This easy homemade Chocolate Bundt Cake recipe is heavenly, topped with chocolate ganache and mini chocolate chips. 

This is the ultimate chocolate lovers dessert but if you love bundt cakes with cream cheese frosting, don’t miss my Banana Cake or Red Velvet Bundt Cake.

A slice of chocolate bundt cake being served from a cake stand with the whole cake on it.

I love making bundt cakes because they’re easy to frost and make pretty, and also easy to cut and serve. This chocolate bundt cake is heaven, but if you’re looking for an even simpler doctored-up cake mix version, this chocolate bundt cake is also great.

Properly greasing the Bundt Pan will make or break the recipe!

There’s nothing worse than preparing an amazing bundt cake and having it ruined because you couldn’t get it out of the pan!  One method that works for me EVERY time, is greasing the pan with shortening and flour.
  • Shortening.  Spread a very thin layer of shortening all over the pan. I use a ziplock sandwich bag, stick my hand inside of it, and use my hand to smooth the shortening all over every bump and crevice in the pan. This way I can make sure the entire pan is covered evenly, in a thin layer, and my hands stay clean.
  • Dust with flour. Take a little pinch of flour and dust it over the pan. then hold the pan over the sink and tap it hard, moving it in a circular motion so that the flour lightly covers the pan. Now you’re ready to add the cake batter!

If you do happen to have any parts of the cake stick to the pan, you could gently scoop them up and into the position they would have rested on the top of the cake. The chocolate ganache will cover any imperfections and no one will know!

How to make chocolate bundt cake:

1. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the oil, cocoa, and water.  Bring the mixture to a boil, whisking constantly.

2. Combine dry ingredients.

3. Add hot butter/cocoa mixture and stir to combine.

4. Stir in buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla.

5. Add chocolate chips.

6. Pour into bundt pan.  Be sure bundt pan is greased well greased. Bake for for 45-55 minutes.

Six process photos for making a homemade chocolate bundt cake.

Chocolate ganache icing:

It doesn’t get much simpler or easier than this homemade ganache.  Make the chocolate ganache by first heating the cream until simmering.  Then pour your chocolate chips into the cream and let it sit for about 5 minutes.  Whisk it until smooth and drizzle it over your chocolate cake!

Use a spoon to drizzle it on top of top of the cake and you’ve got yourself a beautiful, simple, irresistible chocolate bundt cake!

Chocolate bundt cake with chocolate ganache and chocolate chips on top.

Make ahead and Freezing Instructions: 

The cake can be made and frosted up to 2 days before serving. The cake can be frozen frosted, or unfrosted. To freeze lightly cover it with plastic wrap and freeze in a freezer-safe container for up to 1 month. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

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A slice of chocolate bundt cake being served from a cake stand with the whole cake on it.
Prep 15 mins
Cook 45 mins
Total 1 hr


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup oil (vegetable or canola oil)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips , plus more for sprinkling on top of cake (optional)

For the ganache:

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups chocolate chips


For the Chocolate Bundt Cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease and flour a standard size bundt pan (make sure to grease it really well so the cake doesn't stick! I spread a thin layer of shortening all over the inside of the pan, then sprinkle a little flour all around and pat and shake the pan until it is evenly coated.)  
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, set aside.
  • Add butter to a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once butter has melted, stir in oil, cocoa powder and water and bring mixture just to a boil, whisking constantly. Pour hot butter mixture into flour mixture and stir. 
  • Stir in buttermilk, eggs and vanilla and whisk mixture until well combined. Fold in mini chocolate chips, if using.
  • Pour mixture into prepared bundt pan and bake 45-55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs. 
  • Cool cake in the pan for 5 minutes, then invert onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely. 
Once cake has cooled, make ganache.

For the ganache:

Place cream in a large microwave safe bowl and heat for about 2 minutes, or until the cream is simmering.

  • Carefully pour chocolate morsels into cream and allow mixture to sit for 5 minutes. Whisk the chocolate and cream until shiny and smooth, about 1 minute. 

  • Use a large spoon to drizzle the ganache over the cooled cake. Sprinkle with remaining mini chocolate chips, if desired.


Make ahead and Freezing Instructions: 
The cake can be made and frosted up to 2 days before serving. The cake can be frozen frosted, or unfrosted. To freeze lightly cover it with plastic wrap and freeze in a freezer-safe container for up to 1 month. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.


Calories: 580kcalCarbohydrates: 71gProtein: 6gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 316mgPotassium: 86mgFiber: 2gSugar: 53gVitamin A: 597IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 77mgIron: 2mg

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I originally shared this recipe July 2017. Updated March 2020 with process photos and freezing instructions.

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  1. 5 stars
    This is my go-to chocolate cake recipe now! I’ve made it several times as it is now a family favorite. It turns out great as is every time.

  2. 5 stars
    As a chocoholic who has tried many different cakes this is easily at the top. It is easy to prepare and bake. I used coffee in place of water. So delicious. The ganache frosting is also the best. I used shaved dark chocolate curls instead of mini chips on frosting. Looking forward to sharing with other chocolate loving dinner guests. Thank you.

  3. 5 stars
    Tried this today. Turned out great. I reduced the sugar to 1-1/2 cups. I felt it was too much sugar. Reduced the liquid to 3/4 cup and used coffee. I omitted the cinnamon. Not a fan. Cake was prefect and the frosting nice too. Thank you.

  4. 5 stars
    This was a great cake! I halfed the sugar and added normal side chocolate chips but it was still tasty! The outside was pretty hard but the inside was soft. Great dessert!❤

  5. 4 stars
    Very good. Came out moist and tasty; however, just a word of advice: the cinnamon is VERY noticeable… to the point where it kind of tastes more like a cinnamon/gingerbread cake with a hint of chocolate, rather than the other way round. If you cannot stand the taste of cinnamon, I would recommend trying this recipe without it. Still, I personally loved this recipe and will definitely be making it again!

  6. 5 stars
    This was a great recipe and easy to make; my kids did most of it! The cake came out smelling delicious and has the right balance of chocolate flavor with a hint of cinnamon. My only tweak for next time would be to cut the recipe for the ganache in half — we would have had more than enough ganache if we had done that.

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