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Sour Cream Cake Recipes

Updated on October 1, 2014

Make Sour Cream Cupcakes or Any Other Cake Shape

Sour cream cake recipes make a great cake that is moist and flavorful. And the best part, this cake recipe is easy to make! Sour cream gives cake a moist texture and a tangy flavor that's not too sweet.

This cake travels well so don't be afraid to take this sour cream cake in cake or cupcake form for a potluck, a summer picnic, or just to have on hand for a special homemade treat for the family.

Photo credit for all cake photos shown here: Peggy Hazelwood

Sour cream cupcake with Nutella frosting.
Sour cream cupcake with Nutella frosting.

Sour Cream Cake Recipe

Add chocolate chips for a sweet treat

This sour cream cake recipe is delicious all by itself, but I love to add chocolate to it for a punch of creamy flavor. I like this recipe because it starts with a simple cake mix and just a few extra ingredients.

Sour Cream Cake Recipe with Chocolate Chips


- 1 box cake mix, white or yellow with pudding added

- 1 cup milk

- 1 cup vegetable oil, any of these work fine: canola, corn, peanut, soybean, sunflower

- 4 eggs

- 3/4 cup sour cream

- 6 ounces chocolate chips

You'll also need oil or shortening or oil spray to coat the cake pans. Then add a dusting of flour making sure all of the surfaces are coated. Then dump out the extra flour. If you're making cupcakes, use paper liners if you're lazy like me.

In a large bowl, add the eggs, oil, milk, sour cream, and cake mix. Blend with an electric mixer for 2 minutes on low speed.

Turn off the mixer and stir in the chocolate chips, if desired. This cake is good with or without the chocolate chips.

Turn the mixer on again and mix the cake batter for another 2 minutes on medium speed.

Pour the cake batter into the prepared pans. Check below for pans and baking times.

Baking Pans and Baking Times

Know Your Tools

This cake recipe works well in the following pans:

~ 1 Bundt pan, also called a tube pan, you know, the one with the hole in the middle

~ 2 or 3 loaf pans

~ 24 to 30 cupcakes, depending on how large you want them

~ 1 rectangle pan

~ 2 round or square pans

Here's the baking time for each type of pan in a 325-degree Fahrenheit oven:

~ Bundt pan or tube pan: 60 minutes

~ Loaf pan: 50 minutes

~ Cupcakes: 20 minutes

~ Round or square cake pan: 35 minutes

Baking times may vary depending on your oven. Be sure to check your cake at the times listed using a toothpick for doneness. If the toothpick comes out clean, it's done. If it's still goopy, let the cake bake another 10 minutes for large pans and 5 minutes for cupcakes and small-type pans. Do the toothpick test again.

I live in a hot climate so during hot parts of the year, I try to use the smallest cake pans possible, like cupcakes or two round cake pans. These pans take less time to bake than a Bundt pan or a long, rectangle pan. The less time the oven is on, the better.

The Hilarious Bundt Cake Scene from My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Cake Pans for Sour Cream Cake Recipes

Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Cake Nude
Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Cake Nude

To Ice or Not to Ice

That is the Question

If you're a big fan of icing or frosting, like me, your first impulse will be to whip up some buttercream frosting for this sour cream cake recipe. But, you may want to wait and try a piece of this cake before adding frosting. This cake is so tasty all by itself, I never ice it.

If you have to add something to it, I'd suggest a light glaze like a powdered sugar and water one. Poke some holes in the top of the cake and pour on a bit. A very thin spread of buttercream would also be delicious.

Sour Cream Cake for Birthdays or Any Occasion

This sour cream cake recipe is good enough to make for a birthday cake or for any occasion when you want to impress your guests but not have to go to a lot of trouble. This cake whips up in about 10 minutes so be sure to preheat that oven before you start mixing it.

If you must dress it up, here are a few ideas to add to each slice of cake:

- a dollop of whipped cream

- a couple of fresh strawberries

- a spread of Nutella on top

Share your thoughts on sour cream cake recipes. Have you tried it?

