Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake

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Hi, if you love chocolate, then you’re going to go crazy over this Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake. With melted chocolate in the fudge cake and melted chocolate drizzled over. Finally, topped off with a generous sprinkle of Callebaut’s Chocolate Crispearls.

Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake
Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake drizzled with melted chocolate and topped with mini chocolate crispearls.

Bundt Pans Bake Beautiful Cakes

I love Bundt tins. I really do. Because they take a great cake batter and without any help from the baker, turn it into a beautiful cake. So that has to be a very good thing, right?

The tin I used for this Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake is called the Jubilee Bundt made by Nordic Ware. 

So, I like to buy my Bundt tins in the sale, or where I see them on special offer. Since they can be a bit pricey, yet investing in one tin, like this Jubilee, will give you a lifetime of intricately patterned cakes.

Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake
The Jubille Bundt Tin from Nordic Ware.

Can you imagine rocking up to a party with this gorgeous cake?

Yep, huge brownie points and that’s before anyone has tasted the cake!

Although I will warn you – Bundt tins are addictive. A year ago I had one, now I have ten!

Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake
Put the kettle on and enjoy every single bite of this Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake.

If you, or someone you know loves chocolate cake, then this is the cake to bake.

And because I appreciate not everyone owns this gorgeous tin, this Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake can be baked in a 10″ springform pan!

Although technically it would no longer be a Bundt cake??

So you get to think a whole new name up for it too!

Confused?? Yep me too.

Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake
The Crispearls give this moist Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake a crunchy topping.

Just look at this beauty – definitely made for sharing.

Chocolate Crispearls

Now I love a sprinkle or two million.

And I was thrilled to be sent these Callebaut Chocolate Crispearls as a gift. Since they are part of Callebeaut’s hot chocolate decoration range, which also includes, dark chocolate blossoms and dark chocolate granite. Delicious, different types of chocolate to top steaming mugs of hot chocolate with.

Chocolate  Crispearls are exactly as their name suggests, chocolatey, crispy and three different flavours. White, milk and dark chocolate. Perfect for adorning a melted chocolate drizzled, fudgey, chocolate cake.

Finally, all I can say is, this cake was so good, half had been eaten before dinner.

Thats like breaking all the rules (kidding) in our house. Because life is too short to not have dessert before dinner on occasion! And yes, we like to push the boundaries in our house 😉.

Recipe: Makes 1 Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake

Cake release spray – I use Wilton (available from Amazon, Lakeland, Hobbycraft)

350g/12oz Unsalted Butter – at room temperature

350g/12oz Dark Brown Muscavado Sugar

1tsp Vanilla Extract I use Nielsen-Massey

275g/10oz Plain White Flour

3tsp Baking Powder

1/4tsp Salt

5 Large Eggs – I always use free range

100ml/4fl oz Sour Cream – left out of the fridge for an hour

175g/6oz Plain Chocolate – approx 70% Cocoa – I use Callebaut

175g Milk Chocolate – I used a good quality 49% Cocoa chocolate, ordinary milk chocolate is fine

Sprinkles to top the cake with

Method: Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan oven, gas mark 4, 350F.

Making The Chocolate Fudge Cake Batter

  • Break or chop the plain chocolate and place into a heatproof, microwaveable bowl. Heat for 30 seconds at a time, stirring the chocolate well. When the chocolate is almost melted, remove the bowl and keep stirring until you have smooth, molten chocolate. Set aside.
  • Into a large bowl add the butter and sugar. Whisk until fully combined, this will take a good 5 minutes.
  • Crack the eggs into a jug. Add the sour cream and vanilla extract and mix.
  • Sift in one third of the flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk or beat slowly.
  • While continuing to whisk, add half of the liquid contents from the jug.
  • Repeat the last two steps again.
  • Add the last of the sifted ingredients and gently mix until just combined.
  • Remove the beater or whisk.
  • Pour in the cooled, melted chocolate and immediately stir into the cake batter with a metal spoon. Continue until the batter is a uniform colour.
  • Spray the Bundt tin thoroughly with cake release.
  • Fill the Bundt tin 3/4 full with cake batter. Use a metal spoon to gently press the cake batter into the tin. DO NOT bang the Bundt tin on the work surface, as this could damage the tin.
  • NOTE: There may be a small amount of cake batter left – this can be used for a few cupcakes or bundtlettes.
Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake
If the tin is filled more than 3/4 full the baked cake may not release and/or the look of the final cake may be spoiled.

Baking The Bundt Cake

  • Place the tin into the centre of the preheated oven. Bake for 50-55minutes.
  • The cake is baked when it springs back from a light tough and an inserted skewer (I use wooden ones) comes out clean.
  • As soon as the cake is baked remove it from the oven.
  • Leave the cake to cool in its tin for 10 minutes.
Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake
Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin for 15 minutes.
  • Invert the Bundt tin onto a cooling rack. The cake should turn out immediately. If not leave to cool and the cake will release from the tin.
Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake
One beautiful Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake.

