20 January 2009

Recipe: Dark Chocolate Bundt Cake

This is yet another easy to do chocolate beauty! Great for a dinner party or just a weekend relaxation with friends who happen to drop by for a lounging visit over coffee or tea. During Marti Gras season in Louisiana this little recipe will come in handy for that hectic time when feasting, cooking and baking is at its height just before the Lenten season begins. This will be a bit hit with everyone!

Dark Chocolate Bundt Cake

12 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes, Bake time: 1 hour plus 20 minutes

From: Southern Living


8 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

1 (16 oz.) can chocolate syrup

1 cup butter, softened (2 sticks)

2 cups sugar

4 large eggs

2 ½ cups all purpose flour

½ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

1 cup buttermilk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Garnishes: Strawberry slices and Wintry-White Icing (recipe follows)

Directions: Melt chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl at HIGH for 30-second intervals until melted (about 1 ½ minutes total). Stir in chocolate syrup until smooth.

Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.

Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla and melted chocolate just until blended. Pour batter into a greased and floured 14-cup Bundt pan.

Bake at 325° F. for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cake in pan on a wire rack 15 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack, and let cool 30 minutes or until completely cool. Garnish, if desired.

Wintery-White Icing

Makes about ¾ cup

Prep time: 5 minutes

Stir together all ingredients until smooth. Drizzle over cooled cake and when ready to serve garnish with beautiful sliced fresh strawberries! Last thing to do? Enjoy at will!

Note: For other recipes visit my other fun blog:
Comfort Food From Louisiana
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