The Best Crack Cake Recipe

The Best Crack Cake Recipe

The most-Googled recipe I've ever had is for crack cake. It’s been a little over a year since I first shared it, and thanks to everyone who tried my recipe and shared it with their friends. The cake tastes so good; it's no wonder it's famous. Like all my recipes, it's also very simple to make. Remember, this cake prepares you for greatness! We’ll show you how to make crack cake and give you some tips on how to make the cake look spectacular.


  • 1 box of Duncan Hines yellow cake mix
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 box instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup white wine (any kind will do)


InstructionsA beautifully baked crack cake topped with a light dusting of powdered sugar, served on a rustic wooden table with a glass of white wine in the background

  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Mix Ingredients: In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, brown sugar, white sugar, vanilla pudding mix, and cinnamon. Add the eggs, water, oil, and white wine. Mix well by hand or with an electric mixer until smooth.
  3. Prepare the Pan: Grease a Bundt pan thoroughly.
  4. Pour and Bake: Pour the batter into the prepared Bundt pan. Bake for 1 hour.
  5. Make the Glaze: When the cake is nearly done baking, melt 1 stick of butter in a saucepan. Add 1 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup of wine. Stir until the sugar dissolves completely.
  6. Add the Glaze: Once the cake is done baking, pour the hot glaze over the cake while it’s still in the pan.
  7. Serve: Let the cake cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then remove it from the pan and place it on a serving plate. Serve and enjoy!

Tips for the Perfect Crack Cake

  • Wine Substitutions: If you prefer not to use wine, you can substitute it with water. The cake will still be moist, though it might not have the same depth of flavor.
  • Adding Milk: You can also use milk instead of wine in the glaze. It won’t be as flavorful, but it works just as well.
  • Decoration: For a beautiful presentation, sprinkle some powdered sugar on top of the cake before serving. You can also add fresh berries or a dollop of whipped cream for an extra touch of elegance.

Why You'll Love This Recipe

This crack cake is incredibly moist and delicious. The combination of the cake mix, sugars, vanilla pudding, and cinnamon creates a delightful flavor that’s enhanced by the addition of wine. It’s perfect for any occasion, whether it's a family gathering, a party, or just a sweet treat for yourself.


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