A super easy recipe, this chocolate dump cake is made with a package of cake mix, chocolate pudding powder, butter, and milk. No mixing bowls needed, it's mixed right in the baking dish. Dump cake is one of those pretends-to-be 5 ingredient recipes – so you need a couple packages of this and that and then a bit extra (whole milk and butter) to boost it all into something really delicious.
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
- Cake mix: this can be any chocolate cake mix (Devil's food, standard chocolate, it doesn't matter). We haven't tried this recipe with a gluten-free cake mix but it would probably be fine.
- Pudding mix: make sure it's labeled as instant chocolate pudding. Cook and serve requires a different method and the cake won't turn out if you try to substitute.
- Butter: margarine can be used if preferred, but not oil.
How to Make Dump Cake
Step 1: sprinkle the cake mix into a baking dish.
Step 2: sprinkle the pudding mix in an even layer over the cake mix.
Step 3: melt the butter and mix into the milk. It'll look a little curdled, that's normal.
Step 4: pour the milk mixture into the cake mix.
Step 5: optionally whisk lightly to combine. We recommend this step for the best cake.
Step 6: top with chocolate chips and bake for about 40 minutes.
- Do a light coat: if you don't have or don't want to use baking spray, lightly coat the pan with butter or a neutral oil.
- Bake a little longer: the dump cake is done when the edges are set and lightly browned. The center should be slightly gooey. If you prefer a firmer texture, bake for the longer suggested time.
- Give it a whisk: whisking the cake batter is optional but helps create a more homogeneous mixture, which helps moisten the cake mix evenly.
How to Store
Storage: leftover cake can be covered and stored at room temperature for up to 2 days or refrigerated for up to 5 days. Reheat if you'd like before serving.
Freezing: transfer fully cooled cake to an airtight container and freeze for up to a month.
Why is it called a dump cake?
A dump cake refers to a cake that's made by 'dumping' the ingredients directly into a cake tin or dish, rather than mixing them beforehand. It's an American dessert that can be made with or without fruit.
What is the biggest mistake to avoid when making a dump cake?
For any dump cake that includes fruit at the bottom, a bit more like a cobbler, it's key not to mix (even though that might seem strange!). For chocolate dump cake, it's a good idea to give it a bit of a mix to make sure everything is even.
Should dump cake be gooey?
Chocolate dump cake should still be a little gooey in the middle and not set right through. That's part of what makes it so delicious!
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Chocolate Dump Cake
- 9x13 in. baking dish 23x33 cm
- Microwave-safe dish for butter
- ½ cup butter salted
- 1 box chocolate cake mix
- 1 box instant chocolate pudding
- 2 ½ cups whole milk
- 6 ounces chocolate chips semi-sweet
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (180ºC). Lightly spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with baking spray or grease with butter or oil.
- Melt the butter and set it aside to cool slightly.½ cup butter
- Sprinkle the cake mix evenly in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the pudding mix over the cake mix.1 box chocolate cake mix, 1 box instant chocolate pudding
- Whisk together the milk and slightly cooled melted butter in a separate bowl. Pour the milk and butter mixture evenly over the chocolate cake mix and pudding in the baking dish. Whisk lightly to combine (this is optional).2 ½ cups whole milk
- Sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over the top then bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until the cake is set and the edges are lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes before serving warm with whipped cream or ice cream.6 ounces chocolate chips