Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Chocolate Cake

As you know Baby O just celebrated a birthday. Per our family custom the birthday girl got her choice of birthday meals. Baby O is known for her simplicity and requested grilled cheeseburgers, homemade buns, oven fries and chocolate cake. But not just any chocolate cake but THIS chocolate cake.   I found this recipe about 20 years ago in an old cookbook and it has been a tried and true keeper in our household.  If you are looking for a plain chocolate layer cake, moist and decadent then this is the cake for you.  

Chocolate Layer Cake

1 cup butter or margarine softened
3 cups packed brown sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 2/3 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup baking cocoa
1 tablespoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups sour cream
1 1/3 cups boiling water

Preheat oven to 350
Grease and flour 3 nine inch cake pans
In a mixing bowl cream butter and brown sugar
Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition
Beat on high speed until light and fluffy
Blend in vanilla

Combine ( I sift) flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in separate bowl. 
Add to the creamed mixture alternately with the sour cream. 
Beat on low just until combined. 
Stir in boiling water ( I do it by hand)
Pour into your greased and floured 9 inch cake pans
Bake for 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. 
Cool for ten minutes then remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting

1/2 cup butter or margarine
3 squares (1 ounce each) unsweetened chocolate
3 squares (1 ounce each) semisweet chocolate
5 cups confectioners sugar
1 cup ( 8 ounces) sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

in a medium saucepan ( or double boiler) melt butter and chocolate over low heat. Cool 5 minutes. In a mixing bowl combine sugar, sour cream and vanilla.  Add chocolate mixture and beat until smooth. Store frosted cake in refrigerator. 

Suggestions***** try putting cherry/raspberry preserves, jam, or chopped chocolate covered cherries candy between the layers.

Blessings from The Holler

The Canned Quilter


  1. Oh yum! My favorite kind of cake. Must make this even though we have no birthdays coming up till mine in November.

  2. That looks fabulous! If I don't have sour cream on hand for the frosting do you thin I could use yogurt or cream cheese?

    We are continuing to pray for y'all sand hope that your daughter is feeling tons better.

  3. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! My son who was home this summer from college had asked me to make a chocolate cake and I was a bad (and busy) mom and never made one. His birthday is in a month and when he comes home I will definitely be making this as it looks so delicious!

  4. CQ,

    I'm so happy to see Baby "O" made delicious menu request for her birthday, and she was
    home to celebrate it.

    The cake recipe sounds like a keeper, thank you for sharing. I'm going to place it in my cook book for future use.

  5. Anything with one cup of butter in it has to be delicious:) Hope Baby "O" is feeling better!

  6. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm.

    Happy Birthday, Baby O.

  7. Happy Birthday to Baby O,Happy Birthday to Baby O and many more!! Hope your feeling much better!!!!


  8. Now that's what I call a chocolate cake!

  9. Cheeseburgers, fries, and chocolate cake...now that's what I call a perfect birthday dinner! Baby O has very good taste, I'd say. :)

    That cake...oh my, how I love chocolate cake! This is definitely going on my 'to try' list...in fact, right to the top of the list. :)

  10. Y...u...m!!! I think I'm not waiting for the next birthday or holiday. I think it'll just be chocolate cake Friday in a few days!! Thanks cq and happy 18 baby o!! My oldest will be 18 in December ... Guess that means, cq, you and I were in the same shape at the same time :)

  11. Happy birthday to baby O! My husband's birthday was yesterday and I made this cake. First time I've made a cake from scratch and it turned out great, everyone loved it! Thanks for the recipe.


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