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Sandy's Chocolate Cake

 Sandy's Chocolate Cake
"I held this velvety, rich cake on my lap during the 4-1/2 hour drive to the Greatest Cocoa Cake Contest at the Pennsylvania Farm Show last January," recalls Sandy Johnson, who lives on a dairy farm near Tioga. "By the time we got to the judges table, I was almost too tired to care if I won." But win she did! Topping 59 other entries, Sandy's impressive layer cake with creamy frosting took fir
16 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups packed brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 3 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/3 cups sour cream
  • 1-1/3 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 3 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 5 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Chocolate curls and decorations, optional


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour three 9-in. round baking
  • pans. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and
  • fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Beat in vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking soda
  • and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream,

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Directions (continued)

  • beating well after each addition. Stir in water until blended.
  • Transfer to prepared pans. Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick
  • inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes before
  • removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a metal bowl over simmering water, melt butter and
  • chocolates; stir until smooth. Cool slightly.
  • In a large bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, sour cream and
  • vanilla. Add chocolate mixture; beat until smooth. Spread frosting
  • between layers and over top and sides of cake. If desired, top with
  • chocolate curls and decorations. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 16
  • servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice (calculated without chocolate decorations) equals 685 calories, 29 g fat (18 g saturated fat), 115 mg cholesterol, 505 mg sodium, 102 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 7 g protein.