While my actual birthday was a couple of weeks ago, my extended family get together was just yesterday. My cousin, Jamie, hosted and made us a wonderful pasta dinner and so much more. What really got me was the chocolate cake she made for me. It was very deceptive – in a good way!

I snapped this picture right after I blew out the candles on the cake. The cake looks very unassuming – no frosting or anything. Honestly, at first glance you might think it is going to be kind of a dry, boring piece of chocolate cake. This is how it is deceptive! It is totally not dry or boring at all! This mouth-watering cake was moist, and fudgy, and flavorful when you took a bit. Amazing! All of this, without frosting, who could have guessed?

The recipe came from her friend who got it from the Cake Mix Doctor. I couldn’t find this original recipe on her site to link to, but I did spot several others referencing her so I am sharing what I found. I am hoping it is the right recipe.

Oh, the recipe has chocolate chips in it and is named that – normally I do not like chips in my cake, but this was good and they weren’t all little hard pieces in there. Trust me!

Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake (what I call Deceptive Chocolate Cake)Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake (what I call Deceptive Chocolate Cake)

  • 1 box dark chocolate cake mix
  • 1 package (4 serving size) instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease and flour a bundt pan. Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips. Beat until smooth and then stir in the chocolate chips. Pour batter into pan. Bake for 1 hour. Cool. This says serves 12, but it is very rich and could probably serve more even I think! Delicious!