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Glazed Chocolate Cake


This is an elegant and rich-tasting cake, but it is actually simple to prepare. Delicate curls of semisweet chocolate dress up the whipped cream.

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  • Yield: Serves 10 to 12

Source: Everyday Food, October 2003


  • 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)


  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 Notes

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 Add a comment

  • _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 :)
  • MS10109820
    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.
  • MS11054074
    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.