Thursday, May 19, 2011

Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake

When I read this post from my buddy Di, I new I had to both buy the pan and make the cake. Di proclaimed it moist and delicious and that was enough to send me to the kitchen.

This pan (the Nordic Ware heritage bundt pan) is the perfect pan for this cake! The exaggerated sharp peaks get extra crunchy (though not in a bad way) which is a striking contrast with the moist interior. I was glad I shared this one with my coworkers or it could have gotten ugly around here.

Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake
Printer friendly recipe
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 tablespoon cocoa
3/4 cup natural cocoa (not Dutch-processed, 2 1/4 ounces)
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder (optional)
3/4 cup water (boiling)
1 cup sour cream, room temperature
1 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (8 3/4 ounces)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups packed light brown sugar (14 ounces)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
5 large eggs, room temperature
confectioners' sugar, for dusting (optional)

Using a pastry brush, coat all interior surfaces of a 12-cup Bundt pan with the butter. Dust with the cocoa, being sure to coat the entire pan thoroughly. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position; preheat oven to 350°F.

Combine cocoa, chocolate, and espresso powder in a medium heatproof bowl; pour boiling water over and whisk until smooth. Cool to room temperature; whisk in the sour cream. In another bowl combine the flour, salt, and baking soda and whisk to combine.

In a standing mixer fitted with the flat beater, beat butter, sugar, and vanilla on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to medium and add the eggs one at a time, mixing for 30 seconds after each addition and scraping down bowl with rubber spatula after each addition. Reduce speed to medium-low (batter may appear curdled); add about one third of flour mixture and half of chocolate/sour cream mixture and mix until just incorporated, about 20 seconds. Scrape down the bowl and repeat using half of remaining flour mixture and all of the remaining chocolate mixture. Add the remaining flour mixture and beat until just incorporated, about 10 seconds. Scrape bowl and mix on medium-low speed until the batter is thoroughly combined, about 30 seconds.

Pour the batter into the prepared Bundt pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with few crumbs attached, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool in the pan 10 minutes, then invert cake onto a wire rack with a piece of parchment on it; cool to room temperature. Dust with confectioners' sugar if desired before serving.


Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

What an impressive looking cake! I love that bundt cakes have that crunchy outside, as you described, but soft interior. I bet it's extra soft and moist because of the sour cream? Great recipe!

Joy said...

That is a gorgeous cake! It sounds delicious, and that's a fantastic pan.

Comfy Cook said...

The cake sounds delicious and I love that pan. Nordicware bundt pans are wonderful.

Tracey said...

I absolutely love the shape of this cake! There are so many bundt pans I'd buy if I had more storage. Until then I'll live vicariously through all of you :)

TeaLady said...

LOVE the pan this was baked in. Di always has good goodies. Twist my arm to make this SOON!!

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Cindy said...

Every time I see a bundt baked in this pan I want it! Beautiful cake, and the chocolate looks divine!
Can one have too many bundt pans??

Nancy/n.o.e said...

Sharing is a good thing but I absolutely refuse to believe a cake that pretty could lead to any ugliness, lol! I have coveted that pan ever since Di got hers but I am trying to hold the line.

Di said...

That looks gorgeous! I do love both the pan and the recipe.