Homemade Chocolate Cake

Homemade Chocolate Cake

  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 50 min
  • Total: 1 hr 5 min
  • Serving: 16
Rich and indulgent, serve small slices of this chocolate cake with a cup of espresso or tall cold glass of milk.


  • 1-1/4 cup Dutch process cocoa powder, divided
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups sifted cake flour
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk, more or less


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. and grease a 13x9-inch baking dish.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup cocoa and boiling water and set aside.
  3. In a second small bowl, stir together baking soda and sour cream and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, cream 1 stick butter and granulated sugar.
  5. Gradually mix in the sour cream mixture and cocoa mixture alternately. Beat until fluffy.
  6. In a second large bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff but not dry. Fold the egg whites and 1-1/2 teaspoons of vanilla into cake mixture.
  7. Pour batter into prepared baking dish and bake for 50 minutes or until center springs back when touched and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Let cool on wire rack.
  9. To prepare frosting, cream remaining butter in a small bowl. Add 3/4 cup cocoa and confectioners' sugar alternately with milk. Beat until it reaches a spreading consistency. Add more or less milk, depending on the texture you want.
  10. Blend in the remaining vanilla. Frost cake and slice and serve.

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