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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Sweet Saturday!

Happy Saturday, my dear friends! I hope you're having a gorgeous weekend. :o)

I'm ecstatic that I had some crafty time last night, but I wasn't able to complete my card to post along with this recipe today. (I'll be back with it tomorrow!) Instead, all I have for you is a delicious cake. I hope you forgive me. ;)

With spring and warmer weather's arrival, many of us yearn for fruity desserts. However, sometimes you still need chocolate. I hadn't made a bundt cake in quite some time, so I started my search there. Oh the joy of stumbling upon a recipe for Chocolate Espresso Bundt Cake with Chocolate Cinnamon Glaze. Oh my.
Yes, I made a mess with the glaze... but everyone likes having a little extra to scrape off the bottom and put with their piece. ;) I couldn't resist letting it pool as much as it wanted. The majority of this went to work with my sweetheart as a little blessing to his coworkers, which is probably a good thing. I easily could have cleared it out myself this weekend. ;) The cake is rich, dark, chocolatey, and super moist. The glaze is a marvelous pairing of chocolate with a hint of cinnamon. My mom appropriately classified the topping as having a Mexican dimension to it, just as the recipe's creator stated. As is often the case in baked goods, by the time the baking is complete the espresso flavor turns subtle and primarily serves to enhance the chocolate's intensity. I will tell you that if you're a coffee lover, you MUST taste some of the batter while filling the pan. It tastes like pure chocolate espresso! If you want more of a coffee kick to the finished product, you can brush some coffee/espresso on the top of the cake while it's still warm. I love the elegance and ease of bundt cakes, which makes them a great option for the outdoorsy days of spring and summer. No huge amount of preparation time needed. :o)

This rich cake received rave reviews from all and I will certainly be making it again. If you try it, I hope you love it as much as we did! Have a blessed day, my sweet friends! I'll be back tomorrow with a card bursting with summery love. :o)

Chocolate Espresso Bundt Cake with Chocolate Cinnamon Glaze

For the cake:
2 sticks unsalted butter
½ cup Dutch process cocoa
1 tablespoon instant espresso powder, dissolved into ¾ cup hot water
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt

For the glaze:
4 ounces good quality semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped (I use semi-sweet)
⅓ cup unsalted butter, softened and cut into pieces
1½ teaspoons light corn syrup
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

To make the cake, preheat the oven to 350ยบ F. Butter and flour a 10-12 cup bundt pan.

Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add cocoa, stirring until smooth. Whisk in the espresso water and remove from heat. Add the sugar, sour cream, vanilla, and eggs to the warmed cocoa mixture and whisk until smooth. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add all at once to the first mixture, whisking until well-blended.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until it feels firm to the touch and has slightly pulled away from the sides of the pan. Cool in pan on a rack for 20 minutes. Carefully loosen the cake with a knife and invert onto a large plate.

To make the glaze, place the chocolate, butter, corn syrup, and cinnamon in a medium heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water. Stir the mixture using a rubber spatula until melted and smooth.

Pour the warm glaze over the bundt cake. Keep covered in a cake-keeper at room temperature for up to 4 days.

Source: slightly adapted from Sweetapolita



  1. I have to run to violin practise in a minute, but I had to take a quick moment to say

    *OH YUM*

    And plus, I think I love you. ;)

    Nita :)

  2. I am praying yur injury is completely healed.. AND your bundt cake looks so so yummy, I am not much of a sweet eater, probably why I am not a baker. I can't wait to see your next card. You are so sweet to always leave me such wonderful comments, and I wish I could tell you how much they are appreciated (and thank
    you for your prayers) hugs from ukiah

  3. Karen this looks so yummy! I would need to exchange the coffee for more chocolate, I am one of the few in the world that HATES coffee, yuck! I know, you all say what! From my first baby I can not be in the same room with coffee.

    But this cake looks so good so I will try it but like I said I will use extra cocoa.

    Hugs, Pam

  4. Oh my gosh, this looks so fabulous, Karen!! Wow, I could just dive head-first into that glaze!! I'm with Pam...I am not a coffee drinker, but I bet the expresso really enhances the flavor!! Yummo...I love Sweet Saturdays :)

    I hope you are having a great weekend my sweet friend!! Happy St. Patty's Day :)

    Hugs, Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

  5. This looks delicious! I wish I had a piece (or two) right now! :)


  6. Um sis? You realize that I have been dreaming non-stop about this beyond heavenly cake since you made it, right? And you are aware that I can't even function because all my tummy can think of is how super chocolately amazing it is, right? ARRGGG!!!!!! You are torturing me!!! I NEED THIS CAKE NOWWWWWWWWWWWW!!! SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

    OMJ Sunshine! This is the most devine chocolatey creation I have ever seen. *drools madly* When you desribed how delish the batter was I wanted to literally eat my keyboard. TEE HEE HEE! I can just taste it now sis. OMJ! I SOOOOOOOO NEED YOU TO SHOW ME HOW TO MAKE THIS!!!

    *jealous doesn't even come close to saying how envious I am of everyone who got to taste my Sunshine's masterpiece* TEE HEE HEE!

    *twirls you in happy Sweet Saturday spins*
    WHEEEEEEEEEE!!! Thank you soooooo much Sunshine for making all our weekends sparkle and shine with this most heavenly treat!!! Can we make more tonight? *begs*

    I LOVE YOU SIS!!!!!!!

    *super happy espresso Sweet Saturday forever squishies*
    ~~~Christina :)


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