Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake

Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake-1-16 How many of you like to eat homemade desserts, but don’t like to spend too much time on the preparations? I’ll raise both hands.

The creator of the bundt cake and I would probably be kindred spirits. What a brilliant concept for a fancy presentation with minimal effort.

I make all kinds of bundt cakes: orange, lemon poppy seed, coffee cake, glazed and marbled. This is a Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake, from a recipe that I got from America’s Test Kitchen. I think that any time you add sour cream or buttermilk to batters it makes it 100 times better. This chocolate cake really rocks, and I am not a chocolaholic by any stretch of the imagination. I crave chocolate cake only a few times a year, and this one is the one of the few recipes that I will make. The chocolate cake is delicious all by itself; it’s so chocolaty, deep, rich and tender. I make this bundt cake a lot of times before work, when I don’t have a lot of time to fuss, but want to have something sweet in my lunchbox. Let me tell you, a slice of this Chocolate Cake with a cup of coffee really hits the spot sometime around 2 in the morning. It’s also something for me to look forward to in the beginning of my shift, when it’s usually really busy.

You can elevate this cake a notch by serving it with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream and some fresh berries. That would be worthy of a special occasion. 

Ingredients:

3/4 cup cocoa powder

6 oz semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped

1 teaspoon instant espresso or instant coffee powder

3/4 cups boiling water

1 cup sour cream

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon coffee and rum liqueur, optional

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

12 Tablespoons butter, softened (1 1/2 sticks)

2 cups brown sugar

5 eggs, room temperature

Instructions:

Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake-1 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a bundt cake pan with oil or brush it with melted butter and sprinkle with flour.

In a medium heatproof bowl, combine the chopped chocolate, cocoa powder and espresso powder. Pour in the boiling water and whisk it all together until all the chocolate is melted. Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake-1-2

Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake-1-3 Set is aside to cool off slightly, about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the flour, salt and baking soda together.

Add the sour cream, vanilla and liqueur to the chocolate mixture. You can use any liqueur you like, or omit it, it’s up to you. Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake-1-4

Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake-1-5 In a large bowl of a standing mixer with a paddle attachment or using a hand mixer, beat the butter and brown sugar until they are fluffy, about 5 minutes. Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake-1-6 Add the eggs, one at a time. Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake-1-7 Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the butter, mix it in slightly, then add half of the chocolate mixture, mixing slightly again. Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake-1-8

Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake-1-9 Add half of the remaining flour, mix again, followed by the second half of the chocolate mixture and then lastly with the remaining dry ingredients. Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake-1-10

Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake-1-11 Using this method to mix the batter really helps to not over mix it, creating a really tender and delicate texture of the cake.

Pour the batter into the prepared bundt cake pan. Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake-1-12 Bake in the preheated oven for 40-50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake-1-13 Cool the bundt cake for 5 minutes before inverting it onto a cooling rack. Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake-1-14 Cool for another 10-15 minutes and then dust it with powdered sugar. Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake-1-15 This cake is delicious served with ice cream, or whipped cream and berries. Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake-1-16

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Recipe type: Sweets
Serves: 1 bundt cake
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • 6 oz semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso or instant coffee powder
  • ¾ cups boiling water
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon coffee and rum liqueur, optional
  • 1¾ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 12 Tablespoons butter, softened (1½ sticks)
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 5 eggs, room temperature
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a bundt cake pan with oil or brush it with melted butter and sprinkle with flour.
  2. In a medium heatproof bowl, combine the chopped chocolate, cocoa powder and espresso powder. Pour in the boiling water and whisk it all together until all the chocolate is melted. Set is aside to cool off slightly, about 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the flour, salt and baking soda together.
  4. Add the sour cream, vanilla and liqueur to the chocolate mixture. You can use any liqueur you like, or omit it, it's up to you.
  5. In a large bowl of a standing mixer with a paddle attachment or using a hand mixer, beat the butter and brown sugar until they are fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  6. Add the eggs, one at a time.
  7. Add ⅓ of the flour mixture to the butter, mix it in slightly, then add half of the chocolate mixture, mixing slightly again. Add half of the remaining flour, mix again, followed by the second half of the chocolate mixture and then lastly with the remaining dry ingredients. Using this method to mix the batter really helps to not over mix it, creating a really tender and delicate texture of the cake.
  8. Pour the batter into the prepared bundt cake pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 40-50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  9. Cool the bundt cake for 5 minutes before inverting it onto a cooling rack. Cool for another 10-15 minutes and then dust it with powdered sugar.
  10. This cake is delicious served with ice cream, or whipped cream and berries.

 

 

 

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  1. Natasha says

    Hi Olga.
    I never liked bundt cakes maybe because I never had a good one and since none of your recipes ever failed me– I must give this a shot. I would like to let you know that I have made the buckwheat cabbage rolls and they were the best I’ve made so far (only made with rice before). The only thing I did different was cook them on the stovetop because the oven was not getting the job done. I also made your pourccipine meatballs with rice and served that over egg noddles and my family enjoyed that for three days. Thank you for what you do to help other ladies/ moms make up their minds on what to cook. You are my favorite “recipe book”. Congratulations on your new home! Love that table. Is that new????

    • says

      Thank you for such a sweet comment, Natasha. I am so happy to hear that you are enjoying many of my recipes.
      We are certainly enjoying the new house.
      The “table” is actually a backdrop that my husband made for me a while ago. I’ve used it for many recipes.

  2. Natalie says

    Thank you for this wonderful chocolate sour cream bundt cake! It was a big hit at our house. You are amazing!

  3. Natasha says

    Made it for hubby’s birthday and served it with vanilla ice cream and homemade raspberry sauce. He said it’s his favorite cake so far! He said its nice because it’s not soggy and it has three completely different flavors which go beautifully together. I am making it again today for a get together with friends. Thanks Olga for such a great and easy recipe.

  4. Elichka says

    Hi Olga, thank you for another great recipe. I must try it. It looks so good, and Im sure it tastes just as good. Can I substitute liqueur with anything?

    • says

      You can simply omit it, Elichka. I love to add all kinds of liqueurs to my desserts, because I think they give a lot of flavor, but they are optional.

  5. Alina says

    Would like to try this! I don’t have a bundt cake pan, can I still bake it in either a regular size pan or like a meatloaf size pan perhaps? Thanks! Do you also think these would make great cupcakes?

    • says

      You can bake it in any other baking dish that will be the correct size to fit all of the batter, Alina. I think a meatloaf size pan would be too small.
      I have never used this batter to make cupcakes, although in my opinion, I think the cupcakes will turn out too dense.

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