Old Fashioned Sour Cream Fudge Cake

"This recipe was on the "Swans Down Cake Flour" box. They say its their best chocolate cake recipe."
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Ready In:
1hr 10mins
1 9" layer cake




  • Cake: Preheat oven to 350 degF.
  • Sift tog.
  • flour, baking soda and salt, set aside.
  • Cream butter, then add brown sugar and continue beating for 5 minutes.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Add vanilla and chocolate.
  • Alternately blend in flour mixture and sour cream, 1/3 at a time on low speed of electric mixer.
  • Add boiling water, blending well (batter will be thin).
  • Pour into 2 greased and floured 9" round layer cake pans.
  • Bake at 350 degF for 35- 40 minutes or until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean.
  • Cool in pans for 10 minutes; remove and finish cooling on racks.
  • Frosting: Combine chocolate, icing sugar, butter, hot water and egg.
  • Blend; then beat at medium speed of electric mixer for 2 minutes.
  • Chill until of spreading consistency.
  • Carefully ice cake (cake crumb is very tender).
  • You may not want to use the above icing due to the raw egg, so I would suggest making a seven minutes frosting.

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  1. Superb!! This is an excellent traditional chocolate layer cake....rich, moist and deeply chocolate. The cake flour makes the crumb tender, but I didn't find the cake fragile. It cut beautifully with a serrated knife. Watch the baking time. My layers tested done at 26 minutes. I made a white chocolate ganache for between the layers and covered it with a tart raspberry filling. Frosted the sides with a chocolate buttercream icing (not the one shown with the recipe), and covered the top with a dark chocolate ganache and a thick layer of white chocolate curls.
  2. My go to recipe when I have a murderous chocolate cake craving! Have made it to rapturous responses for years. The irony is, Swan's Down flour - which DOES produce a more tender crumb - is no longer available for purchase in grocery or speciality food shops, here.


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