Swiss Chocolate Cake - Carolina Country

Swiss Chocolate Cake A new holiday favorite

3.5/5 rating (146 votes)
Swiss Chocolate Cake

An easy recipe that looks anything but basic. Fluffy, creamy and chocolatey — bring this beauty to your next holiday gathering.


  • 1 box Swiss chocolate cake mix*
  • 1 small box instant vanilla pudding
  • 3 eggs
  • 1½ cups milk
  • ¾ cup oil
  • Baking spray with flour
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 (12-ounce) container Cool Whip
  • 2 large Hershey bars, grated
  • 1 cup pecans, finely chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

  2. Spray three 9-inch round cake pans with baking spray with flour. Mix ingredients together well and pour into cake pans. Bake for 20–25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

  3. For frosting: Mix cream cheese and sugar together. Add Cool Whip to this mixture and then the Hershey bars and pecans. Spread over and between layers of cooled cake.

*If you can't find Swiss Cake Mix, any chocolate boxed cake mix will do. We used devil's food with nice results.

Recipe courtesy of

Beverly Sumner, Garland, a member of Four County EMC

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Comments (20)

  • Is the sugar in frosting confectioners or regular sugar? Recipe looks amazing!

    Barbara Polamski |
    December 04, 2017 |

  • It is regular sugar in the frosting. It is very good! Enjoy!

    Jenny |
    December 04, 2017 |

  • i made this cake and i used regular sugar, took to work everybody loved it

    kendra |
    December 04, 2017 |

  • I had trouble getting the cake to get done. Are you sure the temperature is 300?

    Barbara Reddick |
    December 10, 2017 |

    • Sorry to hear that you had some trouble. We did another test — for us, 300 degrees for 25 minutes worked out well.

      Carolina Country |
      December 17, 2019 |

    • Hi Barbara - I have this recipe from a cookbook and it's baked at 325 for 20 to 25 minutes. Hope all works out well for you.

      Peggy Esposito |
      February 26, 2020 |


    Carnellia Oneal |
    January 21, 2018 |

  • This cake is delicious and always a hit!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

    Carrie Hobbs |
    November 18, 2018 |

  • Can I use just a basic chocolate cake mix? I can’t find it in stores anywhere

    Sarah Northern |
    December 21, 2018 |

    • We did another test today to see if you can use any boxed chocolate cake mix. We tried devil's food cake, which worked out great, but I think any boxed chocolate cake would work! Happy baking!

      Carolina Country |
      December 17, 2019 |

  • Does this have to be refrigerated afterwards?

    Melinda |
    January 29, 2019 |

    • Melinda, since the icing includes perishable dairy products, we’d recommend you keep this cake in the fridge. Hope you enjoy it!

      Carolina Country |
      January 30, 2019 |

  • The Hershey bar am I suppose to grate it and mix it with the frosting?

    Karen Williamson |
    January 01, 2020 |

    • Hi, Karen! Yes, that's correct. We used a micro grater, like what you'd use to zest a lemon. Enjoy!

      Carolina Country |
      January 02, 2020 |

  • I’ve never baked a round cake before. I’m confused as to why I would need 3 cake pans. Can someone explain that process for me? I want to make this cake for the super bowl!

    Amanda |
    February 01, 2020 |

    • It’s a three layer round cake. After cake it done and cooled, you place first cake on plate ice top, the. Place second cake on top of iced cake and ice top of it, then place third cake on top of iced second cake and then ice top and sides of all layers

      Darlene |
      February 10, 2020 |

  • Look for Duncan Hines cake when looking for Swiss Chocolate. I've had good luck finding it at Food Lion. German Chocolate used to be my favorite but this has taken it's place,

    Margo |
    December 18, 2020 |

  • I’ve made this cake many times!!! It’s so good. I use more cool whip though.

    Mrs George Strait |
    January 31, 2021 |

  • I used German chocolate cake mix with pudding in the mix and it turned out perfectly. I would advise not to add a box of pudding mix if it’s already in the mix..

    Linda Poplin |
    December 27, 2022 |

    • I also baked this cake using a mix which had pudding in it to which I added a box of pudding. Did not hurt the cake at all.

      Linda Poplin |
      February 11, 2023 |

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