Sourdough Chocolate Sheath Cake

sourdough chocolate sheath cake

Who knew? I took my mama’s Chocolate Sheath Cake recipe and switched the buttermilk up with sourdough starter and voilà  ~ it worked. Which leads me to believe just about any recipe that uses buttermilk can be interchanged with sourdough starter. Maybe not all recipes…but cakes and breads, etc.  (So far I’ve had wonderful success with my buttermilk biscuits and pancakes!)  And taste-wise, I couldn’t tell any difference. Sourdough Chocolate Sheath Cake is awesome!!!  This is great news for those of us who struggle over throwing away extra starter at every feeding!

And Mama’s recipe is a classic! Enjoy!

Sourdough Chocolate Sheath Cake


  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened Cocoa
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sourdough starter
  • 1 tsp soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Icing:
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 5 TBLS milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 box 10X sugar
  • 1- 1 1/2 cups chopped toasted nuts, pecans or walnuts ...divided


  1. Preheat oven 400*
  2. Place water, butter, oil and cocoa in saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook for 30 seconds. Remove from heat. Allow to cool slightly.
  3. Mix flour, sugar, salt in a bowl.
  4. In a separate bowl combine: eggs, sourdough starter, soda and vanilla.
  5. Combine Chocolate mixture with flour mixture. Stir in egg mixture.
  6. Bake in 9x13 buttered pan for 20-30 minutes
  7. Icing:
  8. Combine butter, milk in saucepan and heat to melt butter. Add cocoa to mixture and stir to combine. Add 10X sugar and soda and vanilla. It may still have some tiny sugar lumps but not to worry....the nuts will cover a multitude of sins. Add 1/2 nuts to icing.
  9. Pour, while still warm, over warm cake, spreading with a the back of a spoon to cover top.
  10. Sprinkle remaining nuts on top.
  11. Enjoy!!!!!




  1. Oh, that looks so moist (it isn’t a bad word, ha!) I just want to sink my teeth in it. Thanks for linking up at Thursday Favorite Things. Can’t wait to see what you’ll share next week!



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