Decorating The Cake

  • Melt the milk chocolate as before (for the plain chocolate). Drizzle over the top of the cake using a spoon.
Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake
I choose to completely cover the top of the cake with melted chocolate and have a small amount dripping down.
  • Take whatever sprinkles you are using and sprinkle away. I kept the Chocolate  Crispearls on the top of the cake.
Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake
Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake with Callebaut Chocolate Crispearls.

A stunningly beautiful cake, that also happens to deliver superbly on taste.

Who will you make this Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake For?

Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake
Cut a delicious slice of this Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake and get ready to share.

Such a beautiful cake, it almost seems a shame to cut into it – almost!!!

If you have enjoyed this Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake recipe here are some others you may also like:

Glazed Lemon Bundt Cake

Lemon loaf cake baked with intricate citrus slices on the top, with a lemon glaze and a sprinkle of glitter.
Glazed Lemon Bundt Cake

Marbled Chocolate Bundt Cake

Marbled chocolate bundt cake topped with both white and milk chocolate and mini gold stars.
Marbled Chocolate Bundt Cake

Sparkling Snowflake Cake

Vanilla cake in the shape of a snowflake.
Sparkling Snowflake Cake

Finally, if you have any questions about ‘baking with Bundts’ please either leave a comment, or Tweet me @sammiefeasting. Although I am by no means an expert, I will always do my best to answer your questions.

So, whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie xx

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Luscious Lemon Bundt Cake

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Hello lovely readers. I have a confession to make. A big one. This Luscious Lemon Bundt Cake is definitely not perfect! However it is delicious.

Image showing a cut slice of the Bundt Cake.
Luscious Lemon Bundt Cake perfectly baked by my friend David.

Look at this Bundt beauty. Doesn’t it look lovely, all snowy white? Perfect yes? Now look at the photo below. Oops nope! Well, it stuck – a bit. Just a little bit. Although you would never know from looking at it though, would you? So I’m here today to tell you that us Food Bloggers get things wrong sometimes too. I know exactly what I did wrong with this cake, I’ll explain that to you later.

Luscious Lemon Bundt Cake

Imperfect Is Okay

Most importantly, in our sleek, perfect, Instagram age, I do think it’s important to be real and honest. So my cake stuck, but I fixed it. And I am so glad I did as this Luscious Lemon Bundt Cake is absolutely beautiful and tastes amazing. I have had more serious disasters than this before and I tend to post them on Twitter as ‘Epic Fails’. Like the adaptation on my Sticky Pecan Sultana Buns!

Wanting to use up some of the many apples that we have had from our two trees this year, I decided to incorporate some freshly grated apple into the bun recipe. Firstly, even with the addition of lemon juice, the apples turned a murky brown colour – not great for blog photos. Still I carried on. The buns were very far from sticky. Soggy more like! They were an ‘Epic Fail’!

Luscious Lemon Bundt Cake moist and definitely more-ish. www.feastingisfun.com
Luscious Lemon Bundt Cake

Icing That Covers Any Imperfections

Not all failures are un-mendable though. Only a small part of the bottom (top when turned out) of this cake stuck. This was because I had put the hidden lemon curd layer too near the bottom and it sank through the batter and adhered to the tin.

I have addressed this in the method, so although the photos show exactly how this cake was made, the method corrects the mistakes I made. This also includes over-fillng the Bundt tin! I should have used a bigger tin or left some of the cake batter out, instead of using it all. Bundt tins should never be filled more than three quarters full.

So I hid the stuck bit of cake the best way I could – with icing!!

Thick, luscious, lemon icing, draped over a moist lemon cake with a hidden lemon layer inside. If you like lemon flavours, you will go Bonkers over this Bundt!!

With the new method this cake bakes perfectly, however, whenever you are baking, sometimes things don’t always go to plan. So if there are any hitches that can be covered or concealed, go ahead. Sometimes though, if it’s cooked through but wont hold together, make a big jug of custard and have it for pudding!

Recipe : Makes one 10″ Luscious Lemon Bundt Cake

225g/8oz Caster Sugar

225g/8oz Unsalted Butter (plus 4tbsp extra for greasing the bundt pan)

4 Large Free Range Eggs

225g/8oz Plain White Flour

2tsp Baking Powder

1/4tsp Salt

5tbsp Lemon Curd – I use Waitrose own brand

1 Whole Lemon – scrubbed with a brush under running hot water

225g/8oz Icing Sugar

Method : Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan oven, 350F, gas mark 4

You can use an 8″ Bundt tin (as I did) just don’t use all of the batter – or use a 10″ Bundt tin. (Alternatively called a 6 cup and 10 cup bundt pan from Nordicware).

