This is a delicious chocolate cake that can be made for any occasion. The frosting and cake are both made from scratch. This cake serves twelve people.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 - 9 inch 3 layer cake
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour three 9 inch round cake pans.

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  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in the egg yolks, one at a time. Stir in 2 teaspoons vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt, stir into the creamed mixture alternately with the milk.

  • In a large clean glass or metal bowl, whip egg whites until soft peaks form. Fold 1/3 of whites into batter to lighten it, then quickly fold in remaining whites until no streaks remain. Divide batter into the 3 prepared pans.

  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool in pans on a wire rack.

  • To make the frosting: Melt the chocolate chips in the top of a double boiler, stirring occasionally until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in the sour cream, 1 teaspoon vanilla and pinch of salt. Frosting can be used warm to fill and frost the 3 layers.

Nutrition Facts

445 calories; protein 7g; carbohydrates 63.2g; fat 22g; cholesterol 96.6mg; sodium 355.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2009
Ok my review is for the cake alone not the icing. I cooked the cake only and added the "gooey chocolate icing" from another recipe on here. The cake alone was wonderful!! It was very light and had a wonderful taste. I didn't do the 3 pans instead I did one 9x13 glass pan increased time to 35 min. I also decreased the cocoa to 1/2 cup as I only had dark chocolate cocoa. When it came out I cut a small piece to try the cake then drizzled the gooey choc. icing on it while both were hot. The gooey soaked right in and what a treat!! Very sweet though. Just how I like it!!! Read More
(4)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
03/25/2003
The icing on this cake is absolutely AWFUL!I am a chocolate lover but i had to throw the cake away everone that tasted it hated the icing i am going to delete it from my recipe box. Read More
(18)
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Rating: 1 stars
03/25/2003
The icing on this cake is absolutely AWFUL!I am a chocolate lover but i had to throw the cake away everone that tasted it hated the icing i am going to delete it from my recipe box. Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2009
Ok my review is for the cake alone not the icing. I cooked the cake only and added the "gooey chocolate icing" from another recipe on here. The cake alone was wonderful!! It was very light and had a wonderful taste. I didn't do the 3 pans instead I did one 9x13 glass pan increased time to 35 min. I also decreased the cocoa to 1/2 cup as I only had dark chocolate cocoa. When it came out I cut a small piece to try the cake then drizzled the gooey choc. icing on it while both were hot. The gooey soaked right in and what a treat!! Very sweet though. Just how I like it!!! Read More
(4)
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