Sour Cream Chocolate Cake, #The Cake Slice Bakers

The Cake Slice Bakers are a group of bakers from around the world. Currently, the challenge is to bake one of four preselected Carole Walter's Great Cakes recipes.  Sour Cream Chocolate Cake with Sour Cream Chocolate Frosting was this Ninja Baker's winning choice.


I looked left and right. The coast was clear. Not a grownup in sight. Lifting the freezer lid, clouds of ice steam enveloped my face. Determined, I dug through the frost covered treasures. A gleam of silver glinted in the corner. Removing a green bean casserole, my frozen fingers clutched my grandmother, Nona’s chocolate cake ensconced in a silver
13 x 9 inch pan.

Chocolate Sour Cream Cake surrounded by pink clouds of icing.

Even in its frozen state, as a child licking the chocolate frosting off of Nona’s chocolate cake was heavenly. Although reserved for special occasions, the cake was nothing fancy. A mere sheet cake…But, boy, oh boy the subtle chocolate in the moist cake with its perfect crumb would have made any Parisian pastry chef green with envy. The cake was magnificent. Even better though was the chocolate frosting which Nona generously swirled atop the cake.

I’ve never replicated Nona’s chocolate cake. However, Carole Walter’s Great Cakes Sour Cream Chocolate Cake with Sour Cream Chocolate Frosting comes pretty close.

Chocolate espresso beans complement the coffee in the cake.

Coffee and chocolate are combined together with triple sifted cake flour. Squares of butter get whipped up with superfine sugar for six minutes until super fluffy. Eggs and vanilla are incorporated with all the ingredients; a luscious chocolate batter is poured into an oblong pan. 42 minutes later a cake with not an overly pronounced chocolate flavor emerges from the 350 degree oven.  Once cooled a sour cream chocolate frosting blessed with deep, dark chocolate is slathered on top.

Click here for a very similar sour cream chocolate cake recipe. 

Sour Cream Chocolate Frosting

An array of chocolates melted in butter are introduced to a powdered sugar and sour cream mixture. The result is a match made in Heaven!

This recipe is adapted from Carole Walter’s Great Cakes.

  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • ½ ounce bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 2/3 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 3 teaspoons hot water
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Melt the chocolates and butter in a microwave-safe bowl or in a double boiler. (About 2 minutes.) Stir until smooth. Cool for a few minutes.

Add the sour cream.

Pour in the powdered sugar, alternating with the hot water.

Drizzle in the honey and vanilla extract. Combine well…And get ready to enjoy one of the best chocolate frostings ever! 


Wishing you divine sweets.

The Ninja Baker

© ™ Watkinson 2012

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