Sandy's Chocolate Cake Recipe

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Sandy's Chocolate Cake Recipe
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Sandy's Chocolate Cake Recipe

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Years ago, I drove 4-1/2 hours to a cake contest, holding my entry on my lap the whole way. But it paid off. One bite and you'll see why this velvety beauty won first prize. —Sandra Johnson, Tioga, Pennsylvania
Featured In: Top 10 Cake Recipes
MAKES:
16 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:
16 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups packed brown sugar
  • 4 large 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
  • FROSTING:
  • 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

Directions

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, 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. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Sandy's Chocolate Cake in Taste of Home February/March 1994, p15

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 685 calories, 29g fat (18g saturated fat), 115mg cholesterol, 505mg sodium, 102g carbohydrate (81g sugars, 3g fiber), 7g protein.

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups packed brown sugar
  • 4 large 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
  • FROSTING:
  • 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
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour three 9-in. round baking pans.
  2. 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, beating well after each addition. Stir in water until blended.
  3. 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.
  4. For frosting, in a metal bowl over simmering water, melt butter and chocolates; stir until smooth. Cool slightly.
  5. 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. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Sandy's Chocolate Cake in Taste of Home February/March 1994, p15

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Amber User ID: 9226738 269870
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2017

"This cake turned out great! Really moist and fudgy. I did take others suggestions and use coffee instead of the water. I can't rate the frosting though. Some people said it tasted strange and I couldn't risk my picky eaters' b-day cake tasting weird..."

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Sherin User ID: 9220258 269548
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2017

"Perfect chocolate cake recipe. I used half of all ingredients and used a bundt pan. It looked beautiful garnished with ganache and strawbwrries."

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buttermilk maid User ID: 2350303 269542
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2017

"Great cake from a great cook, my friend Sandy!"

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mindysmama User ID: 6929696 269538
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2017

"ronnir1 I use a 9X13 pan all the time to bake my cakes and I always use 350. Hope this helps"

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ronnir1 User ID: 1166986 269526
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2017

"What temp and time would you use for 9x11 cake or is it 9x13? Sounds great"

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Ronda User ID: 8630894 269525
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2017

"Coffee seems to enhance the taste of chocolate so I tried this cake with some espresso and OMFG it makes this cake as if it was made from one of those best high dollar bakeries you always want to try but could never afford! LOL I did tweak it a little hear and there in a few other places as well to make it mine. Used Irish butter because after all I am Irish. An Irish woman married to a Mexican. Believe me, I am paying for it in spades. My daughter is giving me fits by way of showing me her temper at times --- who would have thought a half Mexican half Irish kid would have had much of a temper *coughcough* but she absolutely loves this cake too!"

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mugsymom2010 User ID: 8296594 269522
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2017

"This recipe is like the Hershey chocolate cake recipe except for sour cream. I've made the Hershey numerous times and it's wonderful so I'm sure this one is too"

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KookieB User ID: 8859340 269519
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2017

"Now this is what chocolate cake is all about! Rich & Oh soooo decadent. One of the best recipes ever and not too difficult. Thanks for sharing, Sandy!"

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Corneilius User ID: 7635585 269518
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2017

"I have tried a lot of chocolate cake recipes and this one is by far the best. It also makes quite a bit of cake. This is the only recipe I use for chocolate cake."

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Terryebeatty User ID: 285619 269509
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2017

"Taste great my family lived ut"

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