Sour Cream Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe

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This Sour Cream Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe is super easy and so moist that it doesn’t even need frosting. Makes the perfect dessert for family gatherings!

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The Best Chocolate Bundt Cake

When I find a cake recipe that calls for sour cream, I know without a doubt that the end result will be moist and delicious. This Sour Cream Chocolate Bundt Cake does not disappoint. I’ve had this recipe for a long time, but it’s been quite a while since I made it…and I forgot how good it was! It’s dense and super tasty. The dense texture makes perfect slices, so it’s a very pretty dessert too. One of the best things about bundt cakes is that they easily feed eight to ten people, so they make a great dessert for family gatherings and potlucks. 

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Sour Cream Chocolate Bundt Cake

This Sour Cream Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe is super easy and so moist that it doesn't even need frosting. Makes the perfect dessert for family gatherings!
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4.91 from 11 votes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Ann Drake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
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  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups sour cream 16 oz.
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups Sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups Flour
  • 3/4 cups cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl beat butter, sour cream, eggs, vanilla and sugar.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
  • Add flour mixture to butter/sour cream mixture.
  • When combined beat on medium speed for 3 minutes.
  • Pour into prepared bundt pan.
  • Bake 40 - 45 minutes until a knife inserted in center of cake comes out clean.
  • Cool slightly and turn out onto wire rack.
  • Dust with powdered sugar before serving.


I use Baker's Joy to prepare my baking pans.
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Sour Cream Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe Toppings

  • This sour cream chocolate bundt cake is so moist that you really don’t need frosting, but here are some serving suggestions:
    • Dust the entire cake with powdered sugar, and then dust each serving with a little more. The powdered sugar falls on the plate and makes for a very pretty presentation.
    • Make a powdered sugar glaze by combining one cup of powdered sugar with two to three tablespoons of milk. The glaze should pour neatly over the cake, but it should not be runny. Gently drizzle it over the entire cake making sure the glaze runs down both sides.
    • Serve this sour cream chocolate bundt cake with ice cream, whipped cream, or Cool Whip.

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  1. Thanks so much for sharing this amazing recipe! I have made it countless times now and it never lasts long in our house! Delicious! :)

  2. 5 stars
    My daughters found this recipe last summer during quarantine and we’ve made it several times. We make it with gluten free flour and it comes out moist and delicious every time.

  3. Lynn Thelen says:

    Happy 60th Bday Ann! Hope you have a wonderful day…celebrating YOU! I turned 60 last year and was a bit concerned about entering another decade in life, but like many things in life, we have to take it in stride. It has been great. Thank you for all your wonderful ideas on your blog – I look forwarded to each one & especially the Sour Cream Chocolate Bundt Cake!

  4. Sue Siegel says:

    Hi Ann,

    Just wondering if this cake can be frozen?

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Sue…honestly, I’m not sure but I don’t see why not. If you give it a try, let us know how it comes out!

  5. Thanks, Ann, this looks delicious. And thanks for all you share. I don’t comment much, but I appreciate all your ideas, tips, recipes, etc.

  6. Thanks Ann – will be making this this weekend!

  7. MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) says:

    Ann, this recipe looks so yummy! I’m going to make it this afternoon. Thanks, again, for always giving us such wonderful recipes!

  8. Helen Coyle says:

    My apologies. I have since discovered that the bottom element in my oven has burnt out. That is why my cake did not cook properly. I will definitely try the recipe again once it has been replaced.

  9. Helen Coyle says:

    Are you sure the ingredient quantities listed above are correct, especially 2 cups of sour cream. I just made it and it was a complete disaster. It did not cook at all. I was hesitant at first because of the quantity stated but regretfully decided to go ahead. Most recipes call for only 1/2 cup sour cream. Is this a typo. Very disappointed that I have wasted these ingredients.

  10. What type of flour to use plain or self rising.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      I use regular all purpose flour. Enjoy!

  11. Mary Haas says:

    Please have recipes noted to print. I do not see anywhere that it says “print”.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Mary,
      There’s a little printer icon in the top right corner of the recipe. Just click that to print.


  12. Wow!! I have made this cake approx. 5 times now and it’s always a crowd pleaser. Moist, chocolate-y and keeps well. It’s definitely my new go-to chocolate cake recipe. (With my particular bundt tin I needed to bake it for 15 mins longer… Perfect!)

  13. This is now my favorite cake recipe. We rarely finish a cake but this one went fast! I did frost it with chocolate cream cheese icing.

    1. Carolyn-anne Sutherlandcal says:

      I can’t wait to try this

  14. This bundt cake recipe is delicious and stays moist well over a week. It tastes like a chocolate pound cake which pairs beautifully with cold ice cream. Thank you.

  15. Nancy Foran says:

    Ann, I made your sour cream chocolate bundt cake today and it was absolutely AMAZING!!! Unbelievably moist. I had to cook now about 15 min. Longer because of the bundt pan I used (a 10 cup like all of my bundt pans but with a smaller diameter and deeper sides). Thanks f or a great recipe!

  16. I love a cake with powdered sugar! This looks beautiful and I love sour cream cakes. I hope your father mends soon! I know how hard it is when one is the caregiver for another.

  17. jaine gayer says:

    Ann, I hope your dad’s recovery goes smoothly.

    Can another pan (other than a Bundt) be used for this recipe? My husband and I downsized and I gave away the Bundts.

