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Easy Chocolate Cake Filling

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Are you familiar with the chocolate cake filling inside of a Costco cake? You know the one. It’s light and fluffy, not too sweet, but similar in taste to a chocolate mousse. What’s not to love? That’s the inspiration behind our easy chocolate cake filling! It’s a simple, five ingredient recipe to make that creamy, fluffy chocolate filling at home!

chocolate cake filling between three layers of cake.

This easy chocolate cake filling is one of our favorites because it’s a simple and basic recipe that pairs well with any kind of layer cake! You can even fill cupcakes with this creamy goodness. Try it in our famous chocolate cake.

what every chocolate layer cake needs:

Chocolate filling inside a cupcake.

If you have a soft spot for chocolate cake, you’ll love our chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream! It’s the easiest, most versatile chocolate cake recipe and we break down all the different bake times you’ll need for various pan sizes, too. Check it out, because if you’re interested in this easy chocolate cake filling, you’ll need the perfect chocolate cake to go with it!

And you will want to check out our easy recipe for vanilla cake filling too. It is just as easy to make as this recipe.

Ingredients for chocolate cake filling.

How to make the dreamiest chocolate cake filling

A slice of classic, moist and tender chocolate cake will solve many problems. Not all problems, but we believe there’s a lot that a good cake can do. Agree? Whether you’re baking for fun, for a special occasion, or for a short home-ec baking activity, our easy chocolate cake filling is tasty, light and creamy, and simple enough for anyone to make! So if you have little ones at home, don’t hesitate to have them join in!

This recipe only requires 5 ingredients and 5 minutes to whip together! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • cream cheese
  • powdered sugar
  • unsweetened cocoa powder
  • heavy cream
  • instant chocolate pudding mix

To make this, you’ll need a standup mixer or a hand mixer since the cream cheese needs to be beat until smooth and it requires a lot of whipping to get the mousse-like texture.

Chocolate filling for cake in a mixing bowl.

Here’s the quick rundown of how it’s done, but be sure to check out the full recipe at the bottom of the page!

  1. Place the cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer (or bowl with a handheld mixer). Beat the cream cheese until smooth- you’re going for no lumps.
  2. Add the powdered sugar and cocoa powder, stirring on low until both ingredients are well combined.
  3. Turn the speed up to high, beat until smooth.
  4. Turn the speed to slow, then add the whipping cream and whip until the mixture is smooth.
  5. Add the powdered instant pudding mix, increase the speed, and whip until the chocolate cake filling is thick and fluffy.

This recipe makes about 3-1/2 cups of cake filling. You can store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Simple, rich and delicious! We love this easy cake filling recipe! It results in a decadent, chocolate-y, whipped cake filling that’s not as sweet as a standard frosting, and pairs well with buttercream. It’s incredibly fast, which means you can get it ready while you’ve got a cake cooling.

how to use chocolate cake filling

Besides enjoying this cake filling in a layer cake, you can get creative with how to use it! It’s light, chocolate pudding taste makes it a versatile cake filling recipe, and here’s a few of our favorite ways to enjoy this chocolate goodness:

This chocolate cake filling recipe is so easy and straightforward, we know you’ll love it! So bookmark it for the next time you have a layer cake or cupcakes in the works, or anything else that could use this sweet spread!

chocolate cake filling in a bowl.

SOME OTHER RECIPES WE ARE SURE YOU WILL LOVE:

  • These chewy oatmeal raisin cookies are hard to beat! You will love our soft, chewy oatmeal raisin cookie and I guarantee you’ll need more than one batch!
  • This 6-inch cake recipe is perfect for any occasion! A personal-sized cake is never a bad idea, and we’ve got you covered with this tender, yellow cake recipe, on a smaller scale.
  • This Lemon Bundt Cake –perfect for spring- it’s infused with lemon and is light and moist. Serve with a dollop of lemon dessert sauce for something really special!

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chocolate cake filling in a bowl.

Easy Chocolate Cake Filling

Yield: 3-1/4 cups of filling
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This cake filling tastes like the chocolate mousse that is inside a Costco cake. It is creamy, smooth, and rich but best of all, it is fast and easy.

Ingredients

  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 (3.4-ounce) package instant chocolate pudding

Instructions

  1. Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add powdered sugar and cocoa powder, then beat on low until incorporated. Turn the speed up and beat until smooth. 
  2. Slowly add the cream and whip on slow until it is well incorporated and smooth.
  3. Slowly pour in the powdered instant pudding mix. Increase the speed and whip for 2 to 3 minutes until it is thick.

Notes

Makes 3-1/4 cups of filling.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 52 Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 44Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 12mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 0g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third-party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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Kristy ODonnell

Saturday 10th of April 2021

Will this recipe hold well out of the fridge for a few hours?

Dahn Boquist

Sunday 11th of April 2021

Yes, it will. FDA guidelines recommend 2 hours outside of the fridge but I'm a bit of a rebel and I will leave it out all day as long as it isn't in the sun.

Holly Michelli

Saturday 10th of April 2021

Can I fill cupcakes with this the day before and keep them successfully in the refrigerator?

Dahn Boquist

Saturday 10th of April 2021

Yes, you can. This filling holds up very well

STACEY MILLER

Friday 2nd of April 2021

Does it squish out the sides when in a layer cake? Do I need to pipe a buttercream dam to keep it in or is it stiff enough to work on its own?

Dahn Boquist

Sunday 4th of April 2021

No this filling is quite firm and holds up on its own. It will hold a heavy butter cake and you don't need to make a dam with buttercream. This is a filling that makes cake decorating quite easy. Thanks for your question

Roni Lett

Wednesday 20th of January 2021

Can I use half and half instead of whipping cream

Dahn Boquist

Wednesday 20th of January 2021

It won't get as thick if you use half and half

Theresa Deatherage

Friday 11th of December 2020

I made this for my Chocolate loving 10-year old's birthday cake. Everyone loved it!

Dahn Boquist

Friday 11th of December 2020

Oh wow! Double digits this year. Happy birthday to the kiddo :) Thanks for the comment

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