Saturday, July 27, 2013

Triple {Chocolate Bundt Cake}

Who doesn't like an ooey, gooey chocolate cake?
Chocolate is a favorite of mine. 
 I was deprived of chocolate as a child,
So I'm trying to make up for all those years!


My mother wasn't a fan of chocolate, so I don't think I even knew about chocolate cake until I was in my 20's. 
My Grandmother used to make a fabulous 3 layer German Chocolate Cake, but it's not quite the same as a chocolate cake with chocolate icing.
Mom was quite famous in our little town for her "Birthday Cakes".
She had some special recipe that made them super moist,
and she would make this frosting that was very unique.
Maybe I'll have to get her to share those recipes 
and post them here one day.

I have continued the Birthday cake tradition that my mom started. 
When it's your birthday at our house, you get to pick what kind of homemade cake to have.
(Ok, one year I did order some petit fours for my daughter's 4th Birthday Party, and wouldn't you know the frosting was this awful maroon color...ick! I never did that again!!!)

When the kids were little, I made "theme" cakes 
to go with their Party theme.
I've done a Dog cake, a Bowling cake, a Swimming pool cake, a Pumpkin shaped cake, a Bear cake, etc. etc.
Now that the kiddos are teens, they have favorite flavors 
and the cakes sometimes get a little fancy. 
My son likes chocolate like his momma.
 I made him a chocolate cake a few years ago that tastes 
a lot like a Hershey's Chocolate Almond candy bar, but add caramel.
 You can check out the recipe for that cake HERE.
My daughter has other favorites, like Pina Colada. 
You can find the recipe of her favorite birthday cake HERE.

Yesterday was MY Birthday, so guess what my 16 year old daughter did?
She searched Pinterest for a chocolate cake recipe.
Last year she attempted a 3 layer cake and had a little trouble with it, 
(her first attempt, and it tasted fabulous!) 
This year she searched for a bundt cake specifically.

The recipe she found is NO-FAIL!
And it is loaded with chocolate. Chocolate cake with chocolate chunks and a delicious chocolate ganache drizzled glaze.
You can find the original recipe by clicking on the
My Buttercup Bubble blog. She has some other fabulous recipes as well!
 My daughter made one adjustment. 
You will need 4 Ghiradelli 60% dark chocolate bars, which can be found in the baking section near the chocolate chips. 
The recipe uses 3 1/2 bars, so you can snack on the other half.
The adapted recipe:

For the Cake:
1 Devils Food Cake Mix
1 Package Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix
1 Cup Sour Cream
1/2 Cup Oil
4 Eggs
1/2 Cup Warm Water
  2 1/2 bars of Ghiradelli 60% Dark Chocolate (4oz), chopped

For the Ganache Glaze:
1 bar of Ghiradelli 60% Dark Chocolate (4oz), chopped
1/2 Tbsp. Butter
1/2 Tbsp. Corn Syrup
1/3 Cup Heavy Cream

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease your bundt cake pan well with cooking spray and sprinkle it with flour.

In a large mixing bowl combine your cake mix, pudding mix, sour cream, oil, eggs and warm water. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed just until combined. Then beat on medium speed for about 2 minutes. Carefully fold in the chopped dark chocolate.

Pour the thick chocolate cake batter into the greased and floured bundt cake pan. Bake at 350 for about 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. I would even check it at 30 just to be sure!

Once the cake is down, put the cake pan on a wire rack for about 20 minutes to settle. Then flip the cake out of the bundt cake pan and let it cool completely on the wire rack.

Once it is cooled completely you'll want to make the chocolate ganache glaze. Start by placing your chopped dark chocolate in a heatproof bowl with your butter and corn syrup. Pour your heavy cream in a small sauce pan and heat over low heat just until barely starting to boil...small tiny bubbles. You don't want it to boil the whole way as it will burn the cream. Pour the heated cream over the chocolate mixture and let sit for about 5 minutes. Next whisk the mixture for about 2 minutes until it comes together as a chocolately, silky smooth ganache. Gently poor the ganache over the bundt cake, making sure to just do a little at a time as it will all drip down the sides. To add a festive touch, add some colorful sprinkles,
and fun candles of course!
See the chocolate chunks? The ganache glaze is deep and rich.

Thanks to my Mom for making birthdays so special growing up!
(If I didn't live 6 hours from my Mom,
pretty sure she would make me a cake too!)
The tradition of making special Birthday cakes will continue at my house.
A big THANKS to my daughter for making my day so special!

If you'd like to see my chocolate pie recipes, you can CLICK HERE,
and HERE. I wasn't kidding when I said I LOVE CHOCOLATE! 
Eat more chocolate, my friends!

11 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday! How sweet of your daughter to make you a chocolate cake! It looks delicious!

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  2. Hey Janis! Hope all is well. And I wish I could UNSEE this Chocolate goodness! Lol - According to the above poster, its your birthday!? Hope you have a happy one! Also, we are hosting a giveaway, so stop on by, maybe you can win something for that birthday of yours! Here is the link. See you soon!
    http://wonderfulathome.blogspot.com/2013/07/a-wonderful-giveaway.html

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  3. You will be packing one and bringing it next week, right?

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  4. My family also follows this birthday cake tradition. Since most of us are chocolate lovers, I made many chocolate cakes over the years. This one looks yummy. You can't go wrong with Ghiradelli!! It was so sweet of your daughter to make your bday cake. Happy birthday, Janis!!

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  5. Wish you all the best for your birthday! The chocolate cake looks awesome! You have the sweetest birthday present! :)

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  6. Hi Janis! you and my hubby share the same birthday and love of chocolate. And our daughter did the same thing... made a homemade chocolate cake ;-) Your's looks divine! I'll have to make a post on ours. Hope your day was great!

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  7. This chocolate cake looks so delicious! I'll definitely try it!

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  8. Janis! I really enjoyed seeing you again at Haven! Just wanted to touch base with you and let you know. Hope I can be better at staying in touch. You are such a delight!

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  9. looks so yummy!! thanks for sharing the recipe!!!

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  10. The chocolate cake looks decadent and delicious. And I followed the link for the pina colada cake, now I have 2 new cake recipes to try! H20 Solutions

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  11. HOLY MOLY. Its 4:30am and now I want chocolate bunt cake lol. Thanks for sharing this, I think I will try it for our next family gathering :) Stop by and link up some of your wonderful posts at our linky party, going on right now! Here is the link, everyone is invited! http://wonderfulathome.blogspot.com/2013/08/wonderful-wednesdays-linky-party.html

    Have a wonderful day!

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