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Top Secret Chocolate Cake

This recipe is for all of the chocolate lovers, and you will think you are in chocolate Heaven when you try this recipe!

This cake did not disappoint and is Ah-may-zing!

I found this recipe online from Ree Drummond’s, “The Pioneer Woman’s,” website. It’s called, “Top Secret Chocolate Cake.” This is now my ‘go- to’ chocolate cake recipe. It has a very rich, smooth chocolatey flavor. The addition of the chocolate chips, butter, and milk to this recipe elevates it so that it does not scream “boxed” cake mix. The chocolate ganache is smooth and velvety and makes this cake extra special. You can even top it with sprinkles, nuts, or even toffee bits. I added a twist to the ganache and swapped out the chocolate chips for peanut butter chips, and it was very good.

Happy cooking!


Top Secret Chocolate Cake



Nonstick baking spray, for the pan

One 15.2-ounce box dark chocolate cake mix, such as Duncan Hines

1 cup whole milk 

1/2 cup (1 stick) melted salted butter 

3 large eggs, beaten 

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips 

1 tablespoon vanilla extract 

Simple Chocolate Ganache Topping:

1/2 cup heavy cream

2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips 


1. For the cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 10-cup Bundt pan

with baking spray.

2. Mix together the cake mix, milk, butter, eggs, chocolate chips and vanilla in a

large bowl until completely combined. Pour into the prepared Bundt pan and

bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 40 minutes.

3. Let the cake cool for about 15 minutes before turning it out onto a cooling rack.

Allow to cool completely, an additional 20 to 25 minutes.

4. For the simple chocolate ganache topping: Meanwhile, heat the cream in a small

pan until just bubbling. Add the chocolate chips to a small bowl and pour the hot

cream over the top. Let sit for 1 minute, then mix until smooth.

5. Transfer the cake to a cake stand or serving platter and pour the ganache over

the top, allowing it to drip down the ridges.


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