Monday, December 4, 2017

Chocolate Espresso Bundt Cake with Chocolate Whiskey Ganache


Christmas Day is only three weeks away!  It's a busy and exciting time of year. No doubt, some of you having already begun your Christmas baking.  This is the time of year we like to count our blessings and not our calories ;)


We are blessed with a wonderful family and wonderful friendships.  Last weekend, we were invited to watch the Big Ten football championship game between our Wisconsin Badgers vs Ohio State at the home of one of those good friends.  Sadly, the Badgers lost to Ohio State (congrats to them).  I offered to bring dessert and already knew the cake I wanted to bake to inaugurate my Kugelhopf bundt pan.  The dessert was definitely a winner!


I had recently received a wonderful new cake cookbook called Cake, I Love You that I had won from one of my long-time blogging buddies, Debbie, at Mountain Breaths and wanted to use something from that cookbook also. 


So, I went ahead with the cake I had planned to make and picked a delicious ganache recipe from my new cookbook!  It was truly wonderful dessert that received rave reviews from everyone.


This bundt cake recipe has been adapted by many...Martha Stewart, Betty Crocker, Food and Wine, etc.  It's a chocolate-sour cream cake that is moist and rich.  The ganache is dark and creamy with a hint of Irish Whiskey and Espresso. 

I did make a silly mistake though.  I waited a little to long to pour the ganache over the cake and it 'puddled' in spots.  I can tell you from my experience, do not try to take a hair dryer to soften the ganache.  It starts to separate :(  I should have added a little more warmed cream instead.  It certainly didn't affect the taste though, thankfully.  So good!


Another wonderful recent surprise was receiving this adorable tea cozy from another long-time and dear friend,  She knows how much I love MacKensie-Childs, as you can tell from my cake platter above and Christmas platter in the background of this photo.  Hand made from a talented knitter who created the design for her and just for me! So Stinkin' Cute! ♥ A gift I will cherish for years.

If you need a simple but very delicious recipe to bring to a holiday party that will feed 8-10, this is it!  Add a little whipped cream, vanilla ice cream or raspberries for an very special treat.

And, the whiskey is totally optional :)

Chocolate Espresso Bundt Cake with Chocolate Whiskey Ganache


For the cake:

1 cup butter (2 sticks)
1/2 cup Dutch process cocoa (I used Ghirardelli)
½ cup brewed espresso or, 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder dissolved into 1/2 cup water
1-3/4 cups granulated sugar
1 cup sour cream
2-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

For the Ganache Glaze:

½ cup plus 2 Tablespoons heavy cream
6 oz  60% bittersweet chocolate (I used Ghirardelli), chopped
2 tablespoon butter, softened 
1 Tablespoon Lyles Golden Syrup or light corn syrup
1 teaspoon brewed espresso (or ½ teaspoon instant espresso powder)
1 Tablespoon Irish whiskey, such as Jamesons or Bushmills

For the cake:

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Spray a 10-12 cup bundt pan or Kugelhopf pan with nonstick spray (I prefer Bakers Joy).  You may also butter the interior with softened butter and dust with flour.

Over medium heat, melt butter in a large saucepan (large enough to hold all cake ingredients). Add the cocoa powder and whisk until any lumps have disappeared.  Stir in the espresso and remove from heat.

Add the sugar, sour cream, vanilla and eggs to the cocoa mixture and whisk until smooth.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt.  Pour it into the cocoa mixture and whisk until well blended, scraping the bottom and sides to incorporate any remaining dry ingredients.

Pour batter into prepared bundt pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean and the cake has slightly pulled away from the sides of the pan. Cool in the bundt pan on a rack for 20 minutes. Place a large platter over the bundt pan and carefully invert the cake onto the platter. Allow to rest for a few minutes. The cake should release itself onto the platter at which time the pan cake be carefully removed.  Allow to cool completely before adding the ganache. 

For the Ganache (Adapted from Black Irish Whiskey Cake from Cake, I love You by Jill O’Connor)

Place the chopped chocolate into a medium heatproof bowl 

In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the cream and espresso.  Bring just to a boil, and pour the hot cream over the chocolate. Let stand for 1 to 2 minutes to soften and then stir, starting from the center and stirring outwards, until the chocolate is melted and combined with the cream.

