Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake

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This easy Chocolate Bundt Cake is the BEST chocolate cake recipe! This bundt cake always gets rave reviews because it is easy to make, moist, and perfect for any celebration. You will love this easy homemade chocolate cake!

slice of Bundt Cake drizzled with chocolate

The Best Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe

My birthday is tomorrow and Valentine’s Day is next week which means it’s time to celebrate…with chocolate. Cookies are usually my dessert of choice, but this Chocolate Bundt Cake holds a special place in my heart. It’s our go-to homemade chocolate cake recipe. It never disappoints and always cures my chocolate cravings.

If you are looking for a fool-proof, guaranteed to make you and everyone who takes a bite swoon, then make this Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake.

Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake Recipe on The BEST chocolate cake ever!

Chocolate Bundt Cake on serving platter

Why I love this Homemade Chocolate Cake

I like cakes that are easy to make and this homemade chocolate cake definitely fits the bill. This is the best chocolate bundt cake you will ever make and eat! Trust me!

  • There are no complicated steps and you don’t have to spend hours or days decorating.
  • You don’t need a mixer to make this bundt cake, you can whip it up by hand! I love my KitchenAid Mixer to pieces, but sometimes it’s nice to do it the old-fashioned way.
  • It’s so moist! This bundt cake recipe calls for sour cream, which makes the cake super moist. It is the secret ingredient!
  • If you don’t have sour cream, you can use plain Greek yogurt. It produces a lovely cake as well.
  • Use good quality cocoa for this bundt cake so you get a nice chocolate flavor.
  • The chocolate glaze is silky, smooth, and so divine. It would make anything taste good. Drizzling it on top of this amazing chocolate bundt cake really should be illegal. (I want to continue baking and eating this cake, so please don’t tell the police. I don’t want to go to jail. Let’s keep this our little secret:)
  • Make sure you grease your bundt pan really well. You don’t want it to get stuck. I like to use soft butter, make sure get into all of the details of the pan so nothing sticks!
  • Use high quality chocolate to make the chocolate glaze so the cake has the best flavor!
  • If you want to skip the chocolate glaze you can dust the cake with powdered sugar, but I really like the chocolate glaze. It is the perfect finishing touch to the bundt cake.

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Occasions for a Chocolate Bundt Cake

This cake is very rich and a small piece usually does it, but since it’s my birthday I think I need a big fat piece…for breakfast:) Starting my birthday with chocolate cake must mean it’s going to be a great year. At least that’s what I’m going with. We shall see! At least I know my day will be wonderful!

This chocolate cake recipe is perfect for any celebration,  or just because you need chocolate. I am a firm believer that every day should be celebrated and there is no better way to celebrate than with chocolate.

And if you want to make your Valentine’s heart go pitter patter, just give them a slice of this cake. Everything will be smooth sailing after they taste this Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake!

How to Make Chocolate Cake

Watch below for a quick step-by-step video on how to make this chocolate bundt cake!

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Chocolate Bundt Cake

If you are looking for the best chocolate cake recipe, you've found it! You will need a glass of milk to wash down this rich and chocolaty cake!
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For the cake:

For the chocolate glaze:


  • Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour a 10 or 12-cup Bundt pan and set aside.
  • In a small saucepan, combine the butter, cocoa powder, salt, and water and place over medium heat. Cook, stirring, just until melted and combined. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and baking soda. Add half of the melted butter mixture and whisk until completely blended. The mixture will be thick. Add the remaining butter mixture and whisk until combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking until completely blended. Whisk in the sour cream (or Greek yogurt) and the vanilla extract. Whisk until smooth.
  • Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Let the cake cool in the pan for 15 minutes and then invert onto a rack. Let cool completely before glazing.
  • While the cake is cooling, make the chocolate glaze. Place the chopped chocolate and corn syrup (or agave) in a medium bowl and set aside. Combine the heavy cream and sugar in a small saucepan and put over medium heat. Stir until the cream is hot and the sugar is dissolved. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and whisk until smooth.
  • Generously drizzle the glaze over the cooled cake, allowing it to drip down the sides. Cut into pieces and serve.


Calories: 462kcal, Carbohydrates: 55g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 25g, Saturated Fat: 15g, Cholesterol: 87mg, Sodium: 359mg, Potassium: 147mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 36g, Vitamin A: 725IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 38mg, Iron: 2mg
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  1. Just made this beautiful cake. Friends are ill and can’t come for dinner for a day or two. What would you suggest as a way to keep the cake moist and tasty for 2-3 days? Should I use my food saver vacuum seal and then store in fridge? I don’t want to freeze it, never tastes the same. Would love your recommendation. Thank you.

    1. I would cover well and store on the counter for a few days. Putting it in the fridge will dry it out.

  2. 5 stars
    So great–very straight forward. I thought the batter was too liquidy to turn out but it ended up fine. I used cooking spray instead of butter and flour and as long as you have a non-stick pan (I used a Bakers secret pan) I think it would be fine.

  3. 5 stars
    Love, love. love this cake. Can’t think of a more perfect round dessert for New Years Day! So moist and delicious!

