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Pudding Filled Chocolate Cake

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Today I’m finally wrapping up my Father’s day series of dessert recipes… yes, Father’s day was 2 days ago. I know.

I got a little behind last week, and here I am still posting about Father’s day. Whatdya do? I guess this year it’s just the holiday that keeps on giving!

I saved this one for last, because this is my dad’s supposed favorite dessert (I’ve also posted favorite recipes for my Father-in-law, my Grandpa Epps, and my Grandpa Keaton).

I actually gave him a hard time about choosing this one, because I know he hasn’t eaten in in yeeeaaaarrrs. So I feel like it can’t qualify as his favorite, but he says it does. Apparently, they used to sell this type of cake as a box mix, but it’s not on the market anymore. In fact, this recipe is total conjecture based on my dad’s description! But dad says it’s pretty close, and I thought it was delicious, so let’s count it as a win. ;)

Aside from my Dad’s excellent taste in cake, he’s a truly wonderful father. He’s been an excellent provider for our family, a firm guiding hand, and a friend to all of his children. He’s always made me feel safe and loved, and I hope I can meet the high bar he’s set for parenting. I love you, Dad!

Pudding Filled Chocolate Cake | www.somethingswanky.com

Just like Dad, this cake is all kinds of awesome. The actual pound cake is an amazingly delicious doctored-up box cake recipe I found in the Six Sisters Stuff newest cookbook, A Year with Six Sisters’ Stuff: 52 Menu Plans, Recipes, and Ideas to Bring Families Together.

I simply spread half of the batter in a well greased bundt cake pan, and then piped in some prepared instant chocolate pudding. I spread the remaining cake batter over the pudding and baked it like a normal cake! The cake sinks a little bit on the top, since pudding runs through the middle of it. But that didn’t bother me much, especially since A) you can sort of cover that up with a little frosting/ganache, and B) it’s utterly, sinfully, decadently scrumptious!

Once it’s baked and cooled, you’ll have a super moist cake with a ribbon of pudding running right through the middle. Add a little ice cream or whipped cream for absolute perfection!

Pudding Filled Chocolate Cake

Yield: 8-12 servings


  • For the cake:
  • 18.25 ounce Devil's Food cake mix (JUST the mix)
  • 3.4 ounce chocolate pudding mix (JUST the mix)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • optional: canned chocolate frosting or Chocolate Ganache for topping
  • For the pudding:
  • 3.4 pudding mix and skim milk as directed on the pudding box instructions


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease and flour a Bundt cake pan.
  2. In a stand mixer or using a hand mixer, beat together the cake mix, pudding mix, sour cream, and vegetable oil.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing in between additions. Mix in the water. Mix in the chocolate chips.
  4. Pour half of the mixture into the prepared cake pan.
  5. Prepare instant pudding according to directions on the box. Pour pudding into a gallon sized ziptop bag. Snip the corner of the bag, and pipe the pudding through the center of the cake (I placed the tip of the bag about 1/2 inch into the batter. I got pudding IN the batter and also allowed some to sit on top of the batter. The important thing to keep in mind is to not let the pudding touch the actual pan-- cake batter needs to completely envelop the pudding before baking).
  6. Carefully pour the remaining cake batter over the pudding, and gently spread to cover the pudding.
  7. Bake for 50-60 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the (non-pudding filled part of the) cake comes out clean.
  8. Allow cake to cool for 20 minutes in pan before inverting onto serving plate. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Please note that you need TWO boxes of pudding mix for this recipe-- one for the cake batter and one for the pudding filling.


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Ashton Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador. Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.

18 comments on “Pudding Filled Chocolate Cake”

  1. What a pretty cake and I bet beyond moist and rich! The tunnel of pudding has got to be so good! Great Father’s Day series posts, Ashton. You created some winners!

  2. WHAT?! Pudding inside cake! This I must try. It reminds me of lava cake, which is my husband’s fav. He is also obsessed with pudding. Although he isn’t a dad yet, he is gonna go crazy for this! Pinned :) Gorgeous cake!

  3. I used to make a cake called Tunnel of Fudge cake. Mercy goodness it was good. It called for a certain kind of boxed frosting mixed in to the cake. When cooked it had a tunnel of fudge in the middle. They do not make that frosting now. Not sure if it used a cake mix or not. It also had pecans in it. I make my own cake mix now to avoid lots of the junk they add to them.

  4. Tunnel Of Fudge Cake

    This is the original recipe!
    1.5 cups softened butter
    6 eggs
    1.5 cups sugar
    2 cups flour
    1 pkg Double Dutch Frosting Mix (OR 2 pkgs Jiffy Chocolate Frosting Mix)
    2 cups chopped walnuts
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    Cream butter in large mixing bowl on high speed. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
    Gradually add sugar: continue creaming at high speed until light and fluffy.
    By hand, stir in flour, frosting mix and walnuts until well-blended.
    Pour batter into greased Bundt pan or 10 inch tube pan.
    Bake at 350 degrees for 60-65 minutes. Cool 2 hours before removing from pan. Cool completely before serving.

    Warning! This cake is like baking brownies! If you overcook the cake you WILL lose the fudge tunnel in the center.

    I decided to see if I could find a recipe that was at least close to what I used to make. I DID!!!!

  5. You may have outdone yourself with this one Ashton! Oh goodness!
    Definitely pinned. Can’t wait for an excuse to try this. :)
    Have a wonderful Wednesday!

  6. Oh my gosh this cake is just too perfect. Love that chocolatety center!

  7. Oh I can see why this is your dad’s favorite. I love pudding cakes, and haven’t had one like this in years! That must change soon (well not soon, since my cake pans are already packed ;) )

  8. Your dad has excellent taste. I make a chocolate pudding cake along these lines for birthdays and it’s always a hit!
    Love the fudgy drizzle!

  9. LOVE. I want allthechocolate.

  10. Oh my gosh, this cake looks AMAZING!! I’m drooling over the middle of this cake…love the texture! Pinned!

  11. that gooey pudding center is killing me, and I don;t even like chocolate cake – I bet my kids and huby would go nuts for this

  12. Oh, my! That pudding center is calling my name!!! Love it!

  13. Pinned! Can’t wait to try it. Found your link over at wine and glue Wake Up Wednesdays link party. Thanks for sharing.

  14. it looks delicious!

  15. awww your dad sounds amazing! And so does this cake-so full of delicious chocolatey gooooodness! He obviously has spectacular taste :D

  16. Craving this right now! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  17. The cake looked beautiful in the picture but I think there has been a misprint in the ingredients. The liquid/wet ingredients seemed to be over the top for one box mix. I cut the veg oil to 1/4, the eggs to 2, the water to 1/4 and the sour cream to 1/2 and the final result was a very soft sloppy cake. The taste was great but. . . .

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