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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Glazed Chocolate Cake

I made my second successful recipe fromΒ Everyday Food: Fresh Flavor Fast. This glazed chocolate cake was delicious! The recipe was not too complicated and made for a beautiful final product. The texture of the cake is sort of crumbly, so you think it is going to be dry. But it’s not at all – the cake is actually buttery and rich.

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Glazed Chocolate Cake
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 10-12
  • ¾ C unsalted butter, room temp, plus more for pan
  • ¾ C unsweetened cocoa powder, plus more for pan
  • ¾ C all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 C sugar, plus 2 Tbsp. for whipped cream (optional)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ½ C sour cream
  • Chocolate ganache glaze (see recipe below)
  • Chocolate shavings for garnish (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350. 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 powser, and salt. With an electric mixer on meidum-high speed, cream butter and 1 C 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 begninng and ending with flour.
  3. Spread batter in prepared pan. Tap pan firmly on countertop once to eliminated large air bubbles. (Jane note: use cake strips! I wish that I had!!) Bake until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 30-35 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 tbsp sugar with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Serve cake with whipped cream and chocolate shavings (use a vegetable peeler to make your shavings).
  5. Serves 10-12 people.
Chocolate Ganache Glaze
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsley chopped
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  1. Place chocolate in a medium bowl. In a saucepan, bring cream to a boil. Pour over chocolate; whisk until smooth. Let cool until thick yet pourable, 2-3 minutes. Makes ¾ cup.


  1. 1

    hubby was just telling me last night that he thinks i need to make a cake cause its been forever and a lifetime. i think this one just might be a winner. looks AMAZING!

  2. 2

    What a gorgeous cake. I love the shiny glaze!

  3. 3
    Jessica Hansen

    new dishes? cute!

  4. 4

    My mouth is watering just looking at that picture.

  5. That cake doesn’t look too crumbly in your picture… it actually looks more like a flourless chocolate cake… and I’m all about that!! LOVE chocolate πŸ™‚

  6. 6

    I’m not even a big fan of chocolate cake, but this looks absolutely divine.

  7. 7

    Ooh, that looks good. I haven’t had chocolate since Lent started and I’m missing it. But that looks like the perfect cake to make for the Cub Scout cake auction this week.

  8. looks quite yummy πŸ™‚ what are cake strips?

  9. 9
    Jane Maynard

    sorry – I just realized it’s almost impossible to tell I linked to my post about cake strips. I wrote about them here and it’s the best cake baking trick ever!

  10. wow, definitely never heard of that before – thanks for the great kitchen tip!

  11. that looks so freakin’ good, and i’m not even much of a cake lover. nice job!

  12. 12

    Oh wow I’m getting a sugar high just by looking at this! Can’t wait to try out the recipe thanks for posting it!

  13. 13

    What a lovely cake. I love the “Everyday Food” TV show, so I’ll be sure to enter in the giveaway.

  14. 15

    Holy crap, that looks delicious!

  15. OMG! My mouth is watering. YUM!

  16. 17

    Wow, this looks good. But, then again, how can you go wrong with chocolate ganache?

  17. 19
    Jane Maynard

    awww, thanks, rachel!

  18. 20
    Allison Rufleth

    WOW! This recipe is pretty amazing! I made this cake yesterday and it was everything I thought it was going to be. The cake is NOT dry at all-it’s chocolaty, smooth, and creamy. Another fabulous recipe, Jane! Thanks for posting recipes that aren’t too hard and are always delicious!

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