Chocolate Buttermilk Cake With a Sour Cream Frosting

"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."
Chocolate Buttermilk Cake With a Sour Cream Frosting created by Perfect Pixie
Ready In:
1hr 30mins



  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Butter a 10-inch springform pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.
  • Cream together the butter and the sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, continue beating until thick and light.
  • Sieve together the cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and flour.
  • 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.
  • Pour the batter in the springform pan and bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean.
  • Run a knife around the edge of the cake and let the cake cool completely whilst in the pan.
  • Make the frosting just before you need it.
  • Mix together the sour cream and the icing sugar, whip the cream until stiff, then mix the two creams together.
  • Release the cake and turn it upside down on a platter.
  • With a serrated knife cut the cake into layers (I use a piece of sewing thread to cut the cake).
  • 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.
  • Leave in the fridge until ready to serve.
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  1. suzaneisel0219
    can I add buttermilk and sour cream to box cake mix
  2. Nikoma
    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.
  3. lilypads
    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.
  4. Perfect Pixie
    Chocolate Buttermilk Cake With a Sour Cream Frosting Created by Perfect Pixie
  5. Perfect Pixie
    This was my first layer cake and it was really easy - thumbs up there. My only problem was a background taste that mum and i could taste that was a bit funny- i had that before with a cake mix but thought it was the oil. Now that i see there is no oil in this cake maybe it meant that one of my ingredients was off. Though it was a lovely cake which i think would work well with some cherry pie filling in the layer. Thanks for posting. Miss Pixie x x x :D

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