Chocolate Pudding Dump Cake

by jenna on April 6, 2011

Seriously…I don’t do this…

I don’t want to give you the wrong impression. I’m honestly not like this…

I’m a good girl. I go to bed early, drink more water than wine (well, sometimes), I floss every day and always wear my sunscreen. Oh, and once in 10th grade, I totally read my entire United States history textbook just for fun. For fun!

Like I said…I don’t do this.

Well, except for this one time. And you know what? I didn’t regret it. Because somehow, this little chocolate cake made from a BOXED MIX and a PACKAGE OF PUDDING was one of the best things I’ve ever put in my mouth.

Like I said, I’m a good girl. I don’t lie.

What are you waiting for? I won’t tell if you won’t.

Chocolate Pudding Dump Cake

Print this recipe!

Ingredients:

1 chocolate boxed cake mix

1 small package chocolate pudding

1 1/2 cups milk

1 1/2 cups (large handful) chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Prepare the pudding with the milk according to package directions. Add the cake mix (just the dry mix–don’t add anything else) and stir well to combine (batter will be thick).

Smooth batter into a greased 9 x 13-inch pan. Scatter chocolate chips on top.

Bake for 30 minutes, or until edges pull away from sides.

Time:

40 minutes

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VeggieGirl April 6, 2011 at 5:22 am

I wish I had that cake for my birthday today! :)

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emily April 6, 2011 at 5:39 am

Happy birthday!

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VeggieGirl April 6, 2011 at 6:43 am

thank you! :)

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jenna April 6, 2011 at 7:41 am

Wish you were here so I could give it to you. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! :)

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kate April 6, 2011 at 7:58 am

Happy Bday Veggie Girl!! This cake looks so good, Jenna!

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Mellie April 6, 2011 at 8:55 am

Happy bday!

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Cait's Plate April 6, 2011 at 5:24 am

JENNA!! You have to stop making so many delicious things! I’m so far behind on all the ELR recipes I want to try :) This may just need to move to top of the list though…it’s a toss up between these and yesterday’s breakfast bars. Haha.

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jenna laughs April 6, 2011 at 5:26 am

I just looked at the recipe and thought, “Is this real?!” Four ingredients make a cake that looks that fudgy? No butter? No oil? I just added this to my “have to try” list. Thanks, lady!

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Christy April 19, 2011 at 11:29 pm

I’m sure that the cake mix calls for oil and eggs.

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Samantha May 12, 2012 at 5:29 pm

You don’t use the ingredients the box of cake mix calls for, though. Just the ingredients she’s listed.

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megan @ blackberries for jam April 6, 2011 at 5:30 am

Dump cakes seem to be the rage where my parents live in the South. Your version is by far the most delicious one I’ve seen!

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Ali April 6, 2011 at 5:32 am

Yum! Just wondering, Jenna, do you think you could use FF SF Chocolate Pudding? I mean, we’re using chocolate pudding from a box anyways, right? :)

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Dawn April 29, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Love this! I used Sugar free chocolate pudding. It turned out great! Just open the pudding, mix with the milk, then dump in all the cake powder from your cake box. By the way, I used yellow cake mix because that was all I had on hand and it still turned out chocolaty and tasty! I also used about a half of a bag of the chocolate chips and when it was still warm from the oven I spread the chips over the top of the cake. Make a nice layer of “frosting” to dip into as you work your way down into the cake! Love, Love, Love this one!!! I like that it has no eggs or oil, so easy!

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Lesley Lifting Life April 6, 2011 at 5:34 am

I haven’t had a boxed cake in quite some time either … but it sure does sound easy, and look delicious!

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Molly April 6, 2011 at 5:36 am

That’s what she said.

Sorry, had to. :)

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 6, 2011 at 5:37 am

Oh my. This is amazing. I might just have to celebrate my 3/4 birthday (since my half birthday has already passed) so that I have an excuse to make it. Actually…. maybe I’ll make it just because. ;)

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jenny @ Fitness Health and Food April 6, 2011 at 5:40 am

Yes what a classic!

I love that you’re including it despite it’s humble beginnings! :)

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Estela @ Weekly Bite April 6, 2011 at 5:44 am

This sounds like my kind of cake!! Looks perfect :)

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jenna April 6, 2011 at 5:57 am

what a perfect way to cure intense chocolate cravings!!
*a great recipe for kids

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Jessica @ How Sweet April 6, 2011 at 6:02 am

Sometimes the best desserts come from a box. My grandma used boxed mixes a lot!

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Laura April 6, 2011 at 6:03 am

Ahhh this sounds amazing! And easy too!

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Salah (My Healthiest Lifestyle) April 6, 2011 at 6:07 am

omg, this cake…..so good!

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Dee April 6, 2011 at 6:11 am

oh my gosh jenna. *drool* I will be making this on saturday. most def.

i die. lol.

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greenbean April 6, 2011 at 6:13 am

yes, definitely a classic recipe. exciting to see this little cake featured here!

