute or a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool before cutting and serving.

Topping ideas

This reminds me of a hot fudge sundae. My favorite is a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a generous drizzle of caramel and hot fudge sauce.

Cake being served with a spoon.

FAQs

How to know when the cake is done?

This cake is meant to be super moist and gooey so it can be hard to tell when it’s done. Watch the edges closely.

When the edges are starting to pull away from the pan and are browning slightly, it’s done.

There will still be some wet parts in the middle of the cake and that is normal.

How to store?

Leftovers: Store the leftovers of this cake in an air tight container at room temperature for 3-4 days. I don’t recommend placing the cake in the fridge as it will dry out.

In the Freezer: You can freeze the leftover cake in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months. Defrost the cake in the refrigerator overnight when you are ready to serve. Then reheat in the microwave or oven.

I love this cake warm, so I recommend reheating your leftovers slightly before enjoying them.

More easy dump cake recipes

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Chocolate dump cake recipe

4.55 from 59 votes
Chocolate dump cake is so decadent with lots of chocolate chips and delicious toppings.  Each bite is loaded with chocolate for a dessert you can't resist.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 321

Ingredients

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 small box instant chocolate pudding
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips optional
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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Pray a 9×13 pan with nonstick spray.
  • Pour the milk in the pan.
  • Pour in the cake mix and the pudding mix into the pan.
  • Use a fork to stir it together. .
  • Top with the chocolate chips (optional) and bake for 30 minute or until the edges pull away from the pan.
  • Cool before cutting and serving. Serve with any toppings – ice cream, caramel syrup, whipped cream on top.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 321kcal, Carbohydrates 51g, Protein 4g, Fat 12g, Saturated Fat 5g, Cholesterol 6mg, Sodium 460mg, Potassium 181mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 36g, Vitamin A 100IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 116mg, Iron 2mg

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Comments

  1. Donna McWaters says:

    I love coffee and chocolate. How can I incorporate coffee into this recipe?

    Thanks

  2. Chasity Powell says:

    5 stars
    OMG, this was the first cake I made from this website. I love it. I like the other lady’s question about adding Coffee, I would think we could add instant coffee to the mix.

  3. Chasity says:

    5 stars
    my girls are making this again. they love it. Might add Coffee to it today.

    1. Carrie says:

      Oh, I love the coffee idea. Let us know how that turns out – yum!

  4. Laura says:

    What size cake mix? I know it’s made in a 13×9, but wondered if a 13×9 or 8×8 mix should be used?

    1. Carrie says:

      I used a 9X13 cake mix for this recipe.

  5. Kris says:

    Can I use almond milk?

    1. Carrie says:

      Yes, almond milk would work great in this recipe.

  6. stephanie Marie Doran says:

    can you use a chocolate cake mix with pudding in it?

    1. Carrie says:

      Yes, I think that would work great in this recipe!

  7. Cindy says:

    If you wanted to add the peanut butter chips would you add them into the cake mix before baking or would it be best to add them on top with the chocolate chips? Also if you wanted to add chopped nuts to the cake mix before baking how much would you recommend?

    1. Carrie says:

      I would add both on top before baking. I would just sprinkle the nuts on top approximately 1/4 cup of nuts would work great in this recipe.