- 2 1/2 cups – Swans Down Cake Flour
- 1 1/2 cups – unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 1/4 teaspoons – baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon – salt
- 1/2 pound (2 sticks) – unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup – granulated sugar
- 1 cup – light brown sugar, packed
- 3 – extra large eggs, at room temperature
- 3 teaspoons – vanilla extract
- 1/2 cups – buttermilk, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup – sour cream, at room temperature
- 3 tablespoons – brewed French Market Coffee & Chicory
- 24 ounces – semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 1/2 cups – heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons – light corn syrup
- 1/2 tablespoon – vanilla extract
- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) – unsalted butter, at room temperature
- M&M’s candy for decorating
PREHEAT the oven to 350º. Butter and flour a 12 x 18 x 1½ inch sheet pan or 2 9″ cake pans and set aside.
IN a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars on high speed until light, approx. 5 minutes.
ADD the eggs, one at a time, and the vanilla and mix well. Combine the buttermilk, sour cream, and coffee. On low speed, add the flour mixture and the buttermilk mixture alternately in thirds, beginning with the buttermilk mixture and ending with the flour mixture. Mix the batter only until blended.
POUR the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Bake in the center of the oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool to room temperature before frosting.
PLACE the chocolate chips and heavy cream in a bowl set over a pot of simmering water, stirring occasionally, until the chips are completely melted.
REMOVE from heat, add the corn syrup and vanilla and allow the chocolate mixture to cool to room temperature.
IN the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk the chocolate mixture and softened butter on medium speed for a few minutes, until it’s thickened. Spread the frosting evenly on the cake.
Can I replace greek yogurt for sour cream? Not planning an extra trip for the grocery store…
Buttermilk is just 1/2 cup?
Recipe says “1/2 cups”, so just checking that it isn’t a typo, say 1 1/2 cups.
Hi Nadia, Thanks for the inquiry. We checked the archives and 1/2 cup of buttermilk is correct. Happy baking!
could i have ultimate chococolate cake recipe
Hi Sharon, The Swans Down The Ultimate Chocolate Birthday Cake recipe is in our Celebrate the Seasons recipe booklet. You can download the booklet from this link. Happy baking!
Could you also send me the ultimate chocolate birthday cake recipe? That is mentioned above.
Hi Rhonda, Of course! Check your inbox for the recipe booklet that has Ultimate Chocolate Birthday Cake in it. Happy Baking!
Hi, I’d love to make the Ultimate Chocolate cake. I love fudge icing Will you send me the recipe?
Hi G Denise, Of course! Check your inbox for the recipe booklet that has Ultimate Chocolate Birthday Cake in it. Happy Baking!
Could you also send me the ultimate chocolate birthday cake recipe. Thank you so much
Hi Ellen, We certainly can. The Celebrate the Seasons recipe booklet has that DELICIOUS recipe in it. Check you email inbox. It should be there. Happy baking!
Can you please email the Ultimate Chocolate Birthday Cake recipe to me. Thank you.
Hi Judith, Of course! Check your inbox for the recipe booklet that has Ultimate Chocolate Birthday Cake in it. Happy Baking!
I’d like to have the Ultimate Chocolate Birthday Cake Holly mentioned. Can you please email me the recipe? I would greatly appreciate it.
Hi Marcy, We’ve asked our Consumer Affairs Dept to email you the recipe. Happy Baking!
In the chocolate cake cause for french Market coffee& chicory what can you use
Was wondering if Swans Down cookbook. Ty Kathy
This recipe says “Butter and flour a 12 x 18 x 1½ inch sheet pan” But the photo is a 2 layer cake. Can I make a 2 layer cake with this recipe and if so would I use 8″ or 9″ cake pans?
Hi Kathleen, Good catch. I’ve forwarded your information on to our Consumer Affairs department. Someone will be contacting you…and us with the corrected info! Happy baking!
Where is the sour cream chocolate cake recipe that was on the back of box for years? Had sour cream in frosting also.
Hi Holly, Our Ultimate Chocolate Birthday Cake uses sour cream in the recipe and it was on the back of the box for some time. Unfortunately the frosting does not call for sour cream. We’ve emailed you the recipe and hope it is the one you are looking for. Happy baking!