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Basic Chocolate Cake

1/2 c Butter; softened
2 c Sugar
3 Eggs
1 1/2 ts Vanilla extract
3 oz Unsweetened baking chocolate; melted and c
2 c Sifted cake flour
2 ts Baking soda
1/2 ts Salt
1 c Sour cream
1 c Boiling water


Preheat oven to 350F. Grease 2, 9-inch round cake pans; dust pans with flour. Cream butter and sugar together in large bowl. Add eggs; beat until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla and chocolate. Sift flour, baking soda, and salt together into separate bowl. Alternately add flour mixture and sour cream to butter mixture; beat well after each addition. Stir in boiling water; batter will be thin. Pour batter into prepared pans; bake for 35 minutes. Cool in pans on wire rack for 10 minutes, then turn out onto rack; cool completely before frosting as desired.


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