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Brown Sugar Chocolate Cake

by , Updated April 10, 2017

This is a delicious chocolate cake made with brown sugar and butter, along with an easy sour cream chocolate frosting.

Prep Time: 17 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 12 minutes



  1. Heat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Melt the 4 ounces of chocolate; set aside to cool.
  3. Sift flour with baking soda and 1/8 teaspoon salt; set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, using a hand-held electric mixer, cream butter with brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape sides of bowl frequently. Beat in melted chocolate. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla to the cold water. Add sifted dry ingredients to batter, alternating with vanilla-water, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Beat just to blend and make a smooth batter.
  5. Turn batter into a greased and floured 10-inch Bundt pan or tube pan with a removable bottom. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a wooden pick or cake tester inserted in center comes out with just a few crumbs clinging. Cool the cake in the pan on a wire rack for about 15 minutes. (Cake might fall slightly during cooling) Loosen edges; invert onto rack to cool completely.
  6. Make icing. Melt 6 ounces of semisweet chocolate in top of double boiler over medium heat. When chocolate is melted and smooth, stir in 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and the sour cream. Whisk until well blended and silky. Pour icing over the cooled cake, letting excess drip down the sides.

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