NATIONAL BUNDT CAKE DAY ~ AMARULA BUNDT CAKE

I don’t think the average bear person keeps this Cream Liqueur on hand and I wanted to be asauthenticate as possible with the ingredients. I also had to get some caramel essence as frankly, I didn’t know what it was. I wondered if I could have just used homemade caramel in its place. I’ll let you know the outcome.

THE AFRICAN LEGEND
Storytelling has always been central to African life. The Marula tree, as the source of several fascinating legends, has become a sacred and intricate part of ancient African culture. Locals have revered these trees for centuries and refer to them fondly by various names.

Because elephants travel for miles to feast on the wild fruit, locals call it ‘The Elephant Tree’. African folklore also refers to it as ‘The Marriage Tree’. Apart from making a beautifully natural wedding canopy, it’s also said to have aphrodisiac properties and features in tribal fertility rites. The ripening of the Marula fruit in summer coincides with great celebrations in many parts of Southern Africa. In Swaziland, for example, the annual Marula Festival is celebrated at the king’s royal residence, sustaining the belief that the Marula fruit is fit for kings and queens.

Like the elephants, the Marula trees are protected under South African law. They are a key part of African heritage and may not be farmed for commerce. The fruit however is sold in a variety of natural products, Amarula of course being one of them.

NATIONAL BUNDT CAKE DAY ~ AMARULA BUNDT CAKE
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This cake is moist, has a tender crumb and a unique, almost addicting flavor. I knew I had to make it from the get go. It drew me in right from the start. After all was said and done, I was not disappointed and will surely make this again, for a special occasion.
Servings
8 ~ 10 Servings
Cook Time Passive Time
50 ~ 60 Minutes 4 Hours
Servings
8 ~ 10 Servings
Cook Time Passive Time
50 ~ 60 Minutes 4 Hours
NATIONAL BUNDT CAKE DAY ~ AMARULA BUNDT CAKE
Print Recipe
This cake is moist, has a tender crumb and a unique, almost addicting flavor. I knew I had to make it from the get go. It drew me in right from the start. After all was said and done, I was not disappointed and will surely make this again, for a special occasion.
Servings
8 ~ 10 Servings
Cook Time Passive Time
50 ~ 60 Minutes 4 Hours
Servings
8 ~ 10 Servings
Cook Time Passive Time
50 ~ 60 Minutes 4 Hours
Ingredients
THE BUNDT CAKE
GANACHE & ASSEMBLY
Servings: Servings
Instructions
BUNDT CAKE
  1. Pre~heat oven to 350ºF and prepare a medium Bundt pan with cake release. My Homemade release has never let me down, no matter how intricate the design.
  2. Sift together, the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk to combine.
  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer, beat together the melted butter, milk, 4 Tablespoons Amarula Liqueur, eggs and caramel essence until light and fluffy.
  4. Add dry ingredients and fold together by hand just until combined. DO NOT OVERMIX
  5. Pour batter into prepared Bundt pan, smooth on top and rap on the counter a few times to release any unwanted bubbles
  6. Bake in pre~heated oven for 50 to 60 minutes or until a finger pressed on the top of the cake springs right back up; and a tester comes out with just a few moist crumbs.
  7. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack 5 to 10 minutes
  8. Un~mold Bundt cake onto a wire rack with parchment or waxed paper underneath to catch any dripping.
  9. Using a skewer, pierce the cake in several places over the top of the cake. Heat 4 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream and 2 Tablespoons Amarula Liqueur just until warm ~ slowly pour over the cake and allow to cool completely.
GANACHE AND ASSEMBLY
  1. Once the cake has completely cooled, Combine the chopped milk chocolate, 1 Tablespoon heavy whipping cream and 2 Tablespoons Amarula Liqueur in a microwave~safe bowl. Heat in microwave on 75% power in 20 second intervals, stirring in between until completely smooth and melted. Pour over cake, followed by sprinkling the chopped pecans over the top of the cake; and dust with icing sugar, if desired.
Recipe Notes

Total  Trivia:

The United States has over 175 days related to awareness of food or drink.  None of these are federal holidays.

