Chocolate Sour Cream Doughnut Bundt Cake

Chocolate Sour Cream Doughnut Bundt Cake, sliced, with sprinkles on parchment paper

Are you ready for cake? Because I’ve got cake! This classic Chocolate Sour Cream Doughnut Bundt Cake is a nod to that irresistibly glossy chocolate doughnut that calls to you from the doughnut shop case…

Chocolate Sour Cream Doughnut Bundt Cake sliced on parchment paper

I aim to please here at tvfgi, and when a reader asks for a chocolate version to be next up in my popular series of doughnut bundt cakes, I oblige! I have to say it was a pretty good idea, you readers are so smart 🙂  I’m always open to suggestions…so let me know which doughnuts you crave in bundt cake form ~ drop them in the comments, I’m ready for #4!

My doughnut bundt cake series is growing ~ here are others in the lineup, they’ve already gotten rave reviews :

Chocolate Sour Cream Doughnut Bundt Cake, sliced, with sprinkles

I think you can literally see how good this cake is…it’s chocolatey but not too rich, with a nice even ‘dough-nutty’ crumb. The sour cream and buttermilk make a nice tender cake. I use part oat flour just as I did in my previous doughnut bundt cakes, and I highly recommend you give it a try.

Why do I use oat flour in my doughnut bundt cake?

I’ve discovered that a combination of regular all purpose flour and oat flour results in a perfect cake crumb, along with an extra nutrition boost from the whole grain oats, and a lovely flavor. You can buy oat flour in most supermarkets, and you can always find it online.

How to make your own oat flour ~

If you’re interested, it’s super easy to make it yourself. See my post about How to Make Oat Flour for all the details!

Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake with Chocolate Sprinkles, sliced

Bundt cakes are cozy and casual

Bundts are great because you get the ‘wow’ factor of a fabulous cake without all the fuss of a traditional layer cake. This recipe is so easy, you’ll just whisk the dry, whisk the wet, and whisk the two together. Bake, cool, then slather it with ganache (that’s the fun part.)

Mixing the batter for a Chocolate Sour Cream Doughnut Bundt Cake

Chocolate Doughnut Bundt Cake just out of the oven on a cooling rack

My chocolate sour cream doughnut bundt cake looks and sounds extravagant, but honestly, it’s not overwhelmingly sweet or rich. I don’t recommend it as an after dinner type of dessert, it’s truly a brunch or coffee break treat, not over the top at all. It’s the perfect ‘what can I bring‘ recipe for a brunch, office party, book club, etc. The glossy glaze and chocolate sprinkles guarantee it a good reception.

A slice of Chocolate Sour Cream Doughnut Bundt cake with a fork

kitchen tool spotlight: a great basic bundt pan

Bundt pans come in all sorts of wonderful shapes and sizes, which is great, except that you never know how your pan is going to work with a specific recipe. I like to use this one from Wilton which is a basic, all purpose pan that’s sturdy, nonstick, and a standard size.

There’s a time and place for intricate shapes, but the streamlined design of this pan will never let you down, and always releases the cake perfectly.


Chocolate Sour Cream Doughnut Bundt Cake with chocolate sprinkles

Cooking notes:

Sour cream and buttermilk make a tender, moist cake. You can substitute milk, but the end result will not be as moist. It’s the little things that make a cake special, like oat flour, sour cream, buttermilk, and, of course, chocolate ganache!

That little bit of espresso powder? It encourages the chocolate flavor to bloom. Find it with the regular coffees in your supermarket.

Chocolate Sour Cream Doughnut Bundt Cake, sliced, with sprinkles on parchment paper
3.85 from 83 votes

Chocolate Sour Cream Doughnut Bundt Cake

This classic Chocolate Sour Cream Doughnut Bundt Cake is a nod to that irresistibly glossy chocolate doughnut that calls to you from the doughnut shop case…
Course brunch, Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Yield 20 servings
Author Sue Moran


  • standard 10 cup bundt pan


dry ingredients

  • 1 and 2/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 and 1/2 cups oat flour
  • 1 and 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt

wet ingredients

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil I use safflower or canola
  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 tsp instant espresso powder or instant coffee powder, not liquid
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract


  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbsp corn syrup
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream


