Easy Chocolate Cake

Easy Chocolate Cake with Sour Cream Chocolate Frosting is the perfect dessert for any occasion. This rich and moist chocolate cake is made in a 9×13-inch pan and finished with smooth and creamy chocolate sour cream frosting. This is everyone’s favorite chocolate cake recipe!

Easy Chocolate Cake

This post is sponsored by Tillamook and Kroger.

Easy Chocolate Cake, Perfect for Any Occasion

Is there anything better than a rich, moist chocolate cake with smooth chocolate frosting? YES! An EASY chocolate cake that is still rich, moist, and finished with the most amazing chocolate frosting. I LOVE a good chocolate cake, but not if it takes me hours and hours to make, bake, and decorate. I am all about easy when it comes to cakes, as long as the end results are amazing. And let me tell you, this Easy Chocolate Cake is the BEST chocolate cake because it is SO easy and SO SO SO delicious! I guarantee this will be your go to chocolate cake from now on.

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I love this chocolate cake recipe because it is made in a basic 9×13-inch pan and that means no chilling cake layers or decorating cake layers. You don’t need to do a crumb coat of frosting, you pour the cake batter in the sheet pan, bake, and top with chocolate frosting. It is SO simple!

I also love that it is made in a simple 9×13 pan because it is easy to take to parties, picnics, and potlucks. The cake is easy to cut into squares and serve, and it feeds a crowd!

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Because this chocolate cake recipe is so easy you might second guess how good it is…until you have one bite, then you will be sold for life. This is the best chocolate cake! The cake is rich, moist, has the perfect tender crumb, and is finished with the most amazing chocolate sour cream frosting.

  • The secret ingredient for this cake is Tillamook Sour Cream. The cake has sour cream in the cake and in the frosting. The sour cream keeps the cake super moist. If you have made my chocolate sour cream bundt cake, you will for sure love this cake! The chocolate sour cream frosting makes it even more decadent and divine! The addition of sour cream to chocolate frosting makes the frosting super silky and smooth and it’s not overly sweet, making it the perfect frosting for the chocolate cake. It’s perfection!
  • All of the ingredients are simple and can be found at any Kroger store, even Tillamook products! Did you know Tillamook is expanding and you can now find Tillamook products in select Kroger stores nationwide? Yay!
  • The cake only takes 25-30 minutes to bake, depending on your oven and the chocolate sour cream frosting is easy to whip up!
  • We like to decorate the cake with Kroger’s rainbow sprinkles just for FUN! Sprinkles are always a good idea!
  • And if you want to go all out, serve a piece of chocolate cake with a big scoop of Tillamook Ice Cream! That is how I like to eat my cake!

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How to Make Easy Chocolate Cake


party table

Ok, now I wanted to share a little recap of my trip to Detroit to celebrate the expansion Tillamook products in Kroger stores nationwide. It was a #LegenDairyWeekend, hosted by my friend Sarah. I hope you followed along on Instagram because it was a ton of fun. I always love getting together with other bloggers, especially when good food is involved and we were spoiled with good food from Tillamook and Kroger all weekend long!

We kicked off the weekend with the most beautiful dinner. The entire meal featured Tillamook and Kroger products and all of the courses were delicious. I am still dreaming about that meal! I think it was fancier than my wedding..ha!

Cheese Board

During the weekend, we also had a smoothie bowl bar, an amazing brunch, made candles, and learned how to assemble and style cheese boards…and I ate more than my fair share of Tillamook cheese, it’s too good:) It was such a fun trip!

Side note-if you go to Detroit, stay at the Foundation Hotel. It’s a super cool hotel.

We are HUGE Tillamook fans and always buy their products at Smith’s so I am SO excited that all of our east coast followers can now find and enjoy Tillamook products. Make sure you look for their butter and sour cream so you can make this Easy Chocolate Cake! Also, head down the baking aisle in your Kroger store and pick up all of the baking staples. And don’t forget the Tillamook ice cream, you are going to LOVE it! You can’t go wrong with any flavor. Our freezer is always stocked with a few flavors:)

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This easy sheet pan chocolate cake is the BEST chocolate cake recipe and the perfect dessert for any celebration or just because you are craving chocolate:)
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For the chocolate cake:

  • 1 cup unsalted Tillamook Butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups Kroger all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cups Kroger granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Tillamook Sour Cream at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the chocolate sour cream frosting:

  • 3 cups Kroger powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder or Dutch process cocoa
  • 1/2 cup unsalted Tillamook butter
  • 1/2 cup Tillamook Sour Cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • Kroger rainbow sprinkles for decorating, optional


  • For the cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9x13-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a small saucepan, combine the butter, water, cocoa powder, and salt and place over medium heat. Cook, stirring with a spatula, 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 cocoa mixture and whisk until completely blended. The mixture will be thick. Add the remaining butter mixture and stir until combined.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking until completely blended. Add the sour cream and vanilla extract and whisk until smooth.
  • Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, 25-30 minutes. Let the cake cool completely before frosting.
  • For the frosting: In a large bowl, sift together the powdered sugar and cocoa powder. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter until smooth, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the sifted powdered sugar and cocoa, sour cream, vanilla, and salt. Beat until frosting is smooth, about 3 minutes. If you need to scrape down the sides, do so, and mix again.
  • Frost the cooled chocolate cake with the chocolate sour cream frosting. Decorate with sprinkles, if desired. Cut cake into squares and serve.


