Double Chocolate Bundt Cake

SNOW DAY!!  Denver gets heavy snow storms that shut down the city only once or twice a year…maybe.  It offers such a sense of contentment knowing that you have no choice but to stay home, bundle up and enjoy the day.  For most, a snow day signifies cozying up to a warm fire with a good book, taking a long nap or even making snow angels in the deep fluffy snow.  Snow days for me, however, seem to elevate the constant streaming of sweet cravings that are already quite a mainstay in my consciousness.  Here is an example of what happens in my mind…hmmm…”what ingredients can I discover in the pantry to create something sweet and irresistible?”  Thoughts soon become reality and the rest of the day is spent scouring through my many savored volumes of baking cookbooks, creating something truly decadent and consuming way too much of it.  Oh yeah and maybe capturing a few photos of the tasty subject if I can time it right (ie. before consuming way too much of it).  Don’t get me wrong…I still enjoy time spent cozying up to a warm fire, but it almost always seems to accompany the indulgence of cake in hand.

This cake is extremely moist, in part from the sugar syrup, but also from the chocolate chips.  It creates a slightly fudge-y center that when paired with a glass of milk, can’t be matched.  The cake is delicious at room temperature, but I like to heat a slice (or two)  in the microwave for about 15 seconds to get the inside nice and gooey.

Enjoy!

Double-Chocolate Bundt Cake          {Print Recipe}

Yield: 16 servings

Sugar Syrup:

2/3 cup granulated sugar

¼ cup water

¼ cup chocolate-flavored liqueur (can also use coffee-flavored liqueur)

2 Tbsp unsalted butter

Cake:

1 ½ cups granulated sugar

6 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened (plus more for preparing pan)

2 large eggs

2 large egg whites

2 tsp vanilla extract

3 cups all-purpose flour (plus more for preparing pan)

½ cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

1 ½ cups 2% milk

1 cup semisweet chocolate mini-chips

Chocolate Glaze:

4 Tbsp. heavy whipping cream

½ cup semisweet chocolate chips

1 Tbsp unsalted butter

Making the sugar syrup:

Combine the first 4 ingredients in a small saucepan.  Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and cool completely.

Making the cake:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Prepare a 12-cup Bundt pan by rubbing a small amount of butter to cover all corners of the inside of the pan.  Flour the pan lightly and set aside.

Lightly spoon 3 cups of flour in dry measuring cups; level with a knife.  Combine the flour and next 4 ingredients (through salt), stirring with a whisk.  Set aside.

Place 1 ½ cups granulated sugar and 6 Tbsp butter in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat at medium speed until well combined; light and fluffy (about 5 minutes).  Add the eggs and egg whites, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Add the vanilla extract.

Add the flour mixture and milk alternately to the sugar mixture, beginning and ending with the flour.  Mix well after each addition and scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula as necessary.  Beat for 2 minutes until well incorporated.  Fold in the chocolate chips.  Spoon the batter into the prepared pan.

Bake at 350 degrees F. for 45 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out almost completely clean.  Immediately pour glaze over the cake.  Cool the cake in the pan on a wire rack for 30 minutes.  Invert the cake onto a cake platter and cool completely.

Making the chocolate glaze:

Heat the heavy whipping cream in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until the edges just begin to bubble.  Add the chocolate chips and butter and whisk constantly until fully melted.  Add more cream as necessary to thin the glaze for a pouring consistency.

Drizzle the glaze over the cake and try not to eat the whole cake in one sitting.

Recipe adapted from Cooking Light, March 2008

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