Sour cream chocolate cake

Sour cream chocolate cake

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Serves
16-20
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Vanessa Levis

If I had to choose only one chocolate cake recipe to carry me through life, this would have to be it. It is just as a chocolate cake should be — not the fudgy, flourless kind that everyone loves for dessert, but the perfect cake to slice into wedges for afternoon teas and picnics. The sour cream is the secret to its lightness. The cake cuts easily, yet is rich and beautifully moist. You can keep it plain or add a coating of buttery almonds. The recipe makes one very large cake or two smaller cakes: one to eat and one to freeze for another time or give to a friend.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1/3 cup flaked almonds, (optional)
1 cup boiling water
125g dark chocolate, chopped
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
250g unsalted butter, softened
330g caster sugar
3 large eggs, separated
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
375g plain flour
a pinch of salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2/3 cup light sour cream

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Generously butter a 3-litre fluted bundt tin or two 20 cm ring tins. Sprinkle with the flaked almonds, if using, pressing them well into the butter to coat the base and sides of the tin(s).
  2. Put the boiling water, chocolate and bicarbonate of soda in a bowl and stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Leave to cool.
  3. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then add the egg yolks one at a time, beating after each addition. Stir in the vanilla, then add the chocolate mixture a little at a time.
  4. Sift the flour, salt and baking powder and fold in alternately with the sour cream, mixing lightly until just combined.
  5. Beat the egg whites until stiff but not dry and fold into the mixture with a large metal spoon. Spoon gently into the prepared tin(s) and bake for 1–1 1/4 hours for a large cake, 45 minutes for smaller cakes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  6. Leave in the tin(s) for a few minutes, then turn out and cool on a wire rack.
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