I had this a couple of times at my son’s friend’s b-day parties. His Mom was happy to share the recipe with me and all of you CC’ers. It is really moist and tasty (must be the brown sugar). Wouldn’t use it for major carving jobs and do freeze it for 30 mins before you trim or carve something flat. Do not squish down to flatten with a cake board (as you can do for WASC or other cakes). This will compress the cake and make it very gooey. You need to trim the hump. Frosting is optional, but it’s also good if you choose to use it.


Amount Ingredient
2 ¼ cups cake and pastry flour
2 tsp. Baking soda
½ cup butter, softened
2 ¼ cups firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
3 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup boiling water
3 ounces bakers unsweetened chocolate (melted0
1 cup sour cream (cooled)




Sift together flour, baking soda and salt; set aside. Cream butter. If you use salted butter (skip the salt). Gradually add brown sugar and continue beating for 5 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla and chocolate. Alternately blend in flour mixture and sour cream, one third at a time, on low speed of electric mixer. Add boiling water; blend well. (Batter will be thin.) Pour into one greased and floured, waxed paper lined 9 ½ inches layer pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes, or until cake tester inserted into center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove and finish cooling on racks.

5 squares Unsweetened Chocolate ½ cup butter, softened
1/3 cup water
3 cups icing sugar
1 egg
Melt chocolate with butter and water over low heat; cool. (Mixture may appear curdled.) Add icing sugar and egg. Blend; then beat on low speed of electric mixer for 2 minutes. Chill until of spreading consistency.

Alternative Frosting (Bittersweet Chocolate Frosting):
Amount is for a wedding cake therefore cut in half.

1 lb. Bittersweet chocolate, chopped ¾ cup heavy cream
3 tbsp. Unsalted butter

In medium saucepan, boil water. In medium steel bowl combine approximately 2/3 of the chocolate and cream. Place bowl over saucepan and sir frequently until melted and smooth. Remove from heat and stir in remaining chocolate until smooth. Gradually beat in butter, 1 tablespoon at a time. Let stand until cooled to room temperature.

Optional Filling: Kirsh Cream with Strawberries
250 ml. Heavy cream 250 g. chopped strawberries (about 1 ½ cups)
1 to 1 ½ tbsp. Kirsh cream or any other
fruit liquer.
Beat cream until whipped. Fold in strawberries and liquer. Slice cake horizontally into 3. Spread bottom layer with half of strawberry-cream mixture. Top with middle cake layer. Spread middle layer with remaining cream. Top with third layer.


fanofcake Says... 3 Jan 2012 , 3:39pm

I have this exact recipe and "not chocolate cake" people LOVE it!! Is is so moist and so good. It isn't overly rich and stays good for days. If it lasts that long. Don't be tempted to change this recipe, it is perfect. It rivals the texture and moisture of a mix cake but is even better. Goes amazing with my White Chocolate Buttercream that I use on all my cakes.

CYNDIKAF Says... 3 Jan 2012 , 8:04pm

Sounds yummy! I can't wait to try it. @fanofcake, I would also love the recipe for your white chocolate butter cream.

sarascakecreations Says... 5 Jan 2012 , 9:20pm

can't wait to try it also :)

and fanofcake... would you mind pm me your white chocolate buttercream recipe as well?


fearlessbaker Says... 6 Jan 2012 , 11:37pm

fanofcake, Do you use your white choc for frosting as well?Thanks

fanofcake Says... 9 Jan 2012 , 2:39pm

fearlessbaker- I use this to fill and frost all of my cakes. It crusts very well and you can get it perfectly smooth with a roller. I will PM you the recipe.

Chericakes Says... 9 Jan 2012 , 3:40pm

I would love thr recipe for the white chocolate buttercream as well. Sounds delicious! Thank you. I am also going to try this chocolate cake recipe.

Cristi-Tutty Says... 10 Jan 2012 , 7:57am

I will love the white chocolate buttercream recipe, please!!

How long can I leave this frosting out?

Thank you for sharing!

fanofcake Says... 10 Jan 2012 , 12:34pm

If you would like the recipe for my buttercream just PM me. I do not take critiscim well and I see too many rude comments on recipes to put mine out there! :) This way I can give you the recipe and you can like it or not and I don't have to know if you thought it was terrible. :) Cristi-Tutty and Chericakes, I just sent it to you. Also, would like to add that I used DARK brown sugar in this recipe and it was amazing. It is even better at room temperature on about day 2 or 3 as the flavors develop over time. I would recommend making ahead and freezing if you can.

ellawillow Says... 10 Jan 2012 , 10:09pm

Lol - I know this post is supposed to be about the cake - which I intend on trying however Fanofcake I would love the recipe for your white choc buttercream as well.....I will PM you. Thanks :)

erin12345 Says... 11 Jan 2012 , 7:30pm

Please PM me your white choc. buttercream recipe as well. I've been wanting to try one.

Maliciously_Delicious Says... 12 Jan 2012 , 3:46am

@fanofcake - Could you send me the recipe as well? Sounds delicious!

cakesrock Says... 12 Jan 2012 , 3:14pm

Hi Fanof cake: Please PM me with wh choc BC too - thanks!

lisad87 Says... 20 Jan 2012 , 1:43pm

I would also love your recipe. Thanks!

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