Rediscovering the Joy of Cooking

July 22, 2008

Death by Chocolate Cake

Filed under: dessert — Emily @ 12:20 am

Today is my friend Lori’s birthday, so I decided to make a cake! I also made my amazing spinach artichoke recipe (see appetizers tags). This cake is beyond easy to make and it is so delicious!

Death by Chocolate Cake

4 eggs

1 cup sour cream

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup oil

1 pkg. chocolate cake mix (Devil’s Food is good)

1 pkg. instant chocolate pudding

12 oz. semisweet chocolate chips

Beat eggs, sour cream, water and oil together in a large bowl until thoroughly mixed.

Add cake mix and pudding mix.

Beat until smooth.

Stir in chocolate chips.

Pour into bundt (this is what I used) or regular cake pan (will most likely fit 2 round pans–so the cake will be stacked).

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Substitution: Can replace 1/4 cup of water with Grand Marnier (so 1/4 cup water and 1/4 cup Grand Marnier)

I decided to use a caramel glaze for this cake thanks to inspiration from friend Jeni, who calls her rendition of this cake “Anti-terrorist” cake because if more people would eat this eat, then they might like Americans more. I think that is an excellent idea.

Here is the recipe for caramel glaze that I came up with based on what I had. I think it turned out wonderfully.

Caramel Glaze

2 tablespoons butter

4 tablespoons half and half (I actually didn’t have this—so I made my own using 2 tablespoons of melted butter and 210mL of whole milk)

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 cup powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter .

Add the half and half and brown sugar, stir to combine.

Boil vigorously for 1 minute.

Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar.

Let cool for a minute and then add the remaining powdered sugar and vanilla.

Depending on desired consistency, may need to add additional half and half (I think I added another 2-3 tablespoons).

Quickly spoon over cake before the glaze gets too hard!



  1. Lori sure is lucky! What an awesome looking cake to celebrate with!

    Comment by Joelen — July 22, 2008 @ 12:50 am

  2. That looks so good. Look at those ingredients! I’ll bet it’s very moist.

    Comment by Maryanna — July 22, 2008 @ 12:51 am

  3. Mmm, mmm!! This looks mighty tasty!! 🙂 So pretty, too!

    Comment by Amy (Sing for your supper) — July 22, 2008 @ 1:19 am

  4. Yummmy !!!!

    Comment by Nikki — July 22, 2008 @ 2:12 am

  5. Looks delicious!

    Comment by Liz — July 22, 2008 @ 2:17 am

  6. I must say, that looks and sounds pretty fantastic!

    Comment by Holly @ PheMOMenon — July 22, 2008 @ 3:19 am

  7. That looks like one heck of a good cake!

    Comment by Amber — July 22, 2008 @ 12:22 pm

  8. WOW!!! I am DEFINITELY pointing Heather to your blog.

    Comment by briancromer — August 8, 2008 @ 7:58 pm

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