Chocolate Sour Cream Cake

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Chocolate Sour Cream Cake -a delicious and simple cake that will become a household favourite!


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This cake ticks all the boxes:

    1. It’s quick and easy


    1. Well, it’s cake


    1. Wait – did I mention it’s chocolate cake 🙂


    1. And, gluten free – but everyone will love it


  1. The most of important of all – it tastes fantastic

I’m all in favour of quick, easy recipes; after all, most of us are time poor these days.

However, I don’t want any saving of time to produce a disappointing result. I guess you could say I want to have my cake and eat it too 🙂

The recipe I share with you is proof that a delicious cake can be made with no more effort than is required with a packet cake mix.

You will have the satisfaction of knowing you made it yourself and being in control of the quality of all the ingredients. I prefer to make recipes from scratch so I know exactly what I’m eating, thereby avoiding any unwanted additives.

Not surprisingly, this chocolate cake has become a family favourite and the recipe could not be simpler. It involves just one bowl so there is less washing up, always a plus, and the inclusion of sour cream means it stays deliciously moist for several days. Not that you’ll need to worry about that, it will not last long.

Some gluten-free baked goods are best eaten on the day they’re made, having a tendency to become dry fairly quickly. Not so with this one so feel confident to make it a day in advance if you need. You can serve this cake simply, with just a dusting of icing sugar but if you wish to dress it up a little to serve as dessert, serve with whipped cream, mascarpone or crème fraiche and some berries.

I encourage you to try this recipe, I’m sure you will like it. Please let me know if you try it.

This cake is delicious with our Strawberry Sauce and No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream! You can even decorate the cake for a festive celebration, like our Easy Easter Chocolate Cake!

xx Alex and Faye

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5 from 84 votes

Chocolate Sour Cream Cake

Never make a packet cake again. It will not be quicker or easier than this recipe. If you like chocolate cake (and most of us do), you will love this easy, versatile recipe.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Universal
Keyword cake, chocolate, decadent, gluten free, rich, sour cream
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 223 kcal
Author Alexandra


  • 1 cup caster/superfine sugar
  • 1 cup plain/all purpose flour (I used Orgran gluten free)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp Dutch Process cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 large egg or 2 small
  • 1 cup full fat sour cream


  1. Preheat your oven to 180 Degrees C (350 F)

  2. Line the base of a 9” round spring-form tin with baking paper, and grease the sides.

  3. Add all the ingredients to the bowl of a stand mixer or place them in a bowl and use a hand held electric mixer. Mix them all together until the batter is smooth, but do not over beat.

  4. Tip the mixture into the prepared tin and smooth the top.

    Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. A few crumbs are okay but there should not be any batter.

  5. Place the tin on a wire rack and cool for 10 minutes. Remove the side of the cake tin. Cool a further 10 minutes before carefully removing the cake to the rack to further cool.

  6. Dust with icing sugar/confectioners’ sugar and serve as is or with whipped cream and strawberries.

Recipe Notes

If your egg is on the small side it won’t be enough, it is better to use two eggs.

I always use caster sugar for baking, but regular granulated sugar also works.

I use Plaistowe Dutch Processed Cocoa, available in supermarkets. It gives the cake a lovely, rich, chocolatey colour.

We have used gluten free flour in this recipe, but normal is absolutely fine. 

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Sour Cream Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 223 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 35mg12%
Sodium 261mg11%
Potassium 95mg3%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 210IU4%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Chocolate Sour Cream Cake

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128 Comments on “Chocolate Sour Cream Cake”

  1. Looks lovely and I’d love to make it but I’ve only got regular cocoa, not Dutch. Can I use this and would I have to change anything else.
    Thank you so much

    1. Hi Chris,
      Yes regular cocoa is fine to use. (We think Dutch has a slightly better flavour and colour – but the other should work fine)
      Hope you will love the cake!

  2. 5 stars
    This cake was sooo quick and easy. And best of all super delicious, I adapted a couple of things just using regular flour and cocoa because that’s what I had handy at home but still came out perfect! I’ll be making this one again for sure!

    1. Hi Alanna!
      Thank you so much for letting us know! 🙂 And great to hear that the adaptations worked just as well also. So happy you’ll be making it again 🙂

  3. This looks like such a rich delicious cake – Every household should have a staple chocolate cake recipe that is there go to! I think my girls would be choosing ice-cream to serve it with. Great that it lasts longer than traditional GF cakes too.

