I quite like making bundts now. Â We seem to have come to an understanding. Â As usual it was all about money.
I love to cook and bake but some of my favorite dinners are one pot stewy dutch oven-y things. Â The bundt is a baking version of that. Â It’s fancier than cookies but doesn’t require frosting so easier than a cake. Â I was having an ongoing issue with trying to get the bundts out of the pan cleanly Â – it never seemed to work for me. Â I would wait 10 minutes. Â Or 20. Â I would run a knife around the edge. Â I would wrap the base in a wet paper towel. Â I got nothin’. Â But a fragmented craggly bundt. Â Which still tasted good but was not very pretty.
I easily solved that! Â I bought a really expensive heavy duty bundt pan from Williams Sonoma (no they didn’t pay me, I wish they did!) and guess what? Â All my bundt troubles vanished! Â This is the pan I bought and I highly recommend (it’s the top one):
These are the things I like about it:
- Â – it has handles
- Â – it’s really deep, holds 15 cups
- Â – it weighs as much as my 1 year old niece
I think Cook’s Illustrated recommends it also and that’s good enough for me.
In my quest for bundt recipes I stumbled upon a really great blog with a really great name:
I Like Big BundtsÂ ! Â She has so many bundt recipes on there – it’s a treasure trove really. Â Check her out for bundt inspiration.
So the other day I was having a trunk show and was looking to make a quick goodie to offer. Â My younger two nyckids love Marble Loaf which we used to buy at Starbucks on our way down to Science class at the AMNH. Â We call is Marble-Lo in our family as that’s what my kids thought I was saying before they could read. So I decided to make a Marble Bundt and decided that it must have chocolate chips. Â I think it had something to do with the zaniness of the holidays (this was early December) and I was having a hard time coping unless I had chocolate chips. Â In almost everything.
The cake was delicious and a hit and I made it through the holidays. Â Sadly I have had to stop the chocolate chip method of emotional support. Â For the sake of my pants.
Here’s the how:
butter your bundt ( I like to put a pat of butt in the pan and stick it in the pre heating oven for a minute and then swirl it around. Â Since this cake I have found Pam with Flour – hallelujah!
meanwhile you should be mixing together the sugar, cocoa, corn syrup and vanilla.
and melting it into this wonderful chocolatey mess.
mix the butter and sugar
add the eggs (there’s a lot of them in this cake! Â it’s a big one!)
Add the flour mixture
alternating with the milk
add chips and fold in by hand
clean up your mess
Now you are ready to make the marble-lo part of the cake!
mix 1/3 of dough in with the chocolate sauce you made earlier – I did it right in the pot!
put in half of the remaining vanilla dough
put in the chocolate layer
put in the last vanilla layer – smooth it down and swirl your knife through. (sorry no pics of that!)
and rightfully so since I didn’t do a very good job at swirling! Ha!
Still tastes mighty good!
Marble-Lo Bundt Cake with Chocolate ChipsÂ
adapted from I Love Big Bundts
2 1/2 cups (17 1/2 ounces) sugar, divided (1/2 cup and 2 cups)