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Chocolate Cake for Bat Cutouts

This recipe is for a basic and moist chocolate cake. It's great for a layered cake or for cutouts like oin the Batman cake!
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Author: EmilyFabulous


  • cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • black gel food coloring (see notes)
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temp
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs, room temp
  • ½ cup sour cream (this is what make is nice and moist!)


  • Preheat oven to 350°F and prepare baking pan with nonstick spray or butter and parchment.
  • Add cake flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt to a bowl and stir until combined. In another small bowl stir cocoa powder with the boiling water and mix together. Add black gel coloring and set aside to cool.
  • In a mixer add butter, vanilla and sugar and cream together. Add eggs one at a time, fully mixing in after each one.
  • Add ½ of the dry mixture to butter mixture and combine then add ½ of the sour cream and combine. Repeat until all ingredients are added and mixed in. Then, add cocoa and mix until fully incorporated.
  • Add batter to the prepared baking dish and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick is clean. After the cake has fully cooled, remove from baking pan and cut out bats using a cookie cutter.


  • I cut this recipe in half since I was only making enough to cut out the bats.
  • You can also freeze cake batter! Just place in a plastic freezer bag, lay flat and ensure all the air id out before sealing. Lay in your freezer flat. Batter should last about 1 month in the freezer. 

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.