  4. 5 stars
    Ahh! I need this in my life immediately. I love that extra something that sour cream brings to any dish, so I can’t wait to make this.

  5. I’ve eaten the sour cream cakes but never made them. Thanks for an easy recipe to follow. Looks delicious.

  6. Oh, my days! Pardon me as I salivate lol. That looks absolutely delicious! Thanks so much for the recipe. I will give it a try during the holiday season.

  7. 5 stars
    The combination of sour cream and chocolate is one of my favorites. Its a balanced and complex sweetness.

  8. I think you mentioned all the little details and I’m sure even the beginner can make this cake! Thanks!

  9. 5 stars
    Wow, nice dessert. I have never tried to make this kind of cake but it looks so easy and so delicious, thanks for sharing this with us.

  10. 5 stars
    This looks delicious and so quick and easy to make. It definitely wouldn’t last long in our house!

  11. 5 stars
    I have never heard of a chocolate sour cream cake before but I am intrigued. I can’t wait to try this out.

  12. Oh, I am badly craving for this! This is so good, this will be a huge hit! This would disappear in no time at our house!

  13. This looks absolutely delicious! Doesn’t sound too complicated too… maybe I’ll try it and get back to you? 🙂 I can try it for Christmas, you know. Maybe prepare a day earlier..

    1. Hello! This is such a good, easy cake – would love to hear what you think!! 🙂 And it’s great the next day too – the sour cream helps keep it super moist 🙂

  14. I need to do this for myself-& find a
    Way to this for my vegan friends. I love desserts they are my absolute weakness! Thank you for sharing it on my list is to tries!

  15. 5 stars
    This chocolate sour cream cake looks delicious! I have always heard baking with sour cream makes desserts so moist and delicious!

  16. 5 stars
    My family and I are chocolate lover. This chocolate and sour cream cake is a piece of heaven. We will surely love this desert. I can’t wait to make this at home., thanks for the recipe.

  17. 5 stars
    This dessert look like a great idea for coming Xmas party. I like how ony 30 mins is needed to make this chocolate cake. Chocalate cake would not go wrong.

  18. 5 stars
    This looks yum and gluten free! Yes please I don’t know why I feel better eating gluten free food because apparently it’s not necessarily healthier. Thank you for sharing, I will share this with my family

  19. Oh this sounds delicious! It sounds relatively easy to make, even for bakers like myself who aren’t great! I’m going to try it!

  20. Hmmm, this cake sounds really interesting. I’ve never had a sour cream cake before – I’ll have to look into it!

  21. 5 stars
    I love how you mentioned that a great cake CAN be made from scratch and it is super easy. Honestly those type of baked goods taste soooo much better than store bought. I have learned that the past few years. Thank you for your recipe I never tried a sour chocolate cake but maybe I can find a vegan version of it soon.

    XO Andie

  22. Oh doesn’t this look decadent! Ive never tried adding sour cream but I keep seeing great recipes with it. Going to make this asap!

  23. This is such a quick recipe for a cake. I kept reading it over and over to see if I missed a step but I guess it is a simple cake.

  24. Chocolate Sour Cream Cake seems like a delicious and simple cake that will become a favorite In our household.

  25. This looks so delicious! I recently discovered my love for baking… I tried cookies, muffins and cupcakes already. I might try this recipe now! I guess I’m ready to mess with cake recipes now haha!Thanks!


  26. 5 stars
    Chocolate and sour cream cake looks delicious. I like that softness the sour cream gives, love it. great simple chocolate cake recipe.

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  30. I feel like this recipe was made for me because i dont know how to cook or bake lol and this looks delicious! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  31. I love cake haha I didn’t imagine that chocolate and sour can go together but hey, whatever works. I’ll have to try it out.

    1. Hey Brie! The cake isn’t sour – the sour cream adds a lovely moist texture to the cake though 🙂 It is still delicious and chocolatey sweet 🙂

  32. 5 stars
    It’s 3 in the morning and I can’t sleep and now all I can think about is this. YUM. Totally trying this out!

  33. This cake looks delicious! I love anything chocolate and am always looking for gluten free options for guests.

  34. I have never used sour cream in baking before, but this sounds delicious. I can see how the sour cream would add an element of richness to the cake.

    1. This is, without doubt, one of the easiest and best chocolate cake recipes. I love that it’s all made in the one bowl. Please let me know if you try it. 🙂

  35. 5 stars
    This cake sounds delicious! Chocolate and sour cream is one of my favourite flavour combinations. Can’t wait to make this.

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