Our easy chocolate Mounds Cake recipe is made completely from scratch (not that there’s anything wrong with cake mix shortcuts), because it most closely resembles the dark chocolate flavor found in the original Mounds candy bar.

And while you can use your favorite cake mixes to make your Mounds layer cake, it won’t save you much prep time so you may as well follow my simple scratch version instead.

The cakes bake soft and moist and are sliced into four horizontal halfs; and just like the middle of a Mounds bar, the coconut filling is sweet and gooey with the perfect consistency for spreading between the cake layers.

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Cover your cake with chocolate frosting and add some sliced almonds to make it taste just like an Almond Joy – a chocolate cake with coconut cream filling is the perfect dessert for curing a candy bar craving.

Ingredients for the cake:

1 box chocolate cake mix
1 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs

Ingredients for the filling:
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut

Ingredients for the frosting:
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut, toasted


Preheat your oven according to the instructions on the cake mix box. Grease and flour a 9×13-inch baking pan.

In a mixing bowl, prepare the chocolate cake batter according to the instructions on the box, using the water, vegetable oil, and eggs.
Pour the cake batter into the prepared baking pan and spread it out evenly.
Bake the cake in the preheated oven for the time indicated on the box, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
While the cake is baking, prepare the filling by combining the sweetened condensed milk and shredded coconut in a bowl. Mix well.

Once the cake is done baking, remove it from the oven and let it cool slightly.
Using the handle of a wooden spoon, poke holes all over the cake, about 1 inch apart.
Pour the filling mixture over the warm cake, spreading it out and gently pressing it into the holes.
In a separate mixing bowl, whip the heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract together until stiff peaks form.
Spread the whipped cream frosting over the top of the cake, covering the coconut filling.

Sprinkle the toasted shredded coconut evenly over the frosting.
Refrigerate the Mounds Cake for at least 2 hours before serving to allow the flavors to meld together and the cake to set.
Slice and serve the chilled Mounds Cake.

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