BEST Chocolate Cake Recipe EVER …

I am seriously so excited today!

Not only do I have an amazing recipe to share with you, but I also have an exciting giveaway from Nambé (giveaway portion is now closed) to go along with it!

First, I’ll introduce you to the recipe.

Everyone in my family {besides one crazy sister} is a chocolate lover.  Seriously, I do not for the life of me understand how my sister does not absolutely LOVE chocolate!  I could eat chocolate everyday and never tire of it.  I probably get this abnormal love for it from my mother.  I know I have mentioned before what an extraordinary cook my mom is, but I am going to tell you again.  Growing up, I am pretty sure all of my friends flocked to my house because of my mother’s cooking, especially if she was baking a yummy treat.  If my mom is baking a treat, 99% of those times it is something involving chocolate. My mom is famous for her chocolate desserts.  One in particular that always leaves people talking is her amazing 4-Layer Chocolate Cake.  Even looking at these pictures has me salivating and craving it!  I now make this cake too and I will tell you what, it still leaves people talking!  This truly is THE BEST chocolate cake recipe ever!  I will let you in on a little secret…. it really is SO easy to make!

If you are looking for the perfect cake to impress your friends, you need not look any further because this is just the recipe you are looking for!


If beauty had a taste, I am pretty sure this cake would be it!


cake recipe from: Kevin and Amanda

1 box Devil’s Food cake mix
1 small pkg Jello instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups mini chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 F.
In large bowl, mix together everything except for chocolate chips.  The batter will be thick.Stir in chocolate chips.
Pour batter into two 9-inch cake pans.  (You could use whatever cake pan you choose.  Just follow cooking time and temperature on the back of the Devil’s Food box and add about 10 additional minutes to whatever the original cooking time requires.)  Make sure to do the toothpick test to check if it is done or not.  It usually takes about 45 minutes for two 9-inch cake pans.After cake is baked, let cool completely.  I usually plop the two cakes onto a wire rack and stick them in the freezer.  It is so much easier to cut them when they are a little frozen and they don’t crumble as much.  Once cakes have cooled completely (or are slightly frozen if doing my method) cut in half width wise so you have 4 equal circles.
While cake is cooling prepare the frosting.


2/3 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup chocolate syrup
4 tsp Postum
2 Tbsp boiling water
8 cups powdered sugar
1 cup cocoa
1 cup butter

Dissolve Postum in boiling water.
Mix milk, vanilla, chocolate syrup, and dissolved Postum together
In a large separate bowl, beat softened butter, powdered sugar, and cocoa together.
Slowly add in wet ingredients until you reach desired consistency.
Beat an additional 5 minutes to get a fluffy consistency.

*NOTE* I don’t drink coffee so I used Postum, but the Postum can easily be substituted for instant coffee.
To start the frosting process, a helpful hint my mom taught me is to put a little glob of frosting on the cake stand so that the base cake stays put.  After the base cake is in place, frost the top of it generously.  Place the second layer cake on top.  Frost the top of it generously. Repeat until the fourth layer is placed on top.  Then frost all around the cake carefully to keep layers from shifting.
Press some crushed Skor Candy Bars onto the sides of the cake. You can also drizzle the top with melted chocolate chips for an added look of beauty.


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Did any of you happen to notice that beautiful cake stand this amazing cake was displayed on?! Really though, how could you miss it?!

Let me tell you, this cake stand is absolutely STUNNING!  It is made by a company called Nambé.  Nambé has a wide variety of designs and items to offer, from serveware and dinnerware to home decor, you can pretty much find whatever it is you are looking for.  I could seriously browse through their site all day!  I am a huge Nambé fan and I know you will be too if you aren’t already!  

I picked out this beautiful Copper Canyon Cake Stand and from the moment I laid eyes on it, I fell IN LOVE with it!  I couldn’t wait to display a gorgeous cake to compliment its unique beauty.

Well guess what?!

Nambé is giving away one of these beautiful cake stands to one of Chef in Training’s lucky followers!
This cake stand has a retail value of $225!  
You are not going to want to miss out on this giveaway!  
This is a beautiful, unique and high-quality product that you are going to LOVE!


Want to win?!  Here is how to enter:

**Make sure to leave a separate comment for each entry!

**Mandatory Entries:

1. “Like” Chef In Training on Facebook and leave me a comment telling me you did so…..1 Entry
2. “Like” Nambé on Facebook {tell them you are visiting from Chef in Training} and then come back here and leave me a comment telling me you did so…1 Entry

Additional Entries:
3. Be a follower of Chef In Training (Under the “Let’s Be Friends!” section at the top left side bar.  If it isn’t showing, just refresh the page) and leave me a comment to let you know you did so….1 Entry
4. Head over to Nambé and tell me what your favorite Nambé design is and leave me a comment to let me know you did so….1 Entry
5.  Tell me in a comment what you would display on your Nambé Copper Canyon Cake Stand if you won…1 Entry
6.  Blog, Facebook, or tweet about this giveaway and leave me a comment to let me know you did so…..Up to 3 separate Entries


The Giveaway will close on Wednesday December 7th at midnight MST and a winner will be randomly selected using and announced on Thursday December 8th.Good Luck!

