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

Sally
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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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

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  • Cream shortening, sugar, and eggs. Blend in sourdough starter. Add sifted ingredients slowly to creamed mixture, beating until smooth. Stir in water and vanilla, and mix well. Pour batter into greased and floured 9 x 13 inch pan.

  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 35 minutes, or until done.

Nutrition Facts

222.9 calories; 3.9 g protein; 33.5 g carbohydrates; 31.1 mg cholesterol; 211.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (57)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/10/2003
My husband absolutely loves this cake! We took one of the reviewers suggestions on keeping it in the fridge and that makes it even better. Thanks! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/02/2008
This didn't work out for me at all, and I really followed the recipe. I don't know why it turned out so dry. I doubt I'll make this again. Read More
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62 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 35
  • 4 star values: 18
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
03/09/2003
My husband absolutely loves this cake! We took one of the reviewers suggestions on keeping it in the fridge and that makes it even better. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/02/2008
I loved the recipe with a few alterations. instead of one cup of water i added a cup of buttermilk, to enhance the sourdough flavor and make it richer. adding half unsweetened chocolate and half chocolate instant jello powder made it stick together better and made it a little sweeter, both good things. all in all, a big hit Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/14/2005
I made some changes to try to avoid a dry cake. I used a whole cup of shortening (trans fat-free) and added a half cup of half and half. There is surprisingly little liquid in the original recipe which is probably why people found it dry. My changes did make it moist but this cake has a very fine crumb which makes it fall apart easily. I think next time I will add some instant chocolate pudding to deepend the chocolate flavor and see if it helps the crumbs hold together. The flavor was great and I frosted it with chocolate cream cheese frosting for Valentines Day. I will use this recipe again but continue to tweek it until I get exactly what I want. A great start though thanks Sally! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/06/2008
People complained of a dry cake and not enough chocolate flavor, so to remedy that I substitued canola oil for the shortening, used approximately a whole cup of baking cocoa, added a package of chocolate pudding, added 1-2 T (or more, not sure how much I put in) of instant coffee granuales to enhance the chocolate flavor. Cake was EXCELLENT. Was very moist and good chocolately flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/30/2008
This is such good cake,the only thing it needed was 1/2 cup sour cream to make it moist and I also keep it in the fridge. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2010
I make this using oil rather than shortening, to help retain moistness, increase the cocoa to 1 cup for a richer chocolate taste, and used milk rather than water, for taste. I add 1 tsp of instant coffee granules to really help the flavor develop further. Due to the variance in sourdough starters, it is best to use the 1 3/4 cups of flour as a guideline; add the full amount if your starter is more liquid than solid, and less otherwise. You should aim for a batter that is like slightly thin pancake batter for this cake. I serve it to my family as is, but it is very tasty sprinkled with powdered sugar. It comes out very pretty if baked in a bundt pan, which takes approximately 50 minutes to bake. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/29/2008
I didn't even know you could make cake with a sourdough starter until this recipe! This turned out good. I did follow others advice and added a small package of chocolate pudding. This was plenty chocolaty for us and did not see dry. I topped it with cream cheese frosting and that made it almost perfect! I will make this again. Thanks for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2008
I worried about the other reviewers' comments about being dry, so I did the following: *I used 1 FULL cup shortening (I used butter flavored Crisco) *I added about 1/4+cup more water than called for I cooked it in a bundt pan and topped with cream cheese frosting...wow! I would send a photo, but it has already been polished off by my children. Can't even tell that it is made with sourdough! I will make this one again. Especially pretty as a gift or for a luncheon... Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/11/2008
Per other reviews I used canola oil decreased flour a tad added more cocoa used buttermilk in place of water. This makes a nice tall cake... and the batter tastes tangy and amazing! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/02/2008
This didn't work out for me at all, and I really followed the recipe. I don't know why it turned out so dry. I doubt I'll make this again. Read More
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