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Erna’s Gourmet Chocolate Cake

This state fair winner is completely from scratch.  Taste the difference of real chocolate cake and homemade icing.  This will become your family’s requested birthday cake.

Erna’s Gourmet Chocolate Cake

Erna’s Gourmet Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

  • 3 squares unsweetened chocolate
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 ¼ cups brown sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 ¼ tsp vanilla
  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Frosting:
  • 4 squares unsweetened chocolate
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • Gurley’s Walnuts, coarsely chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Melt chocolate in a small bowl in microwave at 50% power, stir often until melted; let cool. Grease and flour 2 cake pans.
  3. In a large mixing bowl beat butter.
  4. Add brown sugar and eggs and beat until light and fluffy.
  5. Add melted chocolate and vanilla.
  6. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and salt.
  7. Stir in dry ingredients alternately with sour cream.
  8. Mix in boiling water. Batter will be thin.
  9. Pour into pans and bake for 30-35 minutes.
  10. Let cake cool completely before frosting.
  11. Homemade Frosting:
  12. Melt chocolate and butter in microwave.
  13. In a medium bowl, combine sugar, milk and vanilla.
  14. Add the chocolate mixture.
  15. Put this bowl in a larger bowl of ice and stir until frosting is firm enough to spread.
  16. Garnish with walnuts.