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Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake

January 19, 2015

Inside: A chocolate sour cream bundt cake recipe.

I knew the weather was supposed to be bad today. Since there’s never much winter here, and since I woke up to a sunny sky, I figured the weatherman must have been wrong and got ready to go to the grocery store anyway. That was 5 minutes before the storm started.

Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake

Before I could even get to the store, I found myself fighting against the wind, which kept pushing me the wrong way. With a sudden rain that completely soaked me in seconds, I decided to make a U-turn and come back. This time, the wind was in the same direction as me, but it was so strong that I started running just to catch up with it! I’ve learned my lesson today to take weather predictions a bit more seriously.

Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake Recipe

Back at home, it was time to get warmed up and start baking. Since I didn’t make it to the store to buy ingredients, I had to use what I already had on hand. So this chocolate sour cream bundt cake happened, and I certainly can’t complain!

How to Make a Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake

So let’s go over some of the ingredients. The texture and flavor of this chocolate sour cream cake are superb – it’s incredibly moist and rich with a wonderful deep chocolate flavor.

Cocoa & Coffee: To boost that chocolaty flavor, I dissolve the cocoa in hot water and use coffee powder (although you won’t taste the coffee once the cake is done).

Sour Cream: Using sour cream enhances the cake’s richness and provides a slight tang. It’s actually one of the best additions you can make to a chocolate cake so I wouldn’t recommend making substitutions.

Brown Sugar: Light brown sugar gives moisture to the cake, as well as a subtle caramel flavor, but you can substitute it with an equal amount of granulated sugar if you prefer.

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How to Prep Your Bundt Pan

Since this chocolate sour cream bundt cake is quite delicate, make sure to grease it well and dust with cocoa powder. Why cocoa powder instead of flour? Simple: it won’t leave any white streaks on the dark cake once we release it from the pan after baking.

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Chocolate Bundt Cake
YIELD: 1 Bundt Cake
This incredibly moist, rich, and super chocolaty sour cream Bundt cake is delicious on its own, but a drizzle of chocolate glaze makes it incredible!

For the Cake:
  • 2/3 cup (65g/2.3 oz.) unsweetened cocoa powder, plus more for coating the pan
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee powder (optional)
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) hot water
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) sour cream
  • 1 3/4 cups (250g/8.8 oz.) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks/225g) butter, softened
  • 1 cup (200g/7 oz.) granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup (150g/5.3 oz.) light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs , room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For the Glaze:
  • 75 g (2.7 oz.) bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) heavy cream
  1. Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Grease a 12-cup (10-inch) Bundt pan and coat with cocoa powder, tapping the pan slightly to remove any excess. Set aside.
  2. In a medium heatproof bowl, place cocoa and coffee powder. Pour hot water over the mixture and let stand for 1 minute, then whisk until smooth. Let the mixture cool to room temperature (meanwhile, proceed with the rest of the recipe), then whisk in the sour cream. In another medium bowl, sift flour, baking soda, and salt, and mix to combine. Set aside.
  3. In a mixer bowl fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together butter and sugars on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as necessary. Beat in vanilla extract. On low speed, beat in the flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating it with the cocoa-sour cream mixture in 2 additions, starting and ending with the flour. Do not over mix.
  4. Scrape batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow cake to cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then gently invert onto a wire rack and let it cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar or drizzle with glaze.
  5. To make the chocolate glaze: Place chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl. Set aside. In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring heavy cream just to a boil. Immediately pour cream over chocolate and let sit without stirring for 2 minutes. Then, whisk mixture gently until completely melted and smooth. Let cool for 10 minutes before using. Alternately, heat chocolate and cream in the microwave in 20-second intervals, mixing between each, until melted.
Recipe Notes

Without glaze, the cake will keep at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 4 days. With glaze, store cake in the fridge for up to a week, and bring to room temperature before serving.

A Rich Chocolate Glaze

The glaze is optional but really quick to make, check out my yummy chocolate ganache recipe. With or without it, this cake is really good – so good that I already ate 4 pieces. Although the stormy weather can be blamed for my craving, right? Ok, maybe not.

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  • Reply
    Thalia @ butter and brioche
    January 19, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    This chocolate bundt cake looks SO perfect and wickedly delicious too. Another incredible post Shiran, pinned!

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      January 23, 2015 at 11:56 am

      Thank you so much Thalia!

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    Jess @ whatjessicabakednext
    January 21, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    I’ve been craving a slice of this cake ever since I saw it on insta! Looks SO unbelievably good, Shiran!

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      January 22, 2015 at 4:16 pm

      Thank you so much Jess! I’ve been craving so many of your cakes too, ever since I’ve seen them on insta!

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    January 24, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    אני לא מבינה איך פיספסתי את הרשומה הזאת
    עוגה נהדרתתתתתתתתת, ואני בגללך עכשיו רעבה!
    תיכף משתפת בטוויטר

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      January 24, 2015 at 4:48 pm

      Thank you so much Winnie! 🙂

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    July 9, 2015 at 6:44 am

    Hi Shiran,

    This is the first cake I made from your website and it was fabulous! I didn’t have sour cream ( and not enough time to make it from scratch) so I substituted it with curd.

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      July 11, 2015 at 6:14 pm

      I’m glad you liked it, Anna! 🙂

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        February 11, 2021 at 1:56 am

        Sorry Shiran, is not necessary the baking powder?

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          February 14, 2021 at 5:04 am

          There’s baking soda in the recipe. No need to use baking powder.

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    December 30, 2015 at 4:40 am

    Hey! made d cake yday for my dad’s bday & it was a hit. However, only today I realized that I forgot to add the brown sugar! One needs to add it with the white sugar into the butter, right?

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      December 30, 2015 at 4:46 am

      At least it tasted good 🙂 It would probably taste much better if you add the brown sugar (or more granulated instead). And yes, it should be added along with the granulated sugar. Happy birthday! 🙂

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    May 8, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    This bund cake is amazing! It is the 4th time I made it. Everybody loves it! I didn’t have sour cream, so I substituted with Greek yogurt.

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    October 12, 2018 at 5:38 am

    Thank you for this beautiful recipe! I used oil instead of butter and greek yogurt instead of sour cream and it came out perfectly. I made it for a party and everyone loved it! Thank you x100 it was superb.

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    January 4, 2020 at 5:29 am

    Baked this for my birthday today ( yes I’m a control freak and prefer to bake my own birthday cakes!!) and it was delicious! Loved how moist it was and the simplicity of the recipe.
    Thank you Shiran!

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    Mrs. Marilyn Tomsky
    November 9, 2021 at 8:04 am

    I loved your cakes!

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    March 7, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    Just made this for a family bbq, it was delicious! Everybody loved it. The cake was really moist, chocolatey and looked great dusted with powdered sugar. Thanks for the wonderful recipe Shiran!

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