Sour Cream Chocolate Cake

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Sour Cream Chocolate Cake is one of our favorite chocolate cake recipes. This chocolate cake recipe Is moist, fudgy, and super easy to make.

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Sour Cream Chocolate Cake

My family loves when I make this sour cream chocolate cake.  Plus this cake recipe has one of the best homemade frosting recipes that you should save and make for other cakes as well. It’s delicious! If you are running low on sour cream, you will also love our popular chocolate buttercream.

Why Sour Cream?

Sour cream has a high fat content and acidity, which adds moisture. It gives this cake a rich flavor and also keeps it from drying out.

Important Ingredients You Will Need:

  • Brown Sugar – the cake is sweetened with brown sugar instead of regular granulated.
  • Eggs, Butter & Flour – you’ll need these basic cake ingredients.
  • Cocoa Powder – gives the cake a deep chocolate flavor.
  • Sour Cream – this gives the cake a incredibly moist consistency and wonderful flavor.

How To Make Sour Cream Chocolate Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350  degrees.  
  2. Grease  a 10×15  inch (4-4.5  quart) glass baking  dish with non-stick cooking  spray.
  3. Cream together butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Then add in the dry ingredients.
  4. Mix in the sour cream and boiling water.
  5. Pour the batter  evenly into the prepared baking dish and bake for 45 minutes.
Chocolate Frosting

How To Make Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting

You Will Need:

  • Semi Sweet and Unsweetened Baking Chocolate
  • Butter – Vanilla
  • Sour Cream
  • Powdered Sugar
  1. In the microwave, melt the butter. Stir in the chocolate until melted.
  2. Stir in the powdered  sugar, sour cream, and vanilla; beat with an electric mixer until smooth.
Frosted Sour Cream Chocolate Cake


  • Storing – Leftover cake can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 5-7 days. Freeze individual slices for up to 3 months.
  • Prep – have the sour cream and eggs at room temperature before preparing the cake. This will help the ingredients combine better, which affects rise and texture.
  • Substitute – If you don’t have sour cream, you can use plain Greek yogurt. This results in a lovely cake as well.
  • Chocolate – Use good quality baking chocolate and cocoa for this recipe so you get a nice chocolate flavor.
  • Skip the Frosting – we highly recommend making this delicious frosting recipe, but feel free to enjoy as is and top the cake with powdered sugar if frosting is not your thing.
Sour Cream Chocolate Cake

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Sour Cream Chocolate Cake

Sour Cream Chocolate Cake is one of our favorite chocolate cake recipes. This chocolate cake recipe Is moist, fudgy, and super easy to make. 
Servings: 12 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 55 minutes





  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease a 10×15 inch (4-4.5 quart) glass baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar together until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Stir in vanilla extract.
  • Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt into another large mixing bowl. Whisk to combine.
  • Add the wet mixture and sour cream to the dry ingredients and beat with an electric mixer just until well blended.
  • Add the boiling water then stir until combined.
  • Pour the batter evenly into the prepared baking dish.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes until a toothpick or knife is inserted into the center of the cake and comes out clean.
  • Set the cake aside to cool.
  • Microwave the butter in a microwave safe bowl just until melted. Stir in the semi-sweet and unsweetened chocolate. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between each interval, until the chocolate is melted.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the melted chocolate and butter mixture, powdered sugar, sour cream, and vanilla; beat with an electric mixer until smooth.

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Calories: 908kcal | Carbohydrates: 135g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 139mg | Sodium: 651mg | Potassium: 371mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 106g | Vitamin A: 1065IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 132mg | Iron: 4.5mg


Sour Cream Chocolate Cake

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