If you love chocolate, you will absolutely be in heaven with your first bite of Sour Cream Chocolate Cake! A moist, rich, not-too-sweet chocolate cake topped with decadent, creamy homemade chocolate frosting… this is chocolate perfection!

Sour Cream Chocolate Cake on a wooden platter

For the Chocolate Lovers

I do love chocolate and sometimes, when a craving hits, nothing else will do. But I’m not one who craves chocolate and always chooses a chocolate dessert when given the option. I’m actually a fruit dessert fan.

However… and this is a BIG ‘however’… I adore chocolate cake. Especially when it’s homemade. Especially when it’s frosted with perfect chocolate frosting.

This Sour Cream Chocolate Cake is for sure my all-time favorite. It’s sweet, but the cake especially isn’t overpoweringly sweet. It’s dense, but not too dense. Just perfect.

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Making Sour Cream Chocolate Cake

You’ll start by sifting and gently mixing together the dry ingredients for the cake:

Mixing ingredients for Sour Cream Chocolate Cake in a copper bowl with a whisk

Next, you’ll use an electric mixer (I love my KitchenAid!) to cream together butter and brown sugar before mixing in the eggs and vanilla extract:

Batter for Sour Cream Chocolate Cake in a KitchenAid mixing bowl

To finish off the cake batter, you’ll combine the wet mixture with the dry mixture plus sour cream and boiling water. Stir the cake batter only as much as necessary for all ingredients to be combined. It’s never a good idea to over-beat a cake batter!

A Note About the Pan

I recommend a 4-4.8 qt 10×15 inch glass dish, like this one (click for affiliate link). If you have a slightly smaller Pyrex dish, that will be fine, just be sure you do not fill the dish more than halfway full with the batter! You may also need to shorten the baking time if you use a smaller dish.

Pour your batter into the greased glass baking dish:

Pouring Sour Cream Chocolate Cake batter into a Pyrex dish Sour Cream Chocolate Cake batter in a Pyrex dish

Chocolate Frosting

As the cake is baking, you can whip up the chocolate frosting. I started by chopping 90% cacao unsweetened baking chocolate and semi-sweet baking chocolate. I used Bakers Chocolate.

Bakers chocolate for Sour Cream Chocolate Cake

I melted butter in a Pampered Chef batter bowl (affiliate link) in the microwave. I love the batter bowl for making this frosting because I can use just the one bowl from start to finish. Fewer dishes is a good thing!

You’ll stir the chopped chocolate into the melted butter and then microwave in 30-second increments until the chocolate is melted.

Melted butter and Bakers chocolate for Sour Cream Chocolate Cake Mixing melted chocolate for Sour Cream Chocolate Cake

I added the remaining frosting ingredients and beat the mixture until smooth.

Homemade frosting for Sour Cream Chocolate Cake Homemade chocolate frosting for Sour Cream Chocolate Cake

You’ll want to cover and set your frosting aside while the cake bakes and then cools completely to room temperature. Once the cake is cooled, you can frost away!

Frosting the Sour Cream Chocolate Cake Frosting the Sour Cream Chocolate Cake

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Finished Sour Cream Chocolate Cake in a Pyrex dish on a marble counter

*Drool*

Finished Sour Cream Chocolate Cake

And there you have it! An incredibly delicious chocolate cake made with sour cream!

A slice of Sour Cream Chocolate Cake on a wooden platter

Recipe For Sour Cream Chocolate

A slice of Sour Cream Chocolate Cake on a wooden platter

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Sour Cream Chocolate Cake


  • Author: Carissa Shaw for Mom Needs Chocolate
  • Yield: 18

Description

If you love chocolate, you will absolutely be in heaven with your first bite of Sour Cream Chocolate Cake! A moist, rich, not-too-sweet chocolate cake topped with decadent, creamy homemade chocolate frosting… this is chocolate perfection!


Ingredients

Cake Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups packed brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 cups sour cream
  • 1 1/3 cup boiling water

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate, chopped
  • 3 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate, chopped
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease a 10×15 inch (4-4.5 quart) glass baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar together until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla extract.
  4. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt into another large mixing bowl. Whisk to combine. Add the wet mixture and sour cream to the dry ingredients and beat with an electric mixer just until well blended. Add the boiling water then stir until combined.
  5. Pour the batter evenly into the prepared baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes until a toothpick or knife is inserted into the center of the cake and comes out clean. Set the cake aside to cool.
  6. Microwave the butter in a microwave safe bowl just until melted. Stir in the semi-sweet and unsweetened chocolate. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between each interval, until the chocolate is melted.
  7. In a large mixing bowl, combine the melted chocolate and butter mixture, powdered sugar, sour cream, and vanilla; beat with an electric mixer until smooth.
  8. Spreadthe frosting evenly onto the cooled to room temperature cake.

