1 (3-layer) cake

This top-rated chocolate cake recipe calls for store-bought ingredients, including cake mix, whipped topping, and chocolate bars, to speed the prep along. Our users rave that it's a hit at birthday parties and nails that "just right" sweetness.

How to Make It

Step 1

Prepare cake batter according to package directions. Pour into 3 greased and floured 8-inch round cakepans.

Step 2

Bake at 325° for 20 to 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.

Step 3

Beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, and granulated sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until mixture is creamy.

Step 4

Chop 8 candy bars finely. Fold cream cheese mixture and chopped candy into whipped topping.

Step 5

Spread icing between layers and on top and sides of cake. Chop remaining 2 candy bars. Sprinkle half of chopped candy bars over cake. Press remaining chopped candy along bottom edge of cake.

Step 6

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Duncan Hines Swiss Chocolate Cake Mix and Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bars with Almonds.

Ratings & Reviews

RandyT's Review

August 19, 2013
The main advantage of this cake is its ease of preparation... A box of cake mix, a tub of Cool Whip, some Hershey bars in the blender and you're done. Unfortunately, the cake just isn't that tasty. The Hershey bars don't add that much flavor, and do add a waxy consistency to the icing. This is a fine recipe for a tailgate. But it isn't really heavy or tasty enough for a birthday cake.

rbhjr2's Review

October 18, 2012
This cake is always a hit! My family loves it and it disappears quickly!

KristenBrooke's Review

June 21, 2011
I made this cake for my dad's birthday for 5 years, then my for my brother's 12 birthday. After that everyone wanted to try this cake, so i made it for baby sowers, birthdays. mothers and fathers day, 4th of July, and even a wedding. May i note that I'm only 14. I love this cake.

GrandmaTots's Review

January 09, 2011
My 14 year old, aspiring chef grandson made this cake for his great-grandfather's 90th birthday & it was a huge hit. The cake was light, the frosting not overly sweet & he already has been asked to make the cake for someone else! Loved it!!

ValinVirginia's Review

March 29, 2009
This is the most wonderful recipe. I also cannot find the Swiss Choc Cake Mix any longer and use the German Choc cake mix. I have substituted Hershey's Symphony Candy bars with toffee instead of the Hershey Bars with Almond for a change. This cake hits the spot but is not overly sweet which makes it PERFECT!!