Classic Chocolate Cake

Classic Chocolate Cake


It’s a classic for a reason! This cake is filled with chocolate, from the tender-crumbed cake to the rich and creamy chocolate frosting. Whether for a birthday celebration or a sweet end to a dinner party, it certainly takes the cake!

Cook Time
20 minutes
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
8 servings

How to Make It

1. Step
Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
2. Step
Make the cake: Grease and line 2 8-inch (22 cm) round cake pans with parchment paper.
3. Step
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.
4. Step
In a separate large bowl, cream the butter and sugar with an electric hand mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
5. Step
Add the eggs, 1 at a time, and beat until fully incorporated.
6. Step
Add the vanilla and sour cream and stir with a rubber spatula until starting to incorporate, then beat with the hand mixer until fully combined.
7. Step
Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, beating between each addition until just combined.
8. Step
Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cake comes out clean. Let cakes cool for 10 minutes in the pans, then invert onto a wire rack and let cool completely.
9. Step
Make the frosting: Add the butter, sour cream, vanilla, and salt to a large bowl. Beat with an electric hand mixer on medium speed until well combined. Sift in the powdered sugar and cocoa powder and beat until well incorporated and the frosting is smooth.
10. Step
Place 1 layer of cake on a cake stand or serving platter lined with strips of parchment paper (for easy removal). Spread ¾ cup frosting evenly over the cake. Place the other cake layer on top and use the rest of the frosting to frost the top and sides of the cake.
11. Step
Slice and serve.
12. Step


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