Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Bake 52: Tunnel of Fudge Cake

This is my kind of thing.  I know I said yesterday that I thought twice about making that recipe, but I would never think twice about something like this.  Isn't she pretty?  What is it about a bundt cake that is so lovely?  Not to mention the chocolate brownie-like cake, drizzled with chocolate and a 'tunnel' of fudge running through the middle.  It's the stuff of heaven.  I tried to make it look angelic in the photos but now I can't decide if it's angelic or hellish.  (It's tempting me right now.  I think it knows my name.)

I knew it would be a serious temptation and I thought about trying to half the recipe.  Maybe bake it in a smaller bundt pan or a few of the mini-bundt pans, but I was afraid that would mess with the fudgey center and I did NOT want to mess that up.  I was having some anxiety knowing that I would eat the entire cake if given the chance so I texted Clare and told her to come over after work and pick up some cake.  It eased my conscience a trivial amount, I should have just pawned the whole thing off on someone to save myself.  

I usually try not to read the other baker's posts before I make mine but today I sneaked a peak at Janet's post.  She recommended skipping the nuts and using semi-sweet chocolate instead of bitter-sweet.  And I listened because I do whatever Janet tells me to.  It was one of the smartest things I have ever done, I think it would have been too much with the bittersweet in the cake and the glaze.  I might just have her make all my decision in the future.  I also added a couple tablespoons of powdered sugar to the glaze, I felt like it needed to be a bit sweeter.  I do think I baked the cake a bit too long, my tunnel could have been bigger but that's my only regret.  I ended up baking it for about 50 minutes and next time I would go with 40 or 45.  And there will be a next time.  Mark my words.
See my lame excuse for a tunnel?  It's more like a ribbon, or a line of fudge.  Next time the tunnel will be at least twice that big or maybe I will just eat the batter instead of baking it. ;)

If you have a love affair with chocolate, like I do, this recipe is for you!  You can get the recipe at Janet's blog, she was our hostess for the week.  Thanks for picking such a great recipe Janet!


  1. Looks great! I skipped the nuts too, not sure why a recipe like this would call for that and ruin it!

  2. My family has me make all their decisions for them as well, so you are in pretty good company. :-) I'm glad you like the changes I suggested. I think the cooking time is really sensitive - too short and you'll have a structural failure/too long, no tunnel. I think next time I would just let my cake rest in the pan closer to 15 or 20 minutes to make sure the outside was really firm and that would give me a bit better chance of not having the inside leak out...


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