Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting

February 21, 2011
This weekend, Joey and I had a date to celebrate the fact that he passed a very important work-related certification exam. Naturally, I thought baking a cake was in order and had intended to share with you a cake and frosting recipe. However, the cake was a tad on the dry side and not yet ready to share. The frosting, on the other hand, was fabulous. 
It was thick, dense, and ultimately rich in the very best sense. And I was so delighted with how easy it was to work with when frosting a cake. The smooth, shiny, velvety texture made cake decorating a breeze. I would, however, offer this bit of advice: this frosting is best eaten on the day you frost the cake. After a day it loses its luster just a bit. Though it didn’t really stop me. 
And now for a public service announcement: If you haven’t gotten your flu shot this year, go and do so this week. Though I felt decently healthy on Friday and was on the mend from my recent sickness, I woke up Saturday morning with chills, intense body aches, and major chest congestion. The doctor’s diagnosis on Saturday was Influenza B, and I spent the rest of the weekend in a ball on the couch. It was no fun and a flu shot could have saved me a bunch of pain and discomfort. 
Take care of yourselves and have a happy Monday!
Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting
Adapted just slightly from Maida Heatter’s Cakes
*12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
*16 oz. milk chocolate chips
*1 pint sour cream
*1 tsp. vanilla extract 
*1/4 cup milk
*Heat semi-sweet chocolate and milk chocolate in a saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently, until just melted. Remove from heat and pour into the bowl of an electric mixer. Add in sour cream and vanilla and beat 1 to 2 minutes on low heat until smooth. Add in milk and beat an additional 30 seconds. 
*Spoon over cake and spread into an even layer. 
Happy baking!


  • Reply wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more February 21, 2011 at 12:41 am

    Take good care and rest well.

  • Reply Romance In A Glance February 21, 2011 at 12:44 am

    Never heard of sour cream frosting, but it actually sounds really good! Hope you feel better!

    How is the wedding planning coming along? Hope it is going great!

    ~Romantic Savy

  • Reply Tracy February 21, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Sorry you got the flu! I had a flu shot this year and STILL got the flu – it was horrible!

    On another note that cake looks delicious!

  • Reply Catherine February 21, 2011 at 3:04 am

    Well the frosting sounds great! I do hope you feel better real soon. Blessings, Catherine

  • Reply Lauren at KeepItSweet February 21, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    I've never made frosting with sour cream so I am definitely anxious to try this. Hope you are feeling much better soon!

  • Reply Angela February 21, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Feel better, Madi! Definitely going to try out this frosting soon.

  • Reply rachelbuckingham February 22, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    This looks fantastic! My best friend's birthday is coming up, and she loves chocolate cake with chocolate frosting! I am definitely going to try this recipe! Thanks for posting! I hope you feel better soon!

  • Reply helennaturally February 23, 2011 at 2:47 am

    Sunday was just the perfect day for frosting. I made my dad's 50th bday cake with a decadent old fashion fudge frosting 🙂

  • Reply Medifast Coupons February 24, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    It would be okay to melt the chocolate in the microwave wouldn't it? Just lazy is all.
    Great sounding icing, thanks!

  • Reply Danae - The Busty Baker February 24, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    I'm always looking for a new chocolate frosting recipe, and I've always wanted to try a sour cream frosting! So I'm definitely bookmarking this one! Thanks for the recipe, and hope you feel better.

  • Reply Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets February 24, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Mmm that looks great — love the rich look and I'm sure, taste.

  • Reply Pretty. Good. Food. February 25, 2011 at 1:28 am

    I've never thought to use sour cream in frosting, this sounds great! Definitely giving this recipe a try 🙂

  • Reply Rosy February 25, 2011 at 3:56 am

    Wow love the icing recipe and the picture is beautiful!

  • Reply Dina February 25, 2011 at 4:58 am

    mmm that would be nice right now!

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