Death by Chocolate Cake Recipe

One of my favorite things to do is try new recipes, though I don’t have much time to try them as often as I’d like. But when special occasions arise I like to take the time to make something special and try something new. So when my hubby’s b-day came up I couldn’t pass on these two because if they’re are two sweets he loves its Reeses PB cups and Oreos so this death by chocolate cake was perfect.

So here they are. Sweet tooth tested and toddler approved!

The Ultimate Chocolate Layered Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Death By Chocolate Cake 
(original recipe courtesy of the here)

I’ve tweaked the recipe a little bit!

Death by Chocolate

Death by Chocolate Cake Recipe


  • 1 box Pillsbury Devils Food Cake Mix
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 Cup canola oil
  • 1/2 Cup water
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • 1 small box instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 bag mini or regular chocolate chips
  • 2 Cup melted creamy peanut butter
  • 2 8oz package softened cream cheese
  • 1 stick softened butter
  • 16 oz bag powdered sugar (most of it)
    **the original recipe was double this but I always ended up with WAY too much leftover frosting so I cut it in half
  • 1 bag of Reeses Peanut Butter Cup minis, halved (freeze bag for an hour before cutting, it’s much easier)Directions:
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a stand or electric mixer add the cake mix, eggs, oil, water, sour cream, pudding mix and chocolate chips. Beat until well combined, about 1 1/2 minutes. Will be thick. Pour evenly into 2 well greased 9-inch cake pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean from center of cakes. Let cool completely.2. To prepare cream cheese frosting place softened cream cheese and butter into a mixing bowl, beat on med-high speed until creamy smooth. Slowly beat in powdered sugar until a good spreading consistency forms. I used almost the entire bag of powdered sugar. Refrigerate for a good hour before frosting.3. Turn cakes onto wax paper and with a large serrated knife cut each cake in half widthwise to form 4 layers. Place one layer on a cake stand and drizzle melted peanut butter over top. Next spread a generous amount of cream cheese frosting over that. Place another cake layer on top and repeat peanut butter and frosting until top layer is placed. Spread remaining frosting over entire cake then top with halved Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Minis.

Death by Chocolate

Good thing you put Reeses all over because I am not so good at frosting a cake!

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Man, you could gain five pounds just looking at this thing. Now THAT’S a death by chocolate cake!

Now for treat #2

Oreo Truffles

(original recipe from Kim at Just a Mom? Ha! here)

Death by Chocolate


  • 1 regular sized package of Oreos (18 oz)
  • 8 oz fat-free cream cheese
  • Any flavor Almond Bark (this can be found in the baking section of your grocery store)
  • Chocolate chips for drizzling (if desired)



First crush Oreos – not to dust, but to small crumbs. Add softened cream cheese to crumbs and mix until thoroughly blend together. Roll batter into balls – these can be any size you wish, but bite size will be easier to eat – and place on wax paper or tin foil. Refrigerate 3-4 hours, or put in freezer for one hour.
Melt almond bark according to package directions. Using forks or spoons roll the balls in the melted almond bark until coated, then return to the wax paper/foil. Allow to set. If desired, melt additional chocolate, place in plastic bag, cut a very small hole in the corner and drizzle over truffles.

Return to refrigerator until ready to serve.

*Variations: You could also try white chocolate almond bark

Another version of this easy dessert is to bake a red velvet cake, crumble it, add a can of cream cheese frosting, then follow the same directions. I’ve tried the red velvet cake and oreo is MUCH better, at least according to my hubby! I want to try a chocolate cake center with mint flavoring…mmmmmmm!



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  1. I've had the Oreo balls before and they are ALWAYS a hit wherever I take them, but I really came here to comment on that cake… holy smokes that looks soooo good!

  2. That's looks delicious!

  3. Anonymous says:

    OMG *drools* Looks amazing! My husband would die for that cake! Live in Australia though. Mini's are sooo hard to get here 🙁

  4. First of all, cute blog! Thanks for so many good ideas. Second, I have made the oreo truffles alot and they are always popular. Another thing I do during the holidays is use the mint oreos…so good!

  5. Just finished making this for my sons birthday, and can't wait to dig in, thank you!

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