Sourdough Chocolate Cake


This unique chocolate cake recipe uses sourdough starter in the batter for a tender and delicious cake with a strong milk chocolate flavor.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
1 9x13-inch cake


  • cup shortening

  • 1 ⅔ cups white sugar

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

  • cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 cup sourdough starter

  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¾ cup cold water

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13-inch cake pan.

  2. Sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

  3. Cream shortening, sugar, and eggs together in a large bowl. Blend in sourdough starter. Add flour mixture slowly to creamed mixture, beating until smooth. Stir in water and vanilla; mix well. Pour batter into the prepared pan.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 35 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

223 Calories
9g Fat
34g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 18
Calories 223
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 211mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 4g
Calcium 25mg 2%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 103mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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