Twelve Days of Cookies Guest Post – Day Three

Glazed Chocolate Cake

Today’s guest post from Amy at Eye See Pretty is for a classic recipe – chocolate cake!  Perfect for holiday entertaining and family get togethers, it is a perfect addition to any holiday treats table!  My mouth is watering all ready….



Guest Blogger: Amy from Eye See Pretty

About me: I love good design.  I can recommend a design scheme for someone fairly quickly but take forever to make up my mind for myself!  Also, my friends call me Martha (without the insider trading bit of course!) as I like to decorate, cook and bake.

What is your holiday décor theme/favorite holiday décor item?My gold Christmas tree and anything glittery or with feathers or both! I also change up my holiday colour scheme every year, right down to the wrapping.  This year it’s red and turquoise.

What is your favorite holiday tradition? Every Christmas Eve, we open one present and save the rest for Christmas morning. I’ve done this with my family ever since I was a little girl and it’s a tradition I’ve continued with my husband.

What movie is a must for the holiday season? I can’t choose just one! National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Love Actually, Elf and The Holiday!

Why did you choose this recipe? I’ve made this recipe several times and it always turns out. Plus it’s very quick, easy and delicious. The secret is to use really good chocolate for the ganache.

Glazed Chocolate Cake


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
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup sour cream


  • 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.
  • 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.

Chocolate Ganache Glaze recipe


4 ounces semisweet chocolate chopped
1/2 cup heavy cream


  • Place chocolate in a medium bowl. In a saucepan, bring cream to a boil. Pour over chocolate; whisk until smooth. Let cook until thick yet pourable, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Pour over cooled cake and serve with whipped cream or ice cream

{ Recipe and photo from Martha Stewart }

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3 Responses to Twelve Days of Cookies Guest Post – Day Three

  1. Pingback: My First Guest Post! « eye see pretty

  2. I do love a great chocolate cake!

  3. Sophie says:

    Yes, she is Martha 🙂 Great recipe, I’ll have to try it or better yet, have you make it for me:)


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