Active Time
30 MIN
Total Time
3 HR 30 MIN
Serves : 8 to 10

This is an honest-to-goodness family recipe that the Carpenters' mom, Sandy, made all the time when the girls were growing up all over the United States and in Europe. Plus: More Dessert Recipes and Tips

How to Make It

Step 1    

Preheat the oven to 350°. Butter and flour a 10-cup Bundt pan. In a large bowl, sift the flour with the cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. In a standing electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the softened butter until creamy. Add the granulated sugar and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract. At low speed, beat in the dry ingredients in 3 additions, alternating with 3 additions of the sour cream. Gradually beat in the boiling water.

Step 2    

Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan and bake in the lower third of the oven for about 65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and let cool completely. Dust lightly with confectioners' sugar before slicing and serving.

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