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SOUR CREAM CHOCOLATE CAKE – The Southern Lady Cooks


This Chocolate Cake is moist and delicious! It’s a fantastic way to use sour cream and you would never know it’s actually in this cake.

Sour Cream Chocolate Cake

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❤️WHY WE LOVE THIS RECIPE

This cake is easy to make and it’s perfect for a potluck, birthday, holiday etc. The frosting is amazing and everyone loves it. It’s the best frosting and it’s so good on this chocolate cake! We top it with walnuts, but you could easily add pecans or leave both off. Add sprinkles for a birthday!

🍴KEY INGREDIENTS

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Cocoa
  • Soda
  • Salt
  • Eggs
  • Sour cream
  • Vanilla

Classic Chocolate Frosting Ingredients in the recipe card below!

SWAPS

You can add one cup of chocolate chips to this cake if you want to make it double the chocolate. You can use the nuts or leave them off and add sprinkles to the top for a birthday cake!

🍽️HOW TO MAKE

This cake is simple to make and the ingredients you probably have on hand!

COOKING STEPS

Step 1
Beat eggs; add sour cream. Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture. Add vanilla. Pour into 13x9x2 inch pan.

Step 2
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes until cake tests done with a toothpick. Note: You can add 1 cup of chocolate chips to this recipe if you want to make it double chocolate.

Step 3 – Chocolate Frosting
Put the softened butter in mixing bowl and beat on high until very smooth and creamy. Stir in powdered sugar, cocoa, vanilla and milk (or water). Beat again until the frosting is spreadable. You may need a little more milk. If so, add 1 tablespoon at a time. Sprinkle nuts on top.

Sour Cream Chocolate Cake

⭐TIP

We like to use full fat sour cream since you are using this sour cream really in the place of milk. I think if you use low fat it may affect the moisture level of the cake, but you can always give it a try.

RECIPE VARIATIONS

  • Southern Coca-Cola Cake – This old fashioned cake is one your family will love. It’s a classic for a reason and they serve it at Cracker Barrel.
  • Mississippi Mud Cake – This one is always a hit and has been around a very long time. It’s one of a kind!
  • Chocolate Cherry Cake – This one is always a winner and made in a bundt pan. Wonderful for any holiday.

SERVE THIS WITH

This cake is wonderful on it’s own however if you want to make this one a birthday cake, it goes amazing with ice cream!

❓FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I use low fat sour cream?

The sour cream is used in the place of milk in this recipe, so we like to use full fat. You can always try it but we have only made it with full fat sour cream.

Would this cake be good with cream cheese frosting?

I think it would be good with any frosting!

STORING

We store this cake in a cake container and it keeps for a few days.

SERVING SIZE

This cake is made in a 9X13 so it has quite a few servings. It’s going to depend on the size but it will be 15 normal slices.

Sour Cream Chocolate Cake

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This Sour Cream Chocolate Cake is moist and delicious. It makes the perfect birthday cake or bring it to any potluck, church gathering. Chocolate cake is always a hit and this one is and old fashioned favorite.

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 30 minutes

Total Time 45 minutes

Course Cake

Cuisine American

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 eggs well beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

CLASSIC CHOCOLATE FROSTING

  • 1 stick butter softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 5 tablespoons milk or water
  • 1 cup walnuts chopped (optional)

CLASSIC CHOCOLATE FROSTING INSTRUCTIONS

  • Can use any kind of nuts you like.Put the softened butter in mixing bowl and beat on high until very smooth and creamy. Stir in powdered sugar, cocoa, vanilla and milk (or water). Beat again until the frosting is spreadable. You may need a little more milk. If so, add 1 tablespoon at a time. Sprinkle nuts on top.

Keyword Sour Cream Chocolate Cake

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