This is always a hit! I use a mint flavored frosting for this 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 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease two 9 inch round cake pans.

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  • Sift the flour with the baking soda and salt three times.

  • Boil the water and add it to the chocolate, and stir until melted.

  • Cream together the butter or margarine and the sugar. Add the eggs and mix well. Stir in the vanilla.

  • Blend in the chocolate mixture to the creamed mixture. Add the flour alternately with the sour cream, beating well after each addition. Pour batter into two 9 inch round cake pans.

  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes or until cakes tests done.

Nutrition Facts

326.3 calories; 4.4 g protein; 46.4 g carbohydrates; 57 mg cholesterol; 276.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (16)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2004
I made this for my husband for Father's Day and used a chocolate frosting recipe I found on this site that used cream cheese and baker's chocolate and put candied mint-leaves on top. I think it's really really good! The cake is very rich and moist! I've got the leftover cake in the refrigerator and if you put a slice in the microwave for 20 seconds and top with ice cream it's delicious. The frosting microwaves well because of the cream cheese. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
10/11/2011
Something went terribly wrong. We were so excited to make this recipe but it came out not to my liking It looked beautiful while in the oven but sank as soon as we pulled it out. It also looked and felt really moist but was extremely dry and crumbly. I have NO idea what went wrong. We did use cocoa and oil as a substitution for the unsweetened baking squares but I don't think that would've ruined the recipe this much. Also there were CHUNKS! It was like we had put peanuts in the batter or something. We were very disappointed:( Read More
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17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2004
I made this for my husband for Father's Day and used a chocolate frosting recipe I found on this site that used cream cheese and baker's chocolate and put candied mint-leaves on top. I think it's really really good! The cake is very rich and moist! I've got the leftover cake in the refrigerator and if you put a slice in the microwave for 20 seconds and top with ice cream it's delicious. The frosting microwaves well because of the cream cheese. Read More
(20)
Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2010
This was a great recipe. I didn't have bakers chocolate SO instead I used hersheys natural cocoa powder mixed with the amount of water recipe indicates and a tablespoon extra of butter. This cake is not super chocolaty as I thought it is sutble. perfect with some white whipped frosting and sliced strawberrys. It was a major hit I am definatly making this cake again. btw i chose to use all natural and organic ingredients. although that doesnt change the calorie intake it is gratifying knowing I am not eating hydrogenated dye filled food. Kudos to this recipe.. Read More
(15)
Rating: 4 stars
07/27/2009
Used a 13x9 pan and baked for 50 min total. Delicious and everyone enjoyed it:). Because some said it was dry and I'm in deserty Colorado added 2 egg yolks and 1/2 cup yogurt and 1 cup chocolate chips. Made icing with butter cocoa p. sugar and Bailey's Irish Cream. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/14/2009
I made this into cupcakes and they turned out really well. For me at least the batter turned out really thick almost like chocolate mousse (and was really yummy!) I baked the cupcakes at 350 for about 15 minutes. They were not overly sweet which worked well with the super-sweet frosting we put on top. We'll make them again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/14/2011
Wow what a great chocolate cake! I used 2 squares semi-sweet and 1 square unsweetened chocolate based on the reviews. This fluffy chocolate cake was STILL moist after 8 days in the fridge. Definitely a keeper recipe thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/06/2004
This is a really yummy cake for all the family...not very chocolatey actually but it was moist and delicious. The day after making it we sliced it down the middle put some pieces of high quality chocolate in the centre put it in the microwave for 30 seconds until the chocolate pieces melted and then we ate it like a sandwich. The taste was incredibly decadent and delicious. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/28/2009
This cake was awesome I made it for my Grandma's 71st birthday and it was a big hit. But it was just a tad dry no one noticed but I did. I put some chocolate frosting on it and it was perfect. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/03/2011
I used all brown sugar and added 1/4 c cocoa (i like dark choc) with a 1/4 tsp cinnamon and these were awesome! I frosted them with my grandma's cooked choc icing recipe and they were yummy! My mini cupcakes only needed about 14 min. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2004
This was the first cake I've ever made and it turned out great! i used semi-sweet chocolate since one review said it wasn't chocolately enough. it could have been a bit more moist (maybe add some oil next time?) according to my husband but everyone else thought it was perfect. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/11/2011
Something went terribly wrong. We were so excited to make this recipe but it came out not to my liking It looked beautiful while in the oven but sank as soon as we pulled it out. It also looked and felt really moist but was extremely dry and crumbly. I have NO idea what went wrong. We did use cocoa and oil as a substitution for the unsweetened baking squares but I don't think that would've ruined the recipe this much. Also there were CHUNKS! It was like we had put peanuts in the batter or something. We were very disappointed:( Read More
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