Sour Cream Chocolate Cake Layers
2 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup natural cocoa powder (not Dutch processed)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs, at room temperature
2/3 cup sour cream, at room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2/3 cup safflower oil or corn oil
1 1/4 cups ice-cold water
- Position oven rack in center of oven; preheat oven to 350°; grease the bottom and sides of two 9-inch round cake pans; line the bottom of each pan with a round of parchment paper and grease the paper; dust the paper and sides of the pans with flour.
- Into a bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt; whisk to combine then set aside.
- In another bowl, whisk together the eggs until blended; whisk in the sour cream and vanilla extract until blended; set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, using the paddle attachment, mix the melted butter and oil together on low speed.
- Add in the cold water and mix to blend.
- Add in the dry ingredients all at once and mix on med-low for 1 minute.
- Add in the egg mixture and mix for another minute, until well blended, scraping down the sides of bowl with rubber spatula as needed.
- Scrape the batter into the prepared pans, dividing evenly.
- Bake the cakes for 35-40 minutes, until a pick comes out clean.
- Cool the cakes in the pans on wire racks for 15 minutes. Invert the cakes onto the racks, peel off the paper, and cool completely. Frost with your favorite frosting (I used two different frosting recipes from Tish's book).
Recipe inspired by Omnomicon
1 box of white cake mix
1 package gel food colors
Cupcake liners (mine made 18 because I didn’t pay close enough attention to what I was doing)
- Prepare cake according to package.
- Divide batter into six bowls, using most for red and least for purple (I did one cup for each color but should have used more for red and worked my way down to purple; probably would have made 24 cupcakes that way).
- Color each bowl of batter until desired color is reached (you want it bright so don’t be stingy).
- Using a tablespoon, fill each cupcake liner with about 2Tbl of red batter and 1Tbl of orange. Use a teaspoon for all the other colors (yellow gets a heaping tsp, green gets 1tsp, blue gets slightly less than 1tsp, and purple gets about 1/2tsp).
- Layer each color as close to the center of the previous color until all six colors have been used and filled each cupcake liner about ¾ of the way.
- Bake according the directions on the package. Allow to cool before frosting (I made a strawberry whipped cream which was just heavy whipping cream and strawberry extract; you may use whatever you would like though).
This is a picture of my cousin's 2 1/2 year old son enjoying one of the cupcakes. Isn't he cute?