  • chocolate sprinkles


  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Prepare a bundt pan by carefully buttering the entire surface, and then dusting with flour. Shake off excess flour.
  • Whisk the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
  • Whisk the wet ingredients together in a another bowl.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry and whisk until just combined, don't over mix.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 45-50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out without wet batter clinging to it. I always check my cakes on the early end, at 45 minutes. Give it a few extra minutes if it doesn't quite look done.
  • Set the pan on a cooling rack for 15 minutes. Then invert the cake and then let cool completely before glazing. It helps to loosen the edges with a small spreading knife first. Go along the outside edges and also the inside tube edge, gently prying the cake away from the pan to loosen it.
  • To make the glaze, put the chocolate and the corn syrup in a bowl. Heat the cream until it comes to a simmer, I do this by putting it into the microwave for one minute, you can do it in a small saucepan if you like. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and let sit for 5 minutes. Then stir until the mixture is creamy and glossy, with no lumps. If there is any remaining unmelted chocolate you can microwave it for a short 15 second burst to reheat the mixture. Let the ganache sit for a few minutes to thicken if it seems too thin.
  • Pour the glaze evenly over the entire cake, and immediately shower with sprinkles.

Cook's notes

  • You might have noticed I left the nutmeg out of this cake, even though it was in both previous doughnut cakes...I think the flavor will get overpowered by the chocolate, but feel free to add it if you like.
  • Use mini chocolate chips instead of sprinkles.  You can even fold regular chocolate chips into the batter for a more 'chocolatey' cake.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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  • Reply
    October 12, 2018 at 7:27 am

    Hi Sue, this looks great! I was just wondering if you thought this would be OK to make a day ahead. Thanks!

    • Reply
      October 12, 2018 at 7:44 am

      That should be fine Kelly.

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    rosa garrido
    October 4, 2018 at 9:49 am

    hi, for chocolate you use cocoa power for dutch power- you have great recipes – thank you

    • Reply
      October 4, 2018 at 9:53 am

      Not sure what your question is but you can use any type of cocoa powder for this cake, regular, or Dutched cocoa powder. Hope this helps, and thanks Rosa!

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    October 1, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    Be still my heart… this cake looks seriously dreamy!!

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    Lois Gillespie
    October 1, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    Can you use coconut oil?

    • Reply
      October 1, 2018 at 2:57 pm

      Sure, just be sure it’s in liquid form, and I would use refined oil because virgin coconut oil is pretty strongly flavored.

  • Reply
    September 30, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    I’m loving the doughnut bundt cakes. Wonderful idea! Please do a maple doughnut bundt; I known it’d be amazing.

    • Reply
      September 30, 2018 at 8:12 pm

      You read my mind Jodi 😉

      • Reply
        Judy Erdelyan
        October 1, 2018 at 7:21 am

        Is there a maple flavored posted somewhere?

        • Reply
          October 1, 2018 at 7:46 am

          A couple of people have mentioned that so it’s on the short list!

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    Aileen Merriam
    September 30, 2018 at 8:29 am

    Expecting a gluten free guest. Can I make the chocolate sour cream cake using corn flour in place of the all purpose?

    • Reply
      September 30, 2018 at 8:53 am

      I tend to think that gf baking mixes have a better chance of success than just substituting one type of flour, Aileen.

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    Traci | Vanilla And Bean
    September 28, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Oat flour, sour cream and chocolate? You’re speaking my language!! I love using oat flour especially since I recently had to go GF :/ I love it so much I bought a 60lb bag of gf oats!! lol! This looks so rich and decadent, I need to make a doughnut cake stat!!

    • Reply
      September 29, 2018 at 1:42 pm

      omg you’ve got oats for life!

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    September 28, 2018 at 6:08 am

    Oh, the cake looks wonderful, thank you for sharing the recipe. I have a question regarding the ingredients: You mention “1 2/3 cups all purpose flour”. Is it to be read 1 and 2/3 cups all purpose flour as you use the “and” in the other ingredients? Thank you. I have all ingredients ready so I just need to make sure I have the right amount of flour.

    • Reply
      September 28, 2018 at 8:13 am

      Yes, the font is a little hard to read when I write fractions, it’s 1 and 2/3.

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    September 27, 2018 at 8:12 am

    I’m sooooo ready for this cake Sue! Nothing beats a bundt and this looks decadent!

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    September 26, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    A wonderful inviting cake! Have never tried sour cream and buttermilk together before, it looks moist and subtle! Great recipe, Sue

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