Doberge Cake (Dobash) recipe

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1 (18.25 ounce) package white cake mix (such as Duncan Hines®)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 ⅓ cups water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 egg whites
1 (3.9 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
2 cups milk
1 (4 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
¼ cup butter, softened
1 (16 ounce) box confectioners' sugar
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon milk, or as needed

Nutrition Info

585.8 calories
carbohydrate: 101.1 g
cholesterol: 28.7 mg
fat: 18.7 g
fiber: 2.3 g
protein: 7.1 g
saturatedFat: 7.7 g
servingSize: -
sodium: 649.8 mg
sugar: 82.9 g
transFat: : -
unsaturatedFat: : -


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour 5 8-inch cake pans, and line them with parchment paper.

  2. Whisk together the cake mix, baking powder, flour, and sugar in a large mixing bowl. With an electric mixer, beat the mixture with water, vegetable oil, and egg whites at low speed until thoroughly mixed, increase speed to medium, and beat 2 minutes. Scoop 1 cup of batter into each of the 5 prepared cake pans.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until cakes are set in the middle, about 8 minutes, watch carefully so the thin cakes don't burn. Cool in pans for 10 minutes, then remove to wire racks to finish cooling.

  4. Whisk the chocolate pudding mix with 2 cups of milk in a bowl until thoroughly blended, let stand 2 minutes to thicken. Place a cake layer on a serving dish, and spread with about 1/2 cup of pudding, repeat with remaining layers and pudding, ending with a cake layer.

  5. In a bowl, mash the cream cheese and butter together until thoroughly combined, mix in confectioners' sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and milk, slowly adding and mixing in milk as needed to make a spreadable frosting. Ice the top and sides of the cake with the frosting. Refrigerate leftovers.

Recipe Yield

1 cake

Recipe Note

Also known to a friend as Jewell Cake, named after her mother, this cake is a tower of moist cake layers with icing and is no easy feat to take on! However, this recipe helps simplify it a bit!

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