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 for the ultimate garnish.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 (12)

71 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 23
  • 4 star values: 18
  • 3 star values: 20
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
05/23/2019
Amazing!!! Best cake ever and we never get tired of it!!! My family's favorite !!!
Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2013
d best cake i ever made in 6 years :D
Rating: Unrated
10/04/2013
The cake tastes very good :) Looks like delicious :)
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Rating: Unrated
06/25/2013
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?
Rating: Unrated
03/19/2013
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.
Rating: Unrated
08/27/2010
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.
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Rating: Unrated
08/10/2010
Very nice and easy to make. Definitely better served still a bit warm.
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07/19/2010
sssssssoooooooo good :)
Rating: Unrated
06/28/2010
so easy and so delicouse
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04/30/2010
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.
Rating: Unrated
04/28/2010
Does this cake need to be refrigerated? I really want to make it, but am not sure how to store it. Please help.
Rating: Unrated
04/24/2010
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!!