Easy Sour Cream Cake with Creamy Chocolate Frosting

This is the easiest and softest sour cream cake ever. My family asks for it again and again and the chocolate frosting is easily the creamiest I ever had!

Easy Sour Cream Cake with Creamy Chocolate Frosting is my family’s favorite dessert recipe. This cake is chocolatey, moist, and dangerously delicious!

Yes, yes, this cake starts with a short cut. I used a cake mix here…sue me.

My grandma used to make this cake, your grandma probably made this cake… it’s a whole thing in the world. I generally do love a completely from “scratch” recipe, but sometimes the magic cake mix fairies sprinkle their love dust on my brain and convince me to pull a little semi-homemade action.

When fairies come-a-calling…you know how it goes…

If the weekend had an official cake, you’re looking at it. Plus, let me just say that creamy chocolate frosting on top is super legit.

The easiest and creamirst chocolate frosting ever! I use it to top my Simple Sour Cream Cake!

You basically doctor up a cake mix with a little sour cream, an extra egg, an eensy bit more sugar…

It gives it a slightly denser texture, but totally soft.

Sour Cream Cake batter

It bakes up like perfection. I almost always make this in a 9×13 pan, because when I’m short-cutting and using a cake mix I’m generally looking for simple decorating too.

But for all you over achievers out there this cake is 100% perfect for baking in 8- inch round pans and layering!

The easiest and softest sour cream cake!

The secret to this chocolate frosting is evaporated milk. It makes the frosting SO creamy.

The creamiest chocolate frosting ever!

Just spread it all over your cooled cake…

Gorgeous and stunning and beautiful and pretty and sexy and on fleek and cute and attractive and foxy and hot and…and…and…

This is the easiest and softest sour cream cake ever. My family asks for it again and again and the chocolate frosting is easily the creamiest I ever had!

…simple, delicious and no fuss.

Shouldn’t all cake be like this?

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Easy Sour Cream Cake with Creamy Chocolate Frosting

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield Yield: Serves 12 1x
  • Category Category: Dessert
  • Method Method: Oven
  • Cuisine Cuisine: American

Description:

Easy Sour Cream Cake with Creamy Chocolate Frosting is my family’s favorite dessert recipe. This cake is chocolatey, moist, and dangerously delicious!


Ingredients:

Cake

  • 1 (15.25- ounce) yellow cake mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Chocolate Frosting

  • 6 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk

Instructions

Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9×13 pan with nonstick spray and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment mix all the cake ingredients together on low speed for 30 seconds. Turn the speed up to medium and mix for 2 minutes, scraping the sides as necessary.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  4. Allow the cake to cool completely.

Frosting

  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer mix the butter until smooth. Add in the cocoa powder, powdered sugar, vanilla and evaporated milk. Mix on low for 30 seconds and then turn the speed up to medium and mix for 1-2 minutes until it’s creamy and smooth.
  2. Spread the frosting on the cooled cake.

Notes:

store airtight at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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jean
jean

What did I do wrong?! The cake fell (I have not not had that problem with a cake in decades!) and the frosting was much too thin (I added three more cups of powdered sugar, making for a VERY sweet frosting). The cake tasted ok but not worth the time.

Jan Loveless
Jan Loveless

I have always loved what sour cream can do for a cake. Just yummy. Made this for the first time today. Very easy and very good. I am all for easy. I do something a bit different with the frosting. Make your own frosting (buttercream is so wonderful) or use canned. Let the cake sit for about 5 minutes and then frost it hot. The frosting will melt down and leave a beautiful chocolate glaze over the whole cake. I usually top with crushed pecans but you can use your favorite nuts or coconut. Use your imagination. I will bake… Read more »

Gretchen
Gretchen

Made this cake and it was delicious. Super moist. Frosting nice and creamy and not super sweet. Will definitely be making this again.

Alexis Weitnauer
Alexis Weitnauer

I made this for a luncheon at work and everyone loved it. Perfectly moist and the frosting wasn’t too sweet. It made just enough to cover the top.

Randee
Randee

Followed cake recipe exactly. Made in 2 8″ pans .Did not make frosting as I wanted a quicker version. Will do frosting version next time and yes there will be a next time. Super easy and moist

Natalie
Natalie

If I am doing two 8 inch round pans do I double the recipe or is the one recipe for a layered cake? Going to make it today for my sons birthday

Nev
Nev

Is it okay to skip the 1/4 cup sugar in the cake mix? Making it today for my husbands birthday.

Danielle
Danielle

Can table cream be used in place of Evaporated milk?

Erin
Erin

What do you think about swapping butter for the oil?

Trina and Tina

You’re right! The official cake of the weekend! Thanks for the recipe!

Katrina
Katrina

I tried this cake and it was absolutely delicious! So moist, and makes the perfect cake ball?

Michelle @ Modern Acupuncture

Looks so moist yet fluffy… can’t wait to try it!

Michelle
Michelle

I think I am going to make something like this but I have been just dreaming of lemon! It must be the time of year. I think I have a tub of greek yogurt and some lemonaide concentrate in the fridge. Gosh I hope I have a mix. Truth be told I am on a diet and shouldn’t be baking anything. Oh well, a nice lemon cake is good for the soul, right?

Rach\

This looks amazing, I love cream cheese used on desserts I can’t wait to try this. Thank you!

Sunshine\

Cream cheese? There isn’t any cream cheese in the recipe.

Sneha

My kids will really love this..but i can try only after easter ????we are here fasting for easter ? Pinned it for reminding after easter . Damn sure all will live this recipe????Thanks for sharing a beautiful idea??

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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