Friday, April 27, 2012

Sour Cream Chocolate Cake Recipe

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
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

  1. Grease and flour three 9-in round baking pans. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Dissolve the cocoa in water; set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Add vanilla.
  4. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with cocoa mixture and sour cream.
  5. Pour into prepared baking pans; bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  6. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  7. 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.
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  1. oh my....looks absolutely fantastic !! { and pretty too!} :)

  2. It just so happens we're celebrating 2 birthdays 'round these parts this weekend, so this is perfect timing! Looking forward to making it!

  3. mouth is watering just looking at it Jaime! I have a chocolate cake every year for my birthday. I might just have to try this one this year!

  4. Happy belated bday! This cake does look very rich and creamy - just what I want to put myself into a sugar coma! I like the photos with the black background and tan background the favorite pic is the fourth one down - looks very inviting!


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