THE AFRICAN LEGEND
Storytelling has always been central to African life. The Marula tree, as the source of several fascinating legends, has become a sacred and intricate part of ancient African culture. Locals have revered these trees for centuries and refer to them fondly by various names.

Because elephants travel for miles to feast on the wild fruit, locals call it ‘The Elephant Tree’. African folklore also refers to it as ‘The Marriage Tree’. Apart from making a beautifully natural wedding canopy, it’s also said to have aphrodisiac properties and features in tribal fertility rites. The ripening of the Marula fruit in summer coincides with great celebrations in many parts of Southern Africa. In Swaziland, for example, the annual Marula Festival is celebrated at the king’s royal residence, sustaining the belief that the Marula fruit is fit for kings and queens.

Like the elephants, the Marula trees are protected under South African law. They are a key part of African heritage and may not be farmed for commerce. The fruit however is sold in a variety of natural products, Amarula of course being one of them.

Amarula {my new obsession} is a cream liqueur from South Africa. It is made with sugar, cream and the fruit of the African marula tree (Sclerocarya birrea) which is also locally called the Elephant tree or the Marriage Tree. It has an alcohol content of 17% by volume. It has had some success at international spirit ratings competitions, winning a gold medal at the 2006 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

History:

Amarula was first marketed by Southern Liqueur Company of South Africa (the current trademark owners and wholly owned subsidiary of Distell Group Limited) as a liqueur in September 1989, the Amarula spirit having been launched in 1983.  It has the taste of slightly fruity caramel.

Distribution:

Amarula has had particular success in Brazil [and in Chandler, Arizona ] just kidding {not really}. Recently, Amarula has attempted to break into the American market.

Elephant-associated marketing:

Elephants enjoy eating the fruit of the marula tree. Because of the marula tree's association with elephants, the distiller has made them its symbol and supports elephant conservation efforts, co-funding the Amarula Elephant Research Programme at the University of Natal, Durban.   For marketing efforts it produces elephant-themed collectible items.

Just once a year, the Marula trees bear fruit. The elephants are drawn by the exotic scent and travel for miles to get a taste. That’s when we know it’s time to hand-harvest the ripe, yellow fruit and begin the two-year process that brings the unique taste of Amarula to the world.  The elephants get a little drunk from it and once you try it, you’ll see for yourself why they travel so far to enjoy it to the fullest.  There are videos of the elephants consuming the fruit and staggering around in a bit of drunken stupor.  None have been “carded” to my knowledge.

~ ~ ~ WIKIPEDIA {mostly} 🐝💜

* use any Cream Liqueur if Amarula is unavailable. I had to special order mine and picked it up the next day. According to the internet, it was only available by order and the one store had just a few bottles in stock kept in the back.  Now that I have tasted it, and really enjoyed it, I hope to expand my number of Amarula recipes.  Apparently, it can be used in lots of different recipes.  I’m going to do a little R & D of my own to develop a new recipe using this delightful cream liqueur.  Look for it in the upcoming weeks.

Well, got her mixed and in the oven.  This cake is quite simple to pull together and tasting the batter, I can’t wait to dive in.  As an aside, caramel essence tastes about as good as vanilla right out of the bottle.  I’m certain it will do the desired job on the final cake flavor though.

adapted. Fromwww. withablast.net

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#BUNDT BAKERS STRAWBERRY BUNDT CAKE WITH WHITE CHOCOLATE GANACHE

Once I saw this cake, I knew I had to make it. It fit the theme, looks fabulous and I’m salivating just thinking about any leftover ganache, which will go right in my tummy. Hope I don’t increase the recipe by much,{lol}. This cake does contain a lot of ingredients, some a little pricey like the white and dark chocolate. If it seems to be too much of a task to make, remember it can be accomplished over a couple of days. If I can do it, I’m sure you will too. Plus, it really IS worth the effort.

Tammy Pappas of Living the Gourmet is the genius who chose and  declared our theme for August as strawberries, the epitome of summer delicious bounty.   Great and fun theme, yeah? Thanks for hosting this month Tammy, you brought imagination and interest with our current theme.

