too much chocolate cake

Cakes are a pain. Literally.

Layer cakes are beautiful, rewarding, and… dangerous.  I’ll spare you the gruesome details, but a slip up while cutting cake layers sent me to the ER last night.   Now I can say that I’m one of the few people who got a laceration while making a birthday cake.  Nonetheless, I was very lucky and it got stitched up really well… but I think I’m going to stick to making Bundt cakes for a while.

Reasons Bundt cakes rock:

  1. They’re super moist.
  2. It’s redonklulous how easy they are (just bake and pour the glaze on).
  3. They don’t need fancy frosting techniques, the pan does all of the decorating, making the end result look sophisticated and elegant effortlessly!
  4. Bundt cakes keep really well, and actually get better with age.
  5. Bundt cakes aren’t dangerous. 

Now that I’ve hopefully convinced you to go and buy yourself a Bundt pan, let’s talk about this Bundt cake that I made for my friend Ian’s birthday. 
It’s over the top, it pushes the limits, and it’s out-of-this-world.  

Let me break it down for you.
It’s chocolate cake with chocolate pudding filled generously with chocolate chips and completely drenched in chocolate ganache.  No wonder it’s called “too much chocolate cake.”
But seriously, can you ever have too much chocolate?
After tasting this cake, I don’t think so.  In the words of Mae West, “too much of a good thing can be wonderful.”

With love,

P.S. Sorry this post took so long to write, it’s deceptively difficult to type with one hand.


1 package devil’s food cake mix
1 package instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1/2 cup warm coffee
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
In a large bowl, mix together the cake and pudding mixes, sour cream, oil, beaten eggs and coffee. Stir in the chocolate chips and pour batter into a well greased 12 cup bundt pan.
Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until top is springy to the touch and a wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool cake thoroughly in pan at least an hour and a half before inverting onto a plate.

Adapted from All Recipes

Velvety Ganache Glaze
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips 
1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter
4 tablespoons corn syrup
2 tablespoons water

Melt all ingredients in pot over low heat on the stove–stirring constantly–or in bowl in microwave. Pour over cooled cake.

Adapted from Shirley Corriher’s Bakewise
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46 thoughts on “too much chocolate cake

  1. The Cooking Actress

    you poor thing! I'm totally going to probably end up in the ER if I make a layer cake….oh gosh

  2. Jen Migonis

    Oh my goodness, Erica, THE ER!?!?!?
    The cake looks splendid… maybe I could just pop by your HS and take a piece. πŸ™‚
    Your food photography is fabulous and I cannot believe you make all of those amazing things on your blog!!!! Incredible!!!!

    1. Cannella Vita

      Yes, unfortunately. Haha I'll let you know next time I whip one of these up (which will probably be soon… I have a chocolate craving coming on). Thank you so much!

  3. Anonymous

    Oh MY GOODNESS! I am SO sorry you cut yourself! I hope you feel better soon! Cutting cake layers always stresses me out, and now even more so!
    Your gooey nutella cake was a HUGE hit with my family….Take care and be careful!

    1. Cannella Vita

      Thank you so much! I took the day off from school and am already feeling a million times better. Layer cakes are fun though, I wouldn't want to deter you! I am so glad your family liked the Nutella cake, it is one of my favorites too!

  4. Dizzy Ms. Lizzy

    I have a recipe similar to this one, and LOVE it.

    I also can sympathize with you about typing with one hand….. I had hand surgery about 3 years ago on my right hand (my dominant hand, unfortunately), and had to try typing one-handed with my weaker LEFT hand. NOT fun, not at all! So yeah, you definitely have my sympathy! Hope it heals up for you fast!

    1. Cannella Vita

      Oh no! I am glad you can sympathize! It's healing very quickly and I can finally type normally again!

  5. Natalie

    oh no!! I hope you're okay! Definitely stick to bundts for awhile…esp if they're as gorgeous as this one πŸ™‚

  6. Rachel @ Bakerita

    Eeek, I hope you feel better! That's rough :/ I've tried a recipe similar to this – soooo good! Now you have me wanting to make it ASAP. And oh my goodness, that fourth picture?! You're killing me

    1. Cannella Vita

      Thank you Rachel, I hope you make it — and yes, that 4th picture makes me ant to make it again soon too!

