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Nothing Bundt Cake Recipe | Chocolate Chocolate Chip Bundtlets and Bundt Cake

Make your own Nothing Bundt Cake Recipe with this moist, easy and delicious Chocolate Chocolate Chip Bundtlet and Bundt cake recipe. The best and easiest part, this Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake recipe uses cake mix and pudding!

The ideal recipe for the holidays, Valentine’s Mother’s day, baby and bridal showers or just because! Make this scrumptious chocolate bundt cake, bundtlets, mini bundts or cupcakes today!

Bundt cake recipes are some of my favorites, they always seem to come out more moist, and are certainly easier! Try these favorite bundt cake recipes; Cinnamon Swirl Bundt Cake, Chocolate Bundt Cake, Chocolate Monkey Bread.

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Normally I would say cakes are always better from scratch, but this bundt cake recipe is so moist, dense, chocolate-y, delicious and easy; only takes about 7 minutes to whip up the batter!

Before long you will be drooling over this scrumptious bundt cake or bundtlets! If you really want to make a from scratch chocolate cake, give my Zucchini Chocolate Cake or Texas Sheet Cake, they are both amazing!

Nothing Bundt Cakes recipe with slice of chocolate chocolate chip nothing bundt cakes on plate with full cake in background.

I started testing this recipe to make bundlets for my PTO team and it did not disappoint, my family devoured the first test batch and I had to guard my second batch ferociously — haha! But as you can see, they turned out fabulous.

Ingredients for Copycat Nothing Bundt Cake Recipe

For the full list of ingredients and measurements please see the recipe card at the end of the post.

  • Devils food or dark chocolate fudge cake mix* | I do not recommend using an all natural or the Ghirardelli cake mixes for this recipe, as the volume is different and will yield a very dense cake.
  • Instant chocolate pudding mix | used Godiva Dark or Milk Chocolate, available with regular pudding mixes
  • Sour Cream | I use full fat sour cream, and have also substituted with whole milk Greek yogurt
  • Vanilla Extract | Love using my homemade vanilla extract.
  • Eggs | I use large eggs in all of my baking, room temperature is best
  • Milk | Whole milk is what I used, but may substitute plant based milk, water, or buttermilk
  • Vegetable Oil | I love using heart healthy Avocado oil
  • Chocolate chips | try mini chocolate chips, chocolate chunks, semi-sweet, milk chocolate, white chocolate, dark chocolate

How Do you Make Box Cake Mix Taste Like a Bakery Cake?

By changing out a few ingredients in a box cake mix; you have a richer, more moist and dense, delicious cake!

  1. Ditch the Water
    Try substituting whole milk, your favorite plant based milk (coconut would be divine) or even better, buttermilk, but due to the thickness of buttermilk add a few tablespoons more.
  2. Flavor in the Fat
    Normally, I’d swap out cup for cup; melted butter for oil, bu many times I stick with heart healthy avocado oil, then I could call it “healthier” right? 🙂 Give it a go and let me know if you do, but in general you can swap out melted butter for the oil in a recipe.
  3. Add an Extra Egg (or two)
    Being at high altitude, I have always added an extra egg to my cake mixes, why? The egg white contributes strength and the yolk contains a natural emulsifier that allows batter to hold extra sugar without weakening the overall structure. (source) However; in general, if you want a boxed cake mix to taste like a bakery cake or homemade then add an extra egg!
  4. Amp Up the Flavor
    Chances are the vanilla might be a little blah in the cake mix, so for all cake mixes add a teaspoon of your favorite vanilla extract, vanilla bean paste or other extract; or try homemade bourbon vanilla!
    In chocolate cake mix, add a teaspoon of espresso powder.
    Lemon cake mix, add the zest from one lemon, za-zing!
    White or Vanilla Cake mix, add pure vanilla extract or a teaspoon of vanilla bean paste or even the seeds from a vanilla bean. Or try a little rum, maple or almond extract!
    Spice or Carrot Cake Mix, use fresh grated nutmeg (this microplane is the best), an extra teaspoon of cinnamon, definitely a teaspoon of vanilla or tablespoon of rum, brandy or whisky.
  5. Add Moisture
    Add up to a cup of sour cream, plain greek yogurt or ¼ – ½ cup of creme fraiche. The richness, moisture it lends to a cake is amazing! You could even try a few tablespoons of mayonnaise, after all it’s just eggs and oil!
Chocolate Chocolate Chip mini bundt cakes cooling on a wire rack with large chocolate chips shimmering on the surface. | via

