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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Makes 16 servings.

• 2 1/2 cups flour
• 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
• 2 cups granulated sugar
• 4 eggs
• 1 cup sour cream
• 1/2 cup milk
• 1 bottle (1 ounce) McCormick® Red Food Color
• 2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract

Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting:
• 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
• 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
• 2 tablespoons sour cream
• 2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
• 1 box (16 ounces) confectioners' sugar

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 2 (9-inch) round cake pans. Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.

2. Beat butter and granulated sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time. Mix in sour cream, milk, food color and vanilla. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until just blended. Do not overbeat. Pour batter into prepared pans.

3. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire rack.

4. For the Frosting, beat cream cheese, butter, sour cream and vanilla in large bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until smooth. Fill and frost cooled cake with frosting.

Test Kitchen Tip: Substitute a greased and floured 12-cup Bundt pan for the 9-inch cake pans. Bake about 50 minutes. Or, substitute a greased and floured 13x9-inch baking pan; bake about 40 minutes.

Nutritional Information:
Per One Serving: 520 Calories, Sodium 334mg, Fat 24g, Carbohydrates 70g, Cholesterol 117mg, Fiber 1g, Protein 6g



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