Thursday, January 28, 2010

Mahogany Sour Cream Cake

Mahogany Sour Cream Cake

2/3 cup soft butter
1 2/3 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla

1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup water
1 cup sour cream

1 3/4 cups flour
1 1/2 teapoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda

Cream butter and beat in sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
Add cocoa, water, sour cream and mix well.
Mix together in a separate bowl flour - baking powder, salt, and baking soda.
Add to other mixture.

Mix well and pour into greased 9 x 13 pan, or 2 round 9-inch pans, or 24 cupcake holders.
Bake in preheated 350º F. oven for about 35 minutes, but begin checking after 20 minutes.

This is one of my favorite chocolate cakes. It is really excellent. Smooth and delicious. You may frost it with a simple buttercream frosting or:

Sour Cream Frosting

1/4 cup soft butter
1/3 cup sour cream
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar (sifted into butter mixture)


  1. I don't know why, but sour cream in baking is a magic ingredient. Sounds wonderful.

  2. Just as I was thinking about lunch look what popped up. My taste buds are jumpin and jivin.

  3. Common Weeder, it does give the most wonderful flavor!

    So, Lisa, are you gonna make it today?! It is really very quick and simple, and perfectly wonderful.

  4. It is, Katherine! Had a piece for breakfast this morning. :<)

  5. OK, it looks great, but I am going to abstain for now. Wonder if you could figure out a way to make your entries "scratch and sniff"? :-)

  6. I just looked at that picture and said "kill me"

    oh. my.

    too too good.

    definitly getting starred. I'm trying to think of the next special occasion - um - Happy Friday??

  7. oh boy, just what I needed! I will give this a go this weekend! YUMMMY thank you!

  8. Now this looks yummy. It looks like I could easily cut the recipe in half since it is just the two of us. I'd bake it in a 8 x 8 pan instead. I love the way sour cream makes things so moist and flavorful. I may give this one a try this weekend. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  9. Ha,ha, Kay! I don't know what came over me but yesterday I just thought I *must* make this cake!

    Island Sparrow, or even Happy Thursday!

    Linda, it really is great!

  10. What a marvellously simple sounding recipe and yet looks sooo delicious! I must try this one myself when no longer dieting!!!

  11. Margot, oh it's just the two of us, too. :<) Well, Tom did bring some to work today, but honestly we could eat it all ourselves!

    Diane, it IS!

    Rambling Fancy, it is worth giving up the dieting for. :<)

  12. Nan,

    Funny -- I posted a chocolate cake recipe yesterday also. It is something to do with winter cold, that makes us want to indulge?

    I've copied your recipe and look forward to trying it soon. Thanks for sharing.


  13. Are you trying to kill me???? That looks so divine. I want to jump into the frosting!

  14. Oh my that cake looks wonderful!! Thanks for the recipe!

  15. Oh, yum! That looks positively divine, Nan.

  16. Janell, someone just told me that Jan 27 was National Chocolate Cake Day! Do you believe it??!

    Oh, Staci, Sherri, and Karin, you oughtta bake it soon! You will LOVE it. I promise.

  17. Laura, perfect Friday night fare for you and your fella!

  18. Mmmmm. We've been eating so well for the past few weeks, I think it's time for a little treat. This looks like just the ticket.

    Your current header always makes me smile when I see it! :)

  19. Hey Les, it's a delicious cake!

    I do love that old coffee ad. It's fun to use it on these winter days.

  20. Oh gosh darn it I love the idea of "scratch and sniff"
    this blog is not good for my jeans you know...the rest of me loves it (far too much actually :0))

  21. Hey Val, you can just buy some sweatpants! The cake is worth it, and your girls will love it. It was a fave with my kids.

  22. Thankyou for this excellent recipe, Nan. I made it yesterday and it's really delicious! (I'm having a piece now with my morning coffee...).

  23. So happy you liked it, Cornflower, and thanks for taking the time to let me know. Glad to hear there is someone else who has cake for breakfast!

    Cait, you'll love it!

  24. I came from a link on Cornflower's blog. This cake is just what I need to make with some sour cream I have!
    Off to read more of your posts!

  25. Lila, thanks for coming by. This cake is so good!

  26. I'm back to tell you that I have the cake in the oven now....Valentine's day!
    Thanks again!


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