  4. 5 stars
    Love this recipe!
    Made it several times.
    Replaced sour cream with raspberry Greek yogurt OR orange cream Greek yogurt and a bit of orange zest.
    Either choice takes this cake to the next level.
    Don’t forget a handful of chocolate chips and walnuts!
    No frosting needed!
    Thanks so much for my new GO TO dessert.
    GOOD JOB!!

  5. 5 stars
    Made this cake today. It is fabulous. So moist and great chocolate flavor. Not to sweet. The glaze is just right. Using semi sweet Chocolate is perfect. The whole family loved it. Very easy to make. Will be making this in the future. Adding to my favorites list.

  6. 5 stars
    This is now my go-to chocolate cake for all my family’s birthdays. Everyone loves it! It’s quick and easy to make and I’ve converted it to make a 9 inch bundt cake for those smaller events that need a special touch. Greek yogurt instead of sour cream works well and the cake remains soft and rich. If you are converting to a 9-inch Bundt pan, I bake it for 28 minutes before I begin testing. It’s usually done between 28-32 minutes.

  7. 5 stars
    I’m so glad to have found this recipe. This is my go-to easy dessert for company, birthdays, and special occasions. My boys request this every time and I’ve prepared it so often over the years that I just ended up keeping the ingredients in stock, just in case. Thanks so much for a wonderful recipe that’s brought many happy memories into our home!

  8. I made this cake and it is to die for, absolutely delicious and very easy to make. I did stuff up the glaze, made it too runny , but that’s my bad, thank you so much for this wonderful recipe

  9. The cake batter was extremely liquid. Additional cook time resolved some of that but cake still quite moist. I left half of it in the pan in trying to get it out.
    It was delicious but problematic to make.
    I made this cake for my son’s birthday, thank goodness he’s old enough to not be bothered by a “crumb” cake.

    1. I used butter and flour and mine didn’t stick at all. I also used the nordic ware bundt pan but the 6 cup size and decreased the bake time to 30 min.

  10. 5 stars
    This recipe is amazing! It wasn’t too sweet. I didn’t do the topping. I sprinkled powered sugar on top. It’s been a hit at work and at multiple gatherings. This one is my go to!!

  11. I finally made it!! I’m so excited I used homemade frosting (made previously and leftover from a layered cake). Yummy! Not at all difficult process to make or bake. Easy breezy!!

  12. Just curious…Can you use this recipe for cupcakes?! This may have been asked before, but I didn’t have time to read all of the reviews!

  13. 5 stars
    This cake looks so yummy! To incorporate coffee, would you recommend replacing water with brewed coffee? or using espresso powder or instant coffee granules?

  14. 5 stars
    This is such a wonderful recipe. It was simple and easy to start with but it has a delightful bite. It was soft and gooey on the inside with a little crunch on the crust. The only adaptation I made was to use cocoa powder instead of flour to dust my Bundt pan. Thanks!

  15. 5 stars
    This cake is deliciously moist and easy to make. It has become my go-to chocolate cake recipe.
    Since my family is only 2, I make 1/2 recipe using a small bundt pan that measures 8 1/2″ on the inside (you could probably go even smaller.)
    I’ve changed all my baking to metric because it is super accurate. I saw someone ask for metric conversions on this recipe so here are mine: 114g unsalted butter (1 stick), 14g cocoa powder (1/3 cup), 1/2 tsp. salt, 120g water (1/2 cup).
    Part two: 125g all purpose unbleached flour (1 cup), 175g granulated sugar, 3/4 tsp. baking soda, 1 large egg, 60g (1/4 cup sour cream, 1/2 tsp. vanilla.
    Since it is Maria’s recipe, please double check with her to confirm.

  16. 5 stars
    I forgot to add that I bake this 1/2 size recipe at 350° for exactly 28 minutes. My oven runs a little hot, so you might want to check your cake at 26-27 minutes.

  17. 5 stars
    Started to make the recipe, but halfway through realized I was using the wrong size measuring cup! Finished the recipe coasting on vibes alone, hoping this demon concoction of a batter would Not actually come to life and curse me only to be mad that it was one of the best cakes I’ve ever made and knowing I can never make it the same way ever again.

  18. Hello, please do you kindly have the metric version for the ingredients? I have searched through pages of reviews and cannot find anyone else whom has asked?

    Thank you.

  19. 5 stars
    This is THE BEST chocolate cake I have ever made. I’ve made it 6 times in the last two months and it turns out perfectly every time. Fantastic recipe!

  20. Can this be made it a sheet cake? We love this cake and my 3 year old grand daughter is asking me to make her bday with this cake but really need a sheet cake.

  21. This is THE cake for birthdays in my family. I bake it in an 11X13 pan, poke holes in it and spread melted raspberry jam followed by chocolate ganache. Oh, it’s tasty!

  22. For the second time, I made this cake and ganache for my daughter. This time she took it to a birthday party. She told me that every crumb was gone with many raves. So try it!

  23. LOVE this recipe! It has become a regular request around here.
    Would this work in 8″ layer pans by any chance?

    1. Yes, you can use the recipe to make a layered cake, just adjust the baking time.

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