Rocky Road Dump Cake

Rocky Road Dump Cake
Rocky Road Dump Cake
This image courtesy of Staci Valentine

Editor's Note: If you've ever dreamed of eating rocky road in the form of a cake, then this is the recipe for you! Chocolate, marshmallows, and pecans come together to create this truly unique cake recipe that will be a hit at your next potluck or neighborhood block party. Don't be surprised if you're only left with the crumbs after serving up this rich chocolate cake recipe. This recipe for Rocky Road Dump Cake is decadent as can be while also being easy (and fairly inexpensive!) to make. True to its name, this rocky road cake is the epitome of the classic dump cake and can be served while it's still warm. 

A Rocky Road Dump Cake trumps rocky road ice cream any day of the week. Of course, you can always serve this with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

Makes1 (9 x 13-inch) cake

Cooking MethodBaking



Total TimeUnder 2 Hours

Make Ahead RecipeYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Family Get Together

Recipe CourseDessert

EquipmentBaking/gratin Dish

Taste and TextureChocolatey, Sweet

Type of DishCake, Chocolate Cake, Dessert


  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 (15.25-to 18-ounce) box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 (3.9-ounce) package chocolate instant pudding mix
  • 1 3/4 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9 x 13-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray.

  2. In a large bowl, stir together the cake mix, pudding mix, and milk until smooth. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle evenly with the chocolate chips, then sprinkle evenly with the marshmallows. Sprinkle the top evenly with the pecans.

  3. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the edges of the cake begin to pull away from the sides of the pan.

  4. Serve warm or at room temperature.


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It was kind of hard to tell when the cake was done in the middle, but overall, very yummy!

I really enjoy rocky road ice cream, so this dump cake looks very tasty. I'll definitely give it a try the next time I need to make a crowd-pleasing dessert.

I'm really happy with how this turned out. I love rocky road ice cream, and this was a great cake to serve with some vanilla ice cream, though next time I might use a fudge swirl ice cream instead. I did swap out peanuts for the pecans since I've always associated peanuts with rocky road. This is a super simple recipe to make and it produces a really fine dessert overloaded with chocolate. We'll definitely be making this again.

I feel silly asking this, but do you first prepare the cake mix as directed on its box (with eggs and oil), or do you just use the cake mix only, with the other ingredients in this recipe?

Hi lauraearthur 46114 83, You can just follow the recipe above! So in this cake the dry cake mix is combined with just the pudding mix and milk to start with, no oil or eggs. I hope that helps!


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