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Does anyone have a recipe for a great chocolate cake that uses sour cream?

TerriL Dec 14, 2012 02:57 PM

I need to use up a ton of sour cream, and since I have to make a birthday cake tonight, I was hoping someone might have a recipe to share. TIA

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    magiesmom Dec 14, 2012 03:12 PM

    I started making this simply wonderful cake, originally from Fanny Farmer 40 years ago. I dust it with powdered sugar.

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      kcshigekawa Dec 14, 2012 04:03 PM

      I do, but it's in a cookbook at home (SF Junior League hard bound, circa 1979), and I have no computer at home!

      It's three layers of cake, with a chocolate/sour cream frosting. Most delish.

      I made it for a co-worker for his (an another colleague's) birthday about a week before I was due to leave the job. Three days after I left he called to ask me out. Four years later we were married. I'm not saying the cake was the reason, but...


      edited for typos

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        HillJ Dec 14, 2012 04:08 PM

        I don't have a recipe for chocolate cake with sour cream but I do have one that uses mayo and it's amazingly delicious. So holler if u want that one.

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          Mattkn Dec 15, 2012 04:36 AM

          Yes please!

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            HillJ Dec 15, 2012 06:21 AM


            Serious Eats ran the recipe, saving me time to retype it out for you. It's a great cake for chocolate cake lovers.

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          jbsiegel Dec 14, 2012 05:24 PM

          Well...I'm pretty sure you don't want this one, but I do the one with cake mix, instant pudding mix, 4 eggs, etc. I find it pretty good (and stupid easy!).

          ...hiding head in shame...

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            AGM_Cape_Cod Dec 14, 2012 06:49 PM

            For a quick easy, delicious, one-bowl chocolate cake try Maida Heatter's New Orleans Chocolate Cake. It only uses 1/2 cup of sour cream but every bit helps get rid of excess. Search for it on google.

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              TerriL Dec 14, 2012 08:19 PM

              Thanks for the suggestions. I'll probably try the Fanny Farmer recipe that magiesmom mentioned -- it looks really good.

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              1. re: TerriL
                magiesmom Dec 14, 2012 09:13 PM

                you will not be sorry!

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                soccermom13 Dec 15, 2012 03:56 AM

                This Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake from Cooks Illustrated is very good:


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