The key to chocolate bundt cake recipes is the bundt cake pan. Most recipes use basic cake making ingredients including, butter, sugar, chocolate and eggs. A little bit of sour cream is the secret ingredient in making the cake stay moist and tender. However, the cake pan is the most important. You can find one at any grocery store or supermarket. You can try your luck at a home goods store for higher quality bundt cake pans.
Basic Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe
Ingredients You Will Need:
2 cups sugar
2 sticks butter
½ cup Dutch cocoa
2 large eggs (or egg whites)
¾ cup water
1 cup sour cream (also try fat-free sour cream)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
Melt butter with cocoa and water in a sauce pan. Whisk and remove from heat. Mix the sugar, sour cream, vanilla and eggs and whisk thoroughly. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Combine all ingredients and pour into a greased bundt cake pan. Bake for about 40 minutes at 350 degrees.
When the cake looks like its pulling from the sides of the pan, it's finished. Let it cool in the bundt pan for about ten minutes. Use a knife to loosen the cake and place on a serving platter.
Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake
For this recipe, take your above ingredients and add in one package of yellow cake mix, one package of vanilla instant pudding or pie filling and six ounces of chocolate chips. Combine all ingredients and bake for about 40 to 45 minutes at 350 degrees. You can also follow the above recipe and just include the chocolate chips to create a chocolate-chocolate chip bundt cake.
Whichever chocolate bundt cake recipe you decide to make, you can always add an extra chocolate glaze on top. Combine four ounces chocolate chips (preferably bittersweet), ?" cup heavy whipping cream, ¼ cup light corn syrup and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. You can also drop in a hint of cinnamon or peppermint oil, if you prefer. Combine all of the ingredients, except the chocolate chips, and boil in a sauce pan. Pour the mixture over the chocolate chips and whisk thoroughly. When the cake is prepared, spoon the mixture over the cake and let harden.
Like anything you bake, learning how to make a cake is part art and part science. The first step is choosing what kind of cake you want to make and then using the best quality ingredients you can find and measuring them carefully. Be sure to follow the recipe's instructions for mixing and soon you may find that when you make a cake, you're not only creating something tasty, but expressing your own creativity through baking.
You'd be hard-pressed to find a dessert that isn't made better by the addition of strawberries, and your family is sure to love either of these quick and easy cake recipes.