Also, big thanks to Alexandra of Bright~Eyed Baker for this lovely strawberry bundt recipe.  While searching for a good bundt with strawberries to fulfill our August theme, most strawberry cake recipes started out with some flavored box cake mix, enhancing further flavor with strawberry gelatin.  Yuck!.  Then I found this little beauty and needed to look no further;  I could adapt it for my needs and abilities.

It’s not only fabulous to look at, the cake itself is strictly from scratch, including puréed, roasted strawberries.  The flavor is out of this world.  I can hardly wait to finish it and get several good pictures before diving in.  I’ll share with my 90 year old mother~in~law who is sadly fading.  The family cannot get her to eat much, she’s down to skin and bones.  The one thing she gobbles up is baked goods so yes, I’ll share with her but right now I’m feeling kind of stingy about the whole “sharing thing”.  I should feel guilty about that but I’m not.  At this point, all I’ve been able to sample is the mixed cake batter left behind in the bowl after filling my bundt pan.  Based on that alone, most of it stays with me. {lol}

As an aside, my homemade cake release (posted earlier on my site) works very well.  My Bundt pan this month is crazy with nooks and crannies and the cake just popped right out.  Try it, you’ll see.

Lucky for me, this cake can be done in sections.  Today, the cake, tomorrow, the dipped strawberries and ganache.  I’m looking forward to sampling any left~overs in those mixing bowls.

