Chocolate Buttermilk Cake With a Sour Cream Frosting

Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr

A lovely dark, moist cake. The frosting is creamy and refreshing and is nice on other cakes too. It’s a recipe from Judith Olney.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Butter a 10-inch springform pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.
  3. Cream together the butter and the sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, continue beating until thick and light.
  5. Sieve together the cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and flour.
  6. With your mixer on low speed add the dry ingredients in 4 portions, alternating with the buttermilk and coffee, beat until all is very well blended.
  7. Pour the batter in the springform pan and bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean.
  8. Run a knife around the edge of the cake and let the cake cool completely whilst in the pan.
  9. Make the frosting just before you need it.
  10. Mix together the sour cream and the icing sugar, whip the cream until stiff, then mix the two creams together.
  11. Release the cake and turn it upside down on a platter.
  12. With a serrated knife cut the cake into layers (I use a piece of sewing thread to cut the cake).
  13. Spread frosting over one layer, carefully replace the other layer on the top and spread the rest of the frosting over the top and the sides.
  14. Leave in the fridge until ready to serve.


Most Helpful

delicious chocolate cake, though i am such a messy baker that my white kitchen was a lovely shade of cocoa by the time i was done, and so was i :). my only problem was with the frosting, i don't think i beat my cream long enough, as the consistancy was a bit loose for frosting. but the taste was great, and a good way to use up extra buttermilk.

chia March 27, 2005

Needed a frosting for another cake and this one looked cool and creamy. I have to agree with Chia though, the frosting tasted great but it was very thin. I had to freeze the cake for 1/2 hour to firm it up before serving.

Nikoma June 14, 2010

I had some sour milk in the fridge that I did not want to throw out, so I picked this cake to use it up. I was not sure how the coffee/cinnamon mix. would taste,but it is a very nice cake, moist and chocolatey, the coffee is a nice added flavor.I used a 9x12 pan and margarine, not butter and added vanilla. Thankyou for posting.

lilypads May 05, 2009

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