Making The Lemon Cake Batter And Filling The Bundt Pan

  • First of all melt 4tbsp of butter and thoroughly grease the Bundt tin, using a brush. Alternatively use Wilton cake release/bake easy, taking care to brush the inside of the bundt tin thoroughly so that it is completely covered.
Ensure the Bundt pan is well buttered.
Ensure the Bundt pan is well buttered.
  • Place the caster sugar and butter into a large bowl and beat until light and fluffy.
  • Sift all of the flour, baking powder and salt into the bowl.
  • Add the 4 eggs.
  • Whisk the ingredients together until you have a smooth batter. This is known as the ‘All-in-one method’.
  • Zest the lemon, either using a fine grater or lemon zester (which is what I used), the latter gives delicious long strands of zest, visible in the cake. Squeeze one half of the lemon.
Add the zest of the whole lemon and half of its juice to the batter.
Add the zest of the whole lemon and half of its juice to the batter.
Mix the zest and juice into the cake batter.
Mix the zest and juice into the cake batter.
Half full the Bundt pan with the cake batter.
Half fill the Bundt pan with the cake batter.
  • As you can see my tin is not half full so just pretend it is.
Spoon the lemon curd on top of the batter, ensuring that it does not touch the side or centre of the Bundt pan.
Spoon the lemon curd on top of the batter, ensuring that it does not touch the side or centre of the Bundt pan.
  • Use a teaspoon to add the lemon curd into the centre of the cake batter.
Cover the lemon curd with the other half of the cake batter, ensuring you do not fill the Bundt ton more than 3/4 full.
Cover the lemon curd with the other half of the cake batter, ensuring you do not fill the Bundt tin more than 3/4 full.
  • As you can see my tin is almost full. This resulted in me having to slice off about 1″ of cake, once it was cooked, to be able to remove the cake from the tin. Don’t overfill the tin.

Baking The Lemon Bundt Cake

  • Place the Bundt tin into the centre of the oven and bake for 50 minutes.
  • Note – a skewer cannot be used to test if the cake is baked because of the lemon curd layer.
  • The cake is baked when it is golden brown, slightly coming away from the sides and with no visable wobble. If you are unsure, return the tin to the oven for a further 5 minutes.
  • As soon as the cake is baked remove from the oven and leave to cool in its tin for 15 minutes and then turn out onto a cooling rack.
Luscious Lemon Bundt Cake allow to cool for 15 minutes before turning out.
Luscious Lemon Bundt Cake you can see where the cake stuck.
  • You can see the area at the top of the photo where the cake stuck. Fortunately I was able to remove the stuck piece of cake and press it back onto the top of the Bundt.
Luscious Lemon Bundt Cake the icing will hide the small area that stuck!!
Luscious Lemon Bundt Cake the icing will cover the area that stuck.

Making The Icing And Decorating The Cake

Add enough icing powder to the lemon juice to create a thick, lump free glaze.
Add enough icing powder to the lemon juice to create a thick, lump free glaze.

Place the juice of the other half of the lemon into a small bowl. Add 200g of the icing sugar and stir thoroughly. The icing should be very thick and need encouragement to drip. If the icing is not thick enough add the rest of the icing sugar.

Drizzle and drape the thick, lemon icing over the cake. I used 2 teaspoons, one to add the icing and the other to start/stop the drape effect.

Drizzle and drape the thick icing over the cake in an uneven pattern.
Drizzle and drape the thick icing over the cake in an uneven pattern.

Looking at the cake above, nobody would ever guess at the minor mishaps that had taken place!

Luscious Lemon Bundt Cake add some white sprinkles and you have the perfect cake! www.feastingisfun.com
Luscious Lemon Bundt Cake add some white sprinkles and you have the perfect cake! www.feastingisfun.com

I’m a sucker for sprinkles and sparkles. I finished this cake with some white sugar sprinkles.

Luscious Lemon Bundt Cake absolutely perfect for sharing. www.feastingisfun.com
Luscious Lemon Bundt Cake absolutely perfect for sharing. www.feastingisfun.com

The taste of this cake was amazing. Very lemony without being over tart, or over sweet. A beautifully moist cake that, as a family, we all loved and needless to say it didn’t last long!

Have you ever had any memorable baking disasters? Have you managed to fix a mishap, without anyone knowing? Do you have any to ‘fix’ tips? Please share them?

If you like the recipe for this Luscious Lemon Bundt Cake then you will may also enjoy these:

Caramel Crunch Chocolate Bundt Cake

A chocolate Bundt Cake covered in chocolate ganache and topped with pieces of crunchy caramel.
Caramel Crunch Chocolate Bundt Cake

Maple Syrup Iced Coffee Bundt Cake

A coffee and walnut Bundt Cake baked in the Heritage pan from Nordicware decorated with a maple syrup drizzle
Maple Syrup Iced Coffee Bundt Cake

Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake

Lemon and blueberry cake baked in the blossom bundt pan from Nordicware. Covered in a fresh lemon glaze and decorated with small white sugar paste flowers.
Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake

Baking Bundt cakes is so easy as the bundt pan creates the cake shape as it bakes. So if you are like me and not very confident at decorating cakes, bundt pans are the answer! While the cakes included in this post all have some form of icing or drizzle, they don’t have to be. Because a light dusting of icing sugar, or edible glitter, such as this Chocolate Cherry Chiffon Bundt Cake, is all that is needed to accent the baked cake. So you can be confident of creating a show stopper without the stress of cake decorating!

So, whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie xx

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The header and first photograph are curtesy of my friend David Bartonmus, a talented baker among his other talents. Why not take a look at his blog.

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Chocolate Sparkle Cake

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Ooh hello my lovelies, have I got a treat for you today? Yes of course I have and a dazzling one at that. Welcome to my Chocolate Sparkle Cake!

A sparkling star covered celebration bake perfect for bonfire night, New Year’s Eve and Halloween.
Chocolate Sparkle Cake

It’s ok you can read through once you’ve looked at all the photo’s – I would!!!

So, this cake was inspired by Bonfire Night ( November 5th if you’re not from the UK). Our children were being taken to an amazing fireworks party by my wonderful sister and brother-in-law, along with their cousins.

While they were out I wanted to make a cake, that on their return would make them say “Wow” and remind them of the fun they’d had.

Chocolate Sparkle Cake

It has to be chocolate:

So being our children meant this had to be a Chocolate Cake. I wanted a deep, chocolatey, moist cake, smothered in thick, glossy, chocolate ganache and then topped with as many sprinkles I could get my hands on.

Thus the Chocolate Sparkle Cake idea was formed in my head.

A slice of dreamy Chocolate Sparkle Cake.

And, knowing that I didn’t want a layer cake, it was important to ensure the cake itself was as moist as possible. Since adding cocoa to any batter has a drying effect, so to counter that I added sour cream.

I’d seen Ina Garten add it to many of her bakes and figured it was worth a try. Yep I was winging it yet again!

Oh my. I soo made the right decision. Because you cannot taste the sour cream in the baked cake, however, the baked cake has such a moist, tender crumb. This is one ingredient I will be experimenting with more, that’s for sure.

A chocolate cake decorated to look like a galaxy of stars.
Chocolate Sparkle Cake

What really sends this cake over the top flavour-wise is the addition of liqueur to the chocolate ganache. I happened to have an unopened bottle of Chocolate Bailey’s Luxe. So I added some. Mmm another brilliant decision, I was truly on a roll!

I only used a small amount and it is totally fine to leave it out altogether. Our youngest is 13 years old so I was happy for him to have a very small, diluted amount.

I would say that this cake is both decadant and rich. All three of our children and all the adults loved it. I’m not sure if it’s richness would be enjoyed by younger children, even with the absence of liqueur?

Recipe : Makes 1 x 10″ Chocolate Sparkle Cake

For the cake:

275g/10oz Unsalted Butter at room temp.

150g/5oz Soft Light Brown Sugar

150g/5oz Caster Sugar

5 Large Eggs – I always use free range

1tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey 

225g/8oz Plain White Flour

100g/4oz Cocoa Powder

2.5tsp Baking Powder

1/4tsp Salt

200ml/7fl oz Full Fat Sour Cream

Alternatively – Wright’s Baking Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix would also work really well for this cake if you haven’t the time or energy to bake from scratch. Follow the packet instructions for baking and then decorate as given below.

For the topping:

100g/4oz Dark Chocolate minimum 70% Cocoa

200g/7oz Milk Chocolate minimum 35% Cocoa

300ml/ 1/2 pint Double Cream

Optional – 2Tbsp Bailey’s Chocolate or Bailey’s liqueur

Assorted sprinkles, stars and ebible glitter dust

Method : Preheat the oven 170C/150C fan, gas mark 3, 325F

Making the Cake:

First of all, butter the base and sides of a 10″ Springform cake tin. Line the base of the tin with baking parchment paper.

Sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt together. These are your dry ingredients.

Crack all the eggs into a jug, add the vanilla extract and lightly beat with a fork to break up.

In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy.

Add one third of your dry ingredients and mix slowly, as they start to incorporate add half of your eggs. Continue mixing until all the ingredients are almost incorporated.

Repeat this step again.

Add the last of the dry ingredients until thoroughly mixed. Be careful not to overmix, as the cake will be heavy.

Fold in the sour cream to the chocolate cake batter.

Delicious, moist, chocolate cake batter.
Delicious, moist, chocolate cake batter.
Fill the cake tin with batter and smooth the top.
Fill the cake tin with batter and smooth the top.

Place the cake tin in the middle of the oven and bake for 50 minutes.

The cake is baked when an inserted skewer comes out clean. If after 50 minutes the cake is still not fully baked, place back in the oven and re-check at 5 minute intervals.

As soon as the cake is baked remove the oven.

Don't worry about the small crack it will reduce and we are turning the cake over to frost!!
Don’t worry about the small crack it will reduce and we are turning the cake over to frost!!

Allow the cake to cool for 15 minutes before removing from the tin.

To remove, release the springform lever, remove the outer ring of the tin.

Place a cooling rack on top of the cake and invert.

The cake is now bottom side up on the cooling rack. Remove the tin base and gently peel off the baking parchment paper.

Place to one side and allow the cake to cool completely.

Making the topping:

Break or chop the chocolate into small chunks. Place in a heat proof bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water (double boiler), ensuring the base of the bowl does not touch the water.

Add the cream. And stir. The more you stir the glossier the ganache will be.

Keep stirring the chocolate/cream until the chocolate has completely melted.
Keep stirring the chocolate/cream until the chocolate has completely melted.
Remove from the double boiler, add the liqueur and stir well. Set aside to cool and thicken.
Remove from the double boiler, add the liqueur and stir well. Set aside to cool and thicken.

The ganache is ready to use when it is thickened but still pourable (but not runny).

Chocolate Sparkle Cake - have your frosting and decorations ready and to hand before you start icing the cake. www.feastingisfun.com
Chocolate Sparkle Cake – have your frosting and decorations ready and to hand before you start icing the cake. www.feastingisfun.com
Once completely cool place the cake on a stand or board.
Once completely cool place the cake on a stand or board.
Chocolate Sparkle Cake pour the thickened ganache onto the top of the cake. www.feastingisfun.com
Chocolate Sparkle Cake pour the thickened ganache onto the top of the cake. www.feastingisfun.com
Chocolate Sparkle Cake gently smooth the ganache over the entire top of the cake and push over the sides so it drapes over the edge of the cake. www.feastingisfun.com
Chocolate Sparkle Cake gently smooth the ganache over the entire top of the cake and push over the sides so it drapes over the edge of the cake. www.feastingisfun.com

I tapped the cake stand a couple of times against the table, to release any air bubbles trapped in the ganache. As a result, the swirled effect at the bottom of the cake was a result of my tapping!

Decorating the Cake:

Chocolate Sparkle Cake now get sprinkling! I started with white chocolate stars and the smaller edible gold stars. www.feastingisfun.com
Chocolate Sparkle Cake now get sprinkling! I started with white chocolate stars and the smaller edible gold stars.

Get creative, use whatever decorations you like. Because the chocolate ganache is so gloriously glossy, it provides the perfect canvas.

I finished the cake with a dusting of holographic edible glitter.

Because more is more. Right??

Chocolate Sparkle Cake with a galaxy of edible stars.

I almost called this Chocoale Sparkle Cake ‘Starry, starry night’ (Vincent), after one of my very favourite songs by Don McLean!

Because of the glossy, sparkly nature of this cake, as well as the moist, deep chocolate flavour, with a lingering background hit of Bailey’s, this could easily make a beautiful alternative to traditional Christmas cake.

When I look at this Chocolate Sparkle Cake it just screams ‘Party’! The perfect chocolate, celebration cake.

Chocolate Sparkle Cake

Everyone loved this cake and we also celebrated the safe arrival of a friend’s baby with a slice. Because it is a rich cake, a little goes a long way, meaning there is more to share.

Also, it keeps really well in a cake tin for 5 days. And yes it did last that long!!

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Chocolate Sparkle Cake you may also like these:

Black Forest Cupcakes 

FF Chocolate Sparkle Cake
Black Forest Cupcakes

Caramac Drizzle Rolo Caramel Brownies 

FF Chocolate Sparkle Cake
Caramac Drizzle Rolo Caramel Brownies

Chocolate Honeycomb Sponge Cake

FF Chocolate Sparkle Cake
Chocolate Honeycomb Sponge Cake

I love to celebrate special occasions with a cake. Do you?

So, whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie x

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Crazy Caramel Carrot Cake

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Hello lovelies, thank you so much for stopping by. And I have a real treat for you today, in the form of my Crazy Caramel Carrot Cake.

FF Crazy Caramel Carrot Cake
Crazy Caramel Carrot Cake incredibly delicious.

So, there is a reason for this particular cake’s title. Because I was absolutely CRAZY for attempting to make this cake last Sunday.

The Sunday Bake Club:

If you follow me on Twitter, you may well have heard of @SBC Takeover. It stands for Sunday Bake Club. Anyway, I was joining in a Tweet chat with them a few weeks ago and they asked me to join. Me?!!!

Each week they have a different theme as to what you should bake. And last Sunday it was vegetables. Yay I thought. Since carrot cake is my favourite cake in the entire universe, easy peasy. You’d think?!!!

Sliced crazy caramel cake, showing the inside.
Sliced Crazy Caramel Carrot Cake.

Since I figured, if I were going to take part, I was going to push myself. Yeah that always seems like a fun idea when you think about it – then you have to do it!!

I had a recipe-ish in mind for the cake I wanted to bake – but, it needed some adjustment. Also, this time I was going to use a Bundt tin, because, erm, it seemed like a good idea at the time. So I fiddled with the recipe, hoping I’d got the right quantities to bake my Crazy Caramel Carrot Cake in my chosen Bundt tin.

As I was making the cake, carefully photographing each stage, just in case it did work and I could share it with you lovely people, I had a thought. Always, always a dangerous activity for me.

Crazy Caramel Carrot Cake baked in a Bundt style tin.

 

Since there are Pecan nuts in the cake, it occurred to me that they’d also look nice if I used them to decorate the cake (assuming the cake turned out – literally, from its intricately designed Bundt tin). So all is good, but what was I going to ice/frost the cake with? Because I wasn’t feeling the cream cheese frosting that ALWAYS goes beautifully with carrot cake, I wanted Caramel.

Why Crazy Caramel Carrot Cake?

Confession time. I. Don’t. Like. Caramel.

Really I don’t, so I would be CRAZY to put something I don’t like, on my favourite cake, of all time, ever.

Yet, somehow, deep inside, I knew I could get it to work for me. While I know caramel and salted caramel have been done to death over the last few years, although I’d never jumped on that band wagon. Why would I? Because I don’t like caramel.

Or should I say I didn’t like caramel, until I’d made my own. I instinctively shy away from super sweet food, especially icings and frostings. Whereas, my own, homemade caramel sauce, is a gazillion miles away from the tooth aching, molten sugar of my previous caramel tastings.

Drizzled over this beautiful Bundt and adorned with toasted Pecan nuts this Crazy Caramel Carrot Cake is the perfect twist on a classic.

A Bundt sweet bake covered in caramel sauce and decorated with pecan nuts.
Crazy Caramel Carrot Cake

Bundt pan dimensions are 23.5cm (9″) wide x 11cm (4.5″) deep. The pan holds 3 litres (5.3 UK pints). Alternatively you could also use a 8in (20cm) greased and lined springform cake pan, although the baking time may need adjusting.

Recipe : Serves 10 Crazy Caramel Carrot Cake

For the Cake :

200g/7oz Unsalted Butter (plus extra for greasing the tin. Alternatively use Wilton cake release and apply as shown for butter.)

260g/10oz Caster Sugar

3 Large Free Range Eggs

1tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey 

1/4tsp Salt

260g/10z Plain White Flour

2.5tsp Baking Powder

2.5tsp Cinnamon

300g/11oz Grated Carrot

50g/2oz Pecan Nuts

For the  Caramel Topping :

50g/2oz Butter

175g/6oz Light Brown Sugar

300ml/11fl oz Double Cream

1tsp Vanilla Extract

50g/2oz Pecan Nuts

Method : Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan, gas mark 4, 350F.

Making And Baking The Carrot Cake:

First of all, before starting on the cake batter, you need to toast the pecan nuts. Since this brings out their flavour and keeps them crisp and crunchy within the cake.

In a dry pan, heat the pecan nuts, gently tossing to ensure even toasting, for five minutes. Set aside to cool.
In a dry pan, heat the pecan nuts, gently tossing to ensure even toasting, for five minutes. Set aside to cool.

 

Melt approx 1tbsp of butter and using a pastry brush, ensure the inside of the Bundt tin is completely greased.
Melt approx 1tbsp of butter and using a pastry brush, ensure the inside of the Bundt tin is completely greased.

 

To make the cake, firstly cream the butter and sugar together, until pale and fluffy.

Sift in one third of the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, vanilla extract and one egg and mix gently.

Repeat this process twice more, adding the egg before the dry mix at the last stage.

Place 50g of cooled pecan nuts, onto a board and roughly chop.
Place 50g of cooled pecan nuts, onto a board and roughly chop.
Add the grated carrot and chopped pecans to the cake batter.
Add the grated carrot and chopped pecans to the cake batter.
Gently fold in the carrot and nuts until fully incorporated within the cake batter.
Gently fold in the carrot and nuts until fully incorporated within the cake batter.
Spoon the cake batter into the tin, gently pressing down to remove any air pockets.
Spoon the cake batter into the tin, gently pressing down to remove any air pockets.

 

Place the cake in the middle of the oven and bake for 1hour.

Making The Caramel Sauce And Decorating The Cake:

While the cake is baking, make the Caramel Sauce.

Place the butter, sugar, cream and vanilla extract in a heavy based pan.
Place the butter, sugar, cream and vanilla extract in a heavy based pan.
Crazy Caramel Carrot Cake swirl the ingredients over a medium heat. When the sauce is bubbling and golden brown in colour it is done!
Crazy Caramel Carrot Cake swirl the ingredients over a medium heat. When the sauce is bubbling and golden brown in colour it is done!

Remember the caramel is very hot, so no dipping your finger into the saucepan!!

Crazy Caramel Carrot Cake- decant the sauce, equally, into 2 heat proof containers and set aside to cool.
Crazy Caramel Carrot Cake- decant the sauce, equally, into 2 heat proof containers and set aside to cool.

 

After 1 hour of baking insert a skewer into the deepest part of the cake, if it comes out clean the cake is baked and can be removed from the oven. If not, return the cake to the oven and check at 5 minute intervals.

Leave the cake to cool completely in the tin.
Leave the cake to cool completely in the tin.
Once cooled turn out your Crazy Caramel Carrot Cake into a cake stand.
Once cooled turn out your Crazy Caramel Carrot Cake onto a cake stand.
Crazy Caramel Carrot Cake drizzle over the cooled caramel sauce.
Crazy Caramel Carrot Cake drizzle over the cooled caramel sauce.

 

You will only need half of the caramel sauce. The other half can be frozen, for up to 3 months, or kept in the fridge for a week.

crazy Caramel Carrot Cake now to decorate with pecan halves.
Crazy Caramel Carrot Cake now to decorate with pecan halves.

 

A Bundt sweet bake covered in caramel sauce and decorated with pecan nuts.
Crazy Caramel Carrot Cake

Your beautiful Crazy Caramel Carrot Cake is now ready to serve!

 

Sliced crazy caramel cake, showing the inside.
Sliced Crazy Caramel Carrot Cake.

The Truth Of The Pudding Is In The Tasting:

You will have to trust me (wink), since this cake is not overly sweet. The resulting  cinnamon scented carrot cake, with hidden pecan crunch, is perfectly complimented by the delicious caramel sauce. Don’t believe me??? try this for yourself!!!

I cannot encourage you enough to make this delicious twist on a classic, Crazy Caramel Carrot Cake.

Also this cake is easily baked in an ordinary cake pan. however, if I can encourage you also to obtain a Bundt tin, your baking world will sooo benefit. All that beautiful detail and no extra effort required from the baker. That’s got to be incentive enough.

Have you ever disliked a food or flavour and then been persuaded to change your mind?

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Stepping, actually taking a great, big, leap outside of my comfort zone really paid off. Resulting in an incredible flavour combination and beautiful cake that can also be served as a pudding, with custard, or more caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream. And remember, however you serve this cake, it always tastes better when shared!

So, whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie x

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Hi, thank you for stopping by. While I assume that you like cake, because you’re here on this page, do you also like Maltesers? Delicious chocolate covered balls of malted loveliness that are almost impossible to stop munching on, once the packet/box is opened. So, I’ve come up with a cake  that incorporates all of those lovely flavours. Introducing my Malted Marbled Chocolate Cake.

A cake that tastes of Maltesers

While I started from scratch with this cake recipe I am thrilled with how well the cake has turned out. Aside from adjusting the cooking temperature and time I am pleased to say it was a success!

Since Wilko gave me some products to review (post coming soon) I decided to make this Malted Marbled Chcolate Cake in the square cake tin I had been sent. And, as I already have a  Maltesers Popping Candy Cupcakes  on my site, I knew that switching up the recipe and including the yummy malt flavour would create a winning flavour.

In addition, topping the cake with swirls of milk and white chocolate would not only taste great, but also reflect the marbling pattern within the cake. Also, don’t expect this cake to last very long, if my experience is repeated. Because this large cake only lasted two days, although it was also  shared with Grandparents and friends. Because cake is meant for sharing, don’t you think?

Close up of melted white and milk chocolate cake topping swirled together.
How good does this swirled chocolate topping look?

Recipe :  Malted Marbled Chocolate Cake yields at least 18 slices

For the cake:

350g/12oz Unsalted Butter – plus extra for greasing your cake tin

300g/11oz Caster Sugar

1/4 tsp Salt

2tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

6 Large Eggs – Free Range

350g/12oz Plain White Flour

3tsp Baking Powder

100mls/4floz Whole Milk

5tbsp Powdered Malted Milk Drink – Horlicks/Ovaltine

6tbsp Cocoa Powder – I use Callebaut

For the topping:

200g/7oz Milk Chocolate

100g/4oz White Chocolate

Method : Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan, 350F, gas mark 4

I use a 24cm x 24cm square cake tin (approx 9″ tin).

If using a round cake tin you will need an 20cm/8in with a depth of 10cm/4in. Grease the cake tin (I use butter) and line the base with parchment paper.

Use either a stand mixer – with the beater attachment or alternatively a bowl with a hand held electric whisk.

Making The Two Batters For This Cake

Place the butter and sugar in the bowl.

  • First of all, place the butter, sugar and salt into a bowl.

Whip until light and fluffy.

