June 20, 2011

Sour Cream Chocolate Cake- It's My Birthday!

Happy Birthday to meeee, Happy Birthday to meee...Yesterday was my birthday, yeah! The fam is here from Miami visiting, so bear with me on the lack of posts this week. I'll try my best to share with you some of the sweet treats I've made for them, starting with my special chocolate birthday cake, that my Dad and I made together.

I didn't have enough sour cream (kind of ridiculous, I know, seeing as it is called a sour cream cake) but we were tired from our long drive home from Chicago and didn't want to go back out to buy one. And I had to have a birthday cake! So we improvised.

We used yogurt.

It was amazing. One of the best I've ever made (with help, thanks Dad!). Super moist, perfect amount of chocolate-ness, I'll make it again and again. And maybe not with a full cup of sour cream. I wonder if that was because of the yogurt?

I'm not including the recipe I used for the frosting because it was...meh. It tasted great, but the consistency was way off, runny and super thin. Still on the search for the perfect frosting!

Source: Daisy Brand.com

3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 (1-oz) squares semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted
2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup warm water
1 cup sour cream (I used 1/2 cup sour cream & 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt)

Heat oven to 350. In a large mixing bowl, beat vegetable oil, egg, and vanilla for 1 minute at medium speed; add sugars and beat 1 minute; add melted chocolate and beat 1 minute.

In a small bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt, then add to chocolate mixture alternately with water, beating well after each addition. Add sour cream and mix well. Pour into two greased and floured 8-inch round pans and bake 30-35 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes, then remove from pans to cool completely before frosting.

Just wait until you see the other cooking tools I got for my birthday... :)


  1. Happy Birthday! Glad your birthday cake came out so well - sometimes improvising creates the best results.

  2. Happy Birthday! The cake looks so rich and moist! Mmmmm!

  3. Happy, happy birthday! I hope you enjoyed your special day. (Your cake looks goooooood.)

  4. Happy Birthday! I can't believe you baked your own cake...looks so comforting and yummy.

  5. Happy Birthday!!! hope you enjoyed it!

  6. Glad you had a great birthday! I intermix sour cream and yogurt all the time. I like yogurt best!

  7. Happy Birthday! :) This cake sounds SO good! I love a moist cake :)

  8. Happy Birthday! Looks like a fabulous cake!

  9. Happy birthday! That recipe looks really nice! I like chocolate cakes so I think I will give it a try soon!!

  10. Happy Birthday girlie! I hope you have a great time with the family this week :)

  11. Happy birthday! That cake looks so moist and delicious.

    Amy @ A Little Nosh

  12. Happy birthday!! That cake absolutely looks divine!! :)

  13. Happy (belated) Birthday! How great to spend it with your family. That cake sounds delicious.

  14. Happy Birthday, Christina! Love this cake recipe and wish I could have a slice right now! Now following your lovely blog and would love to invite you to share this recipe post over on our weekend foodie blog hop that remains open until Monday evening. 5 foodie posts are selected each week to be featured and have others learn about your blog. Hope to see you there and if you'd like, to follow back. Happy 4th too!


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