Choco-Swirl Sour Cream Cake

Level: Intermediate
Prep Time: 25 min
Cook Time: 50 min
Cooling Time:
Yields: 15


Sour cream provides the satin touch in this delicious swirled white cake. Dollops of hot fudge are swirled in just before baking, and a chocolate-sour cream frosting becomes the finale. This easy cake will become one of your favorites.


  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/3 container (8 oz.) sour cream
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened (we recommend Land O Lakes® butter)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup hot fudge ice cream topping
  • 1 3/4 cups NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Milk Chocolate Morsels
  • 1 container (8 oz.) sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking pan.

flour, sugar, sour cream, milk, butter, eggs, baking soda, salt, vanilla extract and baking powder in medium mixer bowl until well mixed. Reserve 1/2 cup batter. Spread remaining batter into prepared baking pan.

COMBINE reserved batter and hot fudge topping in small bowl. Drop mixture by heaping teaspoon evenly over batter. Pull knife through batter to marble.

BAKE for 40 to 50 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean and top springs back when touched lightly in center. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.

morsels in medium, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on MEDIUM-HIGH (70%) power for 2 minutes; STIR. The morsels may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10 to 15-second intervals, stirring just until morsels are melted.

BEAT melted chocolate, sour cream and vanilla extract in small mixer bowl until smooth and creamy. Frost cake.

Really enjoyed

by J. Jan , Blytheville, AR on Jun. 2009

I enjoy anything chocolate and this was very very good, will definitely make again.


by N. Nicole , Stafford, VA on Sep. 2006

Very easy to make and very yummy. Will definitely make again.


by J. Jerry , SWAMPSCOTT, MA on Mar. 2005

This has definitely become one of our treasured recipes

Choco-Swirl Sour Cream Cake

by K. Karen , Southbridge, MI on Dec. 2004

Not as hard to make as I thought it would be. A great treat for people who are not very big on chocolate.

Moist and chocolatey

by L. Leslie , COVENTRY, RI on Oct. 2004

This cake was flavorful and moist. My family enjoyed it, but my college age children wanted sweeter frosting!

Choco-Swirl Sour Cream Cake

by D. Debra , Park Rapids, MN on Sep. 2004

I really loved the flavor in this cake. But I switched the sour cream for plain yogurt and it worked great. Nobody knew the difference.

Choco-Swirl Sour Cream Cake

by P. Pamela , Kansas City, MO on Aug. 2004

This cake is incredibly moist and delicious. I would highly recommend it for anyone to try. The best.

Choco-Swirl Sour Cream Cake

by F. Fusun , Greenfield Park, PQ on May. 2004

I like a plain yellow cake with chocolate icing. This cake, with its marbled chocolate part, is just right for a compromise. The icing is very good and making the the swirls in the batter is fun. Next time I'll try the recipe without adding the chocolate to the cake batter and I might get just what I love.


by J. JESSICA , Elmsford, NY on Feb. 2004

This was a great recipe that everyone loves. I made the frosting with just melted chocolate chips and that works out great. I would definitely recommend this to someone who loves chocolate.


by J. JESSICA , Elmsford, NY on Feb. 2004

This recipe was much easier than it sounds and it tastes absolutely yummy!!!