I copied this recipe out of a magazine (I wish I could remember which magazine!) a few years back, tried it out for my mom’s 50th birthday cake and last year for my coworker Karen’s 50th birthday. It was a huge success both times. Since then it’s become a cake we make at least once a year (like the red velvet cake we make every year for my birthday).
- 3 1-oz square unsweetened chocolate
- 2-1/4 cup sifted cake flour (= 2 cup regular flour)
- 2 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 stick butter, softened
- 2-1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 3 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 12 oz. package semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1-2/3 cup sour cream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray 2 9-inch round cake pans with non-stick spray or grease the bottom of the cake pans, line with parchment paper (only the bottom) and grease the parchment paper then dust with flour.
- Melt unsweetened chocolate in small bowl over simmering water (or in microwave). Set aside to cool slightly.
- Sift flour, baking soda, and salt, set aside.
- In large mixing bowl beat butter and brown sugar until smooth and creamy.
- Beat in eggs and vanilla until light and fluffy. Beat in chocolate.
- Stir in sour cream and dry ingredients, alternating and ending with flour mixture.
- Mix with wooden spoon until smooth. Stir in boiling water. (Batter will be thin).
- Bake 30 minutes (check at 20 to 25 minutes.)
- Melt chocolate chips, set aside
- Whisk sour cream and vanilla, whisk together.
Nutrition per slice for a traditional two-layer cake: 598 cal. 28.5 gram fat, 19.4 g sat fat, 79 g carb, 0 g protein, 3 g fiber
I doubled the recipe in an attempt to make an 8-layer cake (by splitting the layers in half). For this cake I lost one of the layers to undercooking and decided not to split the layers because they were too moist. I prefer more layers because the frosting/filling has such great taste. The cake went over very well at a family party recently, despite the fact that I forgot to peel was paper off the bottom of one of the layers of cake before frosting it!