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This rich, moist, Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake did not last long at our house. Flavored with cocoa powder and enhanced with coffee, it’s truly dreamy!

When I gave a few pieces to our young landscaping duo, the hubby panicked when only half the cake was left. A true testament to a beloved dessert. You’ll love this Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe!

Slice of Sour Cream Bundt Cake on a white plate with a red handled fork

Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake

Chocolate topped with more chocolate. I couldn’t resist this Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake. Bundt cakes are super easy to bake and finish off with a drizzle of icing. Compared to a layer cake, it’s a piece of cake! 

Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake on a white cake plate

A Moist Chocolate Bundt Cake

This picturesque chocolate Bundt cake made for a happy family. When the spoons come out to sample and re-sample the leftovers in the frosting bowl, it’s a good sign.

The first time I baked this moist chocolate cake, I sent it along with Bill when he went to visit his mom. The plate was returned empty with a sweet thank you note. Did you know that coffee enhances the flavor of chocolate? Instead of an overt coffee flavor, it slyly makes the chocolate taste even richer, more chocolaty. A nice trick, isn’t it. Plus the sour cream provides moisture as well as tenderness.

Tips for Making  a Bundt Cake Recipe

  • To prep, the Bundt pan properly is of utmost importance. The last thing you want is for your cake to get stuck in the pan!
  • Use shortening and a dusting of flour or else a flour oil baking spray like Baker’s Joy to coat your Bundt pan.
  • Bundt pans do wear out. I own a non-stick Bundt pan but had to replace it recently as it started to stick even when prepped well.
  • A Bundt cake is done when you can insert a toothpick into the middle of the cake and it comes out clean.
  • Be careful not to over bake the cake or you won’t have a moist chocolate Bundt Cake. The sour cream helps add moisture to the cake, but that will only go so far if you bake your cake too long.
  • Place the baked cake on a cooling rack for about 15 minutes before inverting.
  • Releasing the cake when it’s too warm can result in the cake breaking into pieces when inverted.
  • Conversely, releasing it too late and the cake may stick to the sides of the pan.
  • Cool completely before drizzling on the frosting. If the cake is still warm, the frosting will melt off the cake.
  • Also, make sure to let the frosting firm up enough so that it thickens, but is still pourable. Garnish with mini chocolate chips and/or sprinkles while the icing is still wet, if desired.

More Bundt Cakes You’ll Love:

Bundt cakes are a terrific way to serve a crowd. Layer cakes are wonderful, but a lot more work! From Almond Amaretto Bundt Cake, Kentucky Butter Bundt Cake, Cheesecake Stuffed Chocolate Bundt Cake, Greek Lemon Bundt Cake to this super easy Kahlua Bundt Cake!  Plus I’m loving the sound of this beautiful Orange Blossom Bundt Cake from The View from Great Island.

Slice of Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake on a white plate

Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake

A rich Bundt cake with a delectable chocolate glaze

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Yield 12 servings


For the Cake

  • 1 1/4 cups hot coffee
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups sour cream (full fat preferred)
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

For the Glaze:

  • 1/2 cupΒ heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped


For the Cake:

  1. Place the oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350º. Grease and flour (or spray with Baker's Joy) a 10-inch Bundt pan.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the hot coffee and cocoa powder until the mixture is smooth.
  3. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, beat the sugar and eggs until the mixture turns pale yellow and thickens. Add the sour cream and oil and whisk until all ingredients are combined.
  4. Add the salt and baking soda and mix well. Add flour and mix till well combined. Add the coffee mixture to the bowl and whisk well.
  5. Pour the cake batter into the bundt pan and bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  6. Remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool for 15 minutes in the pan before inverting it onto a wire cooling rack to finish cooling completely.

For the Glaze:

  1. To make glaze, whisk together cream and corn syrup in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave until mixture starts to boil.
  2. Add in the chocolate and let rest for a few minutes. Whisk until smooth. Let cool to thicken slightly, then drizzle over top of the cake.
  3. Sprinkle with a few mini chocolate chips if desired. Cool before slicing.


