I think I’ve met my chocolate match. As you probably know by now, I am a definite chocolate fan. I prefer the chocolate version of almost everything (except ice-cream – that has to be vanilla or mint) and I will never, ever turn down a piece of good chocolate cake.
But this cake? I got two bites in and I needed some milk. It’s so rich, dense and over-the-top chocolatey that even I couldn’t go all-in. Not to worry, a glass of cold milk and I was back in the game, but holy cow. Chocolate overload.
I’ve been reading about this cake for many years now in the Cook’s Holiday Baking magazine, but it’s just one of those recipes that kept falling through the cracks and never made the cut.
I will not overlook it again – this is a show-stopper and deserves priority attention. Plus, it’s way easy and Cook’s offers a no-fail tip to prevent your bundt cake from sticking – which has always been my hesitation in whipping up bundt cakes in the past. That awful moment when you flip your beautiful cake onto a plate just to have half of it break off and remain in the pan has practically reduced me to tears more times that I can count…
The trick is to create a paste with equal portions of melted butter and either flour or cocoa powder, and then generously brush every single crevice of the bundt pan with the paste – and it worked like a charm. It came out perfectly.
Apparently, this is a classic cake from the 1960′s that used to require the addition of a now-extinct Pillsbury frosting mix. Cook’s made it their mission to replicate the beloved recipe and even though I’ve never had the original version, this is definitely a winner. The name comes from the molten “tunnel” of fudgy-chocolate that circles the inner portion of the cake. Then it’s topped with an amazing fudge ganache, that I seriously could’ve eaten with a spoon.
I do admit that I replaced the bittersweet chocolate with semi-sweet chocolate – mostly because I didn’t have enough bittersweet chocolate in the pantry today – and it was still awesome. It’s probably a smidge sweeter than intended, but a little extra sweetness can’t hurt, right?
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Recipe Source: Cook’s Holiday Baking, 2012