Potluck Chocolate Cake Recipe
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Potluck Chocolate Cake Recipe

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This rich cake with fudgy icing and a sprinkling of nuts is a proven potluck winner, according to Ann Shorey of Sutherlin, Oregon. It's often the most anticipated part of the meal," she nods. "I've also taken the cake on camping trips. It stays moist for several days."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:12-16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 12-16 servings


  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 to 7 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, toasted

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 473 calories, 22g fat (12g saturated fat), 78mg cholesterol, 341mg sodium, 67g carbohydrate (51g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a saucepan, bring butter, water and cocoa to a boil; whisk until smooth. Cool to room temperature. In a bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt. Add cocoa mixture; beat on low speed just until combined. Add sour cream, eggs and baking soda; blend until smooth. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. For frosting, in a bowl, cream butter. Combine the confectioners' sugar and cocoa; gradually add to butter. Beat in the vanilla and enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Frost the cake. Sprinkle with nuts. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Originally published as Potluck Chocolate Cake in Country Woman September/October 2000, p41

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buncogranny User ID: 4511260 72057
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2012

"I have made this one over an over, we love it. I have a portion of one in my kitchen right now. Won't be there long it seem to disappear very quickly."

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