This Chocolate Dump Cake is the easiest cake recipe ever! Just like the name suggests – you can dump and go! Perfect for any chocolate lover!

9x13 ceramic dish with chocolate dump cake.

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I’m all about simplicity. This recipe uses a boxed cake mix and only six other simple ingredients. It’s a great way to stop stressing over what to make for dessert and enjoy the process of baking instead.

If you’re new to the world of dump cakes, get ready to fall in love. They’re just about the easiest recipes that you can make, and no one ever knows the difference. I’ve been making them for years – and they’re ALWAYS a hit!

close up image of chocolate dump cake in a 9x13 inch ceramic baking dish.

Chocolate Dump Cake

While I’m still a huge fan of making chocolate cake from scratch, I’ll happily make this dump cake recipe anytime, as well. There’s just nothing like being able to add the ingredients and then bake. There’s absolutely no fuss or fancy equipment needed!

Then, you can really have fun with this recipe by adding toppings or making it just like the recipe card below. All I know is I’ve never been disappointed by this recipe before, and I don’t think I ever will be!

Be sure to check out my Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake for another fun and easy treat. I love how cherry and chocolate are the perfect compliments.

ingredients to make chocolate dump cake.

Ingredients for Chocolate Dump Cake

See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

  • Chocolate cake mix – You can use your favorite brand of cake mix.
  • Instant chocolate pudding mix – Make sure that you choose Instant!
  • Vanilla extract
  • Whole milk
  • Unsalted butter
  • Chocolate chips


You can easily make some fun tweaks to this recipe.

  • Use a different boxed cake mix. You can literally make this recipe with any flavor or kind of cake mix. Try vanilla, yellow, or red velvet to switch things up!
  • Add toppings. Play with the type of toppings that you can add. Powdered sugar, melted chocolate, drizzled caramel, whipped cream – you name it!

How To Make Chocolate Cake Mix Dump Cake

  1. Preheat: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, grease a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray, and set it aside.
  2. Layer the dry ingredients: Sprinkle the cake mix over the bottom of the pan, coating it evenly. Then, add the pudding mix on top.
  3. Add the wet ingredients: Whisk the vanilla extract and milk in a bowl. Then, pour the melted butter over the dry ingredients followed by the milk mixture.
  4. Top: Sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the cake.
  5. Bake: Transfer the baking dish to the oven, and bake for 40-45 minutes.
  6. Cool: Let the cake cool for 10 minutes or so. Then, slice and serve.
serving of chocolate dump cake served on a white round plate with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a silver spoon.

Quick Tip

To make sure that the cake is fully baked, insert a clean toothpick into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean or with just a few moist crumbs, the cake is done baking and is ready to cool.

How to Store Dump Cake

Store leftovers covered with plastic wrap or transferred to an airtight container. They will stay fresh in the fridge for 3-4 days.


Why is it called a dump cake?

Because it’s as simple as dumping the ingredients in a pan and baking!

Why is my cake crumbly?

If you overbake the cake, it’s going to be dry and crumbly. Also, if you don’t let the cake cool completely and try to slice it too early, the cake is going to break apart and crumble.

Can I freeze dump cake?

Technically, you can. But I also think that cake tends to be dry in texture once it is frozen and thawed. I think that this cake is best served fresh!

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A baking dish full of chocolate dump cake topped with chocolate chips.

Chocolate Dump Cake

This Chocolate Dump Cake is the easiest cake recipe ever! Just like the name suggests – you can dump and go! Perfect for any chocolate lover!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes


  • 1 9×13 baking dish
  • 1 Small bowl


  • 1 box (15.25 ounces) chocolate cake mix
  • 1 box (3.9 ounces) instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cups whole milk
  • ½ cup unsalted butter melted
  • 2 cups chocolate chips


  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Add nonstick spray to a 9X13 baking dish.
  • Sprinkle the cake mix on the bottom of the pan. Be sure to cover it completely.
    1 box (15.25 ounces) chocolate cake mix
  • Sprinkle the pudding mix in the pan, covering the entire thing.
    1 box (3.9 ounces) instant chocolate pudding mix
  • Whisk the vanilla extract and the milk together.
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2½ cups whole milk
  • Pour the melted butter and the milk into the baking pan.
    ½ cup unsalted butter
  • Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the cake.
    2 cups chocolate chips
  • Put the pan in the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes.
  • Let the cake cool for 10 minutes or so, then slice and serve.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 438kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 449mg | Potassium: 305mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 320IU | Calcium: 141mg | Iron: 2mg
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