Secret Recipe Club: Chocolate Pudding Bars

It's time for the next group to reveal what they made for the Secret Recipe Club!  If you haven't heard about it before now... well, everyone who participates gets assigned another blog to go searching for a recipe to make and write a post about on reveal day.  You can't tell that blogger that you have their blog, so on reveal day it's always fun to see who got your blog!

This month, I got Let's Try These which is written by Vivian.  She has a varied selection of recipes on her blog which made it a little difficult to choose which one I wanted to make!  I really wanted to prepare the homemade soft preztels, but time was not on my side on any given day.  She has a vast array of desserts and sweets, and well... when I saw the Chocolate Pudding Bars, I couldn't resist!  Anyone who has been reading my blog for very long should know that I have a major weakness for chocolate!

Now after seeing that photo... tell me that you could resist this recipe!

These were pretty simple... which is to be expected since the recipe is from Sandra Lee.  I'm not a huge fan of hers, simply can't watch her show... but, I have no problem using convenience ingredients from time-to-time.  I've got a crazy busy life and sometimes need to rely on something that just needs a bit of dressing up.

These bars start with a white cake mix which is improved significantly by the addition of a layer of choolate pudding, and then a layer of chocolate ganache.  Yep, chocoholics can rejoice with this dessert - simple and decadent! 

My Oldest has declared these one of the best desserts I've made... and even wondered if a restaurant might be willing to serve them.  He's so cute, even at 9 he is always my biggest fan (next to his younger brother, of course!) when it comes to things I bake in the kitchen.

Chocolate Pudding Bars
Adapted from:  Sandra Lee Bake Sale Favorites via Let's Try These

  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups milk
  • 5.9 ounce package of choclate pudding mix
  1. Place chocolate chips in a medium bowl; set aside.  In a small saucepan, heat the heavy cream until it's almost boiling.  Pour the heavy cream over the chocolate chips and set aside for about 3 minutes.  Then, whisk until smooth.  Allow to cool while preparing the cake and pudding.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Spray a 9x13 inch baking pan with cooking spray. 
  3. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs and melted butter and use a hand mixer to thoroughly combine.  The mixture will be thick.  Spread in prepared baking pan. 
  4. Bake the cake mixture for about 15 minutes - a toothpick will come out with a few sticky crumbs on it.  Set aside to cool on a wire rack.
  5. In another large bowl, combine milk and pudding mix.  Whisk together until slightly thickened.  Spread the mixture over the cooled cake. 
  6. Top the pudding layer with the thickened heavy cream and chocolate mixture. Spread so that it is evenly distributed.
  7. Chill for about 2 hours or until the top layer is set.  Cut into bars and serve chilled.

Yield: 16 servings

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I'm not a Sandra Lee fan either but these look seriously awesome! All of my boys would love them I'm sure!
Heather said…
woah, that looks delish! Plus, I love that I think I have all this on hand already to make! Great recipe share with the SRC.
Trisha said…
These bars look yum!!! My husband is a big chocolate and chocolate pudding fan, I know he'd love these!
Vivian Thiele said…
this was the first recipe I had tried of Sandra Lee and we loved it. I made it again, this time using chocolate cake. It worked, but I like the vanilla chocolate combo best. Thanks for the kind words about my blog!
Erin said…
Oh you're right, I couldn't resist them. I am going to pin this for later. Thanks!
YUM! What a fabulous combination!
Miz Helen said…
What a great treat, your Chocolate Pudding Bars look delicious! Thanks for sharing and it is fun cooking with you in the SRC!
Miz Helen
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Top anything with ganache and I'm in! Great SRC pick! Hope you'll stop by and see my reveal.

Gloria Baker said…
Look delicious! gloria
Kristen said…
I love easy and delicious! These bars definitely have both.
Lisa~~ said…
I can't resist, they look wonderful!

If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my group "A" SRC recipe this month: Levain Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies.

Cook Lisa Cook
Pam said…
No way I can resist this! They look scrumptious!
Anything CHOCOLATE is wonderful & Delicious!

Thanks for being a part of the SRC, Group B, I love being your host (new assignments coming soon)! My recipe was for Frozen Breakfast Burritos. Check it out if you haven't had the chance already, I know I am a few days behind (sorry!)
Robin said…
These look so good. My gang could do some serious damage on these! love the frosting on top-yum!
Jamie said…
I'm not a huge Sandra Lee fan either but anything with chocolate pudding has to be delicious, right? Looks like a very yummy dessert bar.
D+B said…
This look so good!! I definitely am going to try and I am definitely will be following your blog.. If you would check out mine to that would be so great. And follow me also, I am kind of new to this but excited to share great recipes..


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