#BUNDT BAKERS STRAWBERRY BUNDT CAKE WITH WHITE CHOCOLATE GANACHE
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This light, tender and moist Bundt cake has a vibrant taste of strawberries, matched with the perfect amount of sweetness. It easily stands alone but is made even more special with creamy white chocolate glaze and chocolate ~covered strawberries, our theme this month, "strawberries". It makes a beautiful presentation. It's so beautiful and so delicious it's suitable for any special event or holiday.
Servings Prep Time
12 Servings 1 Hour
Cook Time
50 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 Servings 1 Hour
Cook Time
50 Minutes
#BUNDT BAKERS STRAWBERRY BUNDT CAKE WITH WHITE CHOCOLATE GANACHE
Print Recipe
This light, tender and moist Bundt cake has a vibrant taste of strawberries, matched with the perfect amount of sweetness. It easily stands alone but is made even more special with creamy white chocolate glaze and chocolate ~covered strawberries, our theme this month, "strawberries". It makes a beautiful presentation. It's so beautiful and so delicious it's suitable for any special event or holiday.
Servings Prep Time
12 Servings 1 Hour
Cook Time
50 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 Servings 1 Hour
Cook Time
50 Minutes
Ingredients
Strawberry Bundt cake
White Chocolate Ganache
Chocolate~covered Strawberries with White Chocolate Drizzle
Servings: Servings
Instructions
Strawberry Bundt Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 375º F, prepare a 12 Cup Bundt pan with cake release {homemade or Pam for Baking.} Set Aside. Make sure to well~coat all the nooks and crannies of the pan.
  2. Place the chopped strawberries in an 11" X 7" baking dish and sprinkle 1 1/2 Tablespoons granulated sugar on top. Roast in the pre~heated oven for about 15 minutes, then set aside for 15 Minutes to cool
  3. Reduce the oven temperature to 325º F
  4. In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda together
  5. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, vanilla sugar, and brown sugar until mixture is even in color and texture and the color has lightened a little. One at a time, add the eggs and the egg yolk, beating between each addition until well combined, scraping down mixing bowl as needed.
  6. In a blender, purée the cooled strawberries with yogurt until smooth. Add to the batter in the stand mixer along with the vanilla extract and red food coloring.
  7. Beat on low speed until the batter is even in color and everything is well~combined, scraping down the bottom and sides of the bowl to ensure everything is incorporated.
  8. Sift the dry ingredients into the wet mixture and fold in well with a spatula until just combined. DO NOT OVERMIX! I was so careful not to overmix the batter, I actually under beat it a smidge.
  9. Pour the batter into the greased Bundt pan, spreading it out to fill every crevice of the pan and smooth it out on top.
  10. Rap the pan firmly on the counter to eliminate any trapped air bubbles.
  11. Bake in the preheated oven for 50 to 53 minutes until a toothpick into the center of the cake comes out "almost" clean. The toothpick, or your cake thermometer should still have just a tiny bit of crumb attached, being careful not to overbake it.
  12. Cool in the pan set on a wire rack for about 15 minutes. Then, rap the pan on the counter a few times to loosen the cake.
  13. Place the cooling rack upside~down over the pan, and turn the cake out onto the rack.
  14. Cover the top and sides with plastic wrap, and allow the cake to let cool completely until it is no longer warm to the touch.
  15. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature until it is ready to decorate.
  16. Make the chocolate~covered strawberries and plan out how you will decoratively place them on the cake before making the ganache glaze. Recipe follows:
Chocolate~covered Strawberries with White Chocolate Drizzle
  1. Rinse and dry strawberries. Take care that they are COMPLETELY dry before continuing
  2. If your strawberry stems don't look fresh, you can choose to cut them off. Cut off just enough to remove any unsightly and/or inedible area. Take care that you do not cut into the juicy part of the berries. Dry the cut area thoroughly by dabbing with a paper towel.
  3. Line a large tray with parchment paper. Melt the bittersweet chocolate in a microwave~safe bowl in 30 second intervals, gently stirring between intervals, until smooth. A container that is more tall than wide, like a Pyrex liquid measuring cup, works well.
  4. For strawberries with stems, dip each strawberry into the semi~sweet chocolate, tip~side,down, holding the strawberry stem.
  5. For strawberries without stems, dip into chocolate stem~side down, holding by the tip. Using this method, it helps to use a spoon with your free hand to lift the strawberry back out of the chocolate. Lift out and let the excess drip off.
  6. Place dipped strawberries on the parchment lined tray to set up. Once set, use a knife to trim off any chocolate that pooled around the strawberries. I refrigerated my dipped strawberries before cutting away the excess at the bottom. Don't do that. Keep the dipped berries at room temperature until assembly.
  7. On a side~note, chocolate~covered strawberries are really best served the same day they are made, Be sure to use a good quality chocolate, its the real star In this recipe and will definitely stand out.
  8. When dipping the strawberries in chocolate, the chocolate level will eventually lower to a point where you'll need to use a spoon or chocolate candy spoon to scoop it up the sides of the strawberry. Also, if the melted chocolate gets too thick and isn't applying smoothly, place it back in the microwave for 5 second intervals, stirring it between until melted and smooth again.
White Chocolate Ganache
  1. Place the white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. In a separate, microwave-safe container, microwave the heavy cream for 20-30 seconds, just until it starts to boil. Pour the cream over the white chocolate, making sure that most of the white chocolate is covered. Let sit for 5 minutes. Then, stir in a gentle, circular motion until the white chocolate has melted completely and the mixture is smooth. If needed, microwave for another 10 seconds at a time, stirring gently between intervals, until smooth. If a few small bits of chocolate aren’t melting or you happen to get air bubbles in the ganache, strain it through a sieve before continuing. The ganache should be very thick, so that it falls in a slow stream from the bowl. If needed, chill it in the fridge briefly, about 5-10 minutes, and then stir again until smooth
Assembly
  1. Drizzle the ganache over the bundt cake, pouring over the top and letting it pool slowly down the sides. Arrange the strawberries on top, and let the ganache set. Serve cake the day it is assembled. Any leftovers should be covered tightly in plastic wrap and kept in the refrigerator. I've read that placing a piece of sliced bread over the cut ends will help it stay fresh. Be sure to put plastic wrap over cut edges well to keep the cake moist. Enjoy!
  2. This is the piece I set aside for my mother-in-law. She was already in bed when Mr. B took it over to her. I'm waiting for my critique in the morning.
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Drizzle the ganache over the bundt cake, pouring over the top and letting it pool slowly down the sides. Arrange the strawberries on top, and let the ganache set.

NOTES

Make sure to find the most attractive, fresh, firm strawberries to use for dipping and decorating.

Use the best quality white chocolate that you can afford for this recipe, the chocolate really is a focal point in this cake.  If you can find white chocolate made specifically for melting, that’s probably an easier way to go.

Remember,  this  cake can be made in "sections".  I baked the cake one day, let it cool completely and wrapped tightly in plastic and kept  it at room temperature until putting it all together.  The next day, I dipped the strawberries, made the white Chocolate Ganache and assembled shortly before serving.  It was well received.

