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Glazed Chocolate Cake

Dinner guests are sure to love this moist chocolate cake recipe, which comes from "Everyday Food: Fresh Flavor Fast."

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  • Servings: 12
Glazed Chocolate Cake

Source: Everyday Food, October 2003

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, plus more for pan
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons for whipped cream (optional)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Chocolate Ganache Glaze
  • 1 cup heavy cream (optional)
  • Chocolate shavings, for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8-inch-round cake pan; line bottom with a round of waxed or parchment paper. Butter paper; dust bottom and sides of pan with cocoa, tapping out excess.

  2. Sift together cocoa, flour, baking powder, and salt. With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, cream butter and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each and scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Beat in vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in two batches, alternating with the sour cream and beginning and ending with the flour.

  3. Spread batter in prepared pan. Tap pan firmly on countertop once to eliminate large air bubbles. Bake until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool 10 minutes in pan, then invert onto a wire rack to cool completely (bottom-side up). Set rack with cake over a rimmed baking sheet. Pour glaze over cake, letting it run over sides; spread gently with an offset spatula or table knife to coat. Let set, about 30 minutes.

  4. If desired, whip cream and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Serve cake with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

Cook's Note

Dusting the pan with cocoa powder (rather than flour) keeps the cake dark on the outside. To make chocolate shavings, scrape along the edge of a bar of chocolate with a vegetable peeler.

Reviews (11)

  • _Me_ 7 Oct, 2013

    d best cake i ever made in 6 years :D

  • shreem8 4 Oct, 2013

    The cake tastes very good :) Looks like delicious :)

  • kktandan 25 Jun, 2013

    The cake tastes very good but if youre ingredients are good then your cake will taste good too. I prefer lighter cakes and this one was too dense to satisfy me. This will not be my "go to" recipe for chocolate cake. Any recommendations for a good chocolate cake recipe from this website itself?

  • Cindy M 19 Mar, 2013

    I made this cake over the weekend and it was so good that I didn't need to make the ganache. I did make some whipped cream to go with it but the cake really stands on its own. This will definitely be my go to recipe for chocolate cake from now on.

  • bethmclaughlin 27 Aug, 2010

    Perfect, made it last night and it's a HUGE hit in our home. Thanks "Everyday Food", you make me look like a professional kitchenista.

  • Croco 10 Aug, 2010

    Very nice and easy to make. Definitely better served still a bit warm.

  • yosra 19 Jul, 2010

    sssssssoooooooo good :)

  • LucyHdz 28 Jun, 2010

    so easy and so delicouse

  • sylsyl 30 Apr, 2010

    One word. FANTASTIC! This is the best cake I've ever tasted. It's a slice of heaven. Watching the video made this much easier. Martha, add more video's.
    Will be making this cake only on special occasions, It's that special.

  • damiensmom 28 Apr, 2010

    Does this cake need to be refrigerated? I really want to make it, but am not sure how to store it. Please help.

  • marijke 24 Apr, 2010

    I used an 8" pan, but think it should have been a 9" maybe? It took a little over an hour in the 8" pan for it to set completely in the center. Still a wonderful cake. Love John's sweets!!

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