  7. Abby

    I'm so sorry you cut yourself! Hopefully it will heal quickly! πŸ™‚
    This cake looks INCREDIBLE! So rich, moist, and chocolate-y! Love the addition of the sprinkles!

    1. Cannella Vita

      Thank you so much! It is healing very well! I love those sprinkles too! πŸ™‚

  8. idebi

    So sorry you were attacked in your own kitchen. Watch out for those bully knives. They'll get you every time πŸ™‚
    Just wanted to know, when do you add the 1/2 cup of warm coffee?

  9. Ibbs Quinton

    That cake looks divine!! But one question….how could you let all the glaze dribble onto the worktop?! I do hope you licked it all up after the photoshoot to not waste any!!
    Don't play with knives! haha x x x

    1. Cannella Vita

      Thank you! I placed a sheet of parchment paper underneath my wire cooling rack to catch all of the glaze, then I re-poured the extra glaze over top again (wouldn't want to waste any!) πŸ˜‰

  10. ZuckerbΓ€ckerin

    it's a really funny coincidence that i baked very similiar cakes for a friends birthday yesterday – only they are mini…
    get well soon!

  11. Irene

    Aaah… hope it's healing fast so it won't be so hard on you typing with one hand! And your cake looks amazing nonetheless. It's like a giant doughnut which only means an extra boost of appeal, right? Yum…

    1. Cannella Vita

      Haha I am successfully typing with both hands now! Thank you! That's exactly what my friend Ian said!

  12. Little B

    Oh no! So sorry to hear you cut yourself THAT badly! Hope you heal fast and aren't in too much pain. And once again – beautiful pictures ☺

  13. Yii-Huei Phang

    Stunning photos, especially the one of dripping chocolate πŸ™‚ Hope you are better after your incident. I haven't been into the emergency room before, but I've nearly chopped off my fingers during cutting onions!

    1. Cannella Vita

      Isn't dripping chocolate the best? πŸ˜‰ I hope you never have to go! God bless you!

  14. Anonymous

    Goodness gracious, girl–hope it's healing up all right! I love this cake, and I love how yours reminds me of a giant donut from the Simpsons πŸ˜‰ so delish!

    1. Cannella Vita

      Thank you! It is healing up really well! And now that I look at it, it TOTALLY reminds me of the Simpsons!

  15. Hannah

    This recipe looks incredible, definitely going to have to try it!

    But my word, baking is a dangerous game – my friend is the only person I have met who has a scar from when she "burned herself on a Mars bar"…they all make great stories though!

    1. Cannella Vita

      How in the world do you burn yourself on a Mars bar? Was she making s'mores or something? (Now I kind of wanna try that…)

  16. Nicole

    In the cake instructions it says to mix everything with water but the ingredient list calls for coffee – just a typo or am I missing something? πŸ™‚

  17. Anonymous

    This is the recipe that we have made for years in our family and called it Better than Sex Chocolate Cake! I lost the recipe awhile ago and when I searched for it, I came up with all these recipes that involved spreading cool whip on top of a sheet cake, GROSS! This cake is AMAZING! Fairly often, I skip the icing becuase I run out of time and just sprinkle with powdered sugar and everyone loves it. Its great for breakfast!

    1. Cannella Vita

      I'm so glad you finally found the recipe you were looking for! Yum, how I would love to have chocolate cake for breakfast in the morning πŸ™‚

  18. Kathryn Dunn

    I am loving all your recipes, but I failed on the salted caramel candies, they never set all the way. In good news, I melted it back down again and used it as a glaze on this cake with some chopped pecans on top. AMAZING!!!

  19. Kathryn Dunn

    I am loving your blog!! But I failed with the salted caramels, they never completely set so I melted it down again and used it as a glaze for this cake with some chopped pecans, amazing!!

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