Chocolate Sour Cream Snack Cake

A chocolate snack cake that boasts of cocoa powder and sour cream inside the cake batter and the frosting. Rich with chocolate flavor and moist from sour cream, it’s a dense cake that you will find irresistible.

Maybe, like me, you’re wondering what makes a ‘snack’ cake different from regular cake?!

A snack cake is a cake you cut a square off every time you pass by the kitchen. Ahem. Just a little square. To savor. A little square that for the moment will appease your sweet tooth with the promise of more to come. And because it’s a snack cake having more is perfectly acceptable! It’s an unwritten rule.

I have a thing for cold chocolate cake. The refrigeration effect turns the frosting into candy. Delectable.

Chocolate Sour Cream Snack Cake

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 1 (9x13) cake

Chocolate Sour Cream Snack Cake

A chocolate snack cake that boasts of cocoa powder and sour cream inside the cake batter and the frosting. Rich with chocolate flavor and moist from sour cream, it's a dense cake that you will find irresistible.

Ingredients:

1 + 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 + 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa*
1 + 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening or butter, softened
1 cup milk
1/2 cup sour cream (regular or light, not non-fat)
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
frosting:
4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
1/3 cup sour cream (not non-fat)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa, sifted
4 cups confectioners’ sugar, plus more if needed

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour a 9x13x2 inch baking pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl sift flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt together. Add shortening, milk and sour cream; beat on medium speed 2 minutes, occasionally scraping down sides of bowl. Add eggs and vanilla; beat 2 more minute.
  3. Pour batter into prepared pan; bake 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from center. Cool on wire racks 15-20 minutes, turn out and cool completely. Frost with Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting.
  4. To make frosting: in a large mixing bowl cream butter and sour cream together until fluffy on medium speed, beat in vanilla and cocoa powder, add one cup of confectioners’ sugar at a time until you reach a nice, thick consistency, continue to beat on medium speed until fluffy 3-4 minutes. Spread evenly over top of cake.

Notes:

*Use Dutch-processed or European cocoa.

Recipe adapted from McCalls ©1910

http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com/chocolate-sour-cream-snack-cake/

Comments

  1. Becki's Whole Life says

    This sounds wonderful – I love what sour cream does to baked goods!  This is such an old recipe, too….I love that it’s from 1910 and McCall’s..very neat!  A snack cake is also perfectly acceptable to eat mid afternoon for your snack…not just for dessert!

  2. Claudia says

    Reeni,. how am I ever going to finish losing weight when you post a recipe like thhis – that goes straight to my heart and my double chin?

  3. Hornsfan says

    Love your definition of a snack cake Reeni :) I’ve been soo good this holiday season but this should probably be called a temptation cake instead of a snack cake, this makes me want a big piece of chocolate cake now!

  4. Melissaruede says

    I wouldn’t think sour cream in a cake would taste very good, but I am assuming you don’t really taste it, it adds moistness or something.  Moon the Kitchen Cat is beautiful.  I assume he belongs to you?

    • Reeni says

      Yeah it just adds moistness and fat cause cakes need fat. And Moon is mine! Trying to get some more pictures to put up but he always moves when he see me with the camera. He’s too curious.

  5. BeadedTail says

    Now that’s my kind of snack!  I’m ready for your cookbook Reeni! :)

    Smooches to handsome Moon! 

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