Death by Chocolate Cake

death by chocolate cakeWell, it wouldn’t be birthday week without an amazing cake recipe, would it? I have been a chocolate lover for as long as I can remember, and I can tell you exactly where that love came from… my Dad! As far as he is concerned, there is no other cake flavor. I grew up eating this cake on my Dad’s birthday and other special occasions and it is the most moist and decadent little slice of heaven you will ever partake of. Be warned, this cake is not for the faint of heart (hence the name)! Real chocolate lovers only, please. Also, I should mention that there has never been an easier cake to throw together in the history of the universe! Amen.

death by chocolate cakeDeath by Chocolate Cake Recipe:

-1 package devils food cake

-1 small package instant chocolate pudding (generic works great)

-1/2 cup water

-1/2 cup oil

-4 eggs

-1 cup sour cream

-1 11.5 oz. package chocolate chips (I love the Guittard brand, they are a bit bigger than regular chocolate chips and are an absolute dream to bite into!)

-chocolate syrup and powdered sugar to garnish

death by chocolate cakeFirst off I have to say, if you have never baked a cake with sour cream before, you have officially struck the gold mine in this post! You will never go back. It is moist, delicious, and your kids will never guess it’s in there!

Okay, here we go! Combine your first 6 ingredients and whisk until there are no dry clumps! Add in your chocolate chips and pour batter into a greased bunt pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 45-50 minutes. When cake is done, a toothpick or fork will come out mostly clean. Leave in pan until completely cooled. After plating cake, drizzle with chocolate syrup and a dash of powdered sugar to garnish!

Chocoholics unite!

death by chocolate cakexoxo,


p.s. If you missed the first few days of birthday week, be sure to check out these adorable party animals, and enter the albion fit giveaway! Or, check out last years birthday week posts: how to celebrate birthdays on a budget, easy way to decorate a birthday cake + favorite recipe, birthday party in a box, and 12 adorable birthday DIY’s!

p.s.s. Stay tuned for another awesome giveaway later today!

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    Amazing. So worth making!


    I love chocolate cake and i love bundt cakes- the combination here is to die for!


    How would you switch this into cupcakes?


    Could I do 1/4 coffee and 1/4 kalua in place of the water?

    Amazon Queen

    Yum! And double Yum!
    I made it even more chocolatety!
    I added a 1/2 cup of chocolate jimmies to the batter and I made it into 2 layers. When cooled I then frosted it with a white chocolate frosting. I then covered the entire sides with mini chocolate chips. Then on the top of the cake I place Hersey milk chocolate kisses alternating with their kisses of white chocolate hugs.

    Connie Ramirez

    I love this recipe, my only suggestion is to use coffee in place of water…


    I have been making this cake for years and family often requests it, but with one difference. Instead of 1 cup of water, reduce to half cup and add half cup of Kahlua.Even a quarter cup will do. You won’t believe the difference in the flavor.

    Colleen Pastoor

    Mmm, I’m going save this recipe for the next birthday (that way I don’t eat it all to myself!)

      Jessica @ Pretty Providence

      Haha I know! I had to invite ppl over for dinner to share it with us for that very reason! It was a fun excuse to get together though


    Oooo this looks to die for! I’ll definitely be trying this one out very soon!

    Amber @ DessertNowDinnerLater!

    Glad this cake is not at my house because I just re-dedicated myself to getting back on track with my eating… LOOKS AMAZING!!!


    oh my goodness this looks so amazing! Im a huge chocolate lover, but my husband might realize I made the cake for myself if I make it for his birthday next week! ;)


    I’ve used this same recipe before and loved it! Thanks for the reminder of how awesome it is–it’s been too long since I’ve made it. I love how pretty and impressive it looks in a bundt pan. No one can tell how little work it took!