Fudgey Vanilla Bundt Cake

fudgey vanilla bundt
Yields: 1 Serving Difficulty: Easy Prep Time: 20 Mins Cook Time: 45 Mins Total Time: 1 Hr 5 Mins
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It’s A Bundt!

Big Fat Greek WeddingWe all remember the Bundt cake that became a character in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”. The Bundt is not just in the movies, this traditional round pan with the hole in it can be found in 70 million homes the world over.

I love a good Bundt. Whether it’s a turkey-shaped Bundt or a giant pumpkin, these cakes are always a hit. I still have the 10″ classic round bundt that my mother used. This recipe is one of my favorites and uses that classic round Bundt pan made famous by Minnesota’s Nordic Ware company. But, before we get into the details of this yummy recipe, let’s talk about the history of this cake favorite.

Let Them Eat Cake, Bundt Cake

Invented by Dave Dalquest in 1950, the Bundt cake pan was made for a local Hadassah group. Hadassah is an organization for Jewish women focused on medical and educational causes in Isreal. The Minneapolis chapter of Hadassah had need of a pan to bake the traditional kugelhopf cake. Dave cast this pan, and the rest is history.

So, while the pan originated in Minnesota, the kugelhopf originated in Vienna. It is believed that when Marie Antoinette traveled to France to marry Louis XVI she brought this recipe with her. I’d like to think that this is the famous cake of “let them eat cake” legend.

Why We Bundt

I have never met a soul that has not had a Bundt cake. I baked this recipe for one of our recent weekly family dinners and it was gone before I could say “kugelhopf”. And, while the “Tunnel of Fudge” Bundt is popular and tasty, I will sit down to basic chocolate or vanilla Bundt cake any day.

Bundts are easy to bake and super portable. There is a Bundt for every holiday and every taste. The recognizable drizzle of glaze is sure to get your tummy rumbling for that super moist cake.

Without further adieu, let’s get down to the best of both worlds, chocolate and vanilla living together in an amazing Bundt.

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Ingredients

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  • Chocolate Icing

Instructions

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  • Grease and lightly flour a 10-inch round or fluted Bundt pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the butter for 30 seconds on medium speed. Add the sugar. When fully combined, add the vanilla extract.
  • Add the eggs one at a time beating one minute between each egg. Scrape the bowl as needed.
  • Add flour and buttermilk to the butter and egg mixture. Alternate the flour and the buttermilk starting and ending with flour. Beat on low speed between each addition until just combined.
  • Reserve 2 cups of the batter and pour the remaining batter into the pan.
  • Combine the chocolate syrup with the reserved batter. Beat on low speed until thoroughly combined. Pour but do not mix the chocolate batter over the vanilla batter in the pan.
  • Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool cake in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Turn cake out onto your wire rack and cool completely.
  • After the cake is entirely cooled prepare the icing. Combine icing ingredients in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat while constantly stirring until chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Drizzle over the cake immediately. Do not let the icing become cool and firm. Work with enough speed to avoid hardening of the icing.

Notes

The Equipment

Bundt Pan

Baking a great Bundt cake requires a great Bundt pan. A quality pan with good heat conductivity will give you the results you are looking for. If your pan is too thin the cake may not bake evenly leaving the outside dry before the inside bakes completely. Nordic Ware is the original and go-to pan for Bundt cake.

There are many sizes available for your Bundt cake. This recipe is for the 10-inch/12-cup pan.

Stand Mixer and Accessories

A stand mixer is an investment that will last for generations. You will use this mixer for baking and cooking. If you plan on spending quality time in your kitchen, spend that time with this Kitchen Aid Artisan Stand Mixer. (available in many colors!)

You can get an additional paddle attachment with a scraper. Having a second mixer bowl is a great idea. I have this second, larger, glass bowl. It is a great gift for your mixer. The ability to see the contents of your bowl with measurement lines is pretty fantastic.

Ingredients

Floured Baking Spray: The more ornate your baking pan the greater the chance for sticking. Using a floured baking spray solves the sticking problem.

Hershey's Chocolate Syrup: If you don't happen to have chocolate syrup in your kitchen, this is the stuff!

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