This Rich Chocolate Bundt Cake is topped with French Vanilla Cake Truffles dusted with sprinkles to give them a holiday flair.
Our assignment this month was to make a festive Bundt cake and is hosted by Sneha Datar who blogs at Sneha’s Recipes.
The festive touch I added was in its appearance. What I came up with was a snowy chocolate mountain topped with Christmasy snowballs. The shape of the Heritage Bundt Pan that I baked it in lends itself to anything festive or fancy. Once the cake cooled I drenched it with a chocolate glaze and sprinkled it with coconut. Then I filled the hole in the center with French vanilla cake truffles and dusted them with red and green sprinkles. Tah-Dah!!!
Bundt vs Pound Cakes
Bundt vs Pound what’s the difference? The quickest answer is the shape of the pan. The pound cake originated in the early part of the 18th century in Europe. The original recipe called for a pound each of flour, butter, eggs, and sugar. Can you imagine beating all those ingredients by hand? Just for the heck of it, I’m going to bake the original recipe one day, but with my handy-dandy stand mixer.
Prior to the invention of the aluminum Bundt pan by H. David Dalquist, pound cakes were baked in loaf pans. Then came the tube pan which is a deep smooth-sided baking pan with a hollow tube in the middle. Years ago, the tube pan was primarily for baking angel food and sponge cakes and was called an angel food pan.
Layer cake recipes can be baked in Bundt pans. I’ve also baked layer cakes in a tube pan with great results. However, Angel Food and Sponge Cakes (aka foam cakes) need the smooth sides on a tube pan to cling to as they rise. These batters would stick to the sometimes frilly design of Bundt pans.
Now that you’re armed with Bundt and tube pan knowledge let’s bake a Rich Chocolate Bundt Cake and fill the center with cake truffles. Here’s the link to my post on How to make Cake Truffles along with step by step photos. My cake was inspired by one at Allrecipes.com.
Please follow the links at the end of this post to see the festive Bundts that my fellow bakers came up with. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ½ cup hot water
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- Chocolate Glaze
- 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
- 2 TBS cocoa
- 3-4 TBS milk
- ½ tsp vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350°F and prepare the pan for nonstick baking.
- Separate the eggs and beat the egg whites until stiff, and set aside.
- In a large bowl, cream the butter with the sugar until light and fluffy.
- Next melt the chocolate in the hot water.
- Add egg yolks into the creamed butter and sugar, then the melted chocolate, buttermilk, and vanilla.
- In a medium size bowl, sift the flour, baking soda, and salt.
- Add sifted ingredients to the chocolate mixture beating well.
- Fold in about ⅓ of the egg whites to lighten the batter and then fold in the rest gently but thoroughly.
- Turn the batter into the prepared pan and bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour, or until the cake tests done with a toothpick.
- Let cool completely on a rack.
- Chocolate Glaze
- Add powdered sugar and cocoa to a bowl and stir together with a fork.
- Add 2 TBS of milk and vanilla to the bowl and blend well, if the mixture is too thick add milk a TBS at a time until it reaches the right consistency.
- Pour or brush glaze onto cooled cake. Fill the center hole with the cake truffles and sprinkle coconut on the cake.
#BundtBakers is a group of Bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake Bundts with a common ingredient or theme. Follow our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated each month on the BundtBakers home page.
- Almond Nougat Bundt Cake by Nunca es demasiado dulce
- Bundt de Noel by All That’s Left Are The Crumbs
- Baileys Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake by Making Miracles
- Cinnamon Bun Bundt by Living the Gourmet
- Chestnut Praline Coffee Bundt Cake by The Queen of Scones
- Christkindl Gluhwein Bundt Cake by I Love Bundt Cakes
- Eggless Semolina Tutti Fruity Cake by Sneha’s Recipe
- Gingerbread Bundt Cake by Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice
- Italian Cream Bundt Cake by Palatable Pastime
- Mini Chocolate Ganache Bundts with Peppermint Crunch by Cookaholic Wife
- Maple Walnut Bundt Cake by Bizcocheando
- Pineapple Upside Down Bundt by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Polenta Bundt Cake by Katin špajz
- Rich Chocolate Bundt Cake with Cake Truffles by Sweet Sensations
- Sorrel Mini Bundts by Passion Kneaded
- Spicy Gingerbread Bundt by Food Lust People Love
- Xmas Bundt Cake by La mejor manera de hacer