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R @ Learning As I Chop April 6, 2011 at 6:16 am

Eh, once in a while it’s fun to take shortcuts. There’s also something very nostalgic about these mixes

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Lucy @ The Sweet Touch April 6, 2011 at 7:24 am

I agree!!

One of my friends makes this and she sprinkles sugar on top (because it’s obvi not sweet enough;). Gives it a sweet crunch and all you need is one little square before you go into a sugar overload!

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Baking 'n' Books April 6, 2011 at 11:26 am

Yep. I’m the same way.

I call it my “Fake and Bake”.

;)

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Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen April 6, 2011 at 6:18 am

I’m so going to make this. I’ve made lots of dump cakes, but never like this!

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Kulsum at JourneyKitchen April 6, 2011 at 6:19 am

Ofcourse, I didn’t see this. I’m not making this. We are good girls. We are a gang.

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Hannah (Culture Connoisseur) April 6, 2011 at 6:20 am

This is your best “worst recipe” ever. Looks to die for…and I imagine if one ate enough it could be the end of you. But what a great way to go!

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Christie {Nourishing Circle} April 6, 2011 at 6:28 am

Looks delicious, Jenna. Some of the best things in life are theses sorts of things. My sister makes a delicious cake from a box mix. I don’t know the exact recipe from it is all from boxes and can. I believe it is a yellow cake mix cooked in a 9 x 13 pan. While it is warm, she pokes holes in it and pours on a can of sweetened condensed milk and a can of cream de coconut. Then, she tops it will cool whip and shredded coconut and let it sit in the fridge for about 4 days. It is killer!

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Tasha @ Voracious April 6, 2011 at 6:30 am

I never thought I would want to make a recipe with the word ‘dump’ in the title, but I have to admit, this looks delicious. Almost enough chocolate to satisfy me. ;-)

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Jen @ keepitsimplefoods April 6, 2011 at 6:33 am

This looks delicious, but not so sure about using the word “dump” in a recipe title for chocolate cake. :P

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Lauren April 6, 2011 at 6:39 am

Haha, you’re so funny ;)

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Kelly April 6, 2011 at 6:43 am

YUM! This looks like the perfect cheat dessert.

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Holly @ The Runny Egg April 6, 2011 at 6:46 am

I love box mix cake. Yeah I said it.

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megan @ whatmegansmaking April 6, 2011 at 6:46 am

love recipes like this one. I make them all the time, but don’t always post them on my blog ;)

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d.liff @ yelleBELLYboo April 6, 2011 at 6:52 am

I feel ya – I am embarrassed to buy boxed cake mix. But this looks so darn simple – I might need to try it. I’ll buy from the self-checkout and move the box really quickly from my basket to my reusable bag :)

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Steph @321delish April 6, 2011 at 6:54 am

WOW. This is SUPER easy and looks ooey gooey delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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Rhonda April 6, 2011 at 6:56 am

This recipe is in our old, old church cook book . I think my husbands grandmother submitted it to the ladies aide years and years ago. Its still a keeper! We throw crushed walnuts on top before we bake it.

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Lauren at Keep it Sweet April 6, 2011 at 6:59 am

You would think a “dump cake” would be bad…. but this looks SO good!

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staceyhealthylife April 6, 2011 at 7:12 am

Bahaahahaa so funny.

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Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen April 6, 2011 at 7:13 am

Ohh – this looks awesome. Reminds me of Kahlua cake…and I now want to add Heath Bar bits to it.

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Maria April 6, 2011 at 7:13 am

Your secret is safe with me:) I might have to try this cake when I get a chocolate craving!

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Meredith @ An Epic Change April 6, 2011 at 7:34 am

I think that homemade is best, but I certainly don’t see a problem with boxed mixes every once in awhile. I don’t think you have to give them a bad rap by saying you “don’t do this”.

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Heather at Heather's Dish April 6, 2011 at 7:34 am

It’s all about the dump cake…thi can only mean an extra 5 lbs before bikini season ;)

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Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope April 6, 2011 at 7:38 am

You have NOTHING to be ashamed of! Seriously, that looks SO incredible. YUM!

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Tara April 6, 2011 at 7:39 am

Hey, I love a homemade cake that takes time and love BUT those box cakes and mixes can also be so tasty! I love the yellow cake mix from Duncan Hines or Betty Crocker….they are damn good, on occasion :)

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Tina April 6, 2011 at 8:05 am

I’m about to head out for a dental appointment and I’ll be completely honest…I’m so making this as soon as I get home! Is that wrong?? Maybe. ;)

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jenna April 6, 2011 at 8:07 am

Good girl. ;)

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Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food April 6, 2011 at 8:05 am

This looks SOO good! I actually have a box of white cake mix that I just keep staring at because I’m trying to think of how to use it. I usually don’t use boxes either!

