Moist Deluxe Dark Chocolate Cake Mix(Copycat-Duncan Hines)

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins

Oh Yeah! Now I can make my own cake mixes just like the big boys! This would make a nice gift, along with a cake pan, large mixing spoon, some cocoa, maybe a pot holder, etc. Enjoy! Chocolate cake is popular all over the USA! New England, Southern, Mid West, Mid Atlantic, West and Southwest.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine flour, sugar,cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Now stir to combine. Add shortening, using electric mixer on medium speed to blend the shortening into the dry ingredients. Completely mix shortening until you can't see any chunks. This is the mix which may be kept in a sealed container for several months.
  2. To make the cake:.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350*F. Grease sides and bottoms of two 9" baking pans, or one 9x13" pan. Lightly flour the greased pans. Blend the dry cake mix(above) with water, oil, and eggs in a large bowl with the mixer at low speed until just moistened. Kick up the speed to medium and mix about 2 more minutes.
  4. Pour batter into pans and bake 30-33 minutes for the 9" pans and 35-38 minutes for the 9x13" pan.If you wish to make cupcakes, bake for 19-22 minutes.
Most Helpful

5 5

What an absolutely wonderful recipe. Talk about chocolate heaven!!! Since I needed 36 cupcakes, I added Cake Mix Extender and used the full amount of cocoa called for in this recipe. Frosted them with Hershey's Perfectly Chocolate Cake With Frosting. My DGD said it all when she said, "Grandma, these are the best cupcakes I ever had in my whole life!" Thank you Sharon!

5 5

Wonderful recipe for a deep dark delicious chocolate cake! I used a bunt pan and all splenda in place of the sugar. Turned out a beautiful cake. Iced it with a very simple fudge, cup of dark semi sweet chips, quarter cup of butter and 2 cups of icing sugar and a bit of milk, decorated with half walnuts. Made for Cool Monday's cook a thon. I don't make cakes very often but if I want a chocolate cake any time , this will be the recipe I'll use, DH loved it and it stayed moist for serveral days. Thanks for posting.

5 5

This cake turned out better than expected.I normally have trouble making cakes that rise (aside from using a mix) but there was no problem here! I made 2 layer cakes but once they came out of the oven, I realized I should just slice the one layer cake in half. As a result, I have an extra cake! The cake itself was moist, light and fluffy. I used 1 c. of cocoa and certainly wouldn't have used any less. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!