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Sour Cream Chocolate Cake
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Sour Cream Chocolate Cake

Sour cream keeps this classic chocolate cake moist. I also make chocolate frosting that will work on any of your favorite cake recipes!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate frosting recipe, sour cream chocolate cake, sour cream chocolate cake recipe
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 908kcal
Author: Jill



  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 3 cups packed brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2  2/3   cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 cups sour cream
  • 1 1/3 cup boiling water


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate chopped
  • 3 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate chopped
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease a 10x15 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.


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