Best. Cake. Ever.

{Homemade Chocolate Cake}

I brought home the left over cake pictured above after dinner night at my parent’s house.  My mom made the cake from scratch and it really is to die for!  She gave me the recipe (thanks, mom!); next time I need to make a cake I will definitely be making this one.  Wanna try it for yourself?  Here you go…

Ingredients for the Cake: 

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
4 oz. unsweetened chocolate, broken up
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/4 cups sugar
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups sour cream
3 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract

… and Ingredients for the Frosting:

4 oz. unsweetened chocolate, broken up
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup sour cream
1/3 cup milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. salt
1 box (1 lb.) powdered sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour three 9-inch round cake pans (however, my mom used her 9 x 13 Pyrex – one layer).
  2. For the Cake: In a microwave-safe glass bowl, melt butter and chocolate together in microwave on HIGH until melted and smooth.  1 to 1 1/2 minutes, stirring halfway through.  Set aside.  Mix flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large bowl until blended.
  3. Add sour cream, eggs, 1 cup water, chocolate mixture and vanilla; beat 30 seconds on low speed, until dry ingredients are moistened.  Increase to medium; beat 2 minutes.  Pour into prepared pan(s).
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until cake layers spring back when pressed.
  5. Cool layers in pans on rack for 10 minutes.  Remove cakes to rack to cool.
  6. For the Frosting: In a microwave-safe small glass bowl, melt chocolate in microwave on HIGH for 1 minute.  Stir until smooth.  Set aside.  Beat shortening, butter, sour cream, milk, vanilla, salt, 1 cup of the sugar and the cocoa powder in a medium-sized bowl until creamy.  Gradually beat in remaining sugar and melted chocolate until thick and smooth.
  7. Frost the cake as you wish, and enjoy!  This cake makes approximately 12 servings and the prep time takes about 20 minutes.
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