The BEST Easy Pudding Birthday Cake

This little recipe hack of mixing pudding mix with regular boxed cake mix will forever change how you make birthday cakes…

If you’re also notorious for ruining a perfectly good cake recipe, look no further. This little recipe hack of mixing pudding mix with regular boxed cake mix has redeemed my cake-baking shameful past! The process is just as simple as following the back of the cake mix box, but the outcome tastes moist and homemade.

Pudding Birthday Cake

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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This not-really-a-recipe recipe is deliciously moist and tastes on par with cakes from the professionals... just don't tell them that we found out their trick!

When choosing your pudding flavor, try to pair matching flavors such as chocolate with chocolate and butter with butterscotch, etc. You can try to mix it up and add in lemon or fun twists, too!


  • 1 box Cake Mix -in your preferred flavor (Pillsbury mix is best)
  • 1 (3oz) box Instant Pudding – in a similar/complimentary flavor (Jello Cook & Serve)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 c water
  • 1/3 c vegetable oil
  • 2 c frosting of choice


  1. Preheat oven to 350 and butter or grease 10″ x 15″ jelly roll pan
  2. Mix dry cake mix and dry pudding mix in mixer on low until combined
  3. Add in eggs, water, and oil and mix on medium-high speed until it is a smooth, liquid consistency with no lumps
  4. Pour mixture into greased pan and cook for 25-30 minutes, watching closely to avoid over cooking. Depending on oven, timing can take an additional 15 minutes.
  5. Cool cake completely. Slather on frosting. Enjoy.

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