Chocolate Cake, I Just Love This One

Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 45 mins
Cook 35 mins

This is a recipe for a very yummy chocolate cake. I went through a lot to get this recipe perfect. But I have it now and thought that I should share it, since this is a cake loved by many. It's rich and creamy, good for adults and kids. And trust me, you'll love it. The key with this cake is taking it out of the oven at the correct time.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Melt chocolate in microwave (30 seconds at a time) or in a double boiler.
  3. Grease two 9-inch cake pans.
  4. Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt.
  5. In a separate larger bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter until light.
  6. Add sugar and continue beating.
  7. Add eggs one at a time, scraping bowl well after each addition.
  8. Beat on high speed for 5 minutes.
  9. Add vanilla and chocolate.
  10. Stir in sifted dry ingredients alternately with sour cream (starting and ending with flour, i.e. add some flour, then some sour cream, then more flour -- etc).
  11. Stir in boiling water.
  12. Pour into pans.
  13. Bake for 35 minutes (start testing for doneness after about 27 minutes; if there are a few moist crumbs on the tester, it's ok to take it out).
  14. Cool in pans for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove to a rack and let cool completely before icing.
  15. To make the frosting: Mix all the frosting ingredients together in mixer. Once it is well mixed, frost the cake generously.
  16. Enjoy :-D.
Most Helpful

5 5

OMG! Rich, fudgy, not too dark chocolate cake? So hard to find! You have, IMHO, perfected the homemade chocolate cake. I LOVE the use of brown sugar. It sweetens the chocolate by creating a slight caramelized flavor instead of having a definitive "sweet" or "chocolate" only flavor. I accidentally greased & papered my 8" pans but used them anyway. They baked up perfectly in exactly 30 minutes; taking them out just a tad before I normally would. I thought about adding about 1/2 cup or so of Dutch processed cocoa to the frosting, but I didn't because I like to make the recipe as close to original as possible the first time. Since I know this will not be the last time I make this cake, I'll reserve the chocolate frosting idea for another time. :) However, I did add 2 Tablespoons maraschino cherry juice for flavor & tinted it with pink paste food coloring. Thanks so much for sharing your fabulous recipe, Maya's Mama! Made for Ramadan tag.

5 5

I'm a chocoholic, so I know a great chocolate cake when I taste one! This is z very, very nice tasting cake! I was tempted to make a chocolate butter cream rosting, but wanted to make it as is first, & it was very good [emphasis on the WAS, 'cause it's gone ALREADY]! Another time I do want to make a chocolate just to see if that would be excessive ~ my taste buds are telling me it won't, but that comes from 'buds' that actively seek out chocolate!! Thanks much for this recipe!

5 5

I had to try this recipe because it was different and it proved to be an amazing cake. It is rich, moist, complex chocolate flavor that is sure to please any chocolate lover. It makes a large cake; I used two 9 inch layer cake pans and prepared them with moist strips around the pan to ensure a flat cake. The finished cake completely filled the pans. The layers were flat, very few crumbs and easy to frost. This is the recipe I'll reach for when I need a big cake. I cannot comment on the frosting because I used #3730