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.

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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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Easy Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe

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!
4.85 from 121 votes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Total Time
1 hour


For the cake:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter plus more for the pan
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder we use Dutch process
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour plus more for the pan
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the chocolate glaze:

  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Generously drizzle the glaze over the cooled cake, allowing it to drip down the sides. Cut into pieces and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Bundt Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 462 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 15g75%
Cholesterol 87mg29%
Sodium 359mg15%
Potassium 147mg4%
Carbohydrates 55g18%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 36g40%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 725IU15%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. Mmmm….it’s my birthday this month too. I may just have to make myself a birthday cake from this recipe. It’s just my style.

  2. Made this cake yesterday in preparation for Nemo (we’re in NH)- nothing has helped us get through 2+ feet of snow like this cake. Kids and husband love it. Delish! Thanks!

  3. My daughter’s birthday is Valentine’s Day and I am thinking of making this cake. She loves chocolate! I don’t have any corn syrup. Is there something I can use as a replacement?

  4. I was searching for a chocolate cake recipe to make for my husband’s 40th birthday yesterday. This one was the one I chose. I was DELICIOUS!!! It was extremely easy to make and was oh so chocolatey!! We paired it with vanilla ice cream, which was perfect to have a little cake and a little ice cream in every bite to sort of cut the chocolateyness a little ๐Ÿ™‚ Will put this in my card file to make again on another chocolatey occasion!!

  5. I absolutely almost never leave messages about recipes, but this one was warranted.

    I have made this cake twice in less than 2 weeks. It is the best chocolate cake I have ever made. Not too sweet, just sweet enough. You really enjoy the chocolate flavor as opposed to the sugary flavor. It has been tucked away in my recipe binder as my go to chocolate cake, especially when those cravings hit once the month ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. It is AMAZING!

  6. Just made this, and it is SOOOO good! Unfortunately, my hand slipped while releasing the cake from the pan and caused it to fall off the wire rack. I was able to salvage it by cutting it into pieces (snacking on the scraps) then placing them on a serving platter and drizzling the chocolate over the pieces. Worked just fine and still tasted wonderful even though it wasn’t as visually appealing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Holy cow – look at all this beautiful food! Of course I zoned in on the chocolate cake to make a comment here! Ha ha. I saw you at BYB & I’m popping by your great blog to say “hello”. It was really nice to meet you & I hope to see you again soon. In the meantime, I’ll be following on Google+.

    Warmly, Michelle
    Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust

  8. Just wanted to chime in to say I made this cake for my in-laws’ recent visit, and it was the best from-scratch cake I’ve ever tasted – everyone loved it.

  9. thank you & BLESS YOU…….baked it for picnic every one was IN LUV …………….. a must try cake recipe or u will be sorry for the rest of ur life . STAY BLESSED FOR SHARING THIS WONDER FULL RECIPE…………………..

  10. Wow! This cake looks absolutely delightful! I can’t wait to try it and adapt it for high altitude baking. I’ve made many sour cream pound cakes over the years, but not sour cream CHOCOLATE cakes.

    Thanks again!

  11. Made this yesterday after a month of longing for it!! So so good, the chocolate sponge is moist, soft, not super chocolately, just right. The chocolate drizzle is rich so just the right amount. Thanks for a great recipe!

  12. I made this cake today for my husbands birthday and he loved it and so did the rest of the family! Thanks for sharing such a great recipe!

  13. Your cake so yummy and easy for being a cake made from scratch! My husband loved it on Valentines day, and I’m going to make it again tomorrow for a family dinner. I am sure it will be a hit!

  14. I have made this cake twice and it is outstanding. Not too much icing, but the ganache makes it a very special treat. The cake is moist (I used 0% Greek yogurt) and is even great the next day. I very much enjoy your food blog and have tried many of your recipes – thought it was time to let you know how much I love your recipes.

  15. This cake is awesome. So easy to make. Very moist and chocolatey . I used the Dutch chocolate and a 72% cocoa nibs for the glaze. What I like the most is that the cake is not super sweet, just yummy chocolate. Highly recommended.

  16. It turned out perfect! I took mine out when it was still just barely wet in the middle and let it finish cooking on the counter. For the glaze on top I just melted semi-sweet chocolate chips into the heavy cream, turned out great. I added a white chocolate drizzle on top of mine as well. Great recipe.

  17. Need help! I am making this but it calls for bittersweet chocolate. In Canada we don’t use those terms. Do you mean unsweetened chocolate, or semi-sweet? Thanks.

  18. This cake is very good and easy to make. I will make this again. The problem is with the glaze. I added 3 tablespoons of agave necter and 1/2 cups of powdered sugar and it was still too bitter! Will use my old glaze recipe if I make this again.

  19. Just made this tonight-super easy and delicious! I used some Greek vanilla yogurt and some low fat sour cream. I used agave nectar in the glaze-it all turned out great! I baked it for 38 minutes-we live at sea level.
    Thank you for sharing-my husband thanks you, too!

  20. This was the best cake I ever made. Thank you!! I also made a few changes. Instead of all water I used half cup water, quarter cup coffee, and quarter chocolate liquor. I also added some liquor to the frosting. Devine!!

  21. Hello! This is honestly the first bundt cake I’ve ever made, as well as the first chocolate cake. I have to say this was an excellent recipe and I’m super glad I made this one as my first chocolate bundt cake! I made sure not to overmix the batter and it came out nice and moist. I got some compliments from the people who tried it. I loved it! The chocolate is just right and it is not at all overwhelming. Terrific for people with a sweet tooth AND for people who don’t like their cake too sickeningly sweet. Thanks for posting the recipe; I can’t wait to have a big slice again tomorrow! ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. I have a mini-bundt pan that makes 6, do you think I have to modify this much to have that be a success? I guess I need to play around with the length of cooking or do you have any suggestions? Thanks, this looks divine and I am sure I will be making it over and over again!

    1. Yes, you can use a mini bundt pan, just reduce the baking time. I haven’t tried it yet, so just keep an eye on them. I am not sure the exact time. Maybe half?

  23. Hey there! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my previous room mate! He always kept talking about this. I will forward this article to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read. Many thanks for sharing!

  24. I just tried this cake recipe. I didn’t bake in a bundt cake pan, just a 9 inch round pan and drizzled the glaze on top of it. It’s so lovely and divine. I love how the cake is fluffy and light and the glaze just gives it the right amount of density without feeling too heavy. I decorated the cake with some strawberries. I love the strawberry-chocolate thing. Thanks and this one’s a keeper!

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