Indulge in a Decadent Chocolate Pudding Pound Cake

Are you ready for a little bit of chocolate heaven? Well, you’re in for a treat with this Chocolate Pudding Pound Cake Dessert Recipe. This recipe is for all my fellow chocoholics out there who just can’t get enough of that rich, velvety goodness. Trust me when I say that this recipe will have your taste buds dancing a jig.

Imagine biting into a moist and dense pound cake, swirled with chocolate chips, and then topped with whipped cream or Cool Whip. And if that wasn’t enough, this recipe also includes layers of luscious chocolate pudding mixed with creamy sour cream. It’s like an indulgent chocolate trifle in cake form.

This dessert is perfect for any occasion, whether it’s a family gathering or a potluck dinner party. And the best part? This recipe is quick and easy to make! So what are you waiting for? Preheat your oven to 350°F and let’s get baking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Chocolate Pudding Pound Cake Dessert
Chocolate Pudding Pound Cake Dessert

Alright my dear readers, listen up closely because I’m going to tell you all about why you’re going to absolutely love this Chocolate Pudding Pound Cake Dessert recipe. Believe me when I say that this is the kind of dessert that will make even the grumpiest person crack a smile.

Firstly, let’s talk about the chocolate. This recipe is packed with three different sources of chocolate: chocolate chips, instant chocolate pudding mix, and of course, a rich chocolate pound cake. If you’re a chocoholic like me, then this is heaven on Earth.

Secondly, it’s quick and easy to make. With only 10 ingredients and just a few simple steps, anyone can whip up this show-stopping dessert in no time. It’s perfect for any last minute events or gatherings. Trust me when I say, your guests are not going to know how easy it was to make!

Thirdly, it’s versatile! You can substitute different types of pudding mixes or even change up the flavor of cake mix if you’re feeling adventurous. Plus, there are endless possibilities when it comes to serving and pairing this treat. Whether it’s with ice cream, fresh fruits or whipped cream – the combination just gets better with each bite.

Lastly, it’s an easy layered dessert and completely customizable if you want to change up flavors or add different toppings. This recipe is perfect for those who are just starting their baking journey or looking for an easy dessert recipe to make for friends or family gatherings.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for a decadent treat that’s both delicious and easy to prepare – look no further than this Chocolate Pudding Pound Cake Dessert Recipe!

Ingredient List

 Indulge in every bite of this chocolate heaven
Indulge in every bite of this chocolate heaven

Before we start, make sure you have all the key ingredients to make this delightful Chocolate Pudding Pound Cake Dessert Recipe. Here is what you need:

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 (18.25 oz) package chocolate cake mix
  • 1 (3.9 oz) package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

Wet Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup water

Additional Ingredients

  • 12oz chocolate chips
  • 1 package of instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 3 cups cold milk
  • Pre-made pound cake

Don’t worry if you don’t have all these ingredients, below are some substitutions and variations that you might find helpful.

The Recipe How-To

 A perfect combination of moist cake and rich pudding
A perfect combination of moist cake and rich pudding

Now, let’s dive into the recipe and learn how to create this scrumptious dessert that will put a smile on your face. Get your apron on, grab your mixing bowls, and let’s get started!


For the pound cake:
– 1 package (16 oz) pound cake mix
– 4 eggs
– 1/2 cup water
– 1/2 cup oil
– 1 package (3.9 oz) instant chocolate pudding mix
– 1 cup sour cream
– 1 cup chocolate chips

For the chocolate pudding layer:
– 2 packages (3.9 oz each) instant chocolate pudding mix
– 3 cups cold milk

For the topping:
– 1 container (8 oz) Cool Whip
– Chocolate shavings or additional chocolate chips for garnish (optional)


Step 1: Preheat oven to 350°F

Preheat your oven to 350°F so it can be ready when you finish preparing the batter.

Step 2: Mix together cake ingredients

In a large bowl, combine the pound cake mix, eggs, water, oil, and instant chocolate pudding mix. Mix well until everything is well combined.

Step 3: Add in sour cream and chocolate chips

Stir in the sour cream and chocolate chips until just combined.

Step 4: Pour batter into bundt pan

Pour the batter into a greased and floured 10-inch bundt pan, spreading it evenly.

Step 5: Bake cake in preheated oven

Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

Step 6: Let cake cool

Remove from oven and let cool in pan for 15 minutes before removing from pan and placing on a wire rack to cool completely.

