Chocolate Heaven Cake

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Chocolate Heaven Cake Chocolate Heaven Cake

Difficulty: Easy

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For the cake:
3 cups cake flour (not self-rising)
1 teaspoon salt
1 ½  teaspoons baking soda
4 cups sugar
1 cup sour cream, at room temperature
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup oil
9 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups strong, fresh brewed coffee

For the frosting:
3 sticks unsalted Butter at room temperature
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoons vanilla
9 ounces melted semi sweet chocolate
2 1/2 to 3 cups sifted confectioners sugar





For the cake:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease bottom and sides of three 9” cake pans.
In a large mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, baking soda and salt.
In a medium bowl place chocolate and pour hot coffee and vanilla.
Let stand about 2 minutes to melt the chocolate then stir until smooth.

ln another bowl whisk together eggs and oil until well blended and light in color. Whisk in sour cream, then melted chocolate mixture.
Add chocolate sour cream mixture to dry ingredients and mix on low speed while gradually adding in thirds. Mix until just until incorporated scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Fill prepared pans two thirds full. Bake cakes 40-55 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool then decorate as desired.

For the frosting:
Mix butter and milk until smooth and creamy.
Add vanilla just until incorporated.
Add melted chocolate until completely mixed.
Gradually add sugar until you reach the consistency of frosting.

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Reader Comments:


Can you use the chocolate heaven cake batter receipt but prepare it by adding a mousse based on Paula's 6 layer dreamy chocolate mousse cake receipt? Or will you run into problems when trying to divide each cakes in order to make 6 layers? I'm concerned the heaven cake batter receipt is too moist to divide into layers in order to add a mousse between the layers?

By Ralph on January 29, 2014


Soooooooo mines in the oven in a sheet pan!!! Yikes!!! I didn't want it round or layered....hope it bakes ok....I lined my sheet pan with foil so that I can lift up the foil and remove the cake easily....I was nervous about the previous comments about not being able to keep it in one piece once while removing from pans...ill let y'all know how it comes out wink

By Anonymous on November 28, 2013


Best chocolate cake ever! I wish I could upload a picture because this cake is every chocolate lover's dream! Our family prefers dark chocolate so I used 64% dark chocolate chips instead of the unsweetened chips and I also reduced the sugar to only three cups. The batter was really watery and leaked a little from the removal bottom cake pan but still baked really well. I used a 10x3 round pan. My family also doesn't like frosting so I served the cake with fresh strawberries and fresh whipped cream which really made the cake heavenly. Thank you Paula Deen and your amazing bake team!

By TaennyB on September 13, 2013


i always line the bottom of my cake pans with parchment paper or wax paperbefore baking. just cut out a circle to fit bottom of cake pan.

By Anonymous on August 31, 2013


I want you to know how much I love and respect you. . You have got lots of guts... I'm proud of you...Paula......

By Connie on August 02, 2013


This is the best chocolate cake ever! I have a question, though. I have made this cake twice now and both times I had great difficulty getting the cakes out of the pans. The first time I greased sides and bottoms of pans as per recipe. The second time I greased and floured the pans; this worked a little better than simply greasing. Any suggestions?

By Monica on May 10, 2013


Hello Rachel Jones, Yes, 2 measuring cups of strong fresh coffee. On behalf of Paula, Thanks for visiting our web site!

By Anonymous on April 23, 2013


Do you mean 2 measuring cups of fresh brewed coffee?

By Rachel Jones on March 29, 2013


This was a very good cake. I only added 1tsp of butter flavor. I didnt have any problems with it not coming out the pans. I used a non stick pan and also greased with shortening and flour and it came out perfectly. I didnt make the frosting above. For the frosting I used 2 sticks unsalted butter and 1 stick salted butter. Then added about 2 tablespoons of cream cheese 1 1/2 vanilla 8 oz of semi sweet chocolate. ( I warmed about 1/4 cup milk and 2 tablespoons margarine then poured over the chocolate to melt). I then mixed the choclate in with the frosting and it was delicious.

By Debra on March 03, 2013


This cake totally fell apart after not wanting to come out of the pans. I made it into a trifle with the icing and whipped cream. It's very good1 (Just ugly)

By sholmes on January 28, 2013


The frosting was confusing ...the sugar and chocolate was under the picture so it was hard to see.

By Jeanne on December 11, 2012


need to know on the frosting says to added butter,milk vanilla do i add confection sugar and how much and also how much cholate and what kind help Thanks

By Sharon Reinertson on October 21, 2012


mmmmmm we made this 4 fathers day my dad practically ate the hole cake he loved it sooooooo much

By grace on June 10, 2012


Baked this cake, but had to toss it out. Followed the recipe exactly, but all three layers stuck to the pans, even though they were greased thoroughly. The cake had a pretty good flavor to it, but just fell apart!

By Debby Brooks on May 11, 2012


paula ur t best

By joey on May 02, 2012


Paula, It looks just wonderfull! Iam going to bake it for my daughter-in-laws Birthday. Thanks for sharing.

By Louise Hockenson on April 22, 2012


I have read some of the comments and you mentioned about the frosting, what I would do add some cool-whip to the frosting, I do this alot with alot of my frostings then it isn`t going to be to rich. You could also do this with peanut butter frosting. I love to experiment when it comes to desserts. I hope this helps some people out there smile

By Joyce on February 15, 2012


My daughter has to have German Chocolate cake on her birthday, my late husband always wanted German Chocolate cake or white cake with peanut butter frosting...

By Sherry on June 27, 2011


The cake was very good, but we weren't fond of the icing. It was too rich. You could really taste the butter. Next time I will try a different frosting.

By Michelle on June 12, 2011


chocolate heaven cake. i am going to make today for mothers day. I am sure it will taste just heavenly. I remember making cakes from scratch as a young girl and just want to try it again. Thank you for all your great recipes

By gloria on May 08, 2011

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