Making White Cake Mix Into Chocolate Cake?

How can I make a white cake mix into a chocolate cake?

Trish from CT


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May 20, 20080 found this helpful

Check out the answers on this post:

and for an estimate on how much cocoa to add check this:
it says: Chocolate Cake

Add to the batter after initial blending:
2 Tbsp. milk
3 squares unsweetened chocolate, melted
3 Tbsp. cocoa powder

On the Duncan Hines site it says to add 3 sifted Tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa to the mix..but they were referring to Angel Food White Cake to choc.

I have added strong brewed coffee in place of the water called for on cake mixes and it seems to boost the chocolate flavor. I haven't used a white cake mix for years...I usually get a yellow mix so I don't remember if they use egg whites only...but I would use the whole eggs if you do a choc version...most full cake mixes call for 3 eggs.


I think those recipes that you also add a box of instant pudding to the cake mix...usually for bundt cakes...would up the chocolate factor too. Let us know what you do and how it turns out. I might try it with a Yellow mix sometime. Good luck!

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May 21, 20080 found this helpful

sorry...that post below (or would it be above?) was me. didn't know I wasn't logged in.

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By Trish (Guest Post)
May 21, 20080 found this helpful

Thank you so much for your feedback. Unfortunately, I had to have this ready for last night, so I just had to wing it. I had some sweetened bakers chocolate in the cabinet so I knew I could use that I just wasn't sure how much. I was afraid to make the whole cake chocolate because I didn't really know how it would turn out.


I ended up making the white batter per the box directions, then I melted 3 squares of chocolate and combined it with 1 cup of the white batter. I dropped it in clumps, 1/2 cup into each pan, and then swirled it with a butter knife to make a marble cake. It came out beautifully, thank goodness. This was a birthday cake for my nephew, and it was delicious.

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By Fay (Guest Post)
May 21, 20080 found this helpful

Try using a 3 oz. box of dry chocolate (not devils food) instant pudding mix to your batter. That works for me.

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