This Old Fashioned Sour Cream Chocolate Cake is an easy, light and delicious homemade chocolate cake! It's perfect for any celebration, birthdays, Black Forest Cake or cupcakes and pairs well with any frosting!
Cuisine American, Canadian, North American
Keyword birthday cake, cake, chocolate
Prep Time 15minutes
Total Time 50minutes
2 ¼cupscake and pastry flour* see NOTES for substitution
3ounces(3- 1 ounce squares) bakers unsweetened chocolatemelted (melt in the microwave for about 1 - 2 minutes on 50% power or use a double boiler
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease cake pan(s) with non-stick spray. *I use Wilton Cake Release for best results
Sift together cake and pastry flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
Cream butter in mixer for 2 minutes, then gradually add brown sugar and continue beating for 5 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Add vanilla and chocolate. Alternately blend in flour mixture and sour cream, one third at a time, on low speed of electric mixer.
Add boiling water; blend well. (***Batter will be thin.) Pour into prepared 8 or 9 inch round layer cake pan or deep square pans and/or cupcakes tins.
Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes if making layer cakes, but about 5- 10 minutes longer for a deeper 8 or inch square cake (as in photos), or until cake tester inserted into center comes out clean. * Cupcakes need to be baked for about half the time ( 15 - 20 minutes)
Cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove and finish cooling on racks. Frost as desired.
*NOTE: Cake flour substitution: Although I don't recommend it, in a pinch you can substitute all-purpose (AP) flour for the cake flour and pastry flour, by using this ratio: For every 1 cup cake or pastry flour called for in a recipe, measure 1 cup of AP flour, then remove 2 tablespoons (this will leave you with ⅞ cup of AP flour, also known as a scant cup) then add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch. *I have done this, but it makes a cake more dense than the cake and pastry flour.**NOTE: This recipe makes 2-8 inch round layer cakes (you will likely have some leftover for about 6 cupcakes) OR 1 deep 8 inch square (as seen in the photos)
Old Fashioned Sour Cream Chocolate Fudge Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 382Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Vitamin A 345IU7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.