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Sour Cream Chocolate Cake

Sour Cream Chocolate Cake

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  • Makes: 12 servings
  • Prep 25 mins
  • Bake 30 mins

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups sifted cake flour or 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 2/3 cup dairy sour cream
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 recipe No-Cook Fudge Frosting (see recipe below)
  • 1 teaspoon cognac or brandy (optional)

Directions

  1. Grease and flour two 8x1-1/2-inch round baking pans. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, soda, and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, beat sugar and shortening with electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Beat in eggs and vanilla, beating until light. Stir in melted chocolate and sour cream. Add flour mixture and milk alternately to chocolate mixture, beating on low speed after each addition until just combined. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  3. Bake in a 350 degree F oven about 30 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched. Remove from oven; cool on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire racks.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare No-Cook Fudge Frosting. (If you like, stir cognac or brandy into 1/2 cup of the cooled frosting). Place one cake layer on cake plate. Spread the cognac-flavored or 1/2 cup plain frosting over top of one layer. Place other layer on top. Frost top and side with remaining frosting. Makes 12 servings.

No-Cook Fudge Frosting

Ingredients

  • 4 3/4 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, stir together powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Add butter, boiling water, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until combined. Beat for 1 minute on medium speed. Cover and cool for 20 to 30 minutes or until of spreading consistency.

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