Whipped Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting Recipe

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This is the smoothest and most delicious chocolate sour cream frosting recipe ever! It’s made with bittersweet chocolate, butter, sugar, and your cream. It tastes delicious on our Devil’s Food Cake recipe.

top down shot of sour cream frosting

This sour cream frosting is fluffy, smooth and rich in chocolate flavor. It pairs perfectly with our Devil’s Food Cake recipe, but would also be wonderful on cupcakes and other cakes! It’s honestly one of our favorite chocolate frosting recipes and it’s very easy to make.

top down shot of devil's food cake

How To Make Sour Cream Frosting Step By Step

  • Melt the butter and chocolate together in a small saucepan until chocolate is melted. 
  • Pour into an electric mixer with the whisk attachment on low speed.
  • Add in the vanilla and powdered sugar and whisk. It will get really thick, but keep whisking. Make sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl, so you don’t have lumps of chocolate in your finished frosting.
  • Add in the sour cream and continue to whisk until smooth. It might curdle but whisk through the curdle to get a smooth texture. 
  • Add to the Devil’s Food Cake

Sour Cream Frosting Is The Best!

The secret ingredient in this Devil’s Food Cake frosting recipe is sour cream. It makes the frosting smooth, fluffy and whipped!

Melting the butter and chocolate until it’s a creamy consistency is also important as well as sifting the powdered sugar. Use whole organic ingredients as much as possible and always scrape down the bowl.

How To Frost A Cake

Frosting a cake is really quite simple but here are some great tips on how to make it go smoothly!

  • Put a dab of frosting on the cake stand
    Dab a couple of tablespoons of frosting on the stand before putting down the first cake layer. This will prevent the cake from sliding. If you don’t have a cake stand, turn a large, wide-bottomed mixing bowl upside down and place a plate on top of it. The frosting is easier when the cake is elevated and closer to eye level.
  • Put a few strips of parchment paper under your cake
    Tuck overlapping pieces of parchment paper under the edge of the cake; this will help keep your stand clean as you frost.
  • Spread the frosting just beyond the edge of your cake
    Using the spatula, start in the middle of the cake and spread the frosting evenly over the top and just past the edge of the top surface. The overhang of frosting will help you frost the sides of the cake.
  • Frost the sides in sections
    Think of the cake in quarters and tackle one quarter at a time, turning the cake stand as you go. Aim to get the cake covered with frosting first.
  • Smooth out the frosting or create any look you like
    Once the cake is frosted, you can go back and beautify. Smooth out the frosting or create swirls or other textures. Remove any excess frosting. Gently pull away the strips of parchment paper to reveal your beautifully frosted cake.

Easy Cake Frosting

This sour cream frosting takes 10 minutes to whip up and only has 5 ingredients, you can’t get much simpler! After melting the butter and chocolate it’s all about mixing and then that’s it, spread on your cake and serve!

Top Tips For Sour Cream Frosting

  • When mixing the butter and chocolate, make sure the chocolate is fully melted
  • Make sure your cake is cooled before frosting, otherwise the frosting will come apart.
  • When mixing, make sure you scrape to the bottom of the bowl, to avoid lumps.
  • Don’ worry if the sour cream mixture curdles, whisk through until smooth.
side shot of sour cream frosting on devil's food cake

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Devil's Food Cake Frosting Recipe with fancy sprinkles

Devil’s Food Cake Frosting

A super smooth, rich and creamy chocolate frosted made with sour cream. 
4.50 from 2 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Calories: 456kcal
Author: Eden

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces unsalted butter, organic is best
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate , we used two bittersweet Ghirardelli baking chocolate bar
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Melt the butter and chocolate together in a small sauce pan until chocolate is melted. 
  • Pour into an electric mixer with the whisk attachment on low speed.
  • Add in the vanilla and powdered sugar and whisk. It will get really thick, but keep whisking. Make sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl, so you don’t have lumps of chocolate in your finished frosting.
  • Add in the sour cream and continue to whisk until smooth. It might curdle, but whisk through the curdle to get a smooth texture. 
  • Add to the Devil’s Food Cake and enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 0g | Calories: 456kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 183mg | Potassium: 166mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 720IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1.5mg
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