Step 7: Mix the chocolate pudding

While the cake bakes, you can prepare the chocolate pudding layer. Mix two packages of instant chocolate pudding mix with three cups of cold milk according to the package directions. Place in the fridge until ready to assemble the dessert.

Step 8: Cut the pound cake into cubes

When the cake has cooled, cut it into cubes using a serrated knife.

Step 9: Assemble dessert in layers

In a large glass bowl or trifle dish, start assembling the dessert in layers. Begin with a layer of cake cubes, then spread half of the chocolate pudding mixture over the cake. Repeat with another layer of cake cubes and then top with the remaining chocolate pudding.

Step 10: Add Cool Whip topping

Finally, spread a layer of Cool Whip on top of the chocolate pudding layer. Garnish with chocolate shavings or additional chocolate chips if desired.

Substitutions and Variations

 Satisfy your sweet tooth cravings with this chocolatey treat
Satisfy your sweet tooth cravings with this chocolatey treat

Now, I know that some of you might not be the biggest fans of certain ingredients on this list. But fear not, dear reader, for I present to you a few substitutions and variations that will still yield delicious results!

If you’re not too fond of sour cream, you can always replace it with Greek yogurt. It’ll still give you that tangy flavor and moisture that sour cream provides. And if you’re looking for a vegan option, swap it out with applesauce or mashed bananas.

Don’t have instant pudding mix on hand? No problem! You can use regular pudding mix but make sure to cook it according to the instructions on the box before incorporating it into your cake batter. Another option would be to skip the pudding altogether and simply use chocolate chips or cocoa powder in your cake mix.

Want to switch things up a bit? Use a yellow cake mix instead of pound cake for a lighter version of the chocolate pudding pound cake dessert. Or try adding some chopped nuts or fruit to the cake batter for an extra crunch or burst of flavor. You can even experiment with different flavors of pudding – chocolate instant pudding can easily be replaced with vanilla, butterscotch, or even pistachio!

If you’re not a fan of Cool Whip, go ahead and substitute it with homemade whipped cream. It’ll add a touch of freshness and creaminess to your pound cake dessert. And if you’re feeling adventurous, try incorporating liqueurs like Kahlua or Bailey’s Irish Cream into your whipped cream for an added punch.

Remember, cooking is all about experimentation and making it your own. Don’t be afraid to try something new and switch things up – who knows, you might just create the next best chocolate trifle recipe!

Serving and Pairing

 A dessert that will turn any frown upside down
A dessert that will turn any frown upside down

Now that you have prepared this heavenly Chocolate Pudding Pound Cake Dessert, it is essential to know how to serve and pair it. This dessert recipe is incredibly versatile and can work as a perfect standalone dessert or paired with other desserts or drinks for a wholesome experience.

When serving this dessert at your next gathering, you can cut the cake into slices or cubes to make it more visually appealing. Serve it on plates that complement the chocolate color of the cake, and add some fresh strawberries, blueberries, or mint leaves on top for an extra touch.

This dessert pairs exceptionally well with a range of drinks such as hot cocoa, coffee, tea, or even red wine. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can add some bourbon to the cake mixture while preparing it to give it a subtle kick of flavor.

If you want to take your pairing game up a notch, serve this dessert with other chocolate-based desserts such as white chocolate mousse or Triple Chocolate Fudge Cake. You can also create a delicious strawberry chocolate trifle recipe by layering the cake cubes with fresh strawberries and whipped cream.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to experiment and try out different combinations to see what works best for you. Remember, there are no rules when it comes to enjoying good food and drinks!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 You can never go wrong with chocolate pudding and pound cake
You can never go wrong with chocolate pudding and pound cake

Listen up, folks. You’re going to want to make sure you’ve got this section memorized because it’s going to save your hide when you’re knee-deep in chocolate pudding pound cake dessert heaven. Trust me, you don’t want to be caught without a plan for storing and reheating this masterpiece.

First off, let’s talk make-ahead. I know you’ve got a busy life, you’re always on the go, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your sweet tooth. Luckily for you, this chocolate pudding pound cake dessert recipe is perfect for preparing ahead of time. Simply follow the recipe as instructed and then cover with plastic wrap or aluminum foil before placing in the fridge. It stays fresh for up to 3 days! This is perfect if you need to bring a dessert to an event or just don’t want to be stressed in the kitchen.

