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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.

Chocolate Filling for Cake

This is the quickest and easiest cake filling you could ever make. The filling is thick, creamy, smooth and so easy to spread between cake layers. The secret ingredient that pulls this chocolate cake filling together so quickly is the instant chocolate pudding mix.

It is a great filling for chocolate cake or vanilla cake but it goes with any flavor that complements chocolate. Try it with our banana layer cake or coconut cake. And it is so much more than just a filling for cake. Use it as a dip, sandwich it between cookies, spread it on top of cupcakes, or serve it as a quick chocolate mousse.

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.

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chocolate cake filling in a bowl.

Easy Chocolate Cake Filling

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.
4.61 from 112 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 3 -1/4 cups of filling
Calories: 44kcal
Author: Dahn Boquist



  • 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. 
  • Slowly add the cream and whip on slow until it is well incorporated and smooth.
  • Slowly pour in the powdered instant pudding mix. Increase the speed and whip for 2 to 3 minutes until it is thick. If it gets too thick, add additional cream until it reaches the consistency you want.


Makes 3-1/4 cups of filling.



Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 44kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 12mg | Sugar: 1g

Dahn Boquist

Dahn is a retired nurse, recipe creator, home cook, baker, and self-proclaimed foodie. She loves creating in the kitchen and cooking for family and friends. She lives in Washington State with her husband and dog. When she isn't cooking or baking, you can usually find her spending time with her grandchildren or exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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Saturday 30th of September 2023

I made this as dairy free as I could. I don’t think I’d call it vegan, but it is dairy free: 8 oz package tofu cream cheese 1 package of cook and serve chocolate pudding (didnt have instant) 1 cup international delight liquid sweet cream creamer 1/2 cup powdered sugar 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa

I followed all the mixing instructions and it came out great! I used less liquid because it was cook and serve pudding and using a non dairy liquid doesnt tend to set as firm with pudding mixes.

It came out great! Very thick, creamy, delicious.

Dahn Boquist

Saturday 30th of September 2023

Wow, I'm surprised that you were able to adapt the recipe and make it dairy-free while still keeping the filling thick and creamy! It's fascinating to see how 'cook and serve' pudding and tofu cream cheese worked for you. While the original recipe leans heavily on instant pudding for that set texture, your version sounds like it got the job done. That said, if you get your hands on instant chocolate pudding next time, you might find that it helps you achieve an even better texture. The instant pudding is formulated to thicken up quickly and is fantastic for achieving that perfect consistency. Thanks for sharing your take on this! It's always wonderful that you were able to tweak the recipe to suit your dietary needs.

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