Recipe By Julie Tramp
Published Apr 4th
Prep 10m Cook 50m Additional 30m Ready In 90m
Servings 1 tube cake Calories 583.9

This amazing cake joined the Walker family traditions when my brother met my sister-in-law. She’s a redhead with lots of freckles, and this cake, thanks to the chocolate shavings and chips, has lots of freckles too. So, we changed the name. Chocolate Chip Cake (boring!) is now Freckle Cake. Great topped with vanilla ice cream!

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • 1 (3.5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 (4 ounce) package sweet baking chocolate (such as Baker's German's Sweet Chocolate®), grated
  • 1 (12 ounce) package miniature chocolate chips

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Generously grease a 10-inch fluted tube pan (such as a Bundt®).
  2. 2 Beat yellow cake mix, vanilla pudding mix, eggs, vegetable oil, and water in a bowl with an electric mixer to make a smooth batter, about 2 minutes. Stir grated chocolate and chocolate chips into batter and pour into prepared tube pan.
  3. 3 Bake until a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes. Let cool completely in the pan before turning out onto a cake plate.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 583.9
  • Carbohydrate 65.5 g
  • Cholesterol 62.9 mg
  • Fat 36.1 g
  • Fiber 2.9 g
  • Protein 5.9 g
  • Saturated Fat 10.1 g
  • Sodium 431.7 mg
  • Sugar 45.7 g

Chef's Notes

I found the easiest way to grate the chocolate bar is by chopping it with a large knife. It will just shave right off; Note from my sister-in-law: This has been a family favorite for as long as I can remember. However, Marc's introduction to this yummy dessert has become a funny story that I must share. Shortly after Marc and I started dating, my mom packaged up several slices of this yummy cake for me to take back to my dorm room at the University of Arkansas. She sent enough for me to share with Marc (this would be his first time to try my mom's cake). As soon as I got back to school that Sunday afternoon, my mom called to ask if we'd eaten any of the cake yet. She was in a panic because she had just realized that one of her blender blades was broken and missing! (She'd used the blender to chop the German chocolate bar!). So we carefully ate our cake, and sure enough, Marc's piece contained the missing blender blade! Who knew at that point that Marc would be her future son-in-law, but we now joke that she was trying to scare him off early!


  1. This was an easy and delicious cake to make. I have made it twice but didn t have the right chocolate either time. The first time I ground up unsweetened chocolate and the second time I ground up chocolate chip both kinds in a food processor. It might be a little different from the original - Read more ...
  2. I made this recipe using all ingredients from Aldi! This cake is so delicious and have already had numerous request to make it again! Per another suggestion I also used the chocolate bundt cake glaze recipe. You can't go wrong with this cake!
  3. This recipe will be my go-to cake for when I want something chocolate-y but not overwhelmingly so. I made the cake as directed and it turned out perfectly. Took it to a faculty potluck and it was a huge hit. Even our health nut principal who usually doesn't eat sweets had to have a piece - Read more ...
  4. This recipe has been in our family for years too! The only difference is that we use milk instead of water. It's a super easy cake that everyone raves about. We top it with powdered's never failed me....I highly recommend trying this cake. Also I have used this "formula" for other flavors as other - Read more ...
  5. I baked this cake as is and everyone loved it! So moist and chocolately. I also tried to make a pistachio version by just replacing the vanilla pudding with pistachio pudding but the chocolate chips overpowered the pistachio but still good. Next time I'm gonna add a tsp of almond extract to see if that - Read more ...
  6. This recipe is awesome, and oh so versatile!! The first time I made it as written, but have since made it 3 other times changing out flavors and additions, every one of which was a big hit!! I have used dark chocolate cake with vanilla pudding and mini chocolate chips, yellow cake mix with butterscotch - Read more ...
  7. A nice dense moist cake. I too used the mini Morsals and only about half the 12 oz. bag. I finished it with the "easy chocolate bundt cake glaze" recipe. Very Good.
  8. My mother used to make this for my birthday. I have yet to find the recipe in her books. I am so happy to have found this recipe. It was loved by all that ate some and is very easy to make. My mother topped it with some of the shavings mixed with some powdered - Read more ...
  9. This is a beautiful moist and easy cake. I found a bag of Nestle's Mini Morsels. They are smaller than mini chips and stay put and don't sink to the bottom. Found them at Walmart I cut the morsels to 6 oz. and cake was loaded. I can't imagine using the whole 12 oz. Made - Read more ...

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