  • Beat until pale and creamy.
  • Next sieve the flour and baking powder into a separate bowl – dry mix.
  • Crack the eggs into a jug – I actually crack them individually into a small bowl, then transfer them to a jug. Then add the vanilla extract to the eggs. Beat lightly with a fork – wet mix.
  • Add one third of the dry mixture to the bowl, mix in lightly.
  • Now add half of the wet mix and continue mixing until just incorporated.
  • Repeat again, finishing with the final third of dry mixture. Mix until just combined.
  • Add the malted milk powder and milk, mix until combined.

Scrape down the sides of the bowl using a rubber spatula.

  • Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.
  • As soon as the mixture has been scraped down into the bowl give everything a final mix.
  • Spoon half of the cake batter into a separate bowl.

Remove half of the cake batter to a separate bowl.

 

  • Add cocoa powder to one half of the cake batter.

Add the cocoa to the mixer bowl.

  • Mix in the cocoa powder.
  • Using a spatula scrape the sides of the bowl ensuring the cocoa is fully combined.

Once the cocoa is completely incorporated, scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix.

Creating The Marbling Effect With The Chocolate And Vanilla Cake Batters

  • To build the Malted Marble Chocolate Cake add the two separate mixes as shown in the photographs below.
  • Add three scoops of chocolate cake batter to the tin.

Add the cocoa batter in three separate dollops to the cake pan.

 

  • Add the vanilla cake batter on and around the chocolate mix.
Add the vanilla batter on and around the cocoa batter.
  • Finally add the remaining chocolate and vanilla batter in rough layers

Add the rest of the cocoa/vanilla batter in rough layers.

 

  • Use the handle of a wooden spoon to swirl the two batters together.
Malted Marbled Chocolate Cake - using the handle of a wooden spoon swirl the two batters together, without mixing them into each other.
Malted Marbled Chocolate Cake
  • Resulting in a swirled, marbled cake effect.
Perfectly swirled - Malted Marbled Chocolate Cake!
Perfectly swirled – Malted Marbled Chocolate Cake!

Baking The Malted Marbled Chocolate Cake

  • Place your cake tin into the centre of a preheated oven.
  • Bake for 1hr – 1hr 15 mins, until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Allow two thirds of the cooking time to elapse before checking your cake.
  • As soon as the cake is baked remove from the oven.
Malted Marbled Chocolate Cake - fresh from the oven.
Malted Marbled Chocolate Cake
  • Allow the cake to cool in its tin for 15 minutes.
  • Then run a palette knife around the outside edge of the cake to loosen it.
  • Turn out the cake and allow to completely cool on a rack.
  • As soon as the cake is cool it is time to create the gorgeous, swirly, chocolate topping.

Adding The Chocolate Swirled Topping

  • Break up or chop each chocolate and place in separate bowls. I melt the chocolate using the microwave on medium setting in 30 second bursts. Remove the bowl from the microwave when there are still a few lumps in the melted chocolate and stir continuously until the chocolate is smooth. Be extra careful with white chocolate – it is very easy to overheat in the microwave.
  • Set the bowls of chocolate aside to cool.
Malted Marbled Chocolate Cake - cooled with cooling, melted chocolate, ready for decorating.
Malted Marbled Chocolate Cake
  • Cool the chocolate until it has thickened but is still pourable.
  • First of all pour the melted milk chocolate over the top of the cake.

Malted Marbled Chocolate Cake - pour over the melted milk chocolate.

  • Spread the chocolate so that it covers the top of the cake.

Malted Marbled Chocolate Cake - use a spoon to smooth the melted chocolate over the top of the cake.

 

  • Drizzle over the melted white chocolate.
Malted Marbled Chocolate Cake - drizzle the white chocolate on top.
Malted Marbled Chocolate Cake
  • Using a skewer or cocktail stick swirl the two chocolates together, creating a marbled effect,

Malted Marbled Chocolate Cake - use a skewer to swirl the two chocolates together.

  • Set the cake to one side, somewhere cool, alternatively refrigerate, to allow the chocolate to set.

The swirled chocolate topping perfects finishes this Malted Marbled Chocolate Cake.

 

And now you have a delicious Malted Marbled Chocolate Cake to share! Because of its size, this cake is ideal for a celebration, family gathering, a houseful of friends as it feeds a lot of people. Most importantly this bake is perfect for feasting, sharing and having fun.

A cut slice of the cake showing off the hidden marbling.

Serve by slicing the cake in half and then cutting as shown in the photo above.

Store any leftover cake in an airtight container. Refrigerate during warmer weather.

Whole square cake on a clear glass cake stand.
Malted Marbled Chocolate Cake

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Since this cake tastes of Maltesers you could add them as a decoration. Either around the base of the cake, keeping some melted milk chocolate back and using as glue, or on top. And this is the advantage of baking a cake at home. Since you decide how it should be decorated. Resulting in a cake that is unique and tastes a million times better than it’s mass produced alternative.

So, whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie x

Wilko sent me some items to review. And most importantly all of opinions are my own. I was not paid to write this post. No part of this post may be reproduced or duplicated without the written permission of the owner. Please see my Disclosure Policy.

 

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