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Sinful M&M Chocolate Dump Cake Recipe

Chocolate dump cake is a simple yet delicious dessert that is perfect for any occasion. This easy cake is made with just 5 simple ingredients and takes only a few minutes to prepare, making it the perfect low-effort dessert.

While the name “dump cake” may not sound very appetizing, this cake is fantastic. It’s moist, rich, and full of chocolatey goodness. And there is no need for mixing bowls or any special equipment to make this quick dessert!

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Chocolate dump cake is a crowd-pleaser that will satisfy your sweet tooth. Whether you’re an experienced baker or a novice in the kitchen, this cake is easy to make and always a hit.

One of the best things about chocolate dump cake is its versatility. Depending on your taste, you can make it with various cake mixes, pudding mixes, and mix-ins like chocolate chips or M&Ms.

It is an excellent dessert for potlucks, family gatherings, or any time you want to indulge in something sweet and chocolaty. In this post, I will explain what a dump cake is, how to make a chocolate dump cake, give serving ideas, and help you pick the best cake mix for your chocolate dump cake!

Looking for more easy desserts? Try Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls, Ice Cream Pie and Nutella Mug Cake!

🍰What is a Dump Cake?

The cake is typically made by “dumping” all the ingredients into a baking dish and baking until it’s done. Its simplicity and versatility make it ideal for making dessert without spending much time in the kitchen!

With just a few simple ingredients and a little baking time, you can have a delicious dessert that everyone will love. While the basic recipe for a dump cake is quite simple, there are many variations that you can try. Check out below for suggested variations for this chocolate dump cake.

Dump cake with M&Ms and chocolate chips added to the batter.

🥘Key Ingredients

For exact amounts needed see the recipe card below

  • Box of chocolate cake mix
  • Box of instant chocolate pudding
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Optional mix-ins like semi-sweet chocolate chips, M&Ms, marshmallows, or nuts
labeled ingredient photo for chocolate dump cake recipe.

🥣How to Make Chocolate Dump Cake

  1. Prep – Preheat your oven to 350°F and use nonstick spray to grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  2. Dump – Pour the dry cake mix and pudding mix into the prepared baking dish and spread evenly.
  3. Add Milk and Butter – Melt the butter in the microwave. Pour the milk and butter over the dry ingredients and use a whisk or wooden spoon to blend everything together.
  4. Add Mix-ins – Evenly sprinkle 1-2 cups of your chosen mix-ins over the top of the cake.
  5. Bake – Bake the cake for about 40-45 minutes until the top springs back in the middle.
cake mix and pudding in the pan for a dump cake.
Cake mix and pudding mix
Using a whisk to stir the butter and milk into the cake.
Adding milk and butter
dump cake before baking.
Before baking
chocolate dump cake with M&Ms on top in a glass baking dish.
After baking

🍴Serving Ideas

Chocolate dump cake is a delicious dessert that can be served in various ways.

  • Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to the warm cake for a classic combination of flavors.
  • Let it cool completely, and add chocolate frosting to the cake.
  • Top it with whipped cream and fresh berries for a lighter, fruitier option.
  • For an extra decadent touch, serve the cake with a drizzle of caramel sauce, chocolate syrup, or hot fudge sauce.
  • Sprinkle some powdered sugar or cocoa powder on the cake for a simple yet elegant presentation.


One of the best things about chocolate dump cake is its versatility. You can easily switch up the recipe to suit your taste preferences or use ingredients already in your pantry.

The easiest way to change the cake is varying what you add as mix-ins. Try dark chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, or chopped candy. Here are some other suggestions:

  • German Chocolate Dump Cake: Use a German chocolate cake mix. Add caramels or toffee chips to the recipe instead of chocolate chips for a rich and decadent dessert.
  • Triple Chocolate Dump Cake: Add a layer of chocolate chips to the cake after it comes out of the oven. They will melt into the top for a delicious chocolaty coating.
  • Easter Chocolate Dump Cake: Stir mini chocolate eggs into the cake for a delicious Easter-themed cake.

You can also try this Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake for a deliciously fruity version of a dump cake. With so many possibilities, the sky’s the limit!

piece of chocolate dump cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on a white plate with red polka dots.

💭How to Store

Store leftover chocolate dump cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. If you want to keep it longer, it will keep for 5 days if refrigerated.

Or you can freeze it for up to 3 months. Place it in an airtight container and store it in the freezer.

If you decide to freeze it, thaw it properly before serving. You can thaw it in the fridge overnight or on the counter for a few hours. Then you can warm it up in the microwave or oven if you prefer it warm.

⭐Tips and Tricks

Be sure to check out the step by step instructions

  • You can make this 1-2 days ahead of time, making it a great dessert to take to a family party or potluck.
  • Keep the mix-ins to 2 cups maximum to avoid overwhelming the cake.
  • The cake is done when the middle springs back when touched or a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Don’t overbake.

📝What Kind of Cake Mix is Best for a Dump Cake?

You can use a plain chocolate cake mix or pick one of these alternative cake flavors.

  • Devil’s Food Cake Mix: This is the most popular choice for a chocolate dump cake. It has a rich chocolate flavor and a moist texture.
  • Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix: This cake mix resembles devil’s food but has a richer chocolate flavor. It’s perfect for those who love a rich, moist cake.
  • German Chocolate Cake Mix: This cake mix has a unique flavor profile with a less intense chocolatey flavor. It’s an excellent option for add-ins like coconut and pecans.
  • Red Velvet Cake Mix: This is perfect for Valentine’s day treat.

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Chocolate Dump Cake Recipe

Chocolate dump cake is the ultimate chocolatey treat. Packed with rich, gooey chocolate and topped with chocolate chips and colorful M&M's, this is a sinfully delicious dessert.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Servings: 15
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  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 box instant chocolate pudding 5.1 ounces
  • ½ cup unsalted butter melted
  • 2 ½ cups milk
  • 1-2 cups mix-ins like chocolate chips, M&Ms, nuts, or marshmallows


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Sprinkle the dry cake mix and chocolate pudding mixture evenly in the bottom of the pan.
    1 box chocolate cake mix, 1 box instant chocolate pudding
  • Melt the butter. Then add the butter and milk to the pan and lightly mix with a whisk.
    ½ cup unsalted butter, 2 ½ cups milk
  • Top the cake with your chosen mix-ins.
    1-2 cups mix-ins
  • Bake for 40 to 45 minutes. Allow it to cool slightly before serving.


  • Experiment with various mix-ins, such as milk chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, walnuts, or pecans. But keep the mix-ins to 2 cups maximum to avoid overwhelming the cake.
  • The cake is done when the middle springs back when touched or a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Don’t overbake.
  • Serving Ideas – Top the cake off with a drizzle of chocolate sauce or a scoop of ice cream. You can also let it cool completely and add chocolate frosting.
  • Variations – Use different cake mixes, like German chocolate cake mix, red velvet cake mix, or devil’s food cake mix.

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 298kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 392mg | Potassium: 215mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 256IU | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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By on April 11th, 2023

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