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jenna April 6, 2011 at 8:08 am

Vanilla pudding and white chocolate chips! ahhhh

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Lauren April 6, 2011 at 8:06 am

Love it! Pudding mix is actually a magical addition to baked goods, that’s always been very mysterious to me…but who cares, it’s delicious, doesn’t hurt to have it every once in a while!

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Sahar April 6, 2011 at 8:15 am

This is why you’re my favorite blogger :)

I must make this asap!

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Mary (what's cookin' with mary) April 6, 2011 at 8:23 am

**picks up jaw off floor** you used… a box ?! ;P Love it!

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Carpensm @ A Life Without Ice Cream April 6, 2011 at 8:26 am

OMG what are you doing to me? That looks drool worthy fantastic and I’m trying to be a good girl these days :P

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A Teenage Gourmet (Sami) April 6, 2011 at 8:32 am

“Oh, and once in 10th grade, I totally read my entire United States history textbook just for fun. For fun!”

We are sisters.

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Ellen April 6, 2011 at 8:45 am

I really want to make this with vanilla pudding and strawberry cake mix! Some sliced berries and whipped cream on top would be perfection :)

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jenn April 7, 2011 at 4:49 pm

okay, as if the chocolate version weren’t tempting enough, this comment just isn’t fair! :)

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Jesse April 6, 2011 at 8:48 am

i totally understand. sometimes these cheat desserts are the best, like my funfetti cake balls. yummy.

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Emily @ Savory and Savage April 6, 2011 at 8:49 am

Talk about comfort food – That cake looks like bliss in a pan :-)

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khushboo April 6, 2011 at 8:50 am

Appalling Jenna, simply appalling :)

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey April 6, 2011 at 9:02 am

I’m a “good girl” too. A little too good if you ask me!

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Ruth April 6, 2011 at 9:09 am

I like your style – and have no problems with this. Is that wrong?

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Faith @ lovelyascharged April 6, 2011 at 9:19 am

Sometimes a girl’s just gotta think inside the box ;)

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Heather @ Girlyeverafter April 6, 2011 at 9:31 am

This cake looks so good. I will more than likely make it and eat it straight out of the pan with no regreat!

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Haute Teapot April 6, 2011 at 9:50 am

Oh baby, baby!

I like it, keepin’ it real.

I bet there are some fun things one could do to a Funfetti Cake too…

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Aileen @ happy little southern nest April 6, 2011 at 9:54 am

This looks delicious!! I love your recipes. I don’t know if you have a whole foods near you but you might want to check out my giveaway on my blog :)

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Natalia - a side of simple April 6, 2011 at 10:08 am

I’m not sure how I feel about the word “dump” being in the title, but I’m certainly sold on the chocolate overload!! ;)

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jenna April 6, 2011 at 10:36 am

lol! it’s a Southern thing I guess ;)

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Elena April 6, 2011 at 10:08 am

I never keep cake mix on hand, but for this I think I might just start!

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Maria April 6, 2011 at 10:21 am

This looks really good! Sometimes you just gotta cheat a little :-) You know what would be good with this too? Peanut butter chips!

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Julie (Food & Other Things) April 6, 2011 at 10:29 am

I love cake that comes from a box mix! This looks delicious!

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penny April 6, 2011 at 10:35 am

I’m a vanilla girl, and I bet this would be awesome with yellow cake, white choc chips and vanilla pudding.

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Meghan @ StruggleMuffins April 6, 2011 at 10:38 am

Oh dearrrr…this is trouble. I wonder if this cake could be used as the cakey layer in a trifle? Maybe it would be pudding overload, but maybe -just maybe -it would be awesome.

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Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather April 6, 2011 at 10:58 am

Pudding with a box cake mix is the bomb! I love lemon pudding with poppyseeds added to yellow cake mix. This looks awesome I want a piece!

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Stephanie@MyThornsHaveRoses April 6, 2011 at 11:16 am

Ok…but let’s keep it on the low ok? :)

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diana kellyl April 6, 2011 at 11:51 am

wow, drooling on the keyboard!

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Kristen @ Change of Pace April 6, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Oh. My. Goodness.

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Lindsey (HIP LIP) April 6, 2011 at 12:08 pm

I have been craving chocolate for days and resisting…I think this just sent me over the edge.

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) April 6, 2011 at 12:17 pm

This is the simplest, and best looking, recipe for a moist, ooey gooey makes you want to just die happy, type of cake I have seen lately! I need this in my life! :)

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Brooke @ bittersweetb April 6, 2011 at 12:44 pm

You’re such a rebel Jenna! It looks too good to look down on for its packagedness!

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape April 6, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Ha, I love this!!! I mostly bake from scratch and my mom gave me this boxed mix for pumpkin muffins one day. I remember thinking, what am I supposed to do with this? I made them one day on a whim and I swear they were better than anything I’d made from scratch! I’m not as much of a from-scratch-snob now. haha

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Kati @ Living Well April 6, 2011 at 1:32 pm

WhyI love your blog:

Delicious CHOCOLATE recipes !