High Altitude Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake Instructions

  • Increase oven heat by 25 degrees F for light colored pans; for darker pans keep heat at 350 degrees F.
  • Bake less time than called for on the original recipe, typically start checking cake for doneness about 10-15 minutes before original time.
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Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting

We devoured the bundt cake before dinner! I hope you have the recipe on your blog – all those chocolate chunks and that icing – yum!


Now, Nothing Bundt Cakes is known for their AMAZING Cream Cheese frosting, but honestly everyone who has tried this Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting RAVES about this it!

A delicious, better version with rich, caramel tones that come from using brown sugar. And if you like it on this cake, then you have got to try it on these Carrot Cupcakes!

A decorated full size chocolate chocolate chip bundt cake, like Nothing Bundt Cakes with thick fingers of brown sugar cream cheese frosting, topped with coral carnations. via

Can You Freeze Nothing Bundt Cakes?

  • You betcha! Even frosted you can freeze these cakes or bundtlets. If freezing before frosting, simple cool completely (very important so you don’t form ice crystals, then wrap well in plastic wrap and then in foil.
  • Much like this Banana Bread, I think it’s better then second day, allowing the flavors to mingle and meld.
  • If freezing after icing, simply place in the freezer for 30-50 minutes to harden the icing, then cover with plastic wrap well; then again in foil. Keeps frozen for up to 3 months, if you can keep yourself from digging in.
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How Do I Store My Bundt Cake

Since this cake has a cream cheese frosting, I recommend you refrigerate, if making longer than 4-6 hours before serving. Remove from fridge about 20-30 minutes prior to slicing. Bundt cakes will last from 5-7 days in the fridge, if you can hide it from your family!

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I hope you enjoy this dreamy, easy recipe for this Copycat Nothing Bundt Cakes Chocolate Chocolate Chip Bundtlets and Bundt Cake. My family are chocolate cake connoisseurs and they went ga-ga over this cake!

Recipe adapted from Tastes Better from Scratch.

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Yield: 16 servings

Nothing Bundt Cakes Recipe | Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cake & Bundtlets

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

A copycat recipe for Nothing Bundt Cakes for moist and amazing Chocolate Chocolate Chip Bundt cake! The best and easiest part, this Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake recipe uses cake mix and pudding! The ideal recipe for Mother's day, baby and bridal showers or just because! Make bundtlets, mini bundts or cupcakes too!


  • 1 package (15.25 oz) devils food or dark chocolate fudge cake mix*
  • 1 (3.9 oz) box instant chocolate pudding (I used Godiva Dark or Milk Chocolate)
  • 1 cup sour cream (or try plain greek yogurt)
  • 1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • ½ cup milk (substitute plant based milk or water, or ⅔ cup buttermilk)
  • ½ cup avocado oil (or other vegetable oil)
  • 1 ½ cups chocolate chips (try mini chocolate chips, chocolate chunks, semi-sweet, milk chocolate)

Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened (can use Neufatchel)
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ⅔ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1-2 teaspoons vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F (375° for high altitude light bundt pans, keep at 350 for dark bundt pans) At regular altitude 350 for light pans, 325° F for dark pans). Butter and flour bundt pan well! I used Baker's Joy baking spray it has the flour built in. I use soft butter and a paper towel or pastry brush to get in all of the crevices, then splash in a tablespoon or two of flour and toss around pan to coat (over sink or trash).
  2. Mix on low speed the first 7 ingredients to combine, scrap sides, then increase speed to medium-high for 2-3 minutes. Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Pour batter evenly into prepared bundt pan and smooth top. Bake at 350 (or above described temperature based on altitude and type of pan coating) for 40-55 minutes until cake tester comes out mostly clean (if looks done and seems gooey, retest in another location, you might be hitting chocolate chips. If it springs back lightly when touched and is starting to look dry at edges and is not wobbly at all, those are good signs, remove from oven.
  4. BUNDTLETS or cupcakes | scoop batter into prepared pans (not quite 2/3 full, makes about 14 bundtlets, probably closer to 18 cupcakes. Bake as directed above; 20-25 minutes bundtlets, 18-22 minutes cupcakes. Done when cake springs back when lightly touched and no longer jiggly, don't over bake. Cool 10 minutes, then invert onto cooling rack.
  5. Remove to cooling rack and allow to cool for 10 minutes, then invert cake onto wire rack and cool completely. Once completely cooled, frost as desired with below frosting.

  1. Using a paddle or whisk attachment, beat together cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy, about 1-2 minutes. Add brown sugar and mix on medium high speed for 2-3 minutes. IMPORTANT allow to sit for 10-15 minutes for the brown sugar to "melt" into the ingredients, thereby avoiding gritty frosting.
  2. After 10-15 minutes, scrape sides down and mix on low speed, adding vanilla, salt and powdered sugar. Mix until combined on low, then increase speed to medium-high for 3-4 minutes until creamy.
  3. Scoop into piping bag with or without tip and frost as desired. Frosting may also just be spread on top, you may have some frosting leftover, it freezes great and is delicious on top of cinnamon rolls, between graham crackers with strawberries and more!


*I do not recommend for this cake using an all natural cake mix, or something like Ghirardelli cake mix as they are much less volume than a standard cake mix.

Recipe adapted from Tastes Better from Scratch.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 436Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 87mgSodium: 178mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 1gSugar: 40gProtein: 4g

The nutritional information is estimated and may not be entirely accurate, at times it pulls information for suggestions and options which may increase calories, etc. Nutritional information will change based on used ingredients, quantities used, etc.

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Saturday 14th of August 2021

Can I use vegetable oil in lieu of avocado oil?


Sunday 15th of August 2021

Hi Donna, yes of course! Any vegetable oil will work, thanks I will amend the recipe to reflect that!


Tuesday 3rd of August 2021

Cake was very dense and eggy. I used Ghiradelli cake mix. Nearly all NB Coppycat recipes I’ve seen call for four eggs. Maybe just use the yolks? Good flavor just not the right texture.


Wednesday 4th of August 2021

@Kathleen, interesting. I didn’t notice that. I just thought the Ghiradelli mix would be higher quality and have less cake mix “aftertaste” My family are big fans of the brownie mix. I can see how having less dry ingredients would make a difference. I will try again with a full size mix. Thanks for pointing that out!


Tuesday 3rd of August 2021

Thanks for letting me know, I have made this more times than I can count and it’s never come out eggy, dense maybe but that’s the way my family likes it, but I wouldn’t say eggy. I believe the Ghirardelli cake mixes are several ounces less ingredients than a standard cake mix, I will have to try sometime using Ghirardelli as I love their mixes, but that could have something to do with the reason it came out more dense and eggy.


Thursday 29th of July 2021

I just found your site and signed up for your newsletter. The main reason is because the recipe has high altitude instructions. We moved to northern Colorado about 10 yrs ago, and I'm still trying to figure out high altitude cooking. We are at 5100'. I am also here because my faith is important to me, too.


Thursday 29th of July 2021

Thank you so much Debbie, for taking time out of your busy day to write this kind comment! So glad to meet another Coloradan whose faith means a lot!


Friday 28th of May 2021

First thing I do on Friday's is look for your email. I so look forward to your recipes! My sister Julie would be so thrilled!


Saturday 29th of May 2021

Awe, thank you so much Karen! Love hearing this and sure do miss your sister!


Thursday 29th of April 2021

So most and delicious!


Thursday 29th of April 2021

Love hearing this, thanks for commenting Lisa!

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