Best-Ever Chocolate Cake

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When you want a really good dessert, make this triple-layer chocolate cake with rich, creamy frosting.

Best-Ever Chocolate Cake
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cool Time:
1 hrs
Bake Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
Servings:
12

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup butter, softened

  • 3 eggs

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 cup sugar

  • 2 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 ½ cup milk

  • Chocolate-Sour Cream Frosting (see recipe below)

Chocolate-Sour Cream Frosting

  • 1 12 ounce package (2 cups) semisweet chocolate pieces

  • ½ cup butter

  • 1 8 ounce container dairy sour cream

  • 4 ½ cup sifted powdered sugar (about 1 pound)

Directions

  1. Allow butter and eggs to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, lightly grease bottoms of three 8-inch round baking pans or two 8x8x2-inch square or 9x1-1/2-inch round cake pans. Line bottom of pans with waxed paper. Grease and lightly flour waxed paper and sides of pans. Or grease one 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Set pan(s) aside.

  2. In a mixing bowl stir together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder; and salt; set aside.

  3. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Gradually add sugar, about 1/4 cup at a time, beating on medium speed until well combined (3 to 4 minutes). Scrape sides of bowl; continue beating on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition (about 1 minute total). Beat in vanilla.

  4. Alternately add flour mixture and milk to beaten mixture, beating on low speed just until combined after each addition. Beat on medium to high speed for 20 seconds more. Spread batter evenly into the prepared pan(s).

  5. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 35 to 40 minutes for 8-inch square pans and the 13x9x2-inch pan, 30 to 35 minutes for 8- or 9-inch round pans, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool cake layers in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans. Peel off waxed paper. Cool thoroughly on wire racks. Or place 13x9x2-inch cake in pan on a wire rack; cool thoroughly. Frost with desired frosting. Makes 12 to 16 servings.

Chocolate-Sour Cream Frosting

  1. In a large saucepan melt semisweet chocolate pieces and butter over low heat, stirring frequently. Cool for 5 minutes. Stir in sour cream. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating with an electric mixer until smooth. This frosts tops and sides of two or three 8- or 9-inch cake layers. (Halve the recipe to frost the top of a 13x9x2-inch cake.) Cover and store frosted cake in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

739 Calories
34g Fat
107g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 739
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 34g 44%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Cholesterol 117mg 39%
Sodium 403mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 107g 39%
Protein 9g
Calcium 141.4mg 11%
Iron 2.5mg 14%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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