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  1. Cheri

    What would I display on the cake stand? So many ideas come to mind but I must say that the chocolate cake you posted looks delicious! I would probably display that first!

  2. Jen@thecraftingfiend

    I would display said gorgeous cakestand as a table centerpiece! candles when not having cake and with cake on special occassions like company coming over !

  3. debb

    You had me at chocolate but the addition of score bars have me absolutely in heaven. I can not wait to try this- thank you! And yes, how could we not see that beautiful cake stand while drooling over the cake (I must admit I was torn between which was more beautiful before I read the post!)I liked CIT on face book

  4. debb

    I would of course display this cake on the cake stand but it would look great in my dining room with any dessert or even fruit on it! I think it would also look stunning with pine cones and sprigs for the season!

  5. Rhondi

    I noticed the beautiful cake stand right away, and liked Nambe on Facebook. I can't wait to browse through their collection.

  6. Rachel

    I am a follower of Chef in Training. You have the most fabulous recipes. I have already tried a couple of them and they were fabulous!!!

  7. Ash

    I like the idea of serving your cake on the cake stand! Great way to use a new recipe and a beautiful cake stand all at once!

  8. ButterYum

    I have never ever heard of Postum. What is it? If this cake is covered in Skor candy, I know it's going to be the bomb!!

    Beautiful cake stand.

  9. The Saucy Gourmet

    Oh if I win, I am going to display my Black Forrest Cake!!!! I will be the centerpiece on my dessert table!!

  10. The Saucy Gourmet

    My favorite piece is the Copper Canyon 3 tier server, I am just dreaming about all the cookies I could put on that

  11. Athena

    I love the Rocks Cake Plate with server and also the Rocks 2-tier server…both are gorgeous.
    cereza25 at yahoo dot com

  12. Meg {henninglove}

    my favorite item over at nambe is the Heritage Pebble Glass Server – 14-inch. it is just so unique and different!

  13. Ginna

    I would WOW the ladies at church with my incredible new cakestand to the point that they would pay absolutely no attention to the scrumptious butter cake on it.

  14. Jenni

    I would use the cake stand for cake of course :) When there was no cake, I would have an excuse to buy something beautiful to display on it!

  15. Yael

    wow, nambé has some seriously gorgeous stuff! hmm… i'm pretty sure i'm dying for the tilt decanter set. yep, sure sure of it.

  16. Yael

    if i had the copper canyon cake stand, i'm pretty sure i would show off my apple pie. it is hands down the best apple pie ever. i have friends (and family) who will vouch for that.

  17. Matter Of Style

    It was a bad idea to read your blog at dinner time! After watching your recipes i'm starving!
    What a beautiful cake, It has to be delicious, great job congratulations! :D

  18. SassyMomma

    *I have Liked you on facebook
    *Liked and told Nambe you sent me
    *following your blog

    The cake looks amazing and the stand is gorgeous! I would definitely use it to display my homemade carrot cake on!

  19. The Allen Family

    Okay, since I 'pinned' this cake before I ever even read about the giveaway, that is definitely what I'd display. My husband's favorite dessert is the huge chocolate cake from Costco and this looks like it may make him change his mind.

  20. Andie

    I would display my pumpkin bundt cake with cinnamon glaze on the stand. Or my raspberry jam cake with white chocolate buttercream frosting.

  21. Anonymous

    Barb Quilts said,
    "I visited Nambe and liked their page, and told then Chef in Training sent me!
    I am now a blog devotee here, so many yummy recipes!
    The first thing I would serve on that gorgeous cakestand is pineapple upside down cupcakes!
    I would have to say my current favorite serving piece is the three tier Copper Canyon server.
    i'm off now to share the link and tell my friends on facebook about your super site!"
    Now that should be six entries for me, sure hope I win;-)

  22. Amy

    What a gorgeous cake stand! YES, I would LOVE to win this. I "Liked" Chef In Training on Facebook, of course.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  23. Amy

    Wow, there are so many gorgeous and unique products on Nambe's site. I love them! Besides this cake stand for giveaway, this Copper Canyon Bowl 15" is also my favorite! Gotta browse more on their site to look for more beautiful things for to add on my shopping list.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  24. Amy

    If I won this Nambé Copper Canyon Cake Stand, I would serve my family's favorite –Valrhona Chocolate Crepe Layer Cake with Hazelnut Cream.

  25. So glad I found your blog! I'm on step 4 for entering your great giveaway! I went to Nambe and besides the cake server, the Copper Canyon Pitcher is my favorite. They've got so many beautiful pieces, it's hard to chose a favorite.

