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The Best Birthday Cake Ever

The best easiest birthday cake ever

A few years ago it was someone’s birthday at work. They brought in a cake to share and invited me to have a piece. I only ate one piece, but I secretly wished I could take the whole thing home with me. It was that good.

I came right home, found the recipe online, and I’ve been making the cake ever since. I recently made one for Granny’s birthday and thought I’d share the recipe with you.

It’s the kind of recipe I love: it’s super easy, tastes amazing, and looks impressive, you know like you slaved all day to make it.

I’ve heard the cake called a few different things, but I’m calling it the Chocolate Candy Bar Cake.



  • 1 chocolate cake mix (preferably swiss chocolate or milk chocolate)
  • 1 box of instant vanilla pudding
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup oil

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 8oz. pack cream cheese
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 12oz. cool whip
  • 3 Hershey bars (chopped or grated)

Hershey bar cake

Add all the cake ingredients into a bowl and mix well; pour batter into 3 greased and floured 9 inch round cake pans. Bake at 325 degrees for 20-25 minutes or till done.

When I first started making this cake I only used two 9 inch cake pans and it still turned out great. Using 3 layers allows you to use more icing and make a more dramatic cake especially once you slice it and see the different layers.

Once cake rounds are done allow to cool slightly and remove from pans to cool completely.

While cakes are cooling make the frosting by mixing cream cheese and xxx sugar well.

Add cool whip to bowl and mix until thoroughly combined.

Chop or grate candy bars. I didn’t have any candy bars on hand for Granny’s cake, but I did have a giant Hershey’s Kiss left over from Valentines and it worked just as well.

Chocolate bar cake with cream cheese icing

Add chocolate to frosting and mix well.

Frost cake. Slice. Pour glass of milk. Eat.



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  • Reply
    Wanda Devers
    February 3, 2015 at 9:43 am

    It sounds yummy!

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    March 14, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Sounds yummy good!!!
    God bless.

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    March 12, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    We made one of those cakes; it was good! You know, I bet you could use just about any candy bar. Well, maybe not but wonder what Snickers would be like.

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    Kimberly Burnette
    March 12, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    This cake looks like it would be fabulous! Since today is my birthday, I think that it was meant to be that I should make a cake like this!

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    March 12, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Wow! That cake looks just right.
    Hey Tip…I got a birthday coming
    up late next month.
    If it’s sunny tomorrow, I’m going
    to dig some more taters. I think
    I’m ready for a dry spell…Ken

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    March 12, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    That looks delicious! I mix everything by hand, so I’m not sure I could get the same degree of perfection. Probably worth a try, though!

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    March 12, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    YUM!!Thanks for sharing. This cake looks delicious and we’ll be adding this recipe to our Blind Pig recipe folder we have created. Nothing like a big piece of cake and a glass of cold milk to make a body happy!

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    March 12, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Note to self: Do not look at pictures of this cake or its ingredients before testing for blood sugar content…

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    Glynda P. Chambers
    March 12, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Thanks Tipper, Can’t wait to make this one. It looks yummy! Thanks so much for sharing it
    with us.

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    Kerry in GA
    March 12, 2013 at 11:45 am

    This is a very good cake. I make it for my daddy-in-law for his birthday about every year.

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    March 12, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Oh! You have made my mouth salivate and the power of suggestion, whether real or imaginary, has made want to get to the store and bake one of these. It looks scrumptious. Thanks for the recipe. I must run to the store right now. Happy Birthday to Granny!

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    Lonnie L. Dockery
    March 12, 2013 at 10:51 am

    I’ll save that one–might try it after I finish my next “Mary Jo’s Apple Pie”. I just dug that recipe out this morning!

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    B. ruth
    March 12, 2013 at 9:47 am

    I would have to call that an anti-depression cake…I love anything with cream cheese icing, I could eat anything with cream cheese icing even…uhhh, never mind.
    Since the sun is shining here today, I will have to wait until it is gloomy and rainy. One of those days when I am “down-in-the-dumps”, “got the blues”, or at least close to my birthday. Let me look at the calender…well, my birthday is Dec. 3rd, close enough, so I’ll see you later! I’m gone to the store to get the chocolate, mix and cheese…
    Thanks Tipper,

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    March 12, 2013 at 9:27 am

    I would love to have Miss Cindy’s pound cake recipe if it is easy enough to commit to memory. I don’t do well with complicated.

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    Ron Banks
    March 12, 2013 at 8:29 am

    I didn’t get my morning email from the Blind Pig today but I found the website for my my morning Blind Pig fix! That cake looks delicious. I am a sucker for chocolate cake and I’m going to give the recipe to my wife and hopefully get to try some of that.

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    March 12, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Can just taste it now! Have made the cake recipe before but not with the one for the icing. Will have to give it a try soon. Can never go wrong with chocolate.

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    Miss Cindy
    March 12, 2013 at 7:34 am

    That looks delicious! The cake part is very similar to the cake I use to make German Chocolate cake. It’s also an easy recipe that I got from my cousin when I was a teenager. I bet I’ve made hundreds of that cake though not recently.
    It’s funny how you get a recipe and it just fits you so you keep it and use it over and over.
    I also had a pound cake recipe that I probably made at least a hundred of. I made it so much I didn’t need to look at the recipe. It was and still is permanently in my brain.

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    Ed Ammons
    March 12, 2013 at 7:13 am

    You should call your cake “The Giant Birthday Kiss Cake!”

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    Tim Mc
    March 12, 2013 at 7:13 am

    Wow,, looks delicious, I think I gained 5lbs, just looking at it…

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