My mother says she got this recipe from my aunt Louise Grissim some twenty-five years ago, but we can’t track down its exact origin. What sets it apart from other chocolate cakes is the irresistible chocolatey aroma that permeates the kitchen as it bakes. And so with a cold glass of milk, you fork into a warm bite and mutter, “This is darn good chocolate cake” . . . thus confirming its name!
Darn Good Chocolate Cake
- Vegetable oil spray for misting the pan
- Flour for dusting the pan
- 1 package (18.25 oz) plain devil’s food or dark chocolate fudge cake mix
- 1 package (3.9 oz) chocolate instant pudding mix
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup sour cream
- ½ cup warm water
- ½ cup vegetable oil, such as canola, corn, safflower, soybean, or sunflower
- 1½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly mist a 12-cup Bundt pan with vegetable oil spray, then dust with flour. Shake out the excess flour. Set the pan aside.
Place the cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, sour cream, warm water, and oil in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat 2 to 3 minutes more, scraping the sides down again if needed. The batter should look thick and well combined. Fold in the chocolate chips, making sure they are well distributed throughout the batter. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing it out with the rubber spatula. Place the pan in the oven.
Bake the cake until it springs back when lightly pressed with your finger and just starts to pull away from the sides of the pan, 45 to 50 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and place it on a wire rack to cool for 20 minutes.
Run a long, sharp knife around the edge of the cake and invert it onto the rack to cool completely, 20 minutes more. Or invert it onto a serving platter to slice and serve while still warm.
*Store this cake, covered in aluminum foil or plastic wrap, at room temperature for up to 1 week. Or freeze it, wrapped in foil, for up to 6 months. Thaw the cake overnight on the counter before serving.
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Excerpted from The Cake Mix Doctor. Copyright 1999 by Anne Byrn. Used by permission of Workman Publishing Co., Inc. New York All Rights Reserved