Are you looking for a delicious dessert that is easy to make and impressive to serve? Look no further than this 3-Layer French vanilla pudding cake with homemade Chocolate Fudge Frosting! This recipe is perfect for any occasion, whether a family gathering, a birthday party or a sweet treat to enjoy at home.
So, here is the thing. I am a good baker. Like, pretty darn awesome, if I must say so myself. Although I am a pretty good baker, I am not a good cake decorator…at all. Most of my cakes are made in a bundt pan. Now, you might be thinking by looking at the picture that everything I just said was bogus. I mean, that is one awesome-looking cake. I won’t lie. The cake-decorating gods gave me special powers this day because I am surprised at myself.
Aside from how pretty this cake looks, the flavor of the cake is better. This cake has three layers of moist and rich vanilla flavor with a rich and chocolatey fudge frosting made completely from scratch. This cake is perfect for potlucks, dinners, or special occasions.
How to make this Layered Vanilla Pudding Cake Recipe
To start, you’ll need a few basic ingredients you likely already have in your pantry. The cake layers are made with a box of French vanilla cake mix, instant vanilla pudding mix, eggs, oil, and water. Mix these ingredients, divide the batter into three 8-inch cake pans, and bake until golden brown and fully cooked.
Once the cake layers are done, it’s time to prepare the chocolate fudge frosting. This recipe calls for butter, cocoa powder, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and heavy cream. The result is a rich, smooth frosting that pairs perfectly with the sweet, vanilla-flavored cake layers.
Place one of the cake layers on a plate or cake stand to assemble the cake. Spread a generous amount of frosting over the top of the cake layer, spreading it to the edges. Repeat this process with the second and third cake layers, then cover the entire cake with the remaining frosting. You can decorate the cake with additional chocolate shavings, sprinkles, or fresh fruit if desired.
Tips and Tricks for Cake Baking
I have made this cake about 4-5 times, and that is after I published this recipe. I have learned a few things along the way that may be helpful, especially if you are new to baking:
Room Temperature Ingredients: Wet ingredients such as milk, eggs, and butter at room temperature ensure that the ingredients are well mixed and provide a smooth and even temperature. Also, it is easier for the butter to cream together with the sugars, and the eggs will increase in volume.
Making the chocolate frosting: I’d admit, I found it a bit tricky the first time I made this frosting. It didn’t seem like the chocolate was getting thick and appeared lumpy. The trick is to make sure you sift the powdered sugar gets rid of all of those lumps. This will make the frosting super smooth and creamy. I will use heavy whipping cream if you do not have half and half. I tried to use milk once, and although the frosting came out fine, it took a while to thicken.
Assembling the cake layers: Things get tricky because I need to gain that special skill to make all cakes look pretty. I have learned to take a serrated knife and cut the top layer of the baked cakes off, making them even. I flip the top layer upside down where the bottom layer is at the top because that makes the top look even.
This 3-Layer French Vanilla Pudding Cake with homemade Chocolate Fudge Frosting is a fantastic dessert to impress your family and friends. It’s easy to make, delicious to eat, and can be customized to suit your tastes. Give it a try today and enjoy the sweet satisfaction of a homemade dessert!
*Chocolate Frosting recipe adapted from Sifting Focus.
*Cake recipe partially adapted from Grandbaby Cakes.
Commonly Asked Questions
Adding pudding to the cake mix adds flavor and moistens the cake. Adding pudding is similar to adding sour cream or yogurt to a cake.
Sure! I am sure you supplement the ingredients in this cake with vegan or dairy-free alternatives. I have not done this myself so I am not sure how the cake will come out completely, but I am sure it will be fine.
Yes, you can. However, I do recommend using an alternative fat such as sour cream or yogurt.
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