Old Fashioned Sour Cream Chocolate Fudge Cake With Icing

Ingredients

  • 9 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 teaspoons powdered instant coffee
  • 1⁄3 cup hot water
  • 1 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1⁄2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1⁄2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
ICING
  • 1 lb unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar (powdered sugar)
  • 12 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted, cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • powdered sugar, garnish (optional)

Instructions

1 _ Preheat Oven to 350°.

CAKE:
1 _ Butter a 9x13 cake pan with 1 tbs of butter and set aside.

2 _ Dissolve the coffee powder in the hot water and let cool.

3 _ In a medium bowl, or on a piece of waxed paper, sift together the flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt.

4 _ In a large bowl, cream together the 8 tbs of butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

5 _ Add the sour cream and mix well.

6 _ In 3 additions, add the flour mixture alternately with the eggs, beating well after each addition.

7 _ Beat in the melted chocolate, dissolved coffee, and vanilla.

8 _ Spread the batter into the prepared pan.

9 _ Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, about 30-35 minutes.

10 _ Cool on a large wire rack for about 10 minutes.

11 _ Carefully run a knife around the edges of cake, invert onto rack to cool completely.


ICING:
1 _ Beat the room temperature butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer on high speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes.

2 _ On low speed, beat in confectioner's sugar, about 1/4 cup at a time until smooth. Add the cooled chocolate and vanilla, mix well.

3 _ Slice the cake in half horizontally. Transfer the bottom, cut side up to a platter (I gently slide the top layer onto a cutting board until needed).

4 _ Spread about 1/2 of the icing over the cake, it will be a generous amount.

5 _ Top with the top half of the cake, cut side down.

6 _ Spread the remaining icing over the top and sides of cake.

7 _ Sprinkle with powdered sugar to garnish if desired.

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