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decadent glazed chocolate layer cake

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We had devoured most of this cake before Anna had the brilliant idea to put sugar snowflakes on top.

One of the many cakes I made during development. We had devoured most of this cake before Anna had the brilliant idea to put sugar snowflakes on top.

When developing the layer cake for the holiday dinner in our new December issue, we tried several variations. We tinkered with the number of layers, the dimensions and flavorings. I must have made this cake 15 times! It was all worth it, though, because the final product is elegant and surprisingly simple to make. This is truly a special touch to any occasion that I hope will become a family favorite.

The final version of the cake I developed, fresh from our December holiday issue!

The final version of the cake I developed, fresh from our December holiday issue!

Comments (15)

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    Oh how I envy your job. Develop recipes and eat them to make sure they are perfect.

    All of the work you guys do shows. The recipes in "Everyday Food" are always good and have helped me become a more confident cook.

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    I am planning on making this and was wondering about the dimensions of the final product. According to the instructions, once you bake the cake, you trim it to 10 X 15 inches, and then cut into layers. However, the photos seems to suggest that the cake is not 10 inches wide. Did you cut it into 2 lengthwise to make two cake that are each 5 x 15 inches?

  • avatar Author Comment:

    The final cake dimensions are indeed 5 by 10 inches. We cut the 10 by 15 inch cake layers crosswise in thirds to yield the correct size.
    Let me know how it turns out!

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    Oh my goodness! I'm so glad you replied. I was preparing to slice the cake through the middle and was wondering how on earth I would be able to get three layers out of such a thin cake! Phew.

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    Wow, these look delicious. I guess we will be having this week with the help of your blog.

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    I tried making this cake this morning and it didn't turn out at all. Even with my hand-mixer on the highest setting, I couldn't seem to beat the eggs enough to become thickened. The cake layers turned out with the texture and taste of sweet crepes (but thicker). Is it because I wasn't using a stand mixer or is the cake supposed to taste like that?

  • avatar Author Comment:

    I'm sorry you had trouble with this recipe. Maybe with the hand mixer you need to beat the eggs longer. Did you go for the whole 7 minutes as specified in the recipe? All mixers vary. Getting the eggs thick, fluffy and pale yellow is a key to this recipe. If you keep beating them, they will eventually get thick and fluffy. Another tip is to make sure your pans are prepared before you start making the batter, and when it's time to fold in the butter and flour, to make sure you do it quickly while keeping a gentle hand. Hope this works!

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    Oh I made this recipe for an xmas party I went to! it turned out beautiful!!!! it is so elegant and delicious! I used a pizza cutter to cut the pieces in thirds... the glaze on top is the topping on the cake (so to speak)!!!! however I made my own decorations for the top! loved it!!!
    I am now sending the recipe to 4 of my friends that were at the party! they all thought I bought the cake from a bakery!!!! NOT!!!! LOL!

    this is a true delight! thank you for adding this cake recipe to the holiday issue!

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    Can you use a non-stick cookie pan instead of a jelly-roll baking pan for this recipe? Thank you!

  • avatar Author Comment:

    Hi Kate,
    Two non-stick rimmed cookie sheets should work just fine as long as they have the same dimensions as the jelly roll pans. Let me know how it turns out!

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    Where do I get the actual recipe? I tried this cake at a party on New Years day and it was unbelievably delicious. The woman who made it said it was a Martha Stewart recipe, but I have no idea where to find it. Please help me or share the recipe again. Thanks so much!

  • avatar Author Comment:

    Here's the recipe; enjoy!

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    Thanks so much for the recipe!

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    Where is the recipe????

  • avatar Author Comment:

    The cake recipe was published in our December 2009 issue, page 114. You can find the recipe online at this link: http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/glazed-chocolate-layer-cake

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