Now, let’s talk storing. If there happens to be any leftovers (which I highly doubt), don’t worry, it can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. When you’re ready to scarf it down again, just let it come back up to room temperature before indulging.

Lastly, reheating is crucial when it comes to this mouth-watering chocolate pudding pound cake dessert recipe. There are two ways you can do it, ladies and gents; microwave and oven.

To reheat using the microwave: Grab a slice of heaven and place it on a microwave-safe plate. Pop your yummy creation into the microwave for about 10-15 seconds on medium heat (hint: check halfway through). Be sure not to overdo it so as not lose any creaminess from the Cool Whip.

To reheat using the oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F. Cut the cake into slices and spread them on a baking sheet. Cover with aluminum foil and warm them up in the oven for about 10-15 minutes. Voila! You’ve got a warm and gooey chocolate pudding pound cake dessert ready to be devoured!

Remember my friends, perfecting how to store and reheat this easy dessert recipe will be sure to warm up the hearts of all those taste testers. Enjoy!

Tips for Perfect Results

 The ultimate comfort food that you can't resist
The ultimate comfort food that you can’t resist

Now listen up, bakers. It’s time for me to drop some knowledge on achieving the best chocolate pudding pound cake dessert. Trust me, I’ve seen inexperienced bakers fall flat on their faces. Here are some tips to ensure your pound cake turns out just as scrumptious as the picture in the recipe:

Firstly, do not overmix the batter. The key here is to blend all of the ingredients together just enough to form a thick and creamy batter that doesn’t have clumps of dry ingredients swaying around in it. Over-mixing the batter will result in a dense and heavy cake that is unpleasant to eat.

Be sure not to overbake your pudding pound cake, either. This may seem like an obvious point to make, but many bakers make this painful mistake when they wait too long for a toothpick or knife test that just never comes out clean. To prevent from overbaking your cake, set the timer for 5 minutes short of the recommended time and check with a toothpick or cake tester – if it comes out clean, then you know it’s ready.

When you’re making layered desserts using pudding recipes, be sure that you assemble it properly. Follow each step of the photo step-by-step instructions and use a large glass bowl to show off those gorgeous layers properly. There’s nothing worse than a messy disorganized trifle!

Take a leaf out of Betty Crocker’s book by adding some white chocolate or triple chocolate fudge cake mix to your instant chocolate pudding mix. It adds dimension and complexity to your dessert and takes it to the next level of flavor. Trust me, people will think you’re a master pastry chef if you pull this one off!

And there you have it: my top tips for making this easy chocolate dessert recipe turn out perfectly every time!

Bottom Line


As a chef specializing in British cuisine, I must say that this Chocolate Pudding Pound Cake Dessert Recipe is a true winner. The rich and indulgent flavors of chocolate are perfectly complemented by the light and airy texture of the cool whip and the moistness of the pound cake.

Why settle for an ordinary dessert when you can take it to the next level with this easy and quick recipe? You don’t need to be a professional baker to whip up this layered dessert that will make your guests swoon.

Whether you’re hosting a special dinner party, potluck or simply craving something sweet, this Chocolate Pudding Pound Cake Dessert Recipe will definitely hit the spot. And with its versatile nature, you can easily switch up the flavors by using different types of pound cakes or pudding mixes.

So what are you waiting for? Get your apron on and start prepping the ingredients for this stunning dessert. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you!

Chocolate Pudding Pound Cake Dessert

Chocolate Pudding Pound Cake Dessert Recipe

really easy, my hsbands fave! He would lick the serving dish every time if it wasnt a crazy thing to do in front of people
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword < 30 Mins, Beginner Cook, Dessert, Easy, Potluck
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Calories 629.6kcal


  • 1 sara lee frozen pound cake (thawed)
  • 1 (12 ounce) container Cool Whip
  • 1 (6 ounce) box instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup miniature milk chocolate chips


  • make the pudding according to the directions on the box.
  • cut the pound cake up into small cubes and put into a bowl or serving platter or cake pan.
  • pour pudding over cubbed pound cake.
  • put the cool whip on top of the pudding. sprinkle the mini chocolate chips over the cool whip.
  • refrigerate for an hour, serve!


Serving: 101g | Calories: 629.6kcal | Carbohydrates: 80.4g | Protein: 6.1g | Fat: 32.1g | Saturated Fat: 18.8g | Cholesterol: 35.4mg | Sodium: 634.2mg | Fiber: 2.5g | Sugar: 41.9g

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