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Chocolate Cake

Yield enough batter for 3 (8-inch) layers or 1 (15- x 10-inch) layer

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups sifted cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1 (8-ounce) container sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

How to Make It

  1. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition.

  2. Combine cake flour and next 3 ingredients; add to butter mixture alternately with sour cream, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Follow baking directions for Chocolate Truffle Angel Cake or Miniature Chocolate Truffle Tree Cakes.