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Kati @ Living Well April 6, 2011 at 1:33 pm

And what timing. I just finished the last salted fudge brownie today :>

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Jo April 6, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Nice. baking for the baking challenged. Love it. Can I use soy or almond milk? I am not vegan but just prefer those.

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Justeen @ Blissful Baking April 6, 2011 at 2:24 pm

There’s nothing wrong with using boxed cake mix from time to time, especially if it’s chocolate! :)

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Kathryn April 6, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Oh, I don’t EVER do things like that either…which means I’m definitely not printing out the recipe right now and heading to the store…no way.

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Dana April 6, 2011 at 4:31 pm

This looks like the PERFECT thing to make for our school luncheon tomorrow. Easy as cake! :) I was wondering if you used an 8×8 (from the pictures) or 13×9 pan (like it says in the directions)…I’d hate to mess it up! Thanks for the awesome recipe, I already can’t wait to eat it tomorrow with lunch!

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Cara April 6, 2011 at 4:59 pm

That looks wonderful! Sometimes you just have to do the box mix thing, and it works especially when it is chocolate!

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Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily April 6, 2011 at 5:38 pm

My birthday is coming up and now I know what kind of cake I want.

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Erin April 6, 2011 at 6:49 pm

I am not sure if I should be thanking or cursing you for showing this to me. I just made it with Funfetti cake mix and cheesecake pudding. Substituted the chocolate chips for white, and decided to throw some strawberries on top while I was at it. I may eat the entire pan.

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jenna April 6, 2011 at 9:20 pm

dangggg that sounds amazing. I want some of YOUR cake!

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Gillian G. @ When Bread Is Broken April 6, 2011 at 8:34 pm

I like this. I like this very much. And I think being a college kid makes it only slightly more acceptable to make this.

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Colleen April 7, 2011 at 6:22 am

Question – the recipe says 9×13, but that looks like a square baking dish…can you clarify? I was going to make this tonight. Thanks Jenna!

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jenna April 7, 2011 at 6:49 am

I baked mine in a square baking dish because I halved the recipe. To bake the whole recipe, use a 9 x 13 baking dish :)

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Shanna, Like Banana April 7, 2011 at 8:15 am

GAH! This looks awesome and there are so many variations with the pudding and cake mix. Love it!

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laurie April 7, 2011 at 10:12 am

Jenna, I want to make this for a family dinner this week. Did you use “Cook n Serve” or “Instant” chocolate pudding mix?

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jenna April 7, 2011 at 10:30 am

you can use either! I used instant but using cook and serve would be fine, too. Just make sure you make the pudding with milk, not water!

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Amanda April 7, 2011 at 11:37 am

Yum! I make a Pumpkin Spice dumpcake with yellow cake mix and walnuts. I’ve been known to finish it off from time to time…

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Lelia April 7, 2011 at 12:36 pm

I had a recipe similar to this years ago. I started putting some of the chocolate chips into it & some on top. Put in oven to melt a little & swirl! That was a good potluck cake. Thanks!

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Sammy April 8, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Question: it says here to use a 9 x 13 inch pan….but on your printable recipe page it says to use an 8-inch pan….which is correct? ?

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jenna April 8, 2011 at 3:34 pm

a 9 x 13 inch pan—I need to fix the printable! Sorry!

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Evie August 4, 2013 at 8:34 am

Recipe has never neen fixed, I used the 8 inch pan because I didn’t read these comments until later. The cake still looks good, just hope it came out. I also added 1 1/2 cups of chips as the recipe called for and it equals an entire bag. Looked like a lot of chips to me but did it anyways. Also didn’t have chocolate chips so used butterscotch. I have company coming for supper and made this cake as the dessert, hope it’ll be OK but now after reading the comments, I’m wondering. I’ll let you know.

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kayla April 8, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Let’s be real here, this is the perfect PMS dessert. Quick and easy. I’m making it tomorrow!!

Also, just curious, but have you tried any other variations of this? I’m thinking of trying white cake mix with caramel pudding…maybe it’ll turn out to be an easier version of my favorite dulce de leche blondies! I’m guessing you can’t really go wrong; it’s cake and pudding, who am I kidding? It’ll all taste delicious! Thanks for the “better” version of a dump cake! I’ve never been a fan of the church pot luck standard yellow cake with cherry pie filling and pineapple, so I’m glad to have an alternative!

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Maggie April 9, 2011 at 8:34 am

Thank you so much for this recipe! This is going to be my new go-to for something quick and delicious! I love it so much I dedicated a blog post to it.

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Emine April 9, 2011 at 9:59 am

no oil..no eggs??

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jenna April 27, 2011 at 8:58 am

no–just the cake mix, pudding and milk!

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Missy April 9, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Oh my. Just ate two small pieces of this still a little warm from the oven. It is wonderful. My tween daughter and niece also agree. We haven’t shared it with the boys……yet. Thanks so much for posting this!

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Kristen @ Change of Pace April 9, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Loved this recipe Jenna! Made it this weekend and about have it gone already! Thank you so much for sharing.

