This easy chocolate sour cream cake is made with sour cream, cocoa powder, and hot coffee. It's the perfect balance of decadence and simplicity! Don't forget the chocolate frosting...
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Cake is a favorite among birthday celebrations, but there is no need to relegate it to a yearly treat.
This Chocolate Sour Cream Cake is tender, soft, and rich with chocolate flavor!
The Secret Ingredient
The secret ingredient is coffee! Coffee is to chocolate what vanilla is to custard. It provides richness and depth, intensifying the best qualities of chocolate without overpowering it.
If you don’t like coffee don’t worry. You can’t detect the taste of coffee in this cake–only chocolate.
And if you don’t do caffeine don’t worry. You can easily replace regular coffee with decaffeinated.
The Best Pan Size
This Chocolate Sour Cream Cake is intended for a 9×13 cake pan, but you can just as easily bake it in two rounds and layer it or in muffin tins for cupcakes. It will make your mouth happy, anyway you shape it.
Round cakes and cupcakes won’t need to bake as long as a 9×13. Start checking the centers with toothpicks after 20 minutes for cupcakes, and 30 minutes for rounds. They are ready when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
The Best Frosting
The frosting choice is up to you, but these two are favorites. Try this Extra-Rich Chocolate Frosting for double-dose of chocolate. Or if you prefer a study in contrast and want white frosting, this cream cheese frosting is simple to make and always a hit.
Just make sure the cake is completely cool before you frost it.
Make the Cake Ahead of Time
You can make the cake a day in advance: bake it, cool it, frost it, cover it with plastic wrap or tinfoil and keep it in the fridge. Take it out of the refrigerator an hour before you want to serve it.
Cakes like this should always be served at room temperature.
How to Freeze this Cake
Wrap the unfrosted cake in plastic wrap at least twice, and then in aluminum foil. Keep it in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw, frost and serve.
MORE GREAT CAKES TO SLICE AND SHARE
- Triple Apple Snack Cake
- German Chocolate Snack Cake
- Lemon Poppyseed Bundt Cake
- Vanilla Pound Cake
- Vanilla and Chocolate Marbled Bundt Cake
Sour Cream Chocolate Cake Recipe
Be sure to let the cake cool completely before spreading the top with frosting.
- 2 cups all purpose flour (250g)
- 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar (360 g)
- 3/4 cup dark cocoa powder (70 g)
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup sour cream
- 3/4 cup canola oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup strong piping hot coffee
- 1 batch chocolate or cream cheese frosting
1 Preheat the oven to 300°F. Butter and flour a 9x13 cake pan. Set aside.
2 Sift the dry ingredients: In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, and baking soda. Whisk in the kosher salt.
3 Whisk the wet ingredients: In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, sour cream, canola oil and vanilla extract until it looks homogenous and creamy.
4 Combine the wet and dry ingredients: Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir together with a stiff spatula. The batter will be thick like frosting.
5 Add the coffee: Pour in the piping hot coffee. The batter will look like mud pies in a muddy lake. Keep stirring until all the liquid is incorporated and it is a homogenized cake batter.
6 Bake the cake: Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Place in the oven and bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until a toothpick poked in the center comes out clean.
7 Cool the cake: Take the cake out of the oven and set it on a baking rack to cool. After about 30 minutes spread the frosting on top.
Cut and serve the cake straight from the pan like it’s 1983 and you’re rockin’ your favorite knee-high tube socks with the yellow stripe. Aw, yeah!
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