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Fudgy Chocolate Bundt Cake

This fudgy chocolate bundt cake is all the things a chocolate cake should be: rich, dense, moist, and intensely chocolate-flavored, and covered in a light coating of white chocolate ganache. 

A slice of fudgy chocolate bundt cake on a white plate.

I have been a chocoholic just about my entire life, likely ever since my grandmother stuck a Kit Kat in my mouth two weeks after I was born (no exaggeration — I swear!).

Finding a great chocolate cake recipe is not as easy as you might think. Either they're dry, or they're not chocolatey enough. This chocolate bundt cake is everything that a chocolate cake should be, so it's perfect for celebrating National Chocolate Cake Day.

An overhead view of un-iced fudgy chocolate bundt cake.

One thing to be aware of is that a cake like this could stick to the pan after it's baked. Trust me, my first attempt at this cake was a complete failure because the entire top half of the cake stuck in the pan while the bottom half came out. To prevent that, spray liberally with nonstick cooking spray, then coat the pan with cocoa powder. Unlike flour, the cocoa powder won't leave a dusty coating on the rich brown cake.

After the cake is baked, let it cool a few minutes right-side up to firm up, then flip it over and let it sit another few minutes to allow gravity to help loosen the cake from the pan.

A shot of white chocolate icing being poured onto fudgy chocolate bundt cake.

This is a great cake to make for a crowd, as the large cake serves 18 to 20. It can be made ahead, left un-iced, and stored at room temperature. Coat with the icing an hour or so before serving.

If you wanted to make it even more chocolate-y, you could add chocolate chips to the batter. If you don't want to bother with the icing, the cake would be just as delicious with a light dusting of confectioners sugar.

A close-up shot of a slice of fudgy chocolate bundt cake.

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Fudgy Chocolate Bundt Cake

Yield: 20 servings
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

This fudgy chocolate bundt cake is all the things a chocolate cake should be: rich, dense, moist, and intensely chocolate-flavored, and covered in a light coating of white chocolate ganache. 

Ingredients

For the cake

  • 1 cup brewed coffee
  • 16 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup sour cream

For the icing

  • 6 ounces white chocolate, finely chopped, use best-quality
  • ¼ cup heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. To make the cake: Place the coffee, butter, and cocoa in a small saucepan or microwave-safe bowl. Heat, stirring, until the butter melts. Remove from the heat, and whisk until smooth. Let the mixture cool for 10 minutes.
  3. While the chocolate is cooling, put the sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and flour into a mixing bowl, whisking to combine.
  4. Pour the cooled chocolate mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients, and mix until thoroughly combined. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl, and mix again to incorporate any residue.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together the vanilla, eggs, and sour cream or yogurt. Mix into the chocolate batter, stirring until thoroughly combined.
  6. Thoroughly grease a 10- to 12-cup Bundt pan, preferably non-stick. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake the cake for 50 to 55 minutes, until a long toothpick or skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Note: a pan with a dark interior will bake the cake more quickly; start checking at about 40 minutes.
  7. Remove the cake from the oven, wait 5 minutes, and turn the pan over onto a cooling rack. After 5 more minutes, lift the pan off the cake. Let the cake cool completely before icing.
  8. Place the chopped white chocolate in a small mixing bowl.
  9. Place the cream in a small saucepan. Set over medium-low heat, and bring just to scalding.
  10. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and let stand for 1 minute, then stir until smooth.
  11. Pour the icing over the cake and let it drip down the sides.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 286Saturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 125mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 1gSugar: 25gProtein: 3g

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Slightly adapted from King Arthur Flour

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Amy's Cooking Adventures

Sunday 28th of January 2018

What a gorgeous cake! Yum!

Jen

Sunday 28th of January 2018

I just made (and loved) this cake yesterday, from the King Arthur Flour website--hope you'll update your post to credit them for the recipe!

Coleen

Sunday 28th of January 2018

Thanks for pointing out that I forgot the link. I was rushing to get the post up, and forgot to add it.

Laurie Brooks

Saturday 27th of January 2018

I just got my first Bundt cake pan. I think I may have to try this recipe! It looks delicious! Also a quick question. What is the trick to getting your recipes onto FoodGawker?

Carlee

Saturday 27th of January 2018

That looks absolutely luscious! I feel the same way about chocolate cake, it's hard to get it just right. So when you find the perfect recipe it is a treasure.

Camilla @ Culinary Adventures

Saturday 27th of January 2018

This looks beyond amazing. I can't wait to try it come February...when I can actually enjoy cake again.

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