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This cake uses sour milk that would otherwise be thrown out. You'd never know it, though! It's moist, delicious, and easy to make.


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Recipe Summary

15 mins
30 mins
45 mins
1 9x13-inch cake


Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.

  • Cream sugar and butter together in a large bowl. Beat in eggs, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and cloves. Add flour alternately with soured milk, stirring batter until smooth. Fold in raisins. Dissolve baking soda in boiling water and add to the batter. Pour batter into the prepared baking dish.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool before slicing.

Cook's Notes:

Use whatever you have in your pantry. Instead of raisins, you could use chocolate chips, chopped nuts, or a combination.

You can bake in a smaller dish for a thicker cake; simply fill the baking dish no more than 2/3 full and adjust baking time as needed.

If you don't have soured milk, make your own by adding 2 teaspoons of lemon juice or vinegar to milk and letting it sit for 5 minutes before using in the recipe.

Nutrition Facts

224 calories; protein 3.9g; carbohydrates 32.7g; fat 9.2g; cholesterol 53mg; sodium 127.3mg. Full Nutrition