So, I was in the mood for some SERIOUS chocolate cake. Good thing it was my birthday. :)
I wanted something rich--something dark.
Something big--2 layers just didn't seem like it'd cut it.
Something moist and yet kind of dense--I didn't want foo foo-light and fluffy.
Oh I'm getting so hungry just remembering it, because, yea, it's gone.
This cake was so big, I think we served it to like 40 people. And I'm not lying!!! Their slices were a little small, true, but we were all stuffed with pizza and the cake was everything I'd hoped it would be--RICH and intensely chocolate.
Conclusion? Yeah, this was THE chocolate cake recipe to end the search for chocolate cake recipes!
And because I like everyone to be happy, I'll share it with you. :)
Also, in case you couldn't tell, I couldn't decide what background to use for the photos!
What do you think?
Black for a rich, dramatic look?
Tan for a creamy, chocolatey look?
White for that crisp and clean look?
Sour Cream Chocolate Cake
Cake:1 c. baking cocoa
1 c. boiling water
1 c . butter, softened
2 ½ c. sugar
4 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 c. cake flour
2 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
1 c. (8 oz.) sour cream
2 c. semisweet chocolate
½ c. butter
1 c. (8 oz.)sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract
4 ½ to 5 c. confectioners’ sugar
- Grease and flour three 9-in round baking pans. Preheat oven to 350°.
- Dissolve the cocoa in water; set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Add vanilla.
- Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with cocoa mixture and sour cream.
- Pour into prepared baking pans; bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
- Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
- For the frosting, melt the semisweet chocolate and butter together. Allow to cool for 5 minutes. Place in a mixing bowl; add sour cream and vanilla. Mix well. Add sugar; beat until light and fluffy. Spread between layers and over top and sides of cake.