If you aren’t sure whether your ganache is at the perfect consistency for drizzling on the cake, you can test it by pouring a little bit on and seeing how it flows down the side. If it's too liquid, you can chill the ganache in the fridge for about 5 minutes.  If you end up getting it a little too thick, microwave it for 5-10 seconds, just until it’s reached the right consistency.  It should drip down the sides of the cake easily, but not too fast.

Decorate with your beautiful dipped  strawberries and fight over who gets the biggest piece.  🐝💜

Strawberries

The garden strawberry (or simply strawberry; Fragaria × ananassa) is a widely grown hybrid species of the genus Fragaria, collectively known as the strawberry.   It is cultivated worldwide for its fruit. The fruit is widely appreciated for its characteristic aroma, bright red color, juicy texture, and sweetness. It is consumed in large quantities, either fresh or in such prepared foods as preserves, juice, pies, ice creams, milkshakes, and chocolates. Artificial strawberry flavorings and aromas are also widely used in many products like lip gloss, candy, hand sanitizers, perfume, and many others.

The garden strawberry was first bred in Brittany, France, in the 1750s via a cross of Fragaria virginiana from eastern North America and Fragaria chiloensis, which was brought from Chile by Amédée-François Frézier in 1714.Cultivars of Fragaria × ananassa have replaced, in commercial production, the woodland strawberry (Fragaria vesca), which was the first strawberry species cultivated in the early 17th century.

The strawberry is not, from a botanical point of view, a berry. Technically, it is an aggregate accessory fruit, meaning that the fleshy part is derived not from the plant's ovaries but from the receptacle that holds the ovaries. Each apparent "seed" (achene) on the outside of the fruit is actually one of the ovaries of the flower, with a seed inside it.

Fresh summer strawberries are one of the most popular, refreshing, and healthy treats on the planet. They also appear to carry a number of health benefits.

Today, there are over 600 varieties of strawberries. The sweet, slightly tart berries rank among the top 10 fruits and vegetables for antioxidant content.

The benefits of consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds, including strawberries, are varied. As plant food consumption goes up, the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer goes down.

A high intake of fruits and vegetables is also associated with healthy skin and hair, increased energy, and lower weight. Increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables significantly decreases the risk of obesity and overall mortality.

Wikipedia

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#BUNDTBAKERS TUNNEL OF FUDGE BUNDT CAKE

This cake is “old” enough to be considered a vintage recipe and is almost solely responsible for the rise of popularity and sales of Bundt pans.

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Today’s recipe, is from The Cook’s Country Cookbook, and is for an updated version of the classic Tunnel of Fudge Cake. The bakers at America’s Test Kitchen made two dozen cakes before arriving at this rendition, and swaps half of the granulated sugar for brown sugar.  This cake was very popular in the 60’s and fondly remembered by the baby~boomers.  Later, as I recall, there were “cake mixes” available in the local supermarkets.

I have substituted Splenda white and Splenda brown sugar to make it a healthier version.  I’ve been baking and cooking with both Splenda sugars for quite awhile.  I’ve always had success in texture and taste.  It’s an even swap, 1 to 1.

When testing this cake for doneness, do not use the inserted toothpick method as the tunnel of fudge will always look underdone.   Instead, look to see if the sides are beginning to pull away from the pan. When pressed, the top of the cake should feel springy.

This month, our theme is a Healthy cheat, sneak or substitute hosted by Andrea Potter Kruse.  It didn’t take me too long to decide which recipe to use.  My brother~in~law has been asking for this cake even before #BundtBakers became a part of my interests.  So, thank you Andrea for this ingenious theme which also required a bit of thought and research.  But my brother~in~law thanks you in a BIG way {plus, it’s his birthday this month}.