  26. What would I put on this incredibly beautiful Copper Canyon Cake Stand??? Birthday cakes, Hostess Cakes and goodies, I would bake just to but things on it!!!! It is incredible….I would display it on my buffet at all times and display the sunlight on it :) So many things…it would be used for many special days!!!!Linda :)

  27. Went to Nambe one of my favorite Nambé designs would have to be the "scoop server" How fun is that?!!!! So many wonderful designs! Amazed at the creativity!!!Linda :)

  28. I would display the lovely Chocolate Cake you posted today! I am having a dinner party soon and was looking for a really yummy chocolate cake and then I read your post today! So excited to make it for the dinner party and it obviously would look gorgeous on this cake stand!

  29. Wow, this is dangerous. I love Nambe' … Rocks 2-tier server, Heritage triple server, Morphik two-tier server or cake plate, Copper Canyon cake stand … way too many beautiful peices!

  30. I make this cake recipe a lot, but have never made it quite as fancy as you have! :) The first thing I would display on my Nambe' Copper Canyon Cake Stand would probably be a Double Chocolate Layer Cake with bittersweet ganache.

  31. So I head on over to the Nambe site and I'm like OMG! on the home page over the reindeer! So many beautiful designs but I think may favorite is the Rocks 2-Tier Server. My pies would look so good on it!

  32. I love your blog! I have made your cake batter pancakes and chicken pillows. Delicious! Oh, and the caramel apple cinnamon rolls… Yum!!I would put a pound cake on the stand. I love pound cake for Christmas!Lee Ann

  33. I liked Chef in Traing and Nambe on Facebook. I have really been needing a cake stand, I have been making a lot of cakes for my family lately and have nothing to put them on.

  34. I would start off displaying the chocolate cake that you just posted about on the cake stand because I am still salivating over it, it looks SO YUMMY!

  35. Jessi

    I went to Nambé and looked around a bit, they have so many beautiful pieces, but I think I like the dinnerware best, the Tri-Corner 4 piece. :)

  36. Jessi

    If I won, I would probably have to have it as a center piece on my dinner table all of the time, and have to come up with something to display on it every night, be it a cake/pie/dinner! It's just so beautiful I don't think it should only be used for special occasions :)

  37. Jamie

    I liked Nambe on Facebook – alll the women in my family LOVE Nambe. My daughter is getting married in January, and is getting a lot of Nambe presents.

  38. Telynn

    I LOVE the 9-Piece Sleigh and Reindeer Set with Free Santa and Gifts It is soo sleek and would be an interesting piece for my holiday sideboard or tablescape!

  39. Michele

    If I win this Copper Cake Stand I will display my Chocolate Marshmallow Cake on it as well as any other cake I make.

  40. Yeah Im Jenny

    I have liked both you and Nambé on Facebook.

    I currently follow your blog.

    If I could pick any item from the Nambé site to display my cupcakes on it would be the Copper Canyon 3 Tier Server – I love love love the look of Copper.

    If I win the beautiful cake stand I would display my cupcakes, cookies, and even my cheese and crackers on it.

    I have also twitted and facebooked about your contest in hopes that my fellow bakers/followers may have a chance to also win.

  41. Stephanie

    The first thing I would display on the cake stand is a yummy cake…probably the one in this post! After the cake was finished, I'd put some of my favorite Christmas ornaments on it since we're not going to have a tree this year.

  42. Stephanie

    I love the nativity sets, but I think my favorite item in their shop is the baby cup. I bought one for my son's baptism and will be doing the same for our next baby, too!

  43. Beckie

    If I won I'd like to make our favorite cake, a Guinness chocolate cake with Bailey's frosting and caramel drizzle. Mmm

  44. Cassidy Kate

    I'm a new friend! Excited about following your blog now – thank you pintrest for introducing new to my life…Cassidy N.

  45. Jessica

    The first thing I would put on this beautiful stand would be the Christmas cake out of fondant icing that I have been dying to make!

    jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

  46. Cassidy Kate

    Oh heavenly Nambé…I am in love with so much on this site. I like anything in the Copper Canyon Canyon Collection – LOVE that copper wave!

  47. Cassidy Kate

    And the question is what wouldn't I put on this cake stand?! First off though, I would make these Dark Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes with Amaretto Cream that I found on – so beautifully delicious.

  48. Miss Michelle

    I would display my husband's coast guard winging cake (when he graduates from flight school) on this gorgeous cake stand!

  49. I've just been on the Nambe website. There are so many beautiful things its hard to choose, but I love everything in the copper canyon and heritage pebble collections.

  50. Hi,This really a great looking tasty chocolate cake that can be served at many gatherings such as birthday parties and weddings. These can be off many different types depending on the alteration of the ingredients and chocolate flavouring. Thanks a lot.

  51. It looks really tasty and yummy. As per its looks and ingredients, i think that it is not easy to bake it at home. After saw this cake, i am crazy for it. Hope i will order Coper Canyon cake.

  52. Anna

    Hey there! I have a question regarding this cake recipe. These days the devil food mix at the store already has pudding in the box- do you think adding additional pudding to the recipe will make it bad?