One of our normal traditions every year is letting the birthday girl or boy pick out their favorite meal and choice of dessert. Without fail, my family members pick this chocolate cake recipe for Million Dollar Cake.
Josh’s mom has been making this cake for years and years. While this version is a chocolate cake recipe, I’ve had all kinds of variations of it – with strawberries, bananas, vanilla pudding, chocolate pudding, vanilla cake, etc. That’s the beauty of it. You can switch out the flavors with the same general guidelines. My mother in law recently made this and added Heath bar to it – yum!!
Although I’m not a huge chocolate fan, I will always make room for this chocolate cake recipe. It is so so incredibly good.
For the pictures on this post chocolate cake, vanilla pudding and strawberry slices were used. But again, you can make all kinds of variations based on your favorite flavors and tastes.
- 18.5 oz cake mix (and ingredients to make)
- 3.4 oz pudding mix (and ingredients for pudding)
- 8 oz cream cheese
- strawberries, bananas, whatever type of fruit you want!
- 8 oz Cool Whip
- Chocolate bar for garnish
Use a sheet pan for this recipe. If you only have 9x13s, this will make two 9x13s.
Make cake according to directions. Let cool.
Make pudding according to directions. Let chill.
Soften cream cheese. Mix into pudding.
Layer fruit, pudding mix, and top with Cool Whip on the cake. Chill.
Shave chocolate (if desired) to garnish.
You can use any kind of cake mix you want - chocolate, Devil's food, white, etc. You can then use different puddings as well - chocolate, vanilla, lemon. It's a good base for whatever flavor combinations you want.
Nutrition will vary based on your choice of cake mix, pudding mix and fruit.
Try out some of our other favorite desserts (there are so many we love!):
- Mom’s Carrot Cake (my favorite!)
- Truffle Cupcakes
- Favorite EVER Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Homemade Strawberry Heart Oreos
Do you have any MUST HAVE family favorites like our Million Dollar Cake?