A rich dark chocolate cake that uses canola oil in place of the traditional butter for a more moist cake.

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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Frosting:

Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 9-inch round baking pans.

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  • Dissolve cocoa powder in boiling water in a bowl; set aside to cool completely.

  • Beat white sugar and canola oil together in a bowl with an electric mixer until smooth; add eggs, one at time, beating well after each addition. Stir vanilla extract into creamed mixture.

  • Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in a separate bowl. Mix flour mixture and sour cream alternately into the creamed mixture. Beat cocoa mixture into batter until incorporated. Pour batter into the prepared baking pans.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center of each cake comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack. Wrap cakes in plastic wrap and store in refrigerator.

  • Beat butter in a bowl with an electric mixer until creamy and smooth; scrape down sides of bowl with a rubber spatula. Mix confectioners' sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, into the creamed butter until sugar is incorporated. Add salt and beat on medium-high until frosting is light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.

  • Place one cake on a serving plate; spread 1/4 the frosting on the top of cake. Place second cake on the frosting layer; spread 1/4 the frosting on second cake. Place the third cake atop the second cake. Spread the remaining frosting on the top cake and around sides of entire layer cake.

Nutrition Facts

657 calories; 5.7 g protein; 68.5 g carbohydrates; 113.8 mg cholesterol; 312.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (6)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/04/2019
nice moist cake....really enjoyed the flavor. I added a cup of coffee instead of water and enjoyed the combination. Cake goes really good with a porter or stout beer for dessert. Read More

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/16/2012
Great texture very moist cake but next time I'd add more cocoa powder. Read More
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6 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 3 stars
12/16/2012
Great texture very moist cake but next time I'd add more cocoa powder. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/26/2018
I made the cake only in a bundt pan as the frosting recipe seems incomplete (no cocoa powder/chocolate in it!) Cake came out moist and tasty. I used my own chocolate icing recipe to drizzle over the top. Kids & hubby loved it! I'd make it again maybe as a layer cake next time. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2019
nice moist cake....really enjoyed the flavor. I added a cup of coffee instead of water and enjoyed the combination. Cake goes really good with a porter or stout beer for dessert. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/23/2019
I was looking for a chocolate cake recipe to use some extra sour cream. We used to make a good sour cream chocolate cake when we were kids growing up on a dairy farm. This cake turned out very dry. The frosting makes no sense --- butter and powdered sugar? It tasted like well loads of butter & sugar. Very strange recipe. So I doctored that up quite a bit adding baking cocoa to make a chocolate frosting. I don't know if that is a misprint but be aware if you are making this. Just use your own frosting recipe. I baked in a 9 x 13 pan; did not have additional time to frost a 3-layer cake. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/21/2017
I used a pre-made frosting but the cake recipe was not changed. I didn't have 3 rounds so I used an 11 by 15 cake pan and it fit beautifully. I had to watch to see when it was done baking though. The toothpick test was done twice. I wanted to find a sour cream chocolate cake recipe like my Grandma's. I think this one worked really well. It is rich moist very chocolatey and just an all-around great from scratch chocolate cake! Yum! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/18/2019
This cake was moist and delicious. Imade it for my coworkers but had to leave half of it with my husband Read More
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