I discovered this recipe on an Instagram video by Amanda Hesser, a co-founder of Food 52. It’s a favorite family recipe she shared from her home kitchen. The ingredients are literally dumped into a saucepan. It’s not a fussy recipe. A tube style pan is used. No layers to stack or frost. My granddaughter and I made it this summer and everyone loved it as much as the Guinness Stout Cake, another favorite!
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
- 1/4 pound unsalted butter
- 1 cup water
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
- 1 1/2 cups sour cream, room temperature
- Preheat oven to 375 F. Place a baking sheet on bottom rack to catch spills.
- Use a medium to large saucepan. This will be your main “dump-it” style mixing bowl.
- In this saucepan over medium heat combine sugar, butter and 1 cup water. Stir till melted and blended. Cool.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
- In a 1 cup measuring cup combine milk and vinegar
- Butter and flour a 9 inch tube pan with a removable bottom.
- Whisk the milk mixture and eggs into the chocolate mix.
- In several additions whisk in the flour mix.
- When the batter is smooth, add the vanilla and whisk a few times.
- Pour batter into prepared tube pan. Bake on the middle rack until a skewer comes out clean, about 30-35 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let cake cool completely, then remove from pan and place on a rack to cool further.
- Meanwhile, melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler, then cool to room temperature. It is very important that the chocolate and sour cream be the same temperature, or the icing will be lumpy or grainy. (Test by stirring a little bit of chocolate and sour cream together in a bowl. If it mixes smoothly it’s ready.)
- Stir the sour cream into the chocolate, 1/4 cup at a time, until the mixture is smooth.
- Place the cake on a serving platter. Ice the sides and then the top.
I hope you enjoy this delish and easy to make cake!
Voila! And thank you again to Food52!