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 teaspoon brewed espresso (or ½ teaspoon instant espresso
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
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
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
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.