Makes 18 servings. Leftover cake should be covered tightly and refrigerated.

Keywords: chocolate, chocolate cake, sour cream chocolate cake, chocolate mayonnaise cake, homemade chocolate cake, chocolate frosting

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Sour Cream Chocolate Cake

19 Comments on Sour Cream Chocolate Cake

  1. Mama Ash {Erica}
    May 15, 2018 at 1:01 pm (6 months ago)

    I have to make this for my kids. Good ingredients and I like the sour cream addition for moisture and flavour. I definitely don’t bake as much I should. This looks perfect.

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  2. tara pittman
    May 15, 2018 at 1:38 pm (6 months ago)

    That cake looks so moist. I love that you put sour cream in the frosting too.

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  3. 1stopmom
    May 15, 2018 at 2:57 pm (6 months ago)

    I have never made a cake with sour cream before. Yours looks moist and delicious! I just might have to try this recipe but not let my husband see. If he sees me adding the sour cream he just might not try it, lol

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  4. Mary
    May 15, 2018 at 4:28 pm (6 months ago)

    I can taste this now in all its glory! It looks so delicious!

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  5. What Corinne Did
    May 15, 2018 at 6:13 pm (6 months ago)

    oh my god i should not be eating those kind of post when i am going to bed ahah! this cake looks so so good!

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  6. Kelli A
    May 15, 2018 at 6:42 pm (6 months ago)

    My aunt makes a sour cream cake that is out of this world! I wonder if its the same, similar recipe.. This looks so good!

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    • carissashaw
      May 16, 2018 at 1:33 pm (6 months ago)

      It may be! These classic recipes are very similar. My grandma used to make mayonnaise cake with a white icing.

      Reply
  7. Gemille Sleweon
    May 16, 2018 at 10:33 am (6 months ago)

    I’ve never made a cake using sour cream, but ive read that it gives the cake a smoother texture. I have used yogurt in place of eggs to make brownies before.

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    • carissashaw
      May 16, 2018 at 1:32 pm (6 months ago)

      I haven’t tried it, but I bet yogurt could be a good substitute for the sour cream in this recipe.

      Reply
  8. Kate Andrews
    May 16, 2018 at 11:57 am (6 months ago)

    I think my favorite part of this recipe is the fudge icing. I would probably eat it all before I even frosted the cake!

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  9. KRYSTLE COOK
    May 16, 2018 at 1:18 pm (6 months ago)

    This looks SO yummy! I love chocolate cake with ice cream. I have to have ice cream otherwise I won’t eat it. I’m weird – and it has to be warm!

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    • carissashaw
      May 16, 2018 at 1:31 pm (6 months ago)

      That sounds perfect! I think this cake would be AMAZING warmed with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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  10. Wendy Polisi
    May 16, 2018 at 1:33 pm (6 months ago)

    This looks so great. Sour cream adds so much flavor to a recipe like this.

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  11. Sara Welch
    May 16, 2018 at 1:34 pm (6 months ago)

    I really love cooking with sour cream. I use it in a bunch of my recipes!

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  12. Becca Wilson
    May 16, 2018 at 8:04 pm (6 months ago)

    This chocolate cake looks like it would be so amazing! I definitely need to give this recipe a try.

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  13. Athena
    May 16, 2018 at 9:24 pm (6 months ago)

    That looks so delicious. We make something very similar but with mayonnaise instead of sour cream. Same concept – totally delicious.

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  14. swathi
    May 16, 2018 at 10:24 pm (6 months ago)

    Yes Sour cream makes chocolate cake so smooth I make Texas sheet cake with sour cream in it. I can’t get enough of chocolate always.

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  15. Blair Villanueva
    May 16, 2018 at 11:16 pm (6 months ago)

    This cake looks delicious 😀 I love creamy cakes and perfect with brewed coffee, or tea.

    Reply
  16. Cheryl
    May 16, 2018 at 11:45 pm (6 months ago)

    I love me some chocolate. I’ll be wiping these up!

    Reply

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