Sour Cream Bundt Cake with Chocolate Glaze

There are bundt cakes and then there are BUNDT CAKES! If you are craving a rich moist chocolate velvety cake that melts in your mouth and just about brings peace and harmony to the whole world then I have got the cake for you!


It was my husband’s birthday back in January and every year I make him a special cake. Every year it MUST be chocolate and so every year I am searching for THE CAKE! The chocolate cake that leaves no question for the others. The recipe that brings all other chocolate cakes to shame. I have made plenty of sour cream cakes, even those with chocolate, but I have never used this specific combination of sugar, chocolate, cocoa and sour cream. It is the perfect chocolate cake recipe!


Don’t have a birthday celebration coming up- no problem- do what I normally do and just make a cake for the heck of it:)


Sour Cream Bundt Cake with Chocolate Ganache
  • For the cake:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, plus more for the pan
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder (we use Dutch processed)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups all-purpose Gold Medal flour, plus more for the pan
  • 1¾ cups granulated sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup sour cream (or Greek yogurt)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • For the chocolate glaze:
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1½ tablespoons corn syrup (or agave nectar)
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1½ tablespoons granulated sugar
  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 6. Generously drizzle the glaze over the cooled cake, allowing it to drip down the sides. Cut into pieces and serve.

Recipe from Bi-Rite Market’s Eat Good Food by Sam Mogannam and Dabny Gough

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  1. Erin | The Law Student's Wife

    I’m with your husband–chocolate cakes for bdays are a must. Love that this recipe uses sour cream–I bet it is insanely moist!

  2. Tricia @ Saving room for dessert

    If it was my birthday this is the cake I would pick. I am a choco-holic! It looks amazingly moist and beautiful!

  3. val

    I want this for breakfast with my morning coffee. AMAZING

  4. Melynda@OurSundayCafe

    I think this can’t wait for my husband’s birthday, that is not until July. But our anniversary is coming and on a traditional chocolate gift day as well, so cake it will be. Thanks Jessica. My hubby is such a chocolate lover.

  5. sue/the view from great island

    Is there anything better than sour cream and chocolate? Wow this looks good <3

  6. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen

    Chocolate is always perfect and especially nice for birthdays.

  7. 2 Sisters Recipes

    This is an amazing cake and perfect for Birthdays and Valentines Day too!

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  9. Liz

    Yup, this birthday scenario sounds familiar! I’m always searching for new chocolate cakes when the birthdays roll around…and yours looks like a winner!

  10. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    Happy Un-Birthday to me with this cake. I’m not going to wait for someone else’s birthday 🙂 This looks lovely!

  11. Jed Gray (sportsglutton)

    I’ve got a B-Day coming up and might just have to send this to my significant other as a hint. Looks great Jessica!

  12. Joanne

    This is a cake masterpiece!! Seriously chocolate heaven.

  13. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    I have no problem eating this ALL by myself! The chocolate glaze makes it even better!! I will make a cake for birthday one day (yep, still none in my life!).

  14. kitchen flavours

    This is such a lovely cake! It looks chocolaty delicious! With the chocolate glaze, yummy!
    Happy Belated Birthday to your hubby!
    Have a great week!

  15. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    This cake looks amazing and I really like your new picture!!

  16. Asmita

    This looks incredible! I want to dive into it.

  17. Kristy

    What a gorgeous cake Jessica! I love the new look of your blog too! It’s awesome. 🙂 You know I’m not big into chocolate, but I’m always impressed by a good looking cake. They are just something I can never seem to master, but you’ve got this one spot on!

  18. michael

    Your chocolate cake looks soo delicious!! 😉 I am a chocoholic and there is nothing better than a chocolate cake! I just printed your post and I am going to make your cake this weekend!

    Check out my Valentine Cheesecake with strawberry topping!!

    Michael 🙂

  19. Sylvie Shirazi (@gourmandeinthek)

    I like the way you think, no reason to wait for a birthday to make cake!

  20. Kiran @

    We love chocolate and I have never bake a cake with chocolate before!! And I don’t know why! Time to act on it. Oh, that chocolate glaze 😀

  21. Liz

    How’d you know I needed this in my life? Looks like Bundt cake perfection to me! Happy Valentine’s Day, my friend!!!

  22. Roz

    Oh my goodness! I tried to make my first chocolate bundt cake this week and it was a total disaster! I wish that I would have had your recipe instead of the ‘famous’ recipe that I used from a well-known cooking store chain. Your cake is perfect! What a nice birthday cake for your husband!

  23. Geni

    OH, wow! This looks ridiculously good!

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