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Sour Cream Chocolate Cake

Rated as 4.17 out of 5 Stars

"'Impressive to look at but easy to make, this cake is a good old-fashioned 'Sunday supper' dessert that melts in your mouth,' relates Marsha Lawson from Pflugerville, Texas."
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Ingredients

1 h 5 m servings
Original recipe yields 16 servings

Directions

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  1. Dissolve cocoa in water; let stand until cool. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Add vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream, beating well. Add cocoa mixture; beat well.
  2. Pour into three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. In a heavy saucepan, melt chocolate chips and butter over low heat; stir until smooth. Remove from the heat; cool for 5 minutes. Place in a large mixing bowl; add sour cream and vanilla; beat until blended. Add confectioners' sugar; beat until light and fluffy. Spread between layers and over top and sides of cake. Store in the refrigerator.

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Very nice cake! Those having problems with this being dry are perhaps overbaking their cake. I prepared the recipe exactly as written, including the frosting. I made half a recipe and it produc...

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This cake turned out SO dry! I've never had a dry sour cream cake before, and after reading the reviews, I decided to try this one but not bake as long as the recipe requires. I baked this in tw...

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Very nice cake! Those having problems with this being dry are perhaps overbaking their cake. I prepared the recipe exactly as written, including the frosting. I made half a recipe and it produc...

I am a cake decorator who has been looking for a GOOD scratch cake recipe for years!! I ended up doing what most other decorators do and Doctored up cake mixes. But I never gave up finding a goo...

Great cake!! Watch the baking time, and regular flour works just as good as cake flour! :)

EXELLENT CAKE!!! it was very moist and sweet. i just thought the frosting was a bit sour so i would use milk chocolate instead. very nice.

took it to work and everyone loved it. It wasn't messy at all and it cut clean. The icing is so fudgey and firms up when you put it in the fridge. I used low fat sour cream and it worked fine.

I used Dutched Cocoa inspite of being advised aginst it and I loved it for this cake ... I am notorious for messing up cakes (cookies I can do but darn if I can't ruin a box cake.) To make my od...

Very good!! The first time I made this it was dry, I cut the baking time a little and that did it!

I made this cake for 3 pastry and cake addicts, not to mention a chocoholic and they all declared that this was the best cake they ever had.

This is a very chocolatey cake with a nice texture - although not as moist as I expected. I baked this for my husband's birthday and used a chocolate buttercream frosting. The recipe makes three...