Adapted from Joy the Baker via Juanita's Cocina

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 419Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 513mgCarbohydrates: 66gFiber: 3gSugar: 41gProtein: 7g


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66 comments on “Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake”

  1. Gorgeous bundt, I’d love a spoon for the chocolate frosting! πŸ˜‰

  2. Wow, now that’s sinfully good! I can’t decide if I want this cake with milk or coffee? YUM! πŸ™‚

  3. What a DELECTABLE cake for autumn, so seasonal and pretty! I LOVE it! I am new to group C and am enjoying doing the rounds this morning! Karen

  4. This sounds like an amazing cake and I love the little pools of frosting in the pics! This one’s a big tease Liz, wish I had a piece:@)

  5. Such a pretty cake! I love that there’s sour cream in the frosting as well as a the cake – a true sour creamy cake! πŸ™‚

  6. Eeeeeh! I’m so glad that the bundt cake was enjoyed. Thank you for your very sweet words, Liz!

  7. Hi Lizzy! This bundt cake looks so decadent and delicious! I love sour cream and chocolate, makes for beautifully moist cakes. Yum!

  8. Such a beautiful chocolate cake,the frosting are inviting πŸ™‚

  9. Love Jen. How did you ever choose something? Too many great recipes but you did awesome, Liz. Perfect looking cake. Yum!

  10. I can imagine not knowing what to make from Jen’s blog! Stunning cake Liz! I don’t think you can ever go wrong with chocolate on chocolate.

  11. This cake look delicious dear Lizzy I love this type of bundt cakes!
    I hope to post my rΓ©cipe soon!!

  12. Oh this cake looks devilishly delicious! Another great recipe to add to your collection. I made your peach cobbler for this months SRC and it was a great recipe to use with our fresh peaches! πŸ™‚

  13. I really need a slice or two of this right now *sigh* Your bundt cake looks sinful , Lizzy !

  14. Liz, your cake looks absolutely wonderful! I’d return the plate (EMPTY!) to you too with a happy thank you note =o)

  15. Wow, this looks so dense and delicious! Love the icing pouring down the sides…so beautiful. Can’t beat a slice of chocolate cake πŸ™‚

  16. Nothing. Absolutely nothing beats a great chocolate cake!

  17. Double chocolate, sour cream? Liz, this looks fabulous and I can just taste that coffee in the frosting. You know how to tempt us with that beautiful slice, beckoning…

  18. Wow -this is one of those keeper recipes every baker should have – I love the coffee and chocolate combo and your photos are just magazine cover worthy!!

  19. wow what a great bundt. That is a lot of chocolate and a lot of sour cream. So moist I bet.

  20. I can relate to why you chose this dessert to make. It is gorgeous and decadent…my two favorite things!

  21. This cake is divine Lizzy and I know Bill was a happy camper! I’m going to have to make this for my chocolate loving family.

  22. Okay, that looks beyond yummy! I had to come and check it out. Haha

  23. This is a must-try cake, Liz! It looks so moist and indulgent…

  24. This cake looks magnificent, I need to try it πŸ˜€


  25. Wow, looks good. Do you have the nutritional values per slice? Seems like a very rare special treat.

  26. Oh, this cake looks amazing. I love that it has sour cream in it. I bought a giant tub of sour cream from Costco… this gives me ideas. πŸ™‚

  27. Lizzy,
    This cake looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it. I’ll bet there was a fight as to who would get to lick the bowl. Pinned.

  28. I don’t know why you would choose this cake. After all, it is just chocolate with chocolate and moist and sweet and looks gorgeous when photographed. I need a piece right now!

  29. Liz – that is one stunning chocolate bundt cake. Loving the icing dripping down, just wish I had a spoon to swoop it up into.

  30. Mmm this entire bundt cake looks good, but I am entranced by that rich, fudgy frosting.

  31. That’s a fabulous chocolate bundt, Liz. I love the add of sour cream.

  32. I love bundt cakes. They were so popular in the 70s and then they faded away for awhile. I’m glad they’ve made a comeback. Yours looks beautiful and I’m certain it’s delicious!

