The Ultimate Chocolate Cake Recipe from a Box

The ultimate chocolate cake recipe is something that you always want to have in your back pocket. But this delicious chocolate cake is from a doctored chocolate cake mix. And your friends or guests will never be able to tell!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12 slices
Calories 404kcal
Author Meaghan Lamm


  • 1 box fudge or dark chocolate cake mix
  • Eggs
  • Melted Butter
  • Milk
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2 16 oz containers dark fudge frosting


  • In a medium sized bowl, add the number of eggs called for on the box plus one extra and beat well with a whisk. Add in melted butter in place of vegetable oil, milk in place of water, and beat until combined.
  • Melt dark chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds and stir. Then melt in 10 second increments, stirring after each one, until smooth. Fold melted chocolate into the batter being careful not to overmix.
  • Grease and line 2 8" round cake pans and evenly distribute the batter between them.
  • Bake according to the directions for your cake mix or until toothpick inserted in the center has a few crumbs.
  • Allow cakes to cool completely in their pans. Once cakes are cool, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  • Place one cake bottom side down on your cake stand or board and spread 1/2 a container of frosting over the top. Place your second cake on top, bottom side up, and crumb coat the cake with a thin layer of frosting. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  • Once cake is chilled microwave the remaining fudge frosting for 15 to 20 seconds (you want it easy to spread not pourable!) and frost the cake using a cake scraper or large spatula.


Calories: 404kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 391mg | Potassium: 297mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 2mg