Serving: 16g, Calories: 428kcal, Carbohydrates: 59g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 73mg, Sodium: 421mg, Potassium: 116mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 44g, Vitamin A: 650IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 32mg, Iron: 1.5mg
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Because this chocolate cake recipe is so easy you might second guess how good it is…until you have one bite, then you will be sold for life. This is the best chocolate cake! The cake is rich, moist, has the perfect tender crumb, and is finished with the most amazing chocolate sour cream frosting. #cake #easyrecipe #dessert #dessertrecipes #chocolates Visit twopeasandtheirpod.com for more simple, fresh, and family friendly meals.
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  1. Loving how 1. this is a sheet pan cake and 2. how moist and rich it looks! Not a fan of dry cakes and this looks AMAZING 🙂

    1. I haven’t tried it. If you do an all purpose gf flour it should be fine though!

  2. Hi. My daughter and I made this cake this weekend and we put it in a 9×13 like the recipe said but it was much higher than yours. At the risk of sounding like I haven’t a clue (which maybe I don’t!), was this supposed to go in a bigger sheet pan? In the pictures yours look more like cake type brownies for a height and mine went almost up to the top of a 9×13 pan. Just thought I would check. The house smells AMAZING! Thanks for all your great recipes!!!

    laurie from MN

    1. Hi Laurie-I make this cake in a normal 9×13 pan. If you want a think cake, you could probably do it in a jelly roll pan, but it will be a lot thinner.

  3. 5 stars
    How do you store this cake? Refrigerator or counter? Thanks!! I just made it and it’s so yummy!! 

  4. I made this cake twice already with my two little grandchildren, ages 3 and 5. They love baking and I love having them help me. Thank you for an easy, fun, delicious recipe! (Of course I didn’t take a picture = lame)

  5. 5 stars
    I am a baker and a mom, i make Designer Cakes in Delhi, India, and can promise any and everyone that this chocolate cake is a recipe for keeps. i am going to make all our recipes for sure 🙂
    Thanks for sharing

  6. In your recipe directions you suggest using a whisk to combine the ingredients. Why not use a hand mixer?

  7. 5 stars
    This is a really very easy recipe and I am going to make it today. I love such moist cake and will update you after I bake it.

  8. I’m all over a simple chocolate cake for picnics and weekend snacking in the summer.

    Looks so good!

  9. Your chocolate cake with rainbow sprinkles needs clarification. The recipe says to pour into a prepared 9×13 pan, but you say above that that it’s great because it’s a sheet cake.  Which is is?  I made it and did the 9×13, but the cook time was off and it didn’t look like yours…..bummer to spend the time and ingredients when the recipe is confusing.

  10. This is the second time im baking this cake ! It’s absoluty delicious!! I will only make this chocolate cake from this Day forth ! Wonderful cake !! 

  11. I have made this recipe at least TEN times since seeing it on your website! My husband is obsessed and my grandchildren love it, too. You can’t go wrong if you add 1 cup of mini chocolate chips and bake for about 5 minutes more. YUM!

  12. 5 stars
    Easy, beautiful cake. I did not have cocoa, so I doubled the vanilla and added 1 T orange liquer.
    Of course, I concocted an orange glaze to top it off.

  13. 2 stars
    My cake was quite a bit paler than the one in this pics. I’m wondering whether 1/3 c cocoa was correct. Should it be 1 1/3?  The texture was nice, but aside from lacking much chocolate flavor, it was too sweet, even after cutting back the sugar to 1 1/2 c. 

  14. 5 stars
    This is my go to chocolate cake as it is so simple to make and perfect for any occasion. I live in Spain where sour cream does not exist, so I substitute yogurt and have not had any issues- cake and frosting are perfect. I’ve used the recipe to make cupcakes, 9×19, 9×9, etc. It is so versatile!

  15. 5 stars
    Yep, this is the easiest and the best chocolate cake that everyone enjoys. You are so right, Maria!

  16. Can this cake be frozen? I’d like to bring it to a pot luck but would prefer to make ahead of time.

    1. Did you try to freeze this? I know this is an old post and you may not remember 🙂 wanting to make it for my sons birthday party and so as much ahead of time as possible:

  17. Is this enough batter to make a 2 layer roundcake? I’m looking for a chocolate cake recipe to use in a strawberry shortcake.

  18. Ugh! Wanted to make this cake sooooo bad! I have no sour cream or yogurt! Is there any other substitute I could use for the sour cream? Currently on a stay at home order and can’t go shopping. Any advice would be soooo appreciated!
    Thanks in advance!

  19. Hi Maria! I made this cake for my family to enjoy on Valentine’s Day and we LOVED it!! So moist and delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipes! I enjoy making them 🙂

  20. I’ve made the chocolate bundt cake and got great reviews on it. How do I modify this recipe to make 3 10 inch round cakes?

  21. Hi! The water-butter-cocoa mixture will be still quite warm/hot when you mix into the flour, or should it have cooled down completely before adding to flour? Thanks!

  22. 5 stars
    Several of our friends ask us to bring this cake every time we get together for dinner or a potluck. Everyone LOVES this cake!

  23. Has anyone tried this as layer cake!? If so how did it turn out and what adjustments would I make !?

    1. I am sure it will work, just adjust the baking time. Times will vary depending on what pans you use.