Chocolate Celebration Cake

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Friday was my Dad’s birthday – my sister and I split the dinner duties…she grilled the steaks, and I was in charge of the carbs (baked potatoes and the cake). It was so delicious I knew I needed to share this recipe with y’all. The recipe for this cake has been in my family for decades but has not been made in years.

Chocolate Celebration Cake

2 1/3 C flour
1 pkg Chocolate Fudge Sugar Free Pudding Mix
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 ½ C brown sugar
2/3 C butter
1 C milk
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
6oz pkg mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350ᵒ.
Sift flour with dry pudding mix, salt, and baking soda.
Add sugar, butter, and buttermilk. Beat 1 ½ minutes on low speed.
Add eggs and vanilla. Beat 1 ½ minutes.
Fold in chocolate chips.
Divide into three cake pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes.

Now, while making the frosting I discovered that did not have the amount of cocoa powder that the original recipe called for, so I improvised – and may have created the tastiest icing I have ever tasted.


2 C butter (softened)
1 1/2 lb powdered sugar
½ C unsweetened cocoa powder
1 pkg Chocolate Fudge Sugar Free Pudding Mix
1 tsp vanilla
¼ C heavy whipping cream

Using a mixer of your choice, beat the butter until creamy (2-3 minutes).
Turn off mixer and add powdered sugar and cocoa. Mix on low until combined (about 1 minute) – its ok if it starts to look crumbly.
Slowly turn up the speed until it the frosting is fully mixed.
At this point spread on cake and/or put in a piping bad to pipe on the cake.

I added some toasted candied pecans to the top just to break up the chocolate a little…

Toasted Candied Pecans

2 TBS salted butter 
1 C finely chopped pecans
1 Tbs brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350ᵒ.
Line a cookie sheet with a parchment paper.
Melt butter, combine the sugar and pecans. Toss to coat.
Spread the pecans evenly on the cookie sheet. Bake 5-7 minutes (until toasted).
Set the cookie sheet aside for pecans to cool.

Once they have cooled you can break them up and put them on the cake however you like.

I hope y’all like this recipe. Do your have traditional birthday cakes in your family or do you change it up every year? (I’ve been known to have Peanut Butter [birthday] Pie a few times!)

Happy baking!

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