Chocolate Sundae Cake

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This chocolate sundae cake is basically a delectable fudge sundae in cake form, complete with a moist dark chocolate fudge cake, chocolate syrup, whipped cream topping, and a cherry on top.

Slice of chocolate sundae cake.

This chocolate sundae cake is definitely celebration-worthy on all counts. The appearance makes you think of red balloons and barbecues but beyond that, the ease of it is stunning. I dreamed this up years ago when I had company coming and wanted an impressive dessert with ingredients I had on hand. I was hoping they’d like it and the speed with which it disappeared confirmed that they did.

Lucky for me, it was so easy to make! This easy chocolate sundae cake recipe needs minimal ingredients. The first step is to bake the tender and moist dark chocolate fudge cake. Then we poke holes across it and pour over the delicious chocolate syrup, which soaks into the cake and makes it just melt in your mouth. Then the final step is to add the toppings! Because we’re going for a chocolate sundae look, we add whipped topping, chopped nuts, and maraschino cherries, but you can totally add your favorite ice cream toppings.

While we’re talking about chocolate cakes, if you’re looking for something similar to an old-fashioned hot fudge sundae cake that tastes absolutely delicious with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, you must try my chocolate cobbler recipe! It’s basically a pudding-like hot fudge cake that’s so easy to make, you’ll love it!

Chocolate Sundae Cake Ingredients

Recipe Ingredients

  • Chocolate cake mix and required ingredients according to package.
  • Whipped cream topping
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Cherries (I prefer with stems)
  • Chopped nuts

How To Make A Sundae Chocolate Cake

Bake cake and then poke holes all over the top.

In a medium bowl, prepare the cake batter by mixing the dry ingredients together with the required wet ingredients (usually eggs and water). Pour the cake batter into a greased 9×13-inch baking dish and bake according to package directions.

As soon as you take it out of the oven, poke holes all in the top with a fork.

Until it looks like it has been attacked by a mob of angry chickens.

Pour chocolate syrup over cake.

Now take that bottle of chocolate sauce and pour it over the cake.

Cake soaked in chocolate sauce.

Yes, the entire bottle. Saturate that cake. The chocolate fudge sauce will soak into the holes and warm cake and basically replicate hot fudge sauce.

Oh my, if your mouth isn’t watering now I don’t know what it takes to do it for ya!

Let your cake cool completely and place it in the fridge to get it chilled.

Sometimes I speed things up a bit by placing my hot cake in the freezer but let’s keep that between us, alrighty?

Cover cake in whipped topping.

Once your cake is cold, spread the entire container of whipping cream topping over it.

Top slice of chocolate sundae cake with chopped nuts and a cherry.
Top with chopped nuts and a cherry and serve cold!

Chocolate Sundae Cake
Check out that cross-section!

This is so easy, you don’t have any excuse not to make it!

Enjoy your scrumptious chocolate fudge sundae cake!


Store leftover cake in an airtight container or covered in plastic wrap in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Recipe Notes

  • As mentioned, you can top the whipping cream with whatever you like, including sprinkles, crushed Oreo cookie crumbs, or a different type of chopped nut.
  • You can also use any variety of boxed chocolate cake mix or make a homemade chocolate cake (with chocolate chips), of course.

You may also enjoy these scrumptious cake recipes:  

Chocolate Velvet Cake With Cream Cheese Icing

Chocolate Snack Cake With Chocolate Chips

Oreo Ice Cream Cake

Red Velvet Bundt Cake Recipe

Jello Poke Cake Recipe

Easy Birthday Cake Recipe From Scratch

Chocolate Sundae Cake

This chocolate sundae cake is basically a fudge sundae in cake form, complete with a dark chocolate fudge cake, chocolate syrup, whipped cream, and a cherry on top.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake, chocolate, sundae
Servings: 4
Calories: 271kcal


  • 1 box chocolate cake mix plus required ingredients
  • 1 bottle Hershey's chocolate syrup (about 22 ounces)
  • 16 ounces whipped topping
  • chopped nuts and cherries with stems, for garnishing


  • Prepare the cake batter and bake the cake according to the package directions in a 9x13 baking dish.
    1 box chocolate cake mix
  • Once done, remove the cake from the oven and poke holes all over the top with a fork while it's still hot. Pour the entire bottle of chocolate sauce over the cake then allow it to cool completely.
    1 bottle Hershey's chocolate syrup (about 22 ounces)
  • Spread whipped topping over the entire cake and refrigerate for several hours. Garnish each slice with chopped nuts and a cherry. Enjoy!
    16 ounces whipped topping, chopped nuts and cherries with stems, for garnishing


Calories: 271kcal
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  1. Sadly our reunions have died out also, families just don’t have the time and some of the younger generation don’t have the desire to stay connected to relatives they barely know. This cake looks delicious

  2. Poke Cake – I love poke cakes – I made a Banana Pudding cake just like this with yellow cake mix – 2 pkg. (3oz) of banana pudding – whipped topping and crumbled vanilla cookies on top. Also good.

    1. ooooo I’d like more details on this cake, please other Judy. : ) Did you just mix the dry pudding right from the box into the cake batter or did you make the pudding and pour it on? This and Christy’s cake both sound so good!

  3. Hi Christy- I made this cake a couple of weeks ago and it was incredible! Question – I was thinking of making it the same way, but also adding bananas, strawberries an pineapple under the whipped topping. Sort of a banana split cake. Have you heard of anyone else modifying the recipe this way? Looking for pointers. Thanks!

  4. I am so excited that I found Southern Plate on line and for people like you that make a differents. I enjoy reading your lilltle stories and the cute things you say in them. I love to copy all your recipes and prepare them. I also like the way you explain how to fix them.Keep up the good work. Thank you

  5. LOVE-LOVE-LOVE this cake. After I read your post a while back about using pretzels in place of nuts, I have been making this cake using pretzel topping in place of the nuts. I have substituted fresh strawberries for the cherries some times. One time I even used canned peach slices in place of the cherries, it was still pretty and yummy!

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