Mary Giuliani's Favorite Cake for Last-Minute Parties

This recipe (from Mary's mom's friend Rita) starts with boxed cake mix, so it's easy to whip up in case company stops by.
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Rita's chocolate cake

This recipe originally appeared in our Harvest 2020 issue. Get the magazine here.

  • 8Servings


  • 1 box (16.5 oz.) dark chocolate fudge cake mix
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil or melted coconut oil
  • 1 package (3.9 oz.) instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 container (8 oz.) full-fat sour cream
  • 1 bag (12 oz.) semisweet chocolate chips


Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease an 8-inch cake pan. In a large bowl, stir the cake mix, eggs, oil, pudding mix, and sour cream until smooth. Fold in the chocolate chips. Pour into the cake pan and bake until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes.