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The Making, Baking and Consumption of the Best Chocolate Bundt Cake ever.

May 10, 2010

The Making, Baking and Consumption of the best Chocolate Bundt Cake ever.

We have a system around here, don’t we?

I bake something every few days, take pictures of it, and post a handful of those pictures in this little wedge of the Internet.

What would it look like if I showed you a whole bunch of everything?  The chocolate.  The cake.  The clock.  The hike.  The traffic.  The indecision.  The bourbon.  The whole dang day!  Well… it would be at least mildly entertaining, but more importantly… it would satisfy my need to over-share.  And that’s really why we’re all here, right?

The Making, Baking and Consumption of the best Chocolate Bundt Cake ever.

8:18am.  What an utterly obnoxious time to wake up.  The baker in me… the baker that used to have to wake up at 3:15am is disgusted with my current self.

The Making, Baking and Consumption of the best Chocolate Bundt Cake ever.

Like it or not, the first thing I do in the morning is flip on my computer.  There’s email and blog comments and… Twitter, duh.  It’s important and frankly, I can’t help myself.

The Making, Baking and Consumption of the best Chocolate Bundt Cake ever.

You should see this.  It’s a view of my bedside and well, under my bed.

One:  I have cherry sheets.

Two:  I store sprinkles of various colors under my bed.  Don’t judge me.

Three:  What you can’t see under my bed is the stack of cake pans I also have stored there.

Four:  When in need of nighttime reading, I can either reach for The Bible or The Pioneer Woman Cookbook.  It’s true.  It’s real life.

The Making, Baking and Consumption of the best Chocolate Bundt Cake ever.

Let’s hit the road.  In a car.  This is Los Angeles City Hall.  I think it’s a pretty building.

The Making, Baking and Consumption of the best Chocolate Bundt Cake ever.

These are my stairs.  I took the liberty of naming them after myself.  They’re called the Kick Joy the Baker Right in the Arse Stairs.

These are the stairs that tame my cake lovin’ thighs.  It’s about 200 stairs in Echo Park that I climb a few times a week.  It’s hard every time.  It never gets easier.  My thighs hate/love it.

The Making, Baking and Consumption of the best Chocolate Bundt Cake ever.

The view at the top of the stairs is a combination of beauty and muck.  The same can be said for most things in Los Angeles.

The Making, Baking and Consumption of the best Chocolate Bundt Cake ever.

Look at that, Los Angeles.  You’re lookin’ mighty precious.

The Making, Baking and Consumption of the best Chocolate Bundt Cake ever.

But seriously, it’s time to get down to business.  There’s a Chocolate Bundt to bake… and it’s not going to bake itself.

The Making, Baking and Consumption of the best Chocolate Bundt Cake ever.

Oh wait… I’m really going to need some coffee first.

The Making, Baking and Consumption of the best Chocolate Bundt Cake ever.

The Making, Baking and Consumption of the best Chocolate Bundt Cake ever.

Cocoa powder and coffee.  The beginning of the best Bundt in the world.

The Making, Baking and Consumption of the best Chocolate Bundt Cake ever.

The Making, Baking and Consumption of the best Chocolate Bundt Cake ever.

Dishes seem to be a byproduct of any kitchen venture.  I still haven’t gotten used to that part.

The Making, Baking and Consumption of the best Chocolate Bundt Cake ever.

I wanted to drink this batter.  It was the consistency of hot chocolate made with heavy cream.  Ooooh snap.

The Making, Baking and Consumption of the best Chocolate Bundt Cake ever.

Once I stopped myself from bathing in the cake batter I checked my mail.

Jury Duty.  Civic responsibility.  No comment.

The Making, Baking and Consumption of the best Chocolate Bundt Cake ever.

Oh!  Did I tell you?  My Mom got me a book.  A relationship book… by Steve Harvey.

Steve Harvey writes about intimacy and commitment!?  Lord help us all.

And just like that… I’m never dating, ever EVER again.

Also, what’s with the awkwardly placed hand Mr. Harvey?  Do Not Trust.

The Making, Baking and Consumption of the best Chocolate Bundt Cake ever.

My sister sent me a bit of relationship advice as well.  Bourbon.  Bless that girl.  For life.

The Making, Baking and Consumption of the best Chocolate Bundt Cake ever.

But back to the chocolate.  We have chocolate glaze to make while the cake bakes.

The Making, Baking and Consumption of the best Chocolate Bundt Cake ever.

The Making, Baking and Consumption of the best Chocolate Bundt Cake ever.

I should mention that this chocolate glaze has sour cream in it.  It’s perfect.  I’m thinking of using it as an edible face mask in the future.

The Making, Baking and Consumption of the best Chocolate Bundt Cake ever.

Yes.  This just became quality entertainment.

The Making, Baking and Consumption of the best Chocolate Bundt Cake ever.

Now it’s time to hop into some cute clothes, pack up the cake and get off to a dinner party.

This bed tells you several things.

One:  I can’t decide what to wear.

Two:  I’ve packed up the cake, but if I don’t set it next to equally important personal items, I will… no doubt, forget it as I run out the door.

Three:  I make my bed.

The Making, Baking and Consumption of the best Chocolate Bundt Cake ever.

Hollywood.  Traffic.  Always and forever.

The Making, Baking and Consumption of the best Chocolate Bundt Cake ever.

This picture is obtuse.  Please take note of Asher’s tasteful v-neck shirt.  Please also take note of the fact that I was finally able to decide on something to wear.

The Making, Baking and Consumption of the best Chocolate Bundt Cake ever.

Jeremy made an aaaaaamazing taco dinner.  I should have asked for leftovers to take home, but I was shy.  Dangit!

The Making, Baking and Consumption of the best Chocolate Bundt Cake ever.

Cake.  Generously sliced.  Entirely appreciated.   Nevermind the salsa still on the table.  We just couldn’t wait for cake!

The Making, Baking and Consumption of the best Chocolate Bundt Cake ever.

And then we turned to the topic that we always turn to at the end of an evening full of food and drinks:  The Biggest Loser… and how amazing that show is… and how it requires a box of tissue… oh the pounds and the tears shed.

The Making, Baking and Consumption of the best Chocolate Bundt Cake ever.

And the night ends.

Just so you know… this is about as well as I can see at night.  I need new glasses.  On the real.

Let’s talk about cake.  This is the most moist and delicious chocolate bundt cake I’ve ever encountered.  The batter is very loose.  It might make you worry.  Don’t fret.  It bakes up like an absolute dream.  The glaze… with unsweetened chocolate, coffee, and sour cream adds that final touch of delicious glamour to an already stellar cake.  It’s a Bundt.  It’s a dang good Bundt.

The Best Chocolate Bundt Cake with chocolate glaze

makes one 10-inch bundt cake

from The Big Sur Bakery Cookbook (really lovely book)

Print this Recipe!

For the Cake:

1 1/4 cups plus 1 Tablespoon brewed coffee

3/4 cup Dutch process cocoa powder

2 1/4 cups sugar

1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt

2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

2 whole eggs

1 egg yolk

1 1/4 cups plus 1 Tablespoon buttermilk

1 cup plus 2 Tablespoon canola oil

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 1/2 cups, plus 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour, sifted

For the Glaze:

6 ounces unsweetened chocolate

3/4 cup unsalted butter

3 cups powdered sugar

1/2 cup sour cream, at room temperature

1/4 cup brewed coffee, cooled

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.

Grease and flour a 10-inch Bundt pan and set aside.

To make the cake batter:  Put brewed coffee and cocoa powder in a small saucepan and bring to a boil, whisking frequently.  Remove from the heat and let come to room temperature.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fit with a whisk attachment, mix together sugar, salt, baking soda, eggs and egg yolk on low speed for about 1 minute.  Add the buttermilk, oil and vanilla extract and mix on low again for another minute.

Add the flour and mix on medium speed for 2 minutes.  Add the cooled cocoa mixture and mix on medium speed for 3 minutes.  The batter will be very loose.  Pour into the prepared cake pan and bake for 1 hour, or until a cake tester inserted in the cake comes out clean.

Let the cake cool completely in the pan and then invert onto a cooling rack.

To make the icing:  Chop the chocolate into small pieces, put them in a heatproof bowl (or a double boiler), and set the bowl over a pot of barely simmering water.  Be sure that the bottom of the bowl does not touch the boiling water.  Remove the bowl from the heat when all of the chocolate bits have melted.

Melt the butter in a separate pan or in the microwave.  Whisk the melted butter into the melted chocolate until thoroughly incorporated.  Sift in half of the powdered sugar.  Add the sour cream and whisk to combine.  Sift in the remaining powdered sugar and whisk until smooth.  The glaze should be thick and shiny.  Lastly, add the coffee and whisk to create a glossy glaze.

Pour the glaze over the Bundt cake, covering it completely.  Leave at room temperature until ready to serve.


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  • Oh, Joy. You are not alone with the needing relationship advice. I think just the laughter alone that the Steve Harvey book cover induces would make me feel better, but I wouldn’t turn down the brandy ;)
    You have inspired me to have a dress-up party on the patio with some friends, just so that I can present this amazing cake! Thank you once again. You make all our days better. :)

  • You are so cool. I like what you chose to wear. ;)

  • What a lovely post! I’m really happy that i find your blog, it makes my mornings a bit funnier, and also, CHOCOLATE CAKE, i LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE chocolate cake, now I have a mission this week.

  • Those are the cutest sheets…would you mind telling us where you got them??

  • Joy!! Your blog rocks!! (Did you know that?) Thanks for all the yummy recipes and pics.

  • All of your post makes me want to hop on a plane and join you and your group for a dinner party.

  • You blog and recipes are possibly the only reason I exercise daily.

  • this post made my day. you are awesome, joy! (p.s. I’ve climbed those stairs. I think my thighs, lungs, and bum were all burning at once!)

  • I don’t know which I covet more: the chocolate cake or the cherry sheets!! Awesome!! :)

  • What an amazing, sweet post. Loved it, Joy! I love that in the mail on one singular day you got some bourbon and a kinda creepy looking relationship book from your mom. There are so many relationship books out there–how’d she choose that one?!

    I’ve often thought how funny it’d be if readers could see a behind the scenes chronicle of your day–the beginning and end that happens before the baking. Loved yours. Sweet. Happy Monday.

  • I need a sister like that.

  • Even more brilliant than this blog is the idea of an edible chocolate facial mask. Thank you Joy for putting a smile on my face and chocolate cake on my brain!

  • Joy, I have been reading your blog all this time and didn’t know you were a sister in Christ. Although all your baked goods make me smile, the fact that you know the Lord brings “Joy” (haha) to my heart! Do you go to church anywhere in the area?

  • Love this post!
    And that cake looks like I want to shovel it straight into my mouth with my hands. No fork needed here!

  • Whenever I need a perk in my day, I visit your site. Your witty posts always make me smile. This cake looks yummy too.

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