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Dee April 9, 2011 at 7:00 pm

oh my gosh jenna – i made this very early this morning and it’s a huge hit in the household! Lol! My mom even requested it at our next family party! :D

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Michelle Torres April 9, 2011 at 9:44 pm

This cake is so delish!!!!!! I made it today while making cake pops for a baby shower tomorrow, because of it being so quick to make, I just had to whip this thing together!!!! My daughters absolutely went crazy over it….. I even drove to my parents house so they could taste how heavenly this cake really is! They LOVED it too!!!!! Oh, and I think I will be making another one tomorrow!!!!! lol, thanks for sharing it with us, and I am so thankful I found your blog a few days ago, you have given me so so many great ideas and recipes to try for my family!!!!! You ROCK!!!!!!

Michelle Torres
decorater4life@aol.com

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Michele April 10, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Just wanted to say I made this tonight. I have never…ever…tasted something SO great. It melts like pudding in your mouth but with a spongey, cake texture. Thank you so, so much!

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Ellen @ sunnysideupblog.typepad.com April 11, 2011 at 5:58 pm

I totally showed this recipe some love and made it today! It was beyond decadent and I LOVED it!! I posted it on my blog as well and mentioned you, Jenna! You are seriously one of my food heroes :) Please keep sharing amazing recipes!

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Ely April 12, 2011 at 4:33 pm

This cake is even more amazing the next day. I ate a whole row of the pan today while the BF was at work… Well, I ate half a row, then decided if I ate the whole row it would be less noticeable when he came home. Flawed logic? Maybe. Delicious? Definitely.

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Suzanne April 13, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Question: Do we follow the cake mix instructions as well?

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jenna April 27, 2011 at 8:59 am

Nope—just my instructions. It’s so simple!

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Jen April 14, 2011 at 7:33 am

Is the box of pudding instant?

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martha April 18, 2011 at 8:07 pm

making it as i type, cannot wait! will try the yellow with lemon pudding and poppy seeds next, a little lemon zest too! all the suggestions sounded so yummy!

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Debra April 19, 2011 at 5:08 am

Sounds really good and I may make it but for the record, its not a dump cake. Dump cake means you dump it in the pan, no mixing. :)

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Sami M April 26, 2011 at 6:55 am

Jenna, should I be adding the eggs and oil that the boxed cake mix asks for also or just the dry mix?

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jenna April 27, 2011 at 9:00 am

nope! Just follow my instructions–you don’t need anything extra other than pudding and milk.

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Heather April 26, 2011 at 8:57 pm

I’m confused about that as well… do you mix the cake mix as directed then add the pudding mixed with milk? Any advice would be great!

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jenna April 27, 2011 at 8:59 am

No you don’t make the cake mix as directed. All you do is combine the pudding with the milk then dump it in the dry cake mix and stir. Then, bake :)

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Heather April 26, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Looks yummy though!

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Camp Easier April 27, 2011 at 2:44 pm

This looks great for a chocoholic like me!

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Kristina April 27, 2011 at 5:20 pm

I’ve made this twice, but the second time I changed it up a little bit, and it was even better than the first time. I added an extra package of chocolate chips to the mix itself, along with about a cup of marshmallows. It was AMAZING. :)

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random May 1, 2011 at 2:49 pm

why is it called a dump cake?

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randy June 4, 2011 at 5:13 pm

wow very nice and attractive website :D really <3 this

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randy June 4, 2011 at 5:14 pm

hmmmm yummmy :D choco looking great ^^

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Shirley July 16, 2011 at 8:32 am

hey it looks gr8 but the recipe says 13 x 9 and the picture is a 9 x 9 am i the only one who noticed this ! . SO which pan do i use I want to make this for my 10 year old grandson coming tomorrow.?. Thanks

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Becky July 28, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Ok, this looks delish! I had to make it. I only had a funfetti cake mix, some SF/FF butterscotch pudding, and some chocolate chips. It’s in the oven right now. Hopefully it tastes yummy. I’ll be making this for get togethers or a quick dessert. How much easier can it get? Thanks again!!!

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Katy October 8, 2011 at 8:04 am

Jenna — I made this last night for a friend’s birthday party tonight and truly could not restrain myself. 1. The batter was delish and safe to eat (no eggs!). 2. When the cake was cooked, I cut the cake into brownie-sized squares that I could display on a platter… that way no one would notice that I had to sample a piece at the wee hours of the night. Thank you! :)

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Amanda October 18, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Haha…it’s not so bad, your chocolate chips are from a pretty reputable place! ;)

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Amber January 14, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Found this through pinterest…About to go make it RIGHT NOW, lol. Planning on topping it with some vanilla ice cream! And “dump cake” is totally a Southern thing- usually yellow cake mix topped with butter and pineapple/cherries.

I’m thinking I might come up with a few versions of this! LOL! It looks so amazing! :-) Thanks for sharing!

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Marie LeBeaux February 1, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Instant pudding or cooked kind?

