Sour Cream Chocolate Cake - The Southern Lady Cooks

Sour cream chocolate cake is so good. If you are a chocolate lover, you will love this one!  This cake is wonderful for any holiday, birthday or just anytime you want a good chocolate cake. Super easy to make the the sour cream makes this cake so moist. It’s great to enjoy with family and friends. If you love coconut, try this sour cream cake too!

Sour cream chocolate cake ingredients needed:







Sour cream


Classic chocolate frosting ingredients needed:

Butter, softened

Powdered sugar



Milk or water

Walnuts, chopped (optional) Can use any kind of nuts you like.

If you add this classic chocolate frosting to this cake you are going to have a real treat! It’s so good and takes this cake to the next level. We love it with the walnuts but it would be good with pecans too. This is great with a scoop of ice cream and chocolate syrup. Almost like hot fudge cake!

Sour Cream Chocolate Cake - The Southern Lady Cooks

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Sour Cream Chocolate Cake

Judy Yeager
Easy and delicious
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Cake
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 eggs well beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • 1 stick butter softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 5 tablespoons milk or water
  • 1 cup walnuts chopped (optional)


  • Beat eggs; add sour cream. Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture. Add vanilla. Pour into 13x9x2 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes until cake tests done with a toothpick.Note: You can add 1 cup of chocolate chips to this recipe if you want to make it double chocolate.


  • Can use any kind of nuts you like.Put the softened butter in mixing bowl and beat on high until very smooth and creamy. Stir in powdered sugar, cocoa, vanilla and milk (or water). Beat again until the frosting is spreadable. You may need a little more milk. If so, add 1 tablespoon at a time. Sprinkle nuts on top.
Keyword Sour Cream Chocolate Cake
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  1. Thank You!
    I’ve been going through my Mom’s recipes, organizing and copying for the younger generation. I found her Sour Cream Cake recipe and was concerned that maybe some of the ingredients were missing from the recipe.
    Got on-line, started searching, and FOUND YOUR RECIPE!! I have confirmation, it’s just like my mom’s, so nothing is missing! YAY
    Thank you again for the very important work you both do. You are literally archiving history!

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      You’re so welcome! We’re both so glad our site was able to help you!

  2. Sounds really good! The recipe mentions cream cheese chocolate frosting but I do not see any cream cheese in the ingredient listing am I missing it?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      No, it was a typo. It has been changed. Thanks for letting us know!

  3. you have some very nice recipes,and i will try them. i have a blond brownie called chewies,and they are to dye for. if u would like it i will be happy to share. sincerley sandy graham. another thing the account is in my husbands name todd graham.

  4. Can’t beat chocolate cake with sour cream. Great recipe. Thanks

  5. Thanks for adding a PDF option. Still gonna split it in half and bake in an 8X8 pan with no frosting for us diabetics. Cut into SMALL pieces too so it lasts over 5 minutes.. LOL

  6. This looks and sounds delish, going to make it today or tomorrow.

  7. This looks delicious. How can you beat a sour cream chocolate cake?

  8. My grandma used to make this cake but I never had the recipe. It was such a moist cake; I loved when she would make it! I had completely forgotten about her making this when I was just a girl, thank you for posting such a wonderful dessert!