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Durable Cake for 3D in Chocolate

So many people have asked me about my durable cake recipe in chocolate so I did a bit of experimenting and think I came up with just the right combination. This chocolate cake is a bit thicker but not overwhelming. It holds up so much better than a regular cake during sculpting. There is less crumbling and the taste is just right.

Durable Cake for 3D in Chocolate


  • 1 Duncan Hines Devils Food Chocolate Mix 4 egg whites 1/2 cup water 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 small package instant chocolate pudding mix 1 cup sour cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease and flour pans.
  3. On low speed begin incorporating all ingredients together.
  4. Once combined, give a very good stir with a spatula making sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl. Turn mixer to medium and blend well for approximately 2 minutes.
  5. The batter will be thick but don't worry - this is normal.
  6. Spoon equal amounts into pans and using spatula even out the batter.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes depending on oven. Toothpick inserted in center should come out clean and top should spring back when pressed.
  8. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes in pan before turning out onto cooling racks.
  9. Decorate as desired.

Comments (28)

I tried this cake after a friend of mine said "you'll get better the more you make it" about the chocolate cake recipe I was using. Everyone loved it! It was easy to make and easy to carve. I'm glad I was warned about the batter being thick. I would have worried I'd done something wrong if I hadn't of known. Thanks! It's the only chocolate cake I use!
This cake is delicious! Thanks so much for posting! I too, was glad to be warned about the thickness. Wonderful recipe!! :)
I made this, but just converted the regular receipe that does not have the addidtional oil. It turned out awesome. I did it with the Dark Chocolate Duncan Hines with Chocolate Fudge pudding. The family I made the 3d bear for loved it. My only recommnedation is with the 3d bear, DON"T use the core, cook for 2 hours and only let it sit for a few minutes before you set the bear somewhat on his butt, if you don't this batter is SOOOO heavy that the head will seperate from the shoulders.
Love Love this recipe!! So easy to stack and carve!! Tastes great!!!
how do you store the cake..if you bake it before hand a couple of days?
Why is only the egg white used in this recipe?
I love this recipe! I have used it many times and it holds up great when using fondant!
how many people will this recipe feed please??
Stasia1985: I'm guessing it will feed slightly more than the cake mix says, since the egg whites and extra ingredients puff it up a lot.
If i were to do this with vanilla cake and pudding would it work the same??
How hard is this to carve? Should it be frozen first? Refrigerated? Also, how full is best to fill pans? So that it won't flow over or crisp at the top?
I froze it and it still wasn't too easy, but way better than any other cake I've tried to carve. I even pasted pieces together, froze that, and then carved some more... so I guess it worked out pretty well. Definitely freeze it!! Don't worry - from the time you start putting on frosting to the time you serve it, it won't be still frozen.
Do you think I can generally use this recipe with any boxed mix??I have a customer who wants cherry chip flavor cake and I thought about using vanilla pudding instead.
Would this make 2 x 8" or just 1? Thanks
not sure if i'm using this recipe wrong, tried to make a 13x9 and it only rose 1 inch :( are you supposed to replace the ingridients on the box with the ones listed?? Should i have doubled the recipe for a 13x9?? thx
Kiddiekakes: I've used this with several different boxed mixes & pudding flavors now. Worked great every time! Cristee- do 2 layers for 13x9 (which is easiest if you just have 2 of the same pan- takes less time).
One question, i like to make my recipes from scratch. Does anyone know how to replace the devil food box for actual ingredients? Please!! I need to do a 3D chocolate cake and would love to use this recipe :D Thank you!
Awesome recipe. Used to make a teapot cake. It held its shape and was easy to work with. My friends loved the flavor and raved about the moistness. Thanks so much for a great recipe!!
Am just about to make this recipe for the first time after having read all the comments and compliments! Just a quick question... what does "small package" of chocolate pudding mix mean? how small is small? I have some sachets that I just bought... which I think are about 125g... is that right? or is that too much? too little? Many thanks for any help!
I baked this last night to see how it would work for sculpting. It was ok to carve but the taste.. that is what sold it to me. Sooooo good!!! I'm not a big chocolate cake fan but this cake may be my new favorite!
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