Kahlua Bowl Cake and Variations

chocolate bowl cake with kahlua
Chocolate bowl cake with sliced strawberries and nuts. Steve Brown Photography/Getty Images
  • 20 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 12 to 16 Servings

This popular dessert is layered with chocolate cake, Kahlua, pudding, and whipped topping. Add sliced strawberries or bananas to the layers, or top it with another candy or nuts and grated chocolate.

"I've been making this for parties at work -it's always a huge hit! Everyone loves it! I make it exactly as this recipe is. It's very easy to make also." — Cappy

See more reader's comments and suggestions below.

What You'll Need

  • 1 chocolate cake, 13 x 9-inches, baked from a mix or homemade
  • 1/2 cup Kahlua
  • 1 package chocolate instant pudding, prepared
  • 12 ounces Cool Whip
  • 1 chocolate toffee candy bar (Skor)

How to Make It

Cool the cake and cut it into cubes.

Assemble in a 2-quart bowl:

Put half of the cake cubes in the bottom of the bowl then pour half of the Kahlua over the cake. Spread half of the pudding over the cake and Kahlua then spread half of the Cool Whip over the pudding.

Repeat layers then break the Skor bar up and sprinkle pieces over the top.

From Margo Dupont

Tips and Variations

  • Top the whipped topping with grated chocolate and toasted nuts or coconut.
  • Add a layer of sliced fruit, berries, or cherry pie filling.
  • Use another liqueur. Try hazelnut liqueur with chopped toasted hazelnuts, cherry liqueur with cherry pie filling, or raspberry liqueur with fresh raspberries or raspberry preserves.

Reader Comments

"I made this recipe and I can't say enough good things about it. It's easy to make and can be varied in so many different ways. The first time I made it, I stuck right to the recipe. The second time I made it, I made it for a dish to pass at work. I felt that alcohol in a dish for work was not appropriate, so  I used strong coffee instead. I could taste the difference, but it was still just as good." — Tammy

"I use chocolate chunk brownies instead of chocolate cake. I also combine the Kahlua and pudding together. The ONLY bad thing — there's NEVER enough because it's ALWAYS the FIRST to go!!" — E.W.

"This was great; everyone said not to lose the recipe. I put the Kahlua in the pudding as suggested in another review. I felt I was half way to a Black Forest cake so I threw in a can of cherry pie filling. Awesome!" — W.G.

"This dessert is wonderful. I love it because I can make this at least one day in advance. I personally think it is better if it sits overnight. It is simple to prepare and not top hard on the pocket book except for the Kahlua. I have tried other candy instead of SKOR, because they are hard to find sometimes and it is just not the same. This is one of my go-to recipes." — L.F.

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