Champion Chocolate Cake Recipe
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Champion Chocolate Cake Recipe

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After spreading creamy butter frosting over this easy from-scratch cake, I formed a sweet Olympics logo on top with colorful M&M's. The kids clamored for pieces with the candy, but every bite of this cake is moist and delicious. -Therese Judge, Westminster, Maryland
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:16-20 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16-20 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons milk
  • 14 to 16 each each plain blue, yellow, black or brown, green and red M&M's

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 378 calories, 14 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 65 mg cholesterol, 307 mg sodium, 62 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. In a bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar. Add eggs, one at a time beating well after each addition. Beat in the chocolate and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with sour cream. Whisk in water until smooth. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; invert onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  2. For frosting, combine butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Frost sides and top of cake. With a glass (about 2-1/4-in. diameter), outline five interlocking circles on frosting. Use M&M's in order listed to cover each circle with a single color. Yield: 16-20 servings.
Originally published as Champion Chocolate Cake in Taste of Home August/September 2000, p37

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Reviewed Mar. 6, 2016

"Have made this numerous times. It is an excellent cake, very moist. The frosting is better than any canned icing out there. I've been asked for the recipe many times"

Reviewed Jul. 2, 2011

"This is "my son's birthday cake". We have made this cake as a car, train, 9x13 and more. Each time it is wonderful ? moist, flavorful and rich! My son is turning 10 this summer and the tradition will continue as we plan to decorate the cake with candy and sparklers in his honor! Thanks for providing an awesome recipe for such a time honored tradition."

Reviewed May. 17, 2010

"I have made this cake about 6 times as it always turns out beautifully. It's moist and flavourful and the frosting is wonderful! Most recently, I decorated it with jelly beans and licorice from the Flowers and Vines cake."

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