Frosted Chocolate Fudge Cake

Frosted Chocolate Fudge Cake
Servings: 12 Prep 20 mins Bake 350°F 40 mins

Ingredients

Cake:
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, broken up
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Frosting:
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, broken up
  • 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 box (1 pound) confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • Garnish: chocolate curls; berries

Make It

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour three 9-inch round cake pans.

Cake:

2. In a glass bowl, melt butter and chocolate together in microwave on high until melted and smooth, 1 to 1-1/2 minutes, stirring halfway through. Set aside. On low speed, mix flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large bowl until blended.

3. Add sour cream, eggs, 1 cup water, chocolate mixture and vanilla; beat 30 seconds on low, until dry ingredients are moistened. Increase to medium; beat 2 minutes. Pour into prepared pans.

4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes or until cake layers spring back when pressed.

5. Cool layers in pans on rack 10 minutes. Remove cakes to rack to cool.

Frosting:

6. In a small glass bowl, melt chocolate in microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir until smooth. Set aside. Beat shortening, butter, sour cream, milk, vanilla, salt, 1 cup of the sugar and the cocoa powder in a medium-size bowl until creamy. Gradually beat in remaining sugar and melted chocolate until thick and smooth.

7. Place a cake layer on pedestal. Spread with about 2/3 cup frosting. Top with second layer; spread with about 2/3 cup more frosting. Top with remaining layer. Frost top and sides, swirling decoratively. Garnish with chocolate curls and berries.