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      AngryBaker 5 years ago

      ohhhh these look good.

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      RetroMom 6 years ago

      Sour cream with icing. I like the combination of sour and sweet taste.

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      jimmyworldstar 6 years ago

      Sour cream cake? Does it give off a mild flavor or is it actually salty/sour? I'd think that using regular cream would make more sense but I'm willing to try it if someone gave me a slice.

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      cupcakeideas2011 6 years ago

      Sour cupcake doesn't work on kids but more adults loves it.

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      Godsgraciousgift 6 years ago

      It sounded good. Sour cream cake recipes . . . mmm mmm . . . tasty treats

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This looks delicious--can't wait to try it! I love finding new recipes. Great lens!

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Interesting recipe. Thanks for adding this to my Recipes, Reviews and Food Collection lens.

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      AlleyCatLane 6 years ago

      Sounds easy. I might even be able to make them. I love sour cream pound cakes, but never tried to make one.

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      Pressure-Cooker 6 years ago

      I'm in South Africa so I so not know what your cake mix is like, I am going to try and adjust the recipe for what we can find here is South Africa though as I have quite a bit of sour cream to use up.

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      adamfrench 6 years ago

      Going to try the Sour Cream Cake without the chocolate chips (Like chocolate; but it dose not like me)

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      priscillab 6 years ago

      I did once and I was amazed at how moist it made the cake. I am definitely now a fan of using sour cream in cakes. Great lens with lots of ideas.

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      Sounds yummy! I ike that you even tell which cake pans work best for a sour cream cake recipe.

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      Davidfstillwagon 6 years ago

      The cakes look delicious! good lens

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wonderful! Best wishes :)

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      Joan Haines 6 years ago

      My mom used to make sour cream cakes. I'll try it!

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      dahlia369 6 years ago

      No, I have never had sour cream cake but I like sour cream and after reading your lens I might try one of the recipes. The cakes look fluffy and light, just the way I like them. Blessed! :)

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      JennySui 6 years ago

      These are very easy recipes so i will definitely try these soon.

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      candy47 6 years ago

      Such an easy recipe for sour cream cake. I'll make it for our next bake sale. Thanks for a great lens :)

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      marsha32 6 years ago

      I knew I would get even hungrier stopping in here. We all love sour cream so I know these have to be just divine!

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      Monika Weise 6 years ago from Indianapolis, IN USA

      Mmmmmm, these sound delicious. Great recipe!

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      mockingbird999 6 years ago

      I have had cake with sour cream in it before. It's good stuff.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Sounds sooo good :)

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      jseven lm 6 years ago

      I would like this for strawberry shortcake with real whipped cream! Nice. :)

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

      I make a delicious sour cream coffee cake that's laced with cinnamon and sugar throughout. Delicious. Your cake recipe looks good and very easy.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      No free samples? I put on about 5 lbs each time I visit one of these food lenses. Thanks.

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      Joyce T. Mann 6 years ago from Bucks County, Pennsylvania USA

      I LOVE sour cream. Thanks!

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      elyria 6 years ago

      I just love anything that includes sour cream, yum! We eat sour cream almost with anything in Russia. Would love to try your recipe!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @hsschulte: Great idea! The flag motif made with berries is perfect for flag holidays!

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      hsschulte 6 years ago

      Yum. I bet that would be amazing with strawberries or blueberries this summer. I bet if you baked it in that 9x13 pan you could put the blueberries on likes stars and the strawberries on like stripes of a flag. =)

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I love sour cream cake. Thanks for the great recipes and an excellent lens.

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      Pam Irie 6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Not yet, but you've convinced me. I think I'd skip the frosting too as real sweet stuff is not my thing. These sour cream cupcakes sound perfect AND easy. :)

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Virginia Allain: Virginia, I think mayonnaise would also work. These items give the cake a nice moist texture. Let me know if you try it!

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      This is a new recipe to me, but might inspire me to get into the kitchen. If I don't have sour cream on hand is their a way to make a substitute?

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      Frischy 6 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      This looks good and easy to make. I'm going to have to give it a try! Thanks!