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Favorite Chocolate Cake

This chocolate cake is the absolute best. This is the recipe I use whether I’m making a wedding cake or making a cake for a potluck. It starts with a cake mix, but I like it better than any from-scratch cake I’ve ever eaten!

Favorite Chocolate Cake


  • 1 box devil’s food cake mix
  • 1 small pkg instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup sour cream*
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup chocolate milk (the good kind)*
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Mix all ingredients until a smooth batter forms, reserving the chocolate chips.
  2. Mix in the chocolate chips with spatula.
  3. Bake at 350º for 20-25 minutes (for cupcakes), 35-40 minutes for 2 - 8" rounds, until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

*I’ve used yogurt in place of the sour cream, and it’s also good

**You can use regular milk in place of the chocolate milk, but I like the extra layer of chocolate :)