A rich and decadent moist chocolate cake with a raspberry jam center paired with the easiest chocolate-sour cream frosting truly make this recipe the best simple chocolate cake ever!
It feels like I’ve been baking lately way more than cooking.
But I’m not gonna lie, I love baking just a leeeeetle more than I do cooking. This lemon sheet cake and these nutella banana bread muffinsare among my latest baking triumphs!
You wanna know something funny though? For someone who loves to bake, I don’t have a huge sweet tooth.
I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love a lil’ cake and chocolate every now and then; but I truly enjoy baking for others. There’s something about making a cake or a baked good for a birthday or as a just because treat for someone.
And I’ve also noticed that my baking recipes tend to be more favorited by you lovely readers. You guys love your sweets and I’m more than down with that!
As I’ve mentioned before on Insta, I’ve been baking and cooking a lot recently from some of my favorite cookbooks.
Even though I develop recipes of my own, it’s nice to take a break and make some things from someone else’s perspective.
I was browsing through a wonderful cookbook called Small Victories by Julia Turshen and stumbled upon what seemed to be a very easy and basic chocolate cake recipe.
I haven’t found (or experimented on my own with) a lot of chocolate cake recipes that are simple and headache-free.
I’ve made some of Julia’s other recipes before and they were pretty good, so I just knew her Happy Wife, Happy Life Chocolate Cake recipe was not going to let me down. Yup, that is what she calls this cake in her cookbook, and I couldn’t adore that sentiment more.
No creaming butter and sugar with this recipe either, not to mention, it whips up in one bowl! That’s right, put your heavy stand mixer back into the cupboard! The chocolate cake is rich and moist but not overly chocolatey with just the right amount of sweetness.
Julia calls for the chocolate cake to be paired with a raspberry jam filling which adds a nice touch. In addition to this great chocolate cake recipe, is the chocolate-sour cream frosting. Now I’ll admit, when I first read that it required three ingredients only, I was a bit skeptical.
Probably because I was used to making traditional buttercream frosting with typical butter and powdered sugar. The ingenuity of the chocolate-sour cream frosting really seals the entire thing.
All in all, I really enjoyed making this cake from start to finish.
There’s absolutely no fuss involved with making this cake, which basically means, all the quicker for you to enjoy it. Julia has a new cookbook called, Now & Again, coming out soon and I can’t wait to make another one of her recipes. I hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as I did. Until next time ♥︎