Layered Chocolate Pudding Cake

This Layered Chocolate Pudding Cake was a staple in our home growing up!  It is perfect for parties and can easily feed a crowd! This pudding cake has a delicious crust, a cream cheese layer, a chocolate pudding layer and is finished off with whipped cream and chocolate shavings!

chhcolate pudding cake in pan with layers exposed

Crust pushed into baking dish for pudding cake

How to Make Pudding Cake

This simple crust only has 3 ingredients that you mix together and press into a greased 9×13-inch baking pan and bake for 20 minutes.

After your crust has cooled you spread a cream cheese layer on top and place back in the refrigerator to set up for a little bit.

cream cheese layer in chocolate pudding cake

The next layer is a smooth, chocolate pudding that goes perfectly with the crust and cream cheese layer.

Top that all off with some Cool Whip and chocolate curls, and you are good to go!

Cut into squares and serve! Your friends, family or party guests will LOVE it!

Chocolate layer in pudding cake

Quick Tips

  • The secret to easy, perfect chocolate curls is using a vegetable peeler!
  • This cake can easily be made ahead of time and kept in the fridge until you are ready to serve it.

Topping chocolate pudding cake with whipped cream and chocolate shavings

Chocolate shavings on top of pudding cake

Chocolate Vs. Vanilla

If you’re not a chocolate lover, you could easily substitute chocolate pudding for other flavors.  Vanilla pudding is a great alternative to the chocolate pudding and the chocolate curls on top could be replaced with white chocolate.

Pan of chocolate pudding cake with layers shown

piece of pudding cake on plate garnished with chocolate shavings

More tasty treat ideas

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Serves: 20

Pudding Cake

This Chocolate Pudding Cake is the ultimate dessert. With a nutty crust, creamy chocolate pudding, whipped topping and chocolate curls it is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

3 hrPrep Time

20 minCook Time

3 hr, 20 Total Time

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  • 10 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 (8 ounce) container Cool Whip, divided
  • 1 (8 ounce) pkg. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) pkg. instant chocolate pudding
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) pkg. instant vanilla pudding
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (1.45 ounce) chocolate Hershey's bar


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. For the crust combine the softened butter, flour and chopped walnuts. Mix and then press into a lightly greased 9x13-inch baking pan.
  3. Bake crust for 20 minutes. Cool completely.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, cream together half the container of Cool Whip, cream cheese and powdered sugar.
  5. Spread carefully over the cooled crust and refrigerate.
  6. In another bowl combine chocolate pudding, vanilla pudding, milk and vanilla.
  7. Using a hand mixer, beat on low speed until thickened and spread over the cream cheese layer.
  8. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  9. Spread remaining Cool Whip.
  10. Use a vegetable peeler or grater to sprinkle chocolate bar pieces over top.
  11. Keep in refrigerator until served.
Recipe Type: Dessert

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19 Responses to “Layered Chocolate Pudding Cake”

  1. Renee Rogers
    This recipe is a family heirloom in my family !!! My hubby's aunt made this every family holiday gathering during the 70's, 80's , 90's. and on up until very recently (she is elderly now) and she gave me the recipe in her own handwriting when I first got married in 1977. I just tried to pin this recipe and got a pop-up window saying it is a copyrighted recipe...and would not let me pin it. Not sure why it is copyrighted because I have had it for going on 4 decades now. . Still delicious, and a classic!
  2. How cool to see this recipe! We have one that is pretty similar in my family and we call it Chocolate Yummy, it was a staple at our house on birthdays. Your picture brought on all sorts of nostalgia, thank you so much for sharing this, I'll have to try your version out soon!
  3. Soraya Cornick
    I've, also, had this recipe for approximately 35 years. Although, it was called Pistachio Dessert, because of using pistachio pudding rather than chocolate. So delicious!!! No topping sprinkled on it in my recipe. Although, ground pistachios would be yummy!!!

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