Chocolate WASC

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Chocolate WASC Is The Easiest Way To Make Box Mix Taste Like Scratch

Chocolate WASC is the chocolate version of our popular WASC recipe that with an addition of a few ingredients, your box cake will taste almost like scratch. The texture is light and fluffy but is still sturdy enough to carve a cake or stack into for a wedding cake. Chocolate WASC is a great option if you’re not quite ready to take the plunge into baking a chocolate cake recipe from scratch.

closeup of slice of chocolate wasc cake with chocolate ganache

Chocolate Sour Cream Cake

One of the ingredients that makes this cake so dang good is the sour cream. It adds a nice tang to the flavor and an extra level of moistness. Sour cream is a popular ingredient used in a lot of chocolate cake recipes giving it a similar flavor that you might get from using buttermilk or mayonnaise.

Chocolate Cake With Coffee

I like to use coffee as my liquid instead of water because the coffee brings out the chocolate flavor. Your batter will smell like strong coffee but don’t worry, it won’t taste like coffee. You don’t have to use coffee, you can use water or even milk if you want.

chocolate wasc with chocolate frosting and chocolate chips on top

How To Make Chocolate WASC

Chocolate WASC starts with a nice chocolate-y box mix. I usually use Duncan Hines chocolate fudge cake but devils food cake will also do nicely. Just pour the contents of the mix into a bowl and add in your extra ingredients. Just ignore the instructions on the back of the box and use the recipe below instead.

Mix all your ingredients together until combined and then mix vigorously for two minutes. I used a stand mixer with a paddle attachment but you can also just use a bowl and a spoon.

I tweaked this recipe to contain melted butter so that when you chill it the cake is a bit firmer and easier to handle.

close up of chocolate cake with slice cut out of it

Why not just make it from scratch?

I get this question a lot. A LOT. I get it. If you’re going to go through all this trouble of adding so many ingredients to a box mix, why not just make it from scratch? I used to think the same thing. But over the years of teaching countless bakers of all skill levels, I have learned that a lot of people are super intimidated to bake from scratch. They have little to no knowledge of how to measure, how to mix or even what a good scratch cake should taste like. 

The thing about box mix is it isn’t just the same ingredients as a cake from scratch. A box contains emulsifiers that basically make the cake bake up perfectly no matter what you do to it. The problem? Those emulsifiers make the cake taste a bit fake. Like eating strawberry flavored candy. It’s good but doesn’t exactly taste like a real strawberry right?

So adding in these extra ingredients gives you the best of both worlds. A recipe that makes the baker do more than just opening a box but the emulsifiers still ensure that the cake bakes up successfully and the added ingredients make the cake taste more like homemade. Thus giving the baker much-needed confidence and a bit of a taste of what a homemade cake tastes like so if they choose to take a leap two baking from scratch, it’s not so scary. 

close up of a slice of chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and chocolate chips on top

Chocolate WASC Cake For Cupcakes

This recipe works great for cupcakes and rise up perfectly. I get about 36 cupcakes from one box.

I like using my chocolate buttercream for this recipe. The yummy flavor pairs perfectly with the chocolate cake without it being too heavy. If you’re looking for other yummy chocolate cake recipes, check out my guinness beer cake which is the epitome of decadent.

Other doctored box mix recipes you might want to try!

WASC (white almond sour cream cake)
Strawberry cake mix recipe

closeup of slice of chocolate wasc cake with chocolate ganache
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Chocolate WASC Cake (doctored chocolate cake mix)

This is the chocolate version of the WASC recipe. Starting with a box mix and adding in some extra ingredients, you can get a great tasting cake in a flash that tastes almost like scratch. Shhh I won't tell. This recipe makes two 8" round cakes that are 2" tall. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate cake, WASC
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 24 servings
Calories 390 kcal
Author Elizabeth Marek


Chocolate WASC Recipe

  • 1 box Duncan Hines Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
  • 5 oz Ap flour 1 cup
  • 2 oz cocoa powder 1/2 cup
  • 12 oz cold coffee 1 1/2 cups
  • 2 oz vegetable oil 1/4 cup
  • 4 oz melted butter 1/2 cup
  • 3 large eggs
  • 6 oz sour cream 3/4 cup
  • 7 oz sugar 1 cup
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract

Chocolate Frosting

  • 16 ounces Semi-Sweet Chocolate
  • 16 ounces heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


Chocolate WASC Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 335℉. Prepare two 8" round cake pans. I prefer to use cake goop. 

  2. Add all dry ingredients into the bowl of your stand mixer with a paddle attachment. Add in the rest of your ingredients and mix on low for 1 minute. 

  3. Stop and scrape the bowl and then mix on medium for two minutes. 

  4. Pour batter into your cake pans and bake for 30- 35 minutes until a toothpick comes out of the center with just a few sticky crumbs clinging to the toothpick. 

  5. Let cool a few minutes in the pan before turning out onto a cooling rack. Let cool fully and frost. 

Chocolate Frosting

  1. Place the heavy whipping cream into a medium-sized pot over medium-high heat. Whisk occasionally to prevent burning. Do not walk away!

  2. Heat cream until steam is rising from the surface but it isn't boiling.

  3. Pour hot cream over the chocolate and let sit for 5 minutes

  4. Add in salt and whisk until smooth. If you have any un-melted lumps, you can use an immersion blender to get them out.

  5. Pour chocolate into a shallow dish and cover with plastic wrap let cool at room temperature until a peanut butter consistency. If chocolate is too firm, you can microwave for 10 seconds and then stir with a spatula or whip with a hand mixer.

  6. Frost cake as desired.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate WASC Cake (doctored chocolate cake mix)
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 390 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 15g75%
Cholesterol 67mg22%
Sodium 353mg15%
Potassium 250mg7%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 488IU10%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 68mg7%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

chocolate WASC

chocolate WASC

chocolate wasc cake

Chocolate WASC is the chocolate version of our popular WASC recipe that with an addition of a few ingredients, your box cake will taste almost like scratch. The texture is light and fluffy but is still sturdy enough to carve a cake or stack into for a wedding cake.

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