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A slice of chocolate overload cake.

Chocolate Overload cake

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
This rich and decadent cake is a chocolate lover's dream come true! This cake comes together quickly and easily but with such impressive results. 
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 35 mins
Servings 16 servings



  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter , softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • cups cake flour (all-purpose can also be used)
  • 1 cup cocoa powder (dark cocoa powder is a great option)
  • 1 tsp instant espresso powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 box instant chocolate pudding mix (3.4 to 3.9 oz size)
  • 2 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup cocoa powder (dark cocoa powder is a great option)
  • 1/2 tsp instant espresso powder
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 TBSP half and half or heavy cream



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl beat butter, sugar and vanilla until well combined. Beat in eggs until well combined.
  • Add in flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, espresso powder, dry pudding mix and mix to combine.
  • Add in buttermilk and stir until combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
  • Transfer batter to a bundt cake pan (at least ten cup capacity) that has been sprayed generously with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, reduce temperature to 325 and bake for approximately 30-40 more minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven, allow to cool for at least 15 minutes before removing from pan.


  • In a a medium sized pot, combine butter and water and heat until melted. Add espresso powder and vanilla. Remove from heat and add in powdered sugar and cocoa, mixing until well combined. Add in half and half or cream, a tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached. Allow to cool slightly then pour over cake. Glaze will run over and down cake, so make sure to have a pan or plate that can accommodate.



Calories: 541kcal | Carbohydrates: 81g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 566mg | Potassium: 248mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 60g | Vitamin A: 665IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 2mg
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