Easy Mounds Bundt Cake Recipe

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This Mounds Bundt Cake Recipe is a take on the popular candy bar of the same name. This Bundt cake version starts with a cake mix, mixes in candy and coconut to create a mouthwatering dessert that’s perfect for any occasion.

Side view of a Mounds Cake dusted with powdered sugar.

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Why Mounds Candy Bar Bundt Cake is a Keeper

The first time I made this Mounds Cake recipe it was a hit. I wrote the recipe on a recipe card and tucked it in my treasured recipe box. I promptly forgot about it for a few years.

It wasn’t until I was talking with a friend that I was reminded of it. I thought it would be a delicious dessert for Easter. I usually make my Rave Review Coconut Cake but my family wanted a change.

  • My Mounds Bundt cake recipe starts with a cake mix.
  • You add a box of pudding to make it super moist.
  • It’s an impressive cake perfect for any occasion.
  • There’s candy in the cake batter!
  • Mounds candy bar cake travels well making it perfect for a potluck party.
  • Easily finish the top of the cake with a dusting of powdered sugar.
Mounds Bundt Cake Recipe ingredients in a bowl.

What Ingredients do I need for a Mounds Bundt Cake Recipe?

  • Yellow Cake Mix Without Pudding – My favorite cake mixes are Betty Crocker.
  • French Vanilla or White Chocolate Instant Pudding – I’ve used both and both are fine.
  • Vegetable Oil or other neutral oil.
  • Water
  • Eggs
  • Sour Cream
  • Mounds Candy Bars
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • Flaked Coconut
  • Confectioners’ Sugar

What equipment do I need to make a Bundt cake?

Since this Mounds Bundt cake recipe starts with a cake mix, the clean-up is easy. You’ll need a large mixing bowl and a hand or stand mixer, measuring cups, a cutting board, and a knife.

How do you make Mounds Cake?

  • Preheat the oven and spray the Bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Combine the cake and pudding mixes with the eggs, water, and oil in the bowl of your mixer and mix on the mixer’s medium speed. Scrape sides of bowl as you go along.
  • Stir in the candy, chocolate chips, and coconut. When combined, pour into the prepared pan.
  • Bake cake, cool, and remove from the pan. Cool completely and dust with powdered sugar before serving.
Chopped Mounds candy bars on a cutting board with whole candies and the packaging in the background.

What Candy do I use for Mounds Cake?

For this cake, I used the regular size of Mounds candy bars. Plus, snack size is harder to find outside of the Halloween season.

At Halloween, the smaller candy bars are abundant. If you need to use up some Mounds Easter eggs from those baskets using them to make this Mounds Bundt cake would be a good option.

Tips and Substitutions

There aren’t too many substitutions I think you can make with this Mounds Bundt cake recipe. If you want to try something different here are a couple of ideas.

  • Instead of a yellow cake mix, use a chocolate cake mix. I would go with Devil’s Food.
  • If you try a chocolate version, you’ll need to swap out the vanilla pudding and use chocolate pudding.
  • Add finely chopped nuts. I would go with pecans, though almonds seem like an obvious choice.
  • Combine chocolate chips with a tablespoon of the dry cake mix. Toss to coat the chips. This will keep them from sinking in the cake batter.
A slice of Mounds Cake on a white plate with the cake behind it.

What Kind of Pan Do I Need for A Mounds Cake?

A Bundt pan works best. I have a fair collection of Bundt pans but I love making this cake in my star Bundt pan. It is one of my favorite pans.

You can use an angel food pan if you don’t have a Bundt pan. I’ve not tried a sheet pan and since this cake has no frosting, I don’t recommend a layer cake.

While you could put a glaze on it a dusting of powdered sugar is all this cake needs. I also use this pan for my Apple Harvest Pound Cake with Caramel Glaze.

Powdered sugar dusted mounds Bundt cake on a plate.

How do you serve Mounds cake?

This Mounds Bundt cake recipe is such an easy cake to make. Serve this delicious cake any time of year for special occasions or holidays.

When I serve Mounds cake, I like to offer coffee, tea, or milk.

More Recipes Made with Candy

Making recipes with candy is often popular around Halloween. It’s a great way to use up leftover candy. But cakes with candy are not just for Halloween, this adorable Easter basket cake is great for a crowd. Almond Joy cupcakes, Snickers poke cake, and triple chocolate candy bar cake are decadent treats.

Can you freeze Mounds Bundt cake?

Yes! Freeze the baked cake for up to 3 months for best results. Do not sprinkle the powdered sugar over the top of the cake before freezing. Wrap in plastic, then foil before freezing. Thaw at room temperature before serving.

Can you glaze a Mounds Bundt cake?

Absolutely! Use your favorite chocolate glaze or chocolate ganache over the top. Completely cool the cake before glazing. For something extra, sprinkle coconut flakes over the top.

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Mounds Cake

If you like the candy bar, then you’ll love Mounds Cake with all the same flavor.
4.88 from 8 votes
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Cakes and Cupcakes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 14

Ingredients

  • 1 package yellow cake mix without pudding
  • 1 small package white chocolate or French vanilla pudding mix
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup water
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 8-ounce carton sour cream
  • 8 snack-sized or 4 regular-sized Mounds candy bars chopped
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • Confectioners’ sugar for dusting

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 10-cup Bundt pan.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake and pudding mixes, oil, water and eggs. Stir until most of the lumps are gone. 
  • Stir in the sour cream, then the candy bars, chocolate chips, and coconut. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake 60 to 65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  • Cool in the pan 15 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Cool completely.
  • Before serving dust with confectioners’ sugar.

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20 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    My husband would love this cake! He’s a fan of coconut and chocolate together. I’ll have to make it for him.

    1. Yes, I think you could! It might be very rich though with the sweetness from the candy bars, coconut, and chocolate. I’d probably use chocolate pudding too. If you try it, please let me know how it turned out!

  2. Does this call for instant pudding mix? Can’t wait to try this! I might toss in some almonds…has anyone tried that?
    Thanks!

  3. This looks wonderful, but I’ve read through ingredient list several times and don’t find the nuts called for in the instructions. Did I miss something? I assume almonds but how much? I’d like to make this for Easter. Thanks!

    1. That was an error. I apologize, there are no nuts. The recipe has been corrected. Thank you for pointing it out.

      1. I did make this for Easter! Oh you are so right. Best bundt cake ever. I followed your recipe exactly w/o nuts and it was a hit . I did use a cream cheese frosting but it was rich and sweet enough without any. My new favorite cake! So moist and coconuty! Yum! Thank you for the recipe and the correction!

      2. I’m thrilled you took the time to come back and share how much you enjoyed the cake! You really made my day! I’m so happy you loved it! Thank you!

  4. Chocolate. Coconut. I feel like you know enough about me to know I love both of those things. This cake speaks to me, Ellen! Thanks for sharing.

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