simply delicious sundae cake It's Simply Lindsay

Does it ever happen to you when out of nowhere, you just want cake? Silly question, of course that happens. Well, that happens to me too. Actually, what usually happens is that I want cake batter, but ending up with a scrumptious cake is a sweet byproduct of my batter craving.

My mom makes the most delicious cakes, and historically, I make the worst cakes. Even though I always follow the recipes step-by-step, somehow that moist, fluffy champagne cake turns into a dense, beer flavored brick by my very touch. Not the most impressive skill to have.

In an effort to avoid any baking mishaps, I skipped my mom’s homemade cake batter and opted for a box mix, making an equally delicious, fool-proof, easy peasy chocolate sundae cake. This is a great birthday cake – in fact, it’s my dad’s cake of choice every year, but I would also make it for other special occasions or heck, just because. It’s so simple but tastes very decadent and special.

Mom’s Simply Delicious Chocolate Sundae Cake


Devil’s Food cake mix

Oil or applesauce

Eggs (follow cake’s instructions – mine used 3)

Heavy whipping cream

Hershey syrup


Follow the instructions on your boxed cake mix.

Once your batter is mixed, take out half a cup and put in a separate, small bowl.

Add 1/2 cup of Hershey syrup to the 1/2 cup of cake batter. Mix with a spoon.

Pour your batter into greased baking pans (I used two 9 inch round pans).

Spoon the additional syrup/batter mixture evenly on top of your cake and swirl it into the batter in the cake pans. Cook according to the cake’s instructions.

While the cake is cooking, why not make the frosting?

Mix 1 cup of cold whipping cream with 1/3 cup of Hershey syrup to start. There is really no exact science here; you can adjust the amount of chocolate to your taste, and if you need more because you heavily sampled like I did, just add some more cream and syrup. No need to measure, really.

Beat it until the mixture is no longer liquidy; you want it slightly thick (not runny at all), but not over beaten – then you will have chocolate butter. I’m not complaining about the idea of chocolate butter, but it won’t work well for your cake.

Wait until the cakes are completely cooled before removing and frosting. I like to frost a layer between the cakes for added goodness, and then I drizzled some extra syrup on top.

Concluding thoughts

I’m never a chocolate on chocolate type of girl, but the lightness of the whipped cream frosting makes it a perfect, delicate balance for the chocolate cake as opposed to a typical buttercream frosting. What is your favorite cake recipe? 

  • laci carlson

    Yum this looks amazing !!! I’m not a baker but definitely would like to try this. Amazing job !

    • Lindsay Katherine

      That’s the beauty of this recipe – it is fool proof!

  • Shann Eva

    Yum! I could go for a piece right now. Guess that’s probably not a good idea before the gym 😉 Thanks for the recipe. I’m not that great of a baker….yet.

    • Lindsay Katherine

      At least the gym would counteract the cake : ) I love this recipe because there really is no way to mess it up.

  • Pretty and yummy. I think I need this!
    How about send me a slice through the interwebz:p

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Wouldn’t that be a beautiful feature??!! Mmmmm

  • Well of COURSE it happens to me when out of no where I want cake! Or brownies. Or donuts. This looks so amazing!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      I knew it would because we are the same : )

  • Oh my gosh, this looks delicious!!!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Thanks Kristin!

  • Patricia Hickey Rosasco

    It is the best. Make an extra bowl of the whipped cream to eat. HINT: If you can find “Whip It” in the baking aisle, add one packet to the
    whipped cream to keep it a little more firm! Funny story… son asked me after years of making this cake for his Dad’s birthday if he could have it for his. He thought it was only for Dad!!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Ooooh, thanks for the great tip! I’ve always seen that but never knew what it was. Great to know. That is so cute…was it Jimmy?? If I wanted to try it with another flavor or whipped cream, would I just add a little vanilla to the whipping cream? Or lemon? Or coconut? Mmmmm.

  • Painting it Purple

    I have been craving chocolate all day and now I know I NEED to go get a piece of cake – this looks delicious!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      I’m happy to have driven you towards your chocolate craving : )

  • It looks heavenly! 😀

    • Lindsay Katherine

      It sure is!!

  • That looks ridiculously delicious! Definitely pinning for the future. Thanks!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Aw good, you will definitely want to keep this one. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Courtney Patterson

    This sounds amazing. I can’t wait to give it a try! Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Thanks so much for reading! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

  • Wow I need to try this recipe ASAP. I’ve been meaning to get back into baking and I think this will be one of the first recipes I make. Thanks for sharing!

    ♡ Julia |

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Oh good, I hope you enjoy this! It’s very easy but the most delicious thing ever.

  • Sounds SO good! I love baking. Although, I will admit that I am definitely no expert at it either. Confetti Cake is my absolute favorite. Yes, I realize that this makes me some kind of 12 year old. #noshame haha!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Awww love it, Amanda!! I think Funfetti cake is my husband’s favorite : )

  • Wow, this looks so good! I love cooking from box mixes too! Even though I like to bake from scratch from time to time, box mixes just make everything easier (and often more delicious). The presentation is so pretty too! Pinning and saving for later 😉

    • Lindsay Katherine

      I know you enjoy delicious sweets from your pecan pie! Hope you and baby enjoy this sometime soon ; )

  • Well this makes me want to throw my 21 day fix plans right out the window! How yummy! I will eat this at the end to celebrate, haha!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Did I forget to mention under occasions this cake is great for that it’s perfect for the end of the 21 day fix! How’s that going for you?

      • It’s actually going really well, minus my constant craving for m&ms. Dustin has lost 5 pounds already and I’ve lost 1.5. I had no energy the first few days, but now I’m feeling pretty good. Also looking forward to our cheat day this weekend, haha

        • Lindsay Katherine

          Awesome, good for you guys! Way to go. Enjoy your cheat day ; )

    • Justin Copeland

      Do it. Throw them out an make a cake. I’ll meet you in 20 minutes with the frosting.

  • Justin Copeland

    I want this NOW!