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Rhonda February 5, 2012 at 9:43 am

I discovered this recipe almost a year ago and it is absolutely amazing and so easy! I love the batter too! I will “tweak” the recipe as well. Maybe vanilla one time or strawberry the next. Anyway you use this concept it IS delish!

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Bobbie February 13, 2012 at 9:45 am

Is the pudding mix the 6 1/2 cup box? Is that the small one? Mine says to combine with 3 cups of milk on the pudding mix, but did you combine it with 1 1/2 cups of milk instead? Just wanted to double check! Thanks!

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Jessica March 3, 2012 at 5:14 am

Can you make this into a circle cake? and then stack them O_o

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Kim of Mo'Betta April 2, 2012 at 7:07 pm

I made this for a church supper and my dish came back CLEAN! It was the first to go, and got rave reviews! So easy, which was great, since I had a sick child and had committed myself to bringing a dessert! Thanks for posting! For others – I used the small box of instant sugar free/fat free pudding mix and used the 1 3/4 cups milk as directed on box for the pie recipe. Turned out great! Can’t wait to try out some other combinations (even though, we know chocolate is the best!)

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Lisa May 13, 2012 at 6:12 am

Quick question….instant or cooked pudding? And if you use the cooked, do you dump the cake mix in while it’s still hot?

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jenna May 13, 2012 at 7:30 am

Instant pudding (prepared with milk but cold, not cooked.)

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Pamela May 17, 2012 at 6:56 am

I found your recipe on pintrest and it sounded so good I just had to try it the next day. It seemed so easy I printed off the recipe and let my 12 year old daughter make it. She followed the directions but it didn’t turn out right. It was all goopey in the middle and we couldn’t figure out why!? Problem is in the print version it says to bake it in an 8 in pan not a 9 x 13 like in the recipe online. Thought I’d let you know….

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Susie Watiker June 13, 2012 at 6:23 am

you can make it even easier & just as delicious by subsituting the pudding mix & milk with a 15.75 oz. can of premade pudding. quick & easy!!

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Jasmine August 12, 2012 at 6:00 pm

I tried this recipe last week and I only have one word – WOOHOO! I was so good, rich and moist. I couldn’t believe a cake that was so simple could be so good. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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Jennifer August 26, 2012 at 9:43 am

Your instructions say to prepare pudding as directed on package. But, I doubt we are suppose to cook the pudding first. Nor use 2 cups milk as the package calls for.

So, I cooked the pudding first, and it was hardly spreadable. Is this correct? Something was definitely wrong with the result, probably cooking the pudding first was wrong.

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Lorie November 3, 2012 at 9:03 am

Is this better warm, or room temp.? I was going to take to a pot luck and wondering if I should make it the night before, or wait make it right before we left the house. Any suggestions? thanks! (sorry if you answered this above and I didn’t see it.)

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Pam November 28, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Just made the cake (husband is eating it now and moaning). Instead of regular chocolate chips on top, I used chocolate mint chips. “Tis the season! Very good — thanks for the recipe. It’s great for those “I need a dessert quick” days!

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evelyn hall December 14, 2012 at 11:34 pm

This is delicious! and Super easy! I just use my bundt cake…it’s so much easier that way! I also mix a little bit of the chocolate chips with the batter….mmm

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evelyn hall December 14, 2012 at 11:37 pm

The recipe I had Absolutely said to use the kind you cook and put mix in it right after it’s made while still warm..

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sandy December 19, 2012 at 5:17 am

:( major fail for this one. I was super excited to use 4 ingredients and get this awesome dessert, but that was not my case. The batter was SO thick, that it would not spread evenly. I had to use a spatula, wax paper and my fingers….it was a mess. I still had hope, that it would be good, despite that fact that it was a giant clump of non-spreadable mix. The texture was sponge-y and I was hoping it would be moist, but it was not. I’m surprised no one else had a review like mine :(

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Da January 15, 2013 at 9:42 am

Do you use INSTANT pudding? Or the kind that needs cooking? Please clarify?

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Pat January 27, 2013 at 4:30 am

I triered this recipe using regular Jello pudding mix, not instant, and it was not really fudgey. Not that it wasn’t good – all that chocolate can’t be anything but yummy. But I was a bit disappointed that the cake part wasn’t more gooey. Any suggestions/thoughts??

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Dee January 30, 2013 at 11:14 am

Made it with DH Red Velvet cake mix and chocolate pudding mix…OMG!! So moist and delicious!! A definite keeper!!

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Brett February 5, 2013 at 6:06 pm

When something seems to good to be true… It probably is. Just made this. FLOP.. It’s totally missing something.

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Debbie K February 14, 2013 at 7:49 am

I made this for Valentines Day at work! Everyone loved it! Easy and so good!!!

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Sook February 24, 2013 at 7:51 pm

I just prepared it and its in the oven. I am really worried about how it is going to turn out because the batter was unspreadably thick. Is the 1.5 cups of milk in addition to the milk used in the pudding recipe, or is it the total amount of milk used? Thank you!

