Italian Chocolate Cake

    1 hour 15 minutes

    This is a family recipe we make at Christmas. As a nice variant, try adding 1/2 teaspoon almond essence to the icing. Almond and chocolate go so well together!

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    Makes: 1 cake

    • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
    • 3/4 cup boiling water
    • 1 cup sour cream
    • 1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda
    • 125g butter
    • 2 cups (440g) white sugar
    • 2 cups (250g) sifted cake flour
    • 3 egg whites
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla essence
    • Icing
    • 90g butter, softened
    • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
    • 2 2/3 cups icing sugar
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) milk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

    Preparation:25min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Ready in:1hour15min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 150 degrees C and grease a 20x30cm cake tin.
    2. In a small bowl, mix together 1/2 cup cocoa and 3/4 cup boiling water; set aside.
    3. In another small bowl, mix together the sour cream and bicarb soda.
    4. In a large bowl, cream the 125g butter and 2 cups sugar. To the butter and sugar mixture, alternately add the sifted flour and the cocoa mixture with the sour cream mixture. Beat until fluffy. Beat the egg whites until stiff and fold in the egg whites and 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla.
    5. Pour batter in the prepared tin and bake 50 minutes.
    6. To make icing:

    7. Cream 90g butter in a small bowl. Add 3/4 cup cocoa and icing sugar alternately with milk; beat until spreading consistency. More or less milk can be used depending on the texture you want. Stir in the vanilla and ice the cake.

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    Very good chocolate cake! It's definitely much better than a cake mix! I didn't have cake flour and found that I could use 1 3/4 c. of all purpose flour and 1/4 c. of cornstarch as a substitute for the 2 cups of cake flour. I also couldn't find Dutch process cocoa powder at the store. It can be substituted with unsweetened cocoa. The substitution is as follows: for every 3 TBS. of unsweetened cocoa powder, add 1/8 tsp. of baking soda.  -  06 Jan 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I usually make a chocolate cake using a box and adding pudding but decided to try to make one from scratch this year. I have dear friends that just love a good chocolate cake. I tried this recipe and and WOW! It was melt in your mouth delicious. The frosting was nice and thick and easy to spread. I have never had frosting turn out so well. I made a two layer quarter sheet cake because the single layer looked a bit small. The two layer was a giant and perfect for Christmas dinner! It was a little time consuming to make but well worth it. I made it a day ahead and it was perfect! I can not say enough good things about this cake!  -  25 Dec 2000  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I really loved this recipe and so did my boyfriend, his coworkers, and my clients. Yesterday, a client to whom I gave a cupcake version two weeks ago came back and raved! A couple of notes- the texture of this cake was interesting..very fine with concentrated flavor without being heavy. It was not the fluffy cake you'd get from a box...more refined and substantial like all the good things of an old fashioned cake combined with the moist, denseness that hinted at a flourless cake (but again, not heavy like that and not a silk texture). I followed the recipe to a tee, except that I substituted hot, very strong coffee for the water, and used ghiradelli unsweetened cocoa with baking soda to substitute for the dutch process cocoa (the baking soda comps for the alkali in dutch process) The use of the coffee and gourmet cocoa most likely enhanced the flavor of the cake greatly. I used the recipe to make cupcakes baked for 39-40 minutes at the prescribed temperature. They came out perfectly..nice and springy-light. The frosting was a lovely recipe...not too sweet, but still quite decadent. I am not much for super sweet frostings, so that affects my assessment. There was frosting left over, and my bf threatened to eat it with a spoon. This will be one of my "secret weapon" chocolate cake recipes for sure!  -  14 Mar 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)