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Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Layer Cake


SKILL LEVEL : Intermediate


  • 2 3/4 cups cake and pastry flour 675 mL
  • 2 tsp baking powder 10 mL
  • 1 tsp each baking soda and salt 5 mL
  • 3/4 cup softened butter 175 mL
  • 1 1/2 cups lightly packed brown sugar 375 mL
  • 3 eggs 3
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract 10 mL
  • 3 cups sour cream 750 mL
  • 5 cups HERSHEY'S Milk Chocolate Chips 810 g


    1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Lightly grease two 9-inch (22 cm) cake pans.

    2. Stir flour with the baking powder, baking soda and salt. Beat butter with brown sugar in a separate bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time; add the vanilla.

    3. On low speed, alternately beat in flour mixture and 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) sour cream, in two additions, until batter is smooth. Stir in 1 cup (250 mL) chocolate chips until evenly distributed.

    4. Divide batter equally between prepared pans. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into centre comes out clean.

    5. Cool for 10 minutes; turn out onto rack to cool completely. Cut each cake into two layers.

    6. Melt remaining chocolate chips in the microwave on MEDIUM (50%) for 1 to 2 minutes; stir until smooth. Cool slightly. Stir in remaining sour cream; beat until fluffy.

    7. Chill for 15 minutes or until frosting is as smooth and thick as peanut butter. Use to frost layers and top of cooled cake.

    • Brush any loose crumbs from the cut sides of the cake with a pastry brush before frosting.

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