Sour Cream Chocolate Cake

Be sure to let the cake cool completely before spreading the top with frosting.

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: one 9x13 cake (10 to 12 servings)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour (250g)
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar (360 g)
  • 3/4 cup dark cocoa powder (70 g)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup strong piping hot coffee
  • 1 batch chocolate or cream cheese frosting

Method

1 Preheat the oven to 300°F. Butter and flour a 9x13 cake pan.  Set aside.

2 Sift the dry ingredients: In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, and baking soda. Whisk in the kosher salt.

Chocolate Sour Cream Cake with Fudge Frosting - sifting the flour

3 Whisk the wet ingredients: In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, sour cream, canola oil and vanilla extract until it looks homogenous and creamy.

Chocolate Cake with Sour Cream - mixing the wet ingredients

4 Combine the wet and dry ingredients: Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir together with a stiff spatula. The batter will be thick like frosting.

Chocolate Cake with Sour Cream Added - making the batter Chocolate and Sour Cream Cake - batter almost mixed

5 Add the coffee: Pour in the piping hot coffee. The batter will look like mud pies in a muddy lake. Keep stirring until all the liquid is incorporated and it is a homogenized cake batter.

Chocolate Cake with Sour Cream and Coffee - add the coffee to the batter Chocolate Cake with Coffee - begin mixing the coffee in Chocolate Sour Cream Cake with Fudge Frosting - batter mixed!

6 Bake the cake: Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Place in the oven and bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until a toothpick poked in the center comes out clean.

Chocolate Cake with Sour Cream - Pouring the batter in the pan Chocolate Cake with Sour Cream Added - testing the cake for doneness

7 Cool the cake: Take the cake out of the oven and set it on a baking rack to cool. After about 30 minutes spread the frosting on top.

Cut and serve the cake straight from the pan like it’s 1983 and you’re rockin’ your favorite knee-high tube socks with the yellow stripe. Aw, yeah!

Chocolate Cake with Sour Cream - baked cake cooling Chocolate and Sour Cream Cake - topping with frosting Chocolate Cake with Coffee - spreading the frosting on top