THE ORIGINAL RECIPE:

Tunnel of Fudge Cake
1 1/2 cups soft Land O’ Lakes Butter
6 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups Pillsbury’s Best Flour (Regular, Instant Blending or Self Rising*)
1 package Pillsbury Double Dutch Fudge Buttercream Frosting Mix
2 cups chopped Diamond Walnuts

Oven 350° [ed. 350 F / 175 C]
10-inch tube cake

Cream butter in large mixer bowl at high speed of mixer. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Gradually add sugar, continue creaming at high speed until light and fluffy. By hand, stir in flour, frosting mix, and walnuts until well blended. Pour batter into greased Bundt pan or 10-inch Angel Food tube pan. Bake at 350° for 60 to 65 minutes. Cool 2 hours, remove from pan. Cool completely before serving.

Note: Walnuts, Double Dutch Fudge Frosting Mix and butter are key to the success of this unusual recipe. Since cake has a soft fudgy interior, test for doneness after 60 minutes by observing dry, shiny brownie-type crust.

It originally required Pillsbury “Double Dutch Fudge Frosting Mix”, which was later discontinued by Pillsbury.   In response to widespread complaints, Pillsbury released a revised version that introduced cocoa powder in place of the frosting mix.

REVISED  RECIPE FOR TUNNEL OF FUDGE BUNDT CAKE FROM PILLSBURY

This revised recipe makes up for the now-extinct ingredient of “Double Dutch Fudge Frosting Mix.” Note that Pillsbury introduced a glaze, whereas the original did not have one. Pillsbury notes that the cake will not work without the called-for amount of nuts.

For the cake:
1 3/4 cups white sugar
1 3/4 cups margarine or softened butter
6 eggs
2 cups icing sugar
2 1/4 cups Pillsbury BEST® All Purpose or Unbleached Flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups chopped walnuts

For the glaze:
3/4 cup icing sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
4 to 6 teaspoons milk

Start heating oven to 350 F / 175 C.

Grease and flour a 12-cup (3 litres) fluted tube cake pan or a 10-inch (25 cm) tube pan. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and beat after each one. Add the 2 cups of icing sugar a little at a time, beating after each addition. Stir in flour (if you have been using an electric beater, switch to hand for this) and all remaining ingredients in the cake section. Pour or spoon batter into the prepared cake pan and smooth it out. Pop into oven and bake until edges start to pull away from the pan and the top is set. Don’t go by standard tests such as a dry toothpick test; they won’t work with this cake. The cake should be done in 45 to 50 minutes. Remove cake from oven, leave in pan, and set on wire rack to cool 1 1/2 hours, then invert onto a plate and let cool a further 2 hours.

Now, mix all the glaze ingredients. You want the glaze to be runny enough to drizzle, so add a bit more milk if you have to. Drizzle over top, and let some run down the sides of the cake.

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My dear brother~in~law has been asking for this cake ever since he heard about my joining the #BundtBakers group. What makes this a perfect opportunity is that I substituted Splenda for both brown and white sugars. He is diabetic and so swapping out the sugars is perfect timing. I know he will love it and I'm sure I will too.
Servings Prep Time
1 Bundt cake 30 ~ 45 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 Minutes {approximately} 2 1/2 Hours
Servings Prep Time
1 Bundt cake 30 ~ 45 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 Minutes {approximately} 2 1/2 Hours
#BUNDTBAKERS TUNNEL OF FUDGE BUNDT CAKE
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My dear brother~in~law has been asking for this cake ever since he heard about my joining the #BundtBakers group. What makes this a perfect opportunity is that I substituted Splenda for both brown and white sugars. He is diabetic and so swapping out the sugars is perfect timing. I know he will love it and I'm sure I will too.
Servings Prep Time
1 Bundt cake 30 ~ 45 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 Minutes {approximately} 2 1/2 Hours
Servings Prep Time
1 Bundt cake 30 ~ 45 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 Minutes {approximately} 2 1/2 Hours
Ingredients
For the Cake
For the Glaze
Servings: Bundt cake
Instructions
  1. For the cake: preheat oven to 350º F And prepare a 12 cup, non~stick Bundt pan by brushing the interior with 1 T butter plus 1 T cocoa powder. Or use your own homemade cake release, then dust with cocoa powder.
  2. Whisk the boiling water and chocolate together in a small bowl until melted and smooth; let the mixture cool slightly.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, nuts, confectioners sugar, cocoa and salt together.
  4. In a large bowl {Kitchen Aid if you're lucky enough to have one.} beat the butter, sugars and vanilla together on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 6 minutes.
  5. Beat in eggs, one at a time until combined, beat in the chocolate mixture and blend on low for about 30 seconds. Slowly beat in the flour mixture until just incorporated, about 30 seconds.
  6. Scrape the batter into prepared pan and smooth the top. Wipe any drops of batter off the sides of the pan and gently tap the pan on your work surface to settle the batter.
  7. Bake the cake until the edges start pulling away from the sides of the pan and the top feels springy with pressed finger, about 45 minutes. The toothpick method will not work with this cake as the tunnel of fudge will not appear done at any point.
  8. For the glaze: In the meantime, whisk all the ingredients for the glaze together in a medium bowl until smooth and thickened.
  9. Allow the cake to cool in the pan, on top of a cooling rack for 10 minutes, then flip it out on a wire rack. Let the cake cool completely, about 2 hours. Drizzle the chocolate glaze over the top and sides of the cake. Allow the glaze to set up ~ about 25 minutes, before serving.
  10. Once completely cooled, mix all the glaze ingredients together until the desired consistency. Drizzle the glaze over the cake while it is still on the wire rack, putting a sheet pan beneath to catch the drips. Move to serving plate and add chopped, toasted walnuts to the finished cake.
Recipe Notes

