The Best Chocolate Cake (Really!)

Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 40 mins
Cook 35 mins

I made this cake for my little brother's 12th birthday with the request of a chocolate cake. It was truly amazing- weeks later my family (nonetheless after being stuffed with a huge dinner and dessert) was still talking about how fabulous the cake was! Nice and moist and the frosting...oooh. Recipe for a 9"x13" pan, but can be made as a wonderful layer cake. Prep time includes cooling and frosting (with some extra leeway). From

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Melt chocolate, either on the stove or in the microwave and set aside.
  3. Beat butter in large mixer bowl then add brown sugar and eggs, and beat until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add vanilla and melted chocolate, and beat to combine.
  5. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt and add to chocolate mixture gradually, alternating with sour cream, beating after each addition.
  6. Stir boiling water into the batter - the batter will be thin.
  7. Pour into two 9 inch round cake pans which have been greased and floured.
  8. Bake for 35 minutes, until cake centre springs back when touched.
  9. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans. Allow to cool completely before applying frosting.
  10. ***For the frosting***.
  11. Combine brown sugar, butter and milk in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
  12. Continue to boil, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes.
  13. Cool to lukewarm.
  14. Stir in icing sugar and continue to stir until the right consistency to spread.
  15. (There should probably be a small film wanting to form on top ideally, but no real crystalization.) Spread over cooled cake.
Most Helpful

Talk about CHOCOLATE HEAVEN!!!!!
Made this for my daughter's bday. It was an AMAZING hit! We haven't tried the caramel frosting yet. We had a chocolate mousse center and a chocolate ganache on top. Definitely a keeper. In fact, I'm about to make it again. I love bdays, so I can justify making something so sinfully divine.

mbmom February 14, 2011

If you need to make a chocolate cake and you're all out of cocoa, this is the one to pick! The only variation I made to the cake was to use butter-flavored shortening rather than butter. The cake was chocolately and moist, definitely a keeper. Thanks Roosie :)

puppitypup October 28, 2010

I don't know what "andthebrave" is talking about. They must not know how to follow a recipe. But this recipe was delicious!! I think its the best chocolate I have came across yet. Thanks so much for sharing.

One With Tao March 30, 2010