    You amaze me Liz, with all these posts you put out and still seem to have time to have fun with friends and travel, etc. I don’t know where you find all the hours in the day. Sometimes I get exhausted just thinking about how you manage to get a post up almost daily.

  33. Way to go! It looks delicious!

  34. Your bundt cakes look gorgeous, and the way you pour the frosting is just perfect! I think I haven’t tried chocolate and sour cream combo before. Would love to taste it!

  35. decadent and sheer elegance in each slice of this treat…this cake always brings back sweet cherished memories…thanks for sharing this perfect recipe πŸ™‚

  36. Wish I could run a finger through that chocolate frosting. Yummy, Liz! And how generous of you to share this scrumptious treat from Jen =)

  37. This looks fabulous! I pinned it:)

  38. A gorgeous and decadent bundt cake, could like the sauce of by itself.

  39. Now this is bundt cake perfection! Even though I’m not a coffee drinker, I always add some to chocolate desserts because it just brings out the flavor. Yum!

  40. CHOCOLATE! Perfect dessert every time. I need to make a cake for a party this wknd. THIS is it!!

  41. This looks fabulous, Liz. I love a good chocolate dessert. Can’t wait to try it.

  42. This cake looks and sounds wonderful! It’s picture perfect as usual. I seem to have good luck when baking anything with sour cream and this is going on my “to make soon” list! Happy Autumn to you Liz.

  43. Beautiful beautiful bundt cake…picture perfect Liz…I just wish for a slide of this cake…
    Thanks for the recipe and have a wonderful week πŸ˜€

  44. It’s so cool that you were assigned Jen’s fabulous blog this month, Liz. Every recipe I’ve made from her has turned out so well. Great choice on the chocolate bundt cake. The only thing that makes chocolate better is more chocolate, I always say, and that gorgeous thick luscious glaze is making my mouth water!

  45. why is it that sour cream makes everything taste better in baking! so moist it looks amazing

  46. What a gorgeous cake πŸ™‚

  47. I wanna stick my finger in the glaze!

  48. What an amazing looking cake, love it!!!

  49. I love Jen and I love this cake! It looks so rich and chocolatey and (I know I know, the dreaded word) moist πŸ˜›

  50. I love sour cream in bundt cakes…especially in the chocolate version. Yours turned out so droolworthy amazing, Lizzy! The glaze is so amazing and rich chocolatey; A ‘chocolate lovers’ dream! xo

  51. Just perfect! I am always looking for new chocolate cake recipes and I love the addition of sour cream and coffee! And the frosting only makes it better!

  52. I have made this cake and yes it is a very good cake!

  53. I love the sour cream & chocolate cake. I’ve made one before and it’s divine!

  54. Oh boy, that looks great! Another goodie I’d be snarfing down for breakfast if it was in front of me… Happy Sunday Liz:@)

  55. I’d be in a panic also this looks amazing!

  56. I made this for afternoon tea over the weekend and it was delicious!Β 
    The coffee added so much to the cake and everyone just loved it!
    And it was so easy to follow.Β 

  57. I’ve made this twice and it’s delicious every single time!

  58. Oh helloooo! Liz, where has this gorgeous cake been all my life?! It looks so irresistible, I wouldn’t be able to share!

  59. The cake looks so moist and delicious, and that dripping chocolate glaze sounds to die for!

  60. As always this recipe is also great. Tried this yesterday and it was too yum. Thanks…

  61. Could there be anything more chocolatey and delicious? I wish I had a slice right now!

  62. I love the addition of the coffee! It really enhances the chocolate flavor.

  63. In my eating experience — πŸ˜‰ — there’s nothing better than coffee and sour cream to enhance the deliciousness of a chocolate cake. Bookmarking this one for sure. Yum! ~Valentina

  64. What a gorgeous looking cake! I am sure I’d love a slice or two of this.

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