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Sandy's Chocolate Cake

Sandy's Chocolate Cake

"'I held this velvety, rich cake on my lap during the 4-1/2 hour drive to the Greatest Cocoa Cake Contest at the Pennsylvania Farm Show last January,' recalls Sandy Johnson, who lives on a dairy farm near Tioga. 'By the time we got to the judges table, I was almost too tired to care if I won.' But win she did! Topping 59 other entries, Sandy's impressive layer cake with creamy frosting took first place!"
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  1. In a mixing bowl, cream brown sugar and butter. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat on high speed until light and fluffy. Blend in vanilla. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; add alternately with sour cream to creamed mixture. Mix on low just until combined. Stir in water until blended. Pour into three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350 degrees F for 35 minutes. Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. For frosting, in a medium saucepan, melt butter and chocolate over low heat. Cool several minutes. In a mixing bowl, combine sugar, sour cream and vanilla. Add chocolate mixture and beat until smooth. Frost cooled cake.

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I just wanted to update my previous review, because I have notice that some reviews say that it is not chocolatey enough for them - I have made this cake at least 20 times since November and eve...

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Pretty good, but not quite as chocolatey tasting as I was hoping and a little too dense. I did use a different icing than the one with this recipe, so I can't speak for how the frosting tastes.

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I just wanted to update my previous review, because I have notice that some reviews say that it is not chocolatey enough for them - I have made this cake at least 20 times since November and eve...

Sublime. The best chocolate cake I have ever made. I scale the recipe down (9 serves) and this makes 2x9 in round layers, or enough for 26-28 cupcakes. Follow the instructions and don't muck ar...

This cake is sublime in every way! The three layers bake up beautifully and the recipe for the frosting makes more than enough to frost all three and sides! The addition of the sour cream adds...

If you're looking for a cake that holds together well, is moist, plenty chocolaty and ices easily for great presentation, then this is the cake for you! I made this exactly as directed for my h...

I have to start out by saying I'm reviewing the CAKE not the frosting. I have not tried Sandy's frosting. However, this cake has quickly become the staple chocolate cake for my family! I've b...

***five stars all around. Great cake and the icing is fabulous. I make alot of different types of chocolate cakes and icings and this is top. Rich and decadent. The only subs were for the so...

Thank-you Sandy for your fabulously delicious chocolate cake recipe! I served this velvety creation from heaven at a dinner party and received many compliments. Those who initially refused des...

My family RAVED over this! I think I'm going to make it at Christmas and use raspberry jam as filling between the layers and put raspberries on top.

For someone who has NEVER made anything from scratch, this cake was so easy. It came out delicious. I was nervous when I saw how thin the batter was, but it worked. I followed the baking and ...

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