Chocolate Overload Cake

Our Chocolate Overload Cake is five layers of decadent rich chocolate goodness that starts with a box cake mix!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate overload cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 320kcal
Author April Woods


  • 1 box chocolate cake mix not prepared
  • eggs called for in mix + ONE MORE
  • milk in the amount of water called for in the cake mix (i.e. if cake mix calls for 1/2 cup of water, use 1/2 cup milk instead)
  • melted butter in the amount of oil called for in the cake mix i.e. if cake mix calls for 1/2 cup of oil , use 1/2 cup melted butter instead
  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips mini ones are my favorite
  • 3 cans chocolate frosting
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 batch prepared ganache see how to make ganache here



  • Prepare cake batter using substitutes mentioned above.  Mix well with an electric mixer (this will incorporate air into the mix and create a more bakery style cake.
  • Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Pour batter into greased/floured cake pans.  (We used this 5 layer Wilton cake pan set that I am absolutely obsessed with - but you can make it in as many or few layers as you prefer).
  • Bake according to package instructions, then allow cake(s) to cool completely.
  • Frosting:
  • In between the cake layers, I used one can of chocolate frosting straight from the can.  So, go ahead and set one can aside.
  • For the rosettes on the exterior of the cake, I wanted the frosting to be a little bit stiffer, so we added about 1 cup of powdered sugar per can of frosting.  Beat together with an electric mixer until fully incorporated.  You will notice the frosting lightens significantly in color.


  • When cake layers are completely cooled (I like to stick mine in the freezer for a bit), layer them with the plain chocolate frosting and then, with a 1mm tip create rosettes up the side of the cake.  Make sure to start at the bottom and work up in layers so as not to tip the cake over from the weight of the frosting!  Alternatively, you could just frost it like a normal cake and skip the rosettes altogether!
  • If you're pouring ganache over the top, make sure to only ice the sides and a little bit around the top edge of the cake - making a well or dip on the surface for the ganache layer to collect.
  • Pour warm (not hot!) ganache over cake, and adorn with additional chocolate chips and chocolate sprinkles.
  • Allow cake and ganache to fully set (I put my cake in the fridge overnight).
  • Serve and ENJOY!


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Calories: 320kcal