Ingredients

How to make it

  • Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350° F.
  • Generously grease two 9-inch round cake pans with solid vegetable shortening, then dust with flour.
  • Shake out the excess flour.
  • Set the pans aside.
  • Place the cake mix, sour cream, water, oil, eggs, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl.
  • Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute.
  • Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.
  • Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat 2 minutes more, scraping down the sides again if needed.
  • The batter should look well combined.
  • Divide the batter between the prepared pans, smoothing it out with the rubber spatula.
  • Place the pans in the oven side by side.
  • Bake the cakes until they spring back when lightly pressed with your finger, 28 to 32 minutes.
  • Remove the pans from the oven and place them on wire racks to cool for 10 minutes.
  • Run a dinner knife around the edge of each layer and invert each onto a rack, then invert again onto another rack so that the cakes are right side up.
  • Allow to cool completely, 30 minutes more.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting.
  • When frosting is ready
  • Place one cake layer, right side up, on a serving platter.
  • Spread the top with frosting.
  • Place the second layer, right side up, on top of the first layer and frost the top and sides of the cake with clean, smooth strokes
  • DIRECTIONS FOR CAKE TOPPING AND FILLING
  • . Melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat or melt it in a large glass bowl in the microwave oven on high power for 45 seconds.
  • Place the melted butter in a large mixing bowl and add the cocoa powder.
  • Whisk until smooth.
  • Add the confectioners' sugar alternately with the sour cream, blending with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 to 1½ minutes, or until incorporated.
  • Stop the machine and add the vanilla. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat until light and fluffy, 1 minute more.
  • Use the frosting to frost the top and sides of the cake
  • Store this cake in a cake saver or under a glass dome, in the refrigerator for up to 1 week
  • .Or freeze it, in a cake saver, for up to 6 months.
  • Thaw the cake overnight in the refrigerator before serving.

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  • suikerbekkie 2 years ago
    looks amazing.going to bake it tomorrow!!!!
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  • rachy 4 years ago
    Looks absolutely AMAZING!
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    " It was excellent "
    lanabade ate it and said...
    Yum! Thanks!HIGH 5!
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  • yellowspier 4 years ago
    frosting too sweet to for me.
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  • cutegirl23 4 years ago
    can you buy the pudding, or is it stapled to the box? If not, can we use any pudding we'd like? Please leave me a message on my food page letting me know! Thx! :)
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  • angelgirl94 4 years ago
    Perfect for a chocoholic like me. Bookmarked! Thanks for posting. :)
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  • mystic_river1 5 years ago
    I WISH I KNEW WHO THAT GIRL IS AND WHO PUT THAT PIC ON MY RECIPE!
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    " It was good "
    gottaluvit ate it and said...
    Mystic, Just wanted you to know I picked this recipe out of many to make for my brother in laws B-day. It was super! I got rave reviews and directed them to group recipes.....I got 2 requests for the recipe and I meant to give it a 5 but somehow I hit the 4 ...but it's a 5!!
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    " It was excellent "
    trigger ate it and said...
    Thank you for making my Birthday cake. The Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting is outstanding. Now the trick is to place all 52 candles and light them without ending up with a wax covered cake LOL
    High five Joymarie.
    Michael
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  • umber 5 years ago
    Need to make a chocolate cake for a dinner party tomorrow Im looking for a frosting and I think this may be it!!! Ill let you know how it turns out! Does 1 Stick of butter mean 1 whole packet? How many grams?
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    " It was excellent "
    canzi ate it and said...
    I made this cake for my husband's birthday. It turned out great. We can't decide which cake we like better - my Killer Chocolate Cake, or this one! Thank you for the great recipe!
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  • elisabizter 6 years ago
    i think i could eat this whole cake by myself.
    just get a good movie and im set.
    it sounds sooooooo yummy!!!!
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    " It was good "
    annieamie ate it and said...
    Yep! It would feed 2 Chocoholics here in my home! Well maybe three! I was glad to see that this recipe was added to the Chocoholics Group. It certainly belongs there! And this sounds just great. I have the Cake Mix Doc book and can't believe that I haven't made this recipe yet. I'm so glad you posted this here for all of us. I'll just have to make it (And eat at least half of it!)
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    " It was excellent "
    canzi ate it and said...
    Yum.
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    " It was excellent "
    henrie ate it and said...
    That chocolate cake looks amazing. Gotta have some. Great post.
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    " It was good "
    newwonder09 ate it and said...
    Looks Amazing!!!
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    " It was excellent "
    ahmed1 ate it and said...
    Hi..I can't stop myself checking this cake recipe every now and then.It looks great and delicious and I like the sour cream frosting,it is new for me.This one is must-try version..
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  • jo_jo_ba 6 years ago
    Oh yah! That's what I"M talking about!
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  • momto4 6 years ago
    With a family of 6 chocoholics we would need 3 cakes!!!! Looks beautiful!
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