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Jo Ann February 27, 2013 at 2:43 pm

I have been making this cake for over 20 years (without chocolate chips) I use the cooked pudding with the cake mix, put batter in an angel food cake pan. After it cools I use dental floss to cut two slices – which leave a little top piece. I then spread hot fudge, sliced bananas and fresh whipped cream and layer again … this is my Hot Fudge Whip Cream Banana Cake. The last time I made it as a trifle and it was just as good. This is definitely the best fudgy chocolate cake ever and so easy to make … I’m going to try your recipe next time.

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Jeanine March 3, 2013 at 5:31 pm

I tried it last night. It was awful. I tried it once with the 8×8 and the 13×9. I followed the instructions to the letter. I cannot believe I wasted my time and my money on this.

I should have seen the inconsistencies in the comments, the pictures, and my own gut reaction.

If there was an unlike button, I’d press it right now.

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Robyn March 4, 2013 at 2:26 am

I just made this with ff sf cook and serve chocolate pudding with skim milk and it is so delicious. I also have a box of instant cheesecake pudding and I’m trying to decide if I should mix it with a chocolate cake mix or maybe strawberry with white chocolate chips. Yum!

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Sarah March 8, 2013 at 4:02 pm

so my husband grabbed like pudding in the cups. can i use this?

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Heather March 12, 2013 at 8:02 pm

No it must be pudding mix.

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Heather March 12, 2013 at 8:02 pm

I’m making this cake tonight for the second time. The first time I made it I thought it was ok but my family loved it! I did think it was hard to spread as well. Whoever reads this recipe do not cook the pudding or make the pudding. Your simply mixing the ingredients together (cake mix, pudding & milk). I use sugarfree fat free instant chocolate pudding however this time I mixed the cake, pudding and skim milk all together instead of making the pudding separate. The batter was more manageable and tasted the same as the last time. It’s in the oven…….. I also ran out of chocolate chips so I combined butterscotch and semi sweet chocolate chips together :)

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Julie March 14, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Did you bake in an 8×8 or a 13x9x2 pan?

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faye March 15, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Is the chocolate pudding instant or cook

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Kathy March 22, 2013 at 9:00 am

QUESTION: Maybe I missed something but could someone tell me if you use an instant or cook pudding in this recipe? Thanks!

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Sherry March 30, 2013 at 6:56 pm

I just wanted to let you know that I tried this tonight & something was very wrong. It never cooked properly. I discovered that your “print” link is different. Your recipe says to bake in a 9 x 13 pan but the printed copy says to bake in an 8″ pan. I will try it again but I’ll make sure to use the 9 x 13 pan next time. Thanks for the recipe.

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Darlene Young April 5, 2013 at 8:09 am

Instant pudding?

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Meredith April 6, 2013 at 11:09 am

Argh, I just tried to make this. But I didn’t realize you meant INSTANT pudding, so I got the cook & serve kind — it does not look like it will turn out. You might want to update your post to reflect that. :(

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Lori April 11, 2013 at 12:18 pm

I just made this for the 2nd time. I used fat free, sugar free pudding and fat free milk it turned out very nice. I just Love, Love , Love this recipe. It is so simple to do. It does come out a little thick but spreads just fine. I drizzled melted caramel over the top and it was yummy!!!! My husband loves it also and the added benefit of the FF SF is awesome. Thanx

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Patty April 24, 2013 at 6:51 pm

Can’t wait to try this, I love recipe’s that use cake mix, hope this is as great as everyone say;s Patty

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Anna May 6, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Did you use instant pudding or the regular kind, or does it matter? I’m totally making this tomorrow!

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Suz May 25, 2013 at 5:15 pm

? Instant pudding or cook and serve?

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Theresa May 26, 2013 at 7:54 am

Dump cakes are wonderful. Here is a variation I made today for a picnics am going to.

Use Oreo Cookie Instant Pudding, Family Size Triple Chocolate Brownie mix and skim milk. I topped with semi sweet chips and chopped Virginia peanuts.

Oh it is so good! Enjoy

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Chris June 5, 2013 at 4:43 pm

I have the same question I’ve noticed others have: is it instant pudding or cook ‘n serve pudding? I have tried to dutifully read through all 173 comments for the answer but can’t seem to find it. PLEASE revise/update the original recipe to answer this question. I know others will also be happy you did.

And at the same time, perhaps you can clarify whether it’s an 8×8 or 9×13 pan. There’s a discrepancy between your picture, the blog directions, and the “print” directions. Thanks!

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gwen June 6, 2013 at 7:31 pm

I had to add a little extra milk to get it to mix together–used soured milk and added sliced almonds on top as well…. Mine fell in the center but still tasted PHENOMENAL!!

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gwen June 6, 2013 at 7:35 pm

I used a 9x9in pan– it raised to the top and looked beautiful… until I tested the center too soon and it fell. baked it at least 35 min @350

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Jennifer July 11, 2013 at 11:29 am

Do you use instant pudding or the cook and serve?

