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Champion Chocolate Cake

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

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3 large 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 sour cream
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • FROSTING:
  • 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

Directions

  • 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 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; invert onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  • 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.
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  • amluthens
    Jul 6, 2020

    19 years and counting. A true (tasty) tradition!

  • rpj34God
    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

  • cajeanjean
    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.