I've made bread and coffee cakes and pancakes with my sourdough starter, but until now I've never made a chocolate cake. Did you know there was such a thing as a sourdough chocolate cake? I had never even thought of such a thing until recently when I came across a recipe for one. I'm not even sure where I saw that recipe so I just did a quick search to find one that sounded good. And then I read the reviews and adjusted a few things. Of course.
Let me just say that I love this cake! It's dark and dense and not too sweet and may just be my favorite chocolate cake ever. Just, so good.
Since I was making this cake to take for a potluck, I also made a couple cupcakes so we could taste it. I figured that would be better than taking a cake with a couple pieces already taken out. Though, judging from some of the other desserts, it's a perfectly acceptable and expected practice to get into your dessert before bringing it to the potluck. But the cupcakes were perfect.
There was still plenty of batter for the cake. This recipe makes a lot of batter; be sure to use a large bowl to mix it. It will be full.
Some of the reviewers on the original recipe page mentioned a cream cheese frosting on this cake. Since I added the instant coffee powder to the cake, I decided to add some to my frosting too. It turned out really yummy.
For best results, store this cake in the refrigerator. I learned that from the reviews, too. I don't know if it's because it tastes better, or if it's just to make it last longer because it will be harder to get into. Either way, this cake will not last long. It's just that good.