Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Nutty, Chocolatey, Swirly Sour Cream Bundt Cake


Sour cream pound cake, swirled with a brown sugar-chocolate-cinnamon-nut mixture, baked in a bundt pan. Sounds pretty good, right?

Jennifer of Cooking for Comfort selected this bundt cake (recipe here) for all of the Tuesdays with Dorie bakers to make this week. It's quite a responsibility to pick the recipe and host, and we all have to wait so long before it's our turn. That's why I hate to say it, but I didn't love this one.

I nixed the raisins in the swirl, and doubled the walnuts. I had a lot of trouble with the swirl layer. I couldn't get the batter to cover it because the sugar in the swirl made it very difficult to cover up. Nonetheless, the cake baked up beautifully with a lovely, crunchy exterior, and a chewy, moist interior. So why didn't I love it?


It was the swirl. The swirl didn't melt in the batter and remained as a layer of raw sugar with a sprinkling of walnuts and chocolate chips. It made the cake fall apart when it was sliced. I'm not a fan of dusting things with powdered sugar, so I topped the cake with Dorie's ganache. That made it a crunchy-chewy-falling-apart-dripping-in-chocolate hot mess.

I do plan to make this one again because the flavor and texture of the cake were great. But I'll skip the swirl and add cinnamon to the cake instead.

Thanks, Jennifer, for hosting this week! Sorry I messed up your pick. :-)

18 comments:

Joy said...

It looks beautiful! I love your pan!

Torviewtoronto said...

looks delicious

Gabe's Girl said...

At least you tried it! I think that means more to the hostess (host) than anything. oh, the adventures we have in the kitchen.

Kayte said...

Okay, we are still good friend, but my favorite part was the cinnamon swirl with nuts and raisins! And I would never think of voluntarily dousing it in chocolate...lol. It looks good for those people, though, and very pretty on that plate. Oh, well, we still both LOVE INDIAN food!

Flourchild said...

Great idea to top with ganache! It looks so tasty! I cut the recipe in half.

Jessica of My Baking Heart said...

Regardless of the swirl mess, the cake looks beautiful - I'm drooling over that ganache right now! :)

Jessica said...

Ooh, ganache can cover a multitude of...I won't say sins, because your cake looks great. But it makes everything better, doesn't it? I also thought the swirl was a little raw, myself, and mine also had some undissolved kosher salt in it. But I kind of liked the sweet/salt together.

Lauryn said...

well I guess they can't all be winners! Nice idea to add the ganache! I happened to really enjoy this one!

Karen said...

Bummer that you didn't like the swirl. I bet it will be great when you try it the way you described. :) It looks fantastic.

Tia said...

mmm ganache... over the top goodness!

Pamela said...

Ganache?! You are brilliant! I am sorry that the swirl didn't do what it was supposed to, though. I seriously didn't think I'd like this one, but I loved it!

margot said...

Yum, chocolate-covered Bundt cake! I was tempted to glaze mine since it was not very attractive, but was too lazy. Good luck with your next version, I definitely think this one is worth a repeat.

Di said...

I liked the swirl, but I think there was too much of it. I'd like to try it again with less. I also used brown sugar, which I think melted a bit more than regular sugar would have. Sorry this one didn't turn out the way you hoped it would.

cindy said...

I went for a 'layer' instead of the swirl. I wonder if using brown sugar instead of white in the swirl would work? Have a great day.

Tracey said...

I had trouble covering the swirl too Leslie, but I did enjoy the contrast of the slightly raw swirl with the cake. I have a feeling your second attempt will be much more successful for you :)

Katrina said...

Nothing can be too messed up when it's covered in ganache! ;)

jillbert said...

It doesn't look like a hot mess in the first photo! My minis had sort of a swirl topping (on the bottom), but it ended up working out - probably because I made minis and didn't try to slice them.

Thomas said...

Crunchy-chewy-falling-apart-dripping-in-chocolate hot mess? Hm. I guess I'm failing to see the problem, here, because it sounds phenomenal!