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Easy Chocolate Bundt Cake

Craving a rich, decadent chocolate cake? This Easy Chocolate Bundt Cake is made by doctoring up a cake mix to turn it into an incredibly moist, perfect chocolate cake. 

Chocolate bundt cake topped with ganache and chocolate shavings on a cake plate with berries and espresso in the background

Do you have a recipe that is absolutely perfect for just about any occasion?

Whether it be a birthday party, a backyard barbecue, or just a chocolate cake craving on a random Thursday night – this Easy Chocolate Bundt Cake has been my go-to chocolate recipe for years and I’m fairly certain it’s going to be your go-to recipe as well.

This Easy Chocolate Bundt Cake is incredibly simple to make and can be served up countless ways. Drizzle slices with warm peanut butter and chopped peanut butter cups, top it with fresh berries and whipped cream, or serve it with a simple ganache and chocolate shavings like I’ve done here. Seriously, the possibilities are endless!

Ingredients for easy chocolate bundt cake on a gray countertop

THE EASIEST, RICHEST CHOCOLATE BUNDT CAKE

You guys know that I love a good cake mix recipe. I’ve used cake mixes as a base for everything from Citrus Poppyseed Cake and Coconut Poke Cake to Gooey Butter Cookies.

But one of my all-time favorite cake mix tricks is my Doctored Cake Mix. It combines a cake mix, a package of instant pudding mix, and a few other simple ingredients to make cupcakes that I swear no one would guess were made with a boxed mix.

Batter for easy chocolate bundt cake in a white mixing bowl next to a gray spatula

I decided to tweak that recipe to make what is kind of a cheater’s version of The Best Chocolate Cake Recipe.

Just like my all-time favorite chocolate cake, this Easy Chocolate Bundt Cake is super rich, moist, and incredibly chocolatey. It even uses instant espresso to enhance the flavor of the chocolate!

But since this cake starts with a devil’s food cake mix, it is a bit faster to throw together. I mean, who could be mad at that?

Baked chocolate bundt cake cooling in the pan on a gray counter

HOW TO MAKE THIS CHOCOLATE BUNDT CAKE RECIPE

Start by grabbing your favorite devil’s food cake mix from the store. To jazz it up, we’re going to add:

  • 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso granules dissolved in 1/2 cup warm water 
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

To mix together the batter, use an electric mixer to beat together all of the ingredients except for the chocolate chips. Beat for two minutes at medium speed.

Fold in the chocolate chips, then pour the batter into a greased bundt pan and bake the cake for 40-45 minutes. Let the cake cool for about 45 minutes before inverting it onto a wire rack to finish cooling.

Ingredients for chocolate ganache next to a wire rack holding a chocolate bundt cake

DO YOU HAVE TO USE ESPRESSO IN THIS CAKE?

I know not everyone will have instant espresso in their pantry, and some folks may not want to use the espresso in this recipe.

I promise that the espresso just serves to enhance the flavor of the chocolate in the cake; it really does not make the cake taste like coffee! 

But you can absolutely leave out the espresso if you’d like. Simply omit the instant espresso granules but still add the ½ cup of water to the recipe. 

Slice of easy chocolate bundt cake being removed from the cake

SERVING IDEAS

I love topping this Easy Chocolate Bundt Cake with a simple ganache. The ganache is easy to make but makes the cake look so fancy.

To make the ganache, microwave heavy cream in 15-second intervals until steaming and very hot, but not boiling. Immediately pour the hot cream over chocolate chips in a small bowl and let it sit for 3 minutes.

Whisk in the corn syrup and vanilla extract to create a smooth ganache. Let the ganache cool for a few minutes before spooning it over the cake. 

Plates of easy chocolate bundt cake next to a cake plate and cups of espresso

From there, you can top the cake with chocolate shaving, mini chocolate chips, or sprinkles. I like to serve this cake with a dollop of homemade whipped cream and some fresh berries, but no one would complain about a scoop of vanilla ice cream, either! 

Don’t want to top the cake with ganache? Try topping it with Homemade Buttercream Frosting or Homemade Chocolate Frosting instead!

Slice of chocolate bundt cake next to berries and whipped cream on a white plate
Chocolate bundt cake topped with ganache and chocolate shavings on a cake plate with berries and espresso in the background

Easy Chocolate Bundt Cake

Yield: 12-16 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Craving a rich, decadent chocolate cake? This Easy Chocolate Bundt Cake is made by doctoring up a cake mix to turn it into an incredibly moist, perfect chocolate cake.

Ingredients

For the Cake

  • 1 (15.25 ounce) package devil’s food cake mix
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso granules dissolved in 1/2 cup warm water (see note below)
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

For the Ganache

  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 12-cup bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray - preferably one for baking. This will help ensure a clean release of the bundt cake from the pan.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat together the cake and pudding mixes, sour cream, oil, eggs, vanilla and espresso/water mixture. Beat for about two minutes on medium speed until well combined. Fold in 1 ½ cup chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth the top with a spoon or spatula.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool on a wire rack for 45 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate. 

Prepare the Ganache

  1. Pour the chocolate chips into a small bowl. Add the heavy cream to a microwave safe cup or bowl and microwave on high in 15-second intervals until steaming and very hot, but not boiling. This should take anywhere from 45-60 seconds total. Immediately pour the hot cream over the chocolate chips and allow it to sit for 3 minutes before whisking in the corn syrup and vanilla to create a smooth ganache. Allow the ganache to cool for a few minutes before spooning it over the cooled cake. At this point, you can leave it as is or top with chocolate shavings, mini chocolate chips, or even sprinkles.

Notes

If you do not have - or do not want to use - espresso granules, simply omit them but still add the ½ cup water.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 16 Serving Size 1 slice
Amount Per Serving Calories 371Total Fat 22gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 46mgSodium 285mgCarbohydrates 43gFiber 2gSugar 27gProtein 4g

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