Sour Cream Cake with Double Chocolate

This simple double chocolate sour cream cake comes together quickly and bakes evenly every time. It begins with a box mix, but you add extra ingredients to make it really unique. Don’t be concerned about using a box mix. They are far more predictable than a scratch cake, which is a good thing. With all of the additional components, it does not taste like a cake mix cake, but it does have the convenience of a mix.

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While I was accepting cake orders, I did utilize a scratch cake recipe. That was very amazing, but I will warn you that no matter how talented you are, a scratch cake does not always come out the same.

This is a worry-free cake. Test it out! I believe you’ll like it.

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I’ll be honest: chocolate cake isn’t my fave. I’m more of a vanilla person, but this chocolate cake is incredible, and when I say that, it really means something. You will be in chocolate paradise if you make this cake with my Double Chocolate Buttercream recipe.

Additionally, discover how to freeze cakes and cupcakes in this article. Oh, and this recipe also yields delicious cupcakes!

Now for the recipe for Simple Double Chocolate Sour Cream Cake:

Easy Double Chocolate Cake

An easy, rich chocolate cake your family will ask for again and again.

Now for the recipe for the Simple Double Chocolate Sour Cream Cake:

Now for the Quick Double Chocolate Sour Cream Cake Recipe:

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: double chocolate cake
Prep Time: 45minutes
Cook Time: 45minutes
Total Time: 1hour30minutes
Servings: 12servings
Calories: 389kcal


  • 1boxchocolate Cake MixI used Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge
  • 1cupall Purpose Flour
  • 1cupsugar
  • ¾teaspoonsalt
  • 1 ⅓cupluke warm coffeemake sure it isn’t super hot
  • 2Tblsoil
  • 2teaspoonvanilla bean paste (or extract)
  • 1cupsour cream
  • 3large eggs
  • 4ozmelted semi-sweet chocolateI use a baking bar


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Melt the semi sweet chocolate and set aside to cool.
  • Put the dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk together.
  • In another bowl, mix the wet ingredients (except the chocolate), then pour onto the dry ingredients.
  • Beat on medium speed for about one minute.
  • Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat again on medium for another 30 seconds.
  • Pour in the melted chocolate and mix on medium, just until combined.
  • Pour into greased and floured pans. This recipe will be enough for 2, 8″ round pans that are 2″ deep.
  • Bake at 325 for about 45 minutes.
  • Set the cake layers on racks for 10 minutes, then turn out of the pans onto the wire racks to cool completely.


Baked cake layers can be frozen for later use.Nutritional values do not include icing.This recipe card may contain affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.  


Calories: 389kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 475mg | Potassium: 238mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 185IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 2.9mg

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What does adding sour cream to a cake mix do?

Sour cream provides moisture without thinning the batter as a liquid would. Since sour cream adds moisture without thinning down the batter, the result is a cake with a very soft, fine crumb.

Can you add sour cream to any box cake mix?

Sour cream is the key ingredient to a luscious cake! That’s correct. Adding 12 cup of sour cream, similar to milk, adds flavor to your box cake mix. That may seem strange, but use full-fat sour cream for the greatest results…

Can I use sour cream instead of water in a box cake mix?

If you add mayonnaise, sour cream, yogurt, or melted ice cream to a boxed cake mix, the resulting dish will be moist and delicious. A boxed cake may be elevated by substituting components such as oil for butter or milk for water. Coffee, soda, and spices will assist to enhance the taste of a boxed cake.

What can I use instead of sour cream in box cake mix?

Plain yogurt (the BEST replacement) – By far the most similar to sour cream. Plain yogurt with fat (ideally whole or 2% fat) is optimal. You may use either Greek yogurt or normal yogurt as a one-to-one substitution in almost any recipe.

Should sour cream be room temp for cake?

Plan ahead of time to bring ingredients to room temperature. Depending on how warm your kitchen is, let the butter, eggs, milk, sour cream, and cream cheese out on the counter for 30-60 minutes before beginning your dish.

How do you make a box cake taste like a bakery?

Hack for Creating Boxed Cake Mix

DOUBLE the quantity of butter and replace the oil in the package instructions. Add one more egg than the package directions ask for. Combine the ingredients and bake according to the package instructions. It’s that simple!

What does adding an extra egg to a box cake mix do?

Include an Extra Egg

The majority of cake mixes ask for two to three eggs. Only one additional egg will provide moisture, fat, and protein, making the cake softer and less prone to overbake and dry out in the oven.

Is Duncan Hines or Betty Crocker cake mix better?

The Duncan Hines cake was richer and more buttery. Although having nice textures and baking uniformly, the others were a little less tasty. Call me Goldilocks, but the Pillsbury cake was almost too sweet, whereas the Betty Crocker cake was just right. The Duncan Hines cake was the ideal middle.

What makes a cake more moist buttermilk or sour cream?

Buttermilk has more water and less fat than milk. Sour cream has less water and more fat than regular cream. You can produce buttermilk at home by combining milk with lemon or vinegar.

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