Sour Cream Chocolate Cake

recipe from international masters publishers

Yield: 1 serving
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  • 1/4 cup(s) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup(s) boiling water
  • 2 cup(s) sugar
  • 1/2 cup(s) butter softened
  • 1 cup(s) sour cream or plain greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon(s) baking soda
  • 2 cup(s) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 5 egg whites
  • 2 16 oz cans chocolate frosting**
  • 3x chocolate buttercream frosting


  1. Preheat oven to 350*, grease and flour 2 9 inch round cake pans.

  2. Combine cocoa powder and boiling water in bowl and stir until cocoa is dissolved, about 30 seconds.

  3. Combine the sugar and butter in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, 1-2 minutes. Add the cocoa mixture and mix for 1 minute longer. Beat in the sour cream, vanilla, and baking soda. Add the flour and salt. Mix for 1 minute more. ( if using organic turbinado sugar, it will take longer to cream the sugar and butter)

  4. Beat the egg whites in a medium bowl until stiff peaks form, 2-3 minutes. Fold into the batter.

  5. Spoon the batter into the cake pans and bake till a toothpick comes clean, 25-28 minutes. Cut each cake layer into 2 even layers for 4 layers total. Spread the frosting between the layers and over the top and side of cooled cake.

  6. ** substitue chocolate buttercream frosting for the canned frosting

  7. For Black Forest Cake
  8. eliminate frosting.

  9. Whip 2 cups heavy cream until stiff. Spread 1 cup of whipped cream between each layer. Top each layer of whipped cream with 1/2 cup canned cherry pie filing. Frost top of cake with remaining whipped cream.

  10. For less fat and sugar:
  11. reduce sugar to 1 3/4 cups

  12. replace butter with 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce and 1/4 cup veg. oil

  13. use lowfat sour cream ( I use plain greek yogurt)

  14. replace 1/3 cup flour with whole wheat flour.

  15. instead of frosting, layer and top the cake with 4 cups fresh berries or other sliced fruit.
March 2012

This recipe is a personal recipe added by carolynjgardner and has not been tested or endorsed by MyRecipes.

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