Red Chocolate Cake

  • Yield servings

This beautiful holiday dessert is perfect as cake or cupcakes.



2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 1/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
4 or 5 teaspoons cocoa
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup boiling water
1/4 cup shortening
Cream Cheese Frosting:
2 tablespoons softened butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
3 ounces cream cheese



  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Using an electric mixer, cream shortening, sugar, and eggs in a large bowl.  Sift flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa together.  Add to shortening mixture alternately with sour cream.  Add vanilla, boiling water, and red food coloring.  This makes a thin batter.  Pour into greased and floured cupcake pan or two 9-inch baking pans.  Bake 20 to 25 minutes for cupcakes and 25 to 30 minutes for a large cake.  Cool and frost with cream cheese frosting.  Decorate as desired.  Makes 24 to 28 cupcakes or one two-layer cake.


  1. Using an electric mixer, mix cream cheese, butter and vanilla in a bowl.  Add powdered sugar, beating until smooth.

—Cecilia Oakland, Harrison, S.D.



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