Add the butter, golden syrup and whiskey and stir until combined.   Allow the ganache to cool for about 10 minutes before pouring over the top of the cake allowing it to drip down the sides and interior.  If your ganache is too thick, add a little more warmed cream.

Keeps at room temperature, covered, for 4 days. 


37 comments:

  1. your bundt cake is stunning , I have the Kugelhopf bundt pan and your recipe is perfect for it, how lovely the tea cozy, so Christmassy and joyful !A warm hug from Trieste

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    1. This recipe suits the pan so well Thank you, Chiara! Happy Holiday season to you 😘

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  2. You know what? You're stinkin' cute:) The cake looks FAB!!!And so do your pics..
    Class my dear..all class;)
    Looks like a fun book!!

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    1. LOL 😎 I can't believe my good fortune 💕 Oh, it is so good! Chocolate winner!

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  3. This looks amazing Susan! The cake looks so moist and that ganache!!! I love your new cake pan too :)

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    1. Thank you, Chris! I think this is my favorite bundt pan yet! The ganache is dangerously good 😊

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  4. All I can say is... Yes Please! Your cake is beautiful and I'm sure everyone was thrilled:@)

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  5. this bundt cake looks absolutely stunning Susan !!I love bundt cakes!! hugs!

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  6. The cake sounds and looks amazing with that whiskey ganache, Susan. I love the joyful and festive presentation.

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    1. Thank you, Angie! I was very happy with how it turned out :)

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  7. I am a lemon girl, but if my chocolate puddled I would have some happy people here. :)

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    1. My favorites are both chocolate and lemon, Madonna :) Thank you!

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  8. What a great looking cake, Susan! It looks delicious and like a hit for sure! My family and all back in Ohio, take OSU football very seriously. It's a loyalty beyond words, for sure!

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    1. Thank you, Pam! One of our hosts when to OSU and he was very discreet about being overjoyed ;)

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  9. Oh that tea cozy is amazing! Is she selling that pattern? Now this cake is a Christmas Cake for sure. It looks so wonderful that I may have to dig out my bundt pan! Merry on, Susan!

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    1. Thank you, Vee! My friend did not make it herself and it did come from outside the U.S. so I can't answer that question. Sorry.

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  10. What a fabulous cake Susan, looks elegant and delicious. Clever idea to use the hair dresser;). That tea cozy is adorable, in fact so adorable that I think I would have a hard time not smiling every time I glanced at it, love how it matches the plate.

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    1. It is delicious, Cheri! I can't wait to have another opportunity to make it :) I haven't put the tea pot and cozy away and just may leave it out on the counter so I can see it every day.

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  11. Oh this is so worthy! The photos are fabulous, the cake sounds superb, that tea cozy is very cute....I think your holidays are off to a great start!

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    1. Thank you so much, Abbe! Yes, indeed they are off to a good start :)

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  12. Wow, this cake has my name written all over it! I am a notorious chocoholic! Great job Susan!

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    1. I am a chocoholic too, Katerina :) It was love at first bite!

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  13. Well I haven’t started baking, but if I were to, if might be this cake! Just lovely! None of us is a sweets eater - we just tend to eat lots of cheese through the holidays. And smoked salmon!

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    1. Cheese and smoked salmon sound good to me! Then cake :)

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  14. Oh my. What a gorgeous cake. You don't even notice the "issue" with the ganache. And your photos are truly mouth-watering. I love that cute tea cozy too. How perfect for you!

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    1. Thank you for not noticing :) Thanks so much, Linda!

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  15. I'm having a Christmas open house next weekend and this cake sounds perfect. I'm pinning.

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  16. Wow, what a gorgeous cake, Susan! I love absolutely everything about this recipe, sounds truly delicious! And that little teapot is super stinkin' cute! Gorgeous photos :)

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  17. What a wondeful cake Susan! An ideal one for me to whip up too especially I always have espresso on hand...And I love your book and your tea pot knit is adorable! Have a great weekend! Xoxo

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  18. Your cake looks great and so easy to make. I have to try it.

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    1. Not hard to make at all and so delicious! Thank you, Gerlinde!

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