Death by Chocolate Cake

death_by_chocolate_img_0335This recipe needs to come with a warning that would read something like this: “Warning! This cake induces chocolate coma and death by chocolate. Eat at your own risk.”

We have a lot of chocoholics in the family and we love this cake. Every time I make this in camp it gets rave reviews. It’s dark and decadent, rich and fudgy, and it’s a slam dunk to make. It looks a little complicated but it’s really easy. At home, I measure my brown sugar and cocoa powder into a Ziploc bag and that’s my only prep. And I have to confess that even though the recipe calls for only one cup of chocolate chips on top, we’ve been known to, on occasion, use the whole bag!!

If you really want to live dangerously, you could swap out the semi-sweet chocolate chips on top for milk chocolate, white chocolate or dark chocolate chips. You could also add some chopped nuts. Just saying….



12-inch Dutch oven

Medium-size mixing bowl

Heavy-duty aluminum foil

Measuring cups


Ingredients for Bottom Layer

½ cup vegetable oil

1½ cups water

½ cup cocoa powder

1 cup brown sugar

1 (10½ ounce) bag mini marshmallows


Ingredients for Cake Batter

1 (18¼ ounce) box of Betty Crocker SuperMoist Chocolate Fudge cake mix

1½ cups water

½ cup vegetable oil

3 eggs


Ingredients for Top Layer

1 cup chocolate chips


Prep Work

Line your Dutch oven with foil and start 25 coals. This won’t take long to prep.

Combine ½ cup vegetable oil, cocoa powder, brown sugar, and 1½ cups water in a medium bowl. Mix well. Pour mixture into foil-lined Dutch oven. Sprinkle mini marshmallows on top of cocoa mixture

Prepare cake batter by blending cake mix, 1½ cups water, ½ cup vegetable oil, and eggs in mixing bowl. Carefully pour cake batter on top of marshmallows. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top of cake batter.

Bake in a 350°F oven, using 17 coals on the lid and 8 coals under the oven, for 1 hour. Refresh coals as needed. Every 15 minutes, remember to give the oven a quarter turn in one direction and the lid a quarter turn in the opposite direction to help prevent hot spots.

Serves 8, 4 if you want to avoid a riot! Serve warm with Cool Whip, ice cream or a tall glass of milk! I feel a chocolate coma coming!

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