  18. I’m with you, Ann. Sour cream makes a big difference! Wishing your dad a full and speedy recovery.

  19. Katherines Corner says:

    this is divine. I invite you to share at my Thursday hop xo

  20. Thinking of you. Best wishes to you and your parents! Thanks for the recipe.

  21. Ann –
    Prayers are with you and your parents as you move through this time together. It is most important for you to be with them. I love your blog but certainly understand if you need time away. Be sure to keep yourself healthy also.


  22. dee yaklich says:


  23. I made this bundt cake this afternoon. It’s SO good! It’s the first time I’ve ever had a Bundt cake come out right and not fall all apart when you take it out of the pan. Thanks so much for sharing this great delicious recipe!

    All the best to you these days.

  24. Oh yum! I have a life long love affair with chocolate… I can’t wait to try this! Saying a prayer for you and your parents! Hugs!

  25. Looks delicious, I’m going to make it for Easter as I’m not eating chocolate till then. Really enjoying your blog, so creative and I find myself energised and enthused by it. Thank you from England and I add my best wishes and prayers for your mum and dad.

  26. That sounds so delicious Ann!

  27. Thank you for the yummy bundt cake recipe. All the best wishes to your Dad, Mom, and to you.

  28. This pound cake sounds delicious. Your parents are precious to you. I spent a lot of time with my folks in their last years, even when they lived farther from me. I love my memories with them even when my Mom didn’t know me. My prayers are with you all.

  29. Can’t wait to try the pound cake recipe…made my heart skip a beat to see it served on my grandmothers “Bridge China”! Thank You for Sharing…Prayers for your Dad and Mom. Hope he is well soon.

  30. Marlene Stephenson says:

    Just spend these precious moments with them and store these memories,you will be glad later on. I know i do,even though back then,it sometimes was a little tiring. Have a wonderful time with your parents,Anne,we can wait.

  31. Marlene Stephenson says:

    The recipe sounds wonderfully easy and delicious,thanks Anne.

  32. Thank you for sharing. I wish the best to your and your parents. It is great to see sons and daughters taking care of their folks. I admire this. God Bless.

  33. Keeping you in thought and prayer as you care for your parents.

  34. I can’t wait to try this cake, I have used your recipes in the past and they are so delicious.
    My heart and prayers go out to you and your mom and dad, it is a difficult time. I took care of my mom and dad and my first husband when he had cancer. I know it sounds strange, but in some ways I treasure that time I had with them it was such a quality time and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
    I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  35. I can’t wait to try this recipe! Sounds amazing. Prayers to you and your family during this time.

  36. I know you will take wonderful care of both of your parents. I have done that and was so very thankful that I could. My prayers are with all of you during these stressful times.

  37. Ann,
    I so enjoy your blog. I am really into simply living these days, and I find that your ideas follow that lifestyle. You keep your ideas simple, explicit, and clean, and I appreciate that. I can’t tell you how much I enoy seeing an email from you. It always makes my day and gives me ideas for my home and family. Thanks so much for what you do for me!

  38. Carol Athenour says:

    I have walked a mile in your shoes, & send you strength & prayers during your Dad’s recovery. Please don’t worry about posting on your blog at this time…..although the sor cream cake sounds delicious!!! Take care of your Daddy…….

  39. Kathleen G says:

    Love anything chocolate! Your readers will have your back Ann. Take all the time to help your parents and I hope your father is doing well. Kathleen in Az

  40. Like the cake…you don’t disappoint. You always have the neatest ideas and best recipes. This is why your blog is my very favorite. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful ideas!

  41. Christine says:

    Dear Ann,
    May God bless you with strength and grace and wisdom as you minister to both of your parents.
    I look forward to your posts, you are a blessing all the way from Ohio!
    Remember to take care of yourself as well.
    You all will be in my prayers.

  42. Thanks for the recipe Ann:) I’m a big chocolate lover, so I’ll try anything chocolate! LOL! I’ll pray that your father recovers soon. Just do what you have to do, your fans love you and will understand. God Bless:)

  43. Windi Turner|ms pedagogy says:

    You scored! Anything chocolate is a winner. All the best for a speedy recovery for your dad.

  44. Morning Ann,
    This cake looks wonderful………..sorry to hear about your Dad but glad he is doing as well as can
    be expected after surgery. Will shoot up some prayers for him and you. Glad you are able to
    be of such help to both your parents…………cause there is nothing worse than wanting to help but not being able to for whatever the reason……………

    Blessings, Nellie

  45. Thoughts, prayers and strength are with you Ann.

  46. Prayers for you and your family Ann. Been there – done that. It’s hard. I’m looking forward to trying this recipe. I’m a chocolate cake girl from way way back. Thanks!

  47. Your Dad and you will be on my prayer list. Take this time to be with your Mom and don’t worry about a blog timeline. We, your readers, will always be here for you. Pinned your scrumptious cake recipe.

  48. I pray your Dad will recover quickly and you will maintain the energy to care for he and your Mom. Thanks for the recipie, sounds delish.

  49. Sue Farmer says:

    Hi Ann. I am new to your blog. Thanks for the recipe. Can’t wait to try it. Sure hope your dad has a speedy and pain free recovery and hope you can handle all that is on your plate right now.

  50. says:

    Good Morning CAKE!!! Ann this looks so delish. I agree with you that sour cream does add that extra like moisture kick a cake needs. I love to use sour cream in a pound cake as well.

    1. Blessings to you Ann as you care for your parents. PLEASE take the time you need with them and let your heart be at peace about your blog. I was so fortunate that God “cleared my plate” and allowed me to spend the last few months with my mom guilt and worry free. He provided all I needed financially and kept my job intact while I was able to be by her side, and for that I am eternally grateful. Can’t wait to make the cake, too!