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Rachel S July 13, 2013 at 8:19 pm

I made it with yellow cake mix and the chocolate pudding. Baking right now going to add Buttercream frosting. This awesome because the batter is almost brownie like plus with no eggs I can eat the batter that is left over. SCORE. Can’t wait to see how it comes out. I used the cook and serve Before I saw the comments so will see.

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Judy July 21, 2013 at 8:23 pm

The picture on the chocolate dump cake shows an 8″ pan but the recipe says 9 x 13 I am just curious which to use.

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Tracy July 24, 2013 at 10:21 am

Does the pudding have to be cooked 1st. or just add the mike to the dry pudding , mix together then add to cake mix??

Thanks

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Tracy July 24, 2013 at 10:21 am

TYPO= MILK NOT…… MIKE

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jeanne July 24, 2013 at 3:25 pm

I made this and mine turned out more like a pudding…do not no what I did…still good ! I used instant pudding ,cake mix that had pudding in it ….and a greased 9X13 glass dish…350 for 30 min. Any idea what happened?

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Cindy Cornell July 25, 2013 at 10:03 pm

Made this today exactly like the recipe said….delishious!!! Perfect for chocoholics like me! Thanks :)

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Cindy Cornell July 25, 2013 at 10:05 pm

*delicious*

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Suz August 4, 2013 at 4:34 pm

This Looks so delicious, and wonderful and all those things when you need a Chocolate pick-me-up :). But, is the pudding Cook n serve, or instant? Help?

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LINDA CATLETT September 9, 2013 at 2:41 pm

LIKE THE LOOKS OF THIS AND IT IS SIMLPE AND EASY TO MAKE, PLUS IT HAS ALL MY FAVORITE INGREDIENTS. “CHOCOLATE”.

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Jamie September 19, 2013 at 8:18 pm

I made it and I love it!! Even easy for a quick weeknight dessert! But I have a question: do you let the pudding set in the fridge for 5 minutes before you add the cake mix? Or, do you just mix in the cake mix as soon as you have finished whisking the pudding and milk? I used instant. Thanks! Jello says let the pudding set for 5 min in fridge.

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Sandra November 23, 2013 at 2:27 pm

I LOVE this. My variation is I use French vanilla cake mix, white chocolate pudding, and a variation of white chocolate chips and chopped pumpkin spice wafers. It’s delicious!

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Marie January 7, 2014 at 11:04 am

Could you use a brownie mix for this?

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Sony January 27, 2014 at 8:17 pm

Great recipe. Made this for kiddos with egg allergies and it was perfect. You don’t evn need as much Choco Chips as recipe calls for.

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Gerri February 6, 2014 at 2:20 pm

I’m a little confused. You said to follow pudding package directions, then list 1 1/2 c. milk in your cake directions. Do I add the 2 c. milk called for in the pudding directions or the 1 and 1/2 c. on your cake direction? Looks delicious, by the way!

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Rhonda March 14, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Did you use instant or regular pudding you have to cook?

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jenna March 14, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Regular :)

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walter April 9, 2014 at 10:14 am

Is there a reason the recipe calls for a 9×13 pan and your picture shows a square 8 or 9″ baking pan?

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abbey April 28, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Just got into “DUMP” cooking and tried this recipe today. YUM

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Karen May 4, 2014 at 8:02 am

Looks so yummy. Making this right now. :)

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Jennifer May 22, 2014 at 9:19 am

My question is do you use an 8 inch square pan or 9 x 13? The printed out version says 8″, and the picture clearly shows an 8″ glass dish.

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Courtney May 27, 2014 at 6:54 am

I have been making this for a while and it is a huge hit. Especially with my father. Making it today for this dessert for the week. Its easy, fun, and so good and tasty.

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Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary June 4, 2014 at 7:27 am

Hi,
I’m a little confused by the pan used in this recipe and I noticed a few other people were also. The recipe says to use a 9×13 inch pan, but you have a 8×8 pan pictured. I scrolled through lots of comments to see if you answered the question, but didn’t see a reple. Can you please clarify what sixe pan should be used? Thanks so much!!

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Pam June 5, 2014 at 7:03 am

The directions state 9×13, but the picture looks like a square baking dish. Please verify which size to use. Thanks!

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shabree willingham June 18, 2014 at 4:14 pm

I used butterscotch pudding and butterscotch chips!!! yum

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heather July 2, 2014 at 5:27 pm

Can I use instant pudding???

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Karen July 18, 2014 at 7:37 pm

I just made these this evening. I used an instant sugar-free chocolate pudding mix and a sugar-free chocolate cake mix. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out using the sugar-free mixes but I think it turned out good. It’s more like a brownie than cake . I had to have a scoop of Breyer’s carbsmart vanilla ice cream with it too. I want to try putting peanut butter chips on top instead of semi-sweet chips next time. Will definitely make again and try different variations.

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