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Sour Cream Fudge Cake

Dense, rich and perfectly fudgy, and topped with a perfect chocolate buttercream frosting. This Sour Cream Fudge Cake is intense, decadent, and says I Love You with every bite. 

Sour Cream Fudge Cake

Okay well, as a disclaimer I’ll start off by saying that I totally know that making super beautiful cakes is not a skill I possess.

Making super delicious cakes though — well that’s something I can do. This Birthday Cake Oreo Birthday Cake is maybe the closest I ever got to making a pretty cake, but this Sour Cream Fudge Cake? Holy moly, ya’ll. I don’t even care that it looks sort of wonky. You’ll want to faceplant straight into the center of it anyway, so appearances aren’t that important.

Which sort of accidentally on purpose brings me to why I decided to bake this cake.

I’ve been reading a handful of blogs since before I ever got the nerve to hit publish on my own, and one of my all-time favorites for forever — like I never miss one single post — is Can You Stay for Dinner?, by Andie Mitchell. The writing is stellar and the recipes are some of my favorites. Some are light and some are indulgent, all are thoughtfully composed and will make your taste buds hug you.

Sour Cream Fudge Cake Recipe

Probably my favorite part about Andie’s blog though, is the open honesty on every single page.

Weight loss and body image are real issues for nearly every woman I can think of, myself so definitely included. Too thin, too fat, too tall, too short, too muscled, too soft — all of us are too something in our own heads. For many we feel like if we could just conquer the physical parts that allude us then everything else would just magically fall into place.

I know it seems out of place to talk about weight loss and body image while surrounded by in your face photos of chocolate cake.

But.

It actually makes perfect sense. Because after years of penning thoughtful and encouraging words on the internet, the author of Can You Stay for Dinner? finally published her book – a memoir – and I loved every word.

The book also started and ended with this Sour Cream Fudge Cake.

The Best Sour Cream Fudge Cake

The introduction to It Was Me All Along (NOT an affiliate link – just a link so you can find the book) is all about this beautifully dense, rich, chocolatey Sour Cream Fudge Cake topped with the most wonderful Classic Chocolate Buttercream Frosting.  And as soon as I read those pages of cake love I knew I needed to find the recipe. I scoured Andrea’s website, Googled things, I mean — I was looking everywhere for this recipe.

But when I got to the end of the book, there it was!!!

Which made me cherish the book, the author, and the journey she took me on even more.

I am so serious when I say that half of the words I read in this book were like she took them from my own inner monologue. The struggle, the worry, the fear, and all the work it takes to accept and love yourself — all of it is there in 232 pages.

The resentment about losing and how others automatically assign you more value. The fear of gaining because you become increasingly more invisible. The relationship to food and how much it can shape you. Learning to love yourself in spite of it all.

Sour Cream Fudge Cake

So.

Today we are going to make this cake. But if you have ever thought yourself to be “too” something everytime you walk past the mirror, I’d encourage you to read this book. If you love food, read this book. If you stress or struggle or think that 10 more pounds, less frizzy hair, or straighter, whiter teeth will suddenly solve that inner turmoil, read this book. And if you are one of the luckies that escaped all the mental strain that goes along with shape and size, you should still read this book because it’s a lovely story full of lovely insights and also — there’s cake.

Sour Cream Fudge Cake

Sour Cream Fudge Cake

Yield: serves 12
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Andie Mitchell's Sour Cream Fudge cake from her memoir 'It Was Me All Along' . This cake is dense and fudgy and a chocolate lover's dream. It says I love you with every bite.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used special dark dutch process cocoa)
  • 1 cup HOT brewed coffee
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened (plus additional for the pans)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour (plus the flour for the pans
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the Chocolate Buttercream:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup milk or cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter and flour two 9" round cake pans.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, coffee, sour cream, and vanilla. It will make a gorgeous shiny fudge.
  3. In a large bowl beat the butter until smooth and shiny. Add the sugars and continue beating until fluffy, and then beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing between each addition.
  4. In another bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Add it to the butter in thirds, alternating with the fudge mixture, scraping down the bowl several times as you go.
  5. Divide the batter between the two prepared cake pans and bake for 25 - 30 mins. A pick inserted into the center will come out clean.
  6. Let the cakes cool before turning them out on a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. To make the chocolate buttercream, beat the butter until smooth. Whisk together the powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Add it a cup at a time to the butter, mixing well in between each addition. When the mixture is too dry to add any more of the powdered sugar, add the vanilla and milk, and sprinkle in the salt. Add the remaining powdered sugar/cocoa and beat the frosting on high until fluffy and smooth. If it seems too thick you can add just a little more milk.
  8. Stack and frost the cooled cakes, slice and serve.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 522 Total Fat: 27g Saturated Fat: 16g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 103mg Sodium: 237mg Carbohydrates: 66g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 45g Protein: 5g

 This recipe is from the memoir It Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell. For more amazing recipes from the same author, please visit Can You Stay for Dinner?

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Phoebe

Thursday 25th of October 2018

This recipe looks so good, but I hate the taste of coffee. Have you ever tried making it without coffee? Maybe hot water, or chocolate melted into the hot water?

Hfay

Tuesday 15th of August 2017

Hello- I am writing a blog post on Andie Mitchell's book and I love your picture of her cake. I am GF and would definitely be tempted if I made it. Like you, I normally make a recipe if I'm sharing a recipe on my blog but her recipe is solid. Would you mind if I borrowed one of your pictures giving you credit? My only other choice is to make this cake and share it with others which is a good choice too? I may have to take a bite ???? thanks Hfay

Heather Tullos

Tuesday 15th of August 2017

You are welcome to use one photo if you link to this blog post. I'd love to read your post when you're done!

Larah Pawlowski

Sunday 13th of November 2016

where is the print button? ????

jk. making this for my Mom today.

Heather Tullos

Sunday 13th of November 2016

hahahahahaha made my day

laura

Monday 29th of February 2016

I made the cake today, and downloaded the book last night! Thanks for both suggestions. My cake didn't rise a lot, but the batter was so very delicious, I have high hopes for my rather flat looking cake :)

laura

Monday 29th of February 2016

Just a follow-up on the cake. It was very tasty, but I wonder why it ended up so flat. Would using cake flour make a difference?

Meenakshi

Monday 23rd of February 2015

Howdy Heather and happy new year to you!! Damn that cake looks fiiiine. And I think it looks delicious! I am not a big fan of fancy fondant creatures (though kids love it!) I like classic cakes that make you want to dive right in! And no facepalm, I could skate on that buttercream!! This looks like Nigella's chocolate fudge cake. And I think chocolate cakes with yogurt/sour cream turn out extra fluffy and moist! And the tang marries well with the chocolate. And thanks for the book recommendation! Love to the whole family

Heather Tullos

Monday 23rd of February 2015

Hiiiiiii! Happy New(ish) Year to you and yours! Always so happy to hear from you Meenakshi!