The Bundt pan was invented in the 1950s by a man named H. David Dalquist. The pan was based on a traditional ceramic dish with a similar ringed shape. Though Dalquist's version was lighter and easier to use than the clunky previous version, sales were disappointing.

Then, in 1966, a woman named Ella Helfrich took second place {and won $25,000 dollars} in the annual Pillsbury Bake-Off with her recipe for Tunnel of Fudge Cake. The walnut-filled, chocolate-glazed cake had a ring of gooey fudge at its center. Eating a slice was reminiscent of indulging in under-baked brownie batter. Helfrich's cake was an overnight sensation. Pillsbury received more than 200,000 requests for the pan she used, and Dalquist's company went into overtime production. Today, more than 50 million Bundt pans of all shapes and sizes have been sold around the world.

Though her recipe only won second prize, it was enough to clinch her place in American cooking fame. The first prize recipe from that year has been forgotten. Ella's, though, was an immediate sensation.

Pillsbury ran newspaper ads across America showing a photo of a slice of the cake with the large, bold caption "Makes its own tunnel of fudge as it bakes". The ad (accompanied by an 8 cent clip-out coupon) said:

"Sensational Tunnel of Fudge Cake is a  Rich, yummy chocolate cake that makes its own thick, fudgey center as it bakes. What an idea! And Tunnel of Fudge Cake is easy. Shortcutted, streamlined, up-to-dated (sic) by Pillsbury's Best. Makes baking from scratch easy as baking from a mix! Just one bowl. Six ingredients. Ten minutes' preparation time. Because Pillsbury Double Dutch Fudge Frosting Mix goes right in the batter—makes the flavor, the tunnel as the cake bakes! You'll bake Tunnel of Fudge Cake again and again. The recipe's at your grocer's. Pick it up at the same time you get your Pillsbury's Best —Plain or Self-Rising."

Mrs. Helfrich continued to enter the Bake-Offs after 1966, but never won again. She felt it was owing to her resisting the pressure to go "light and lively" in her recipes. She told reporters there were four major food groups for her: butter, chocolate, pecans and sugar. "You can't go low-cal when you're using pecans and brown sugar," she said in 1999, I like her style.  She especially liked cooking with pecans, as she had a pecan tree in her backyard.

You may notice that this cake has many similar versions:  the original from Mrs Helfrich; The new recipe from Pillsbury once they stopped making the fudge frosting included in the original; and the one from Cooks Corner which I have adjusted and chosen to share with you all today.  Similar yet distinctive, this version just works for me. 💜

 

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GERMAN’S CHOCOLATE SCONES #ISW2016

I’ve been impatiently waiting for International Scone Week all year. I knew the scones I wanted to present but it took a lot of research to find a starting point. Now that it’s here, I hope my recipe won’t disappoint.

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This recipe was alot of fun and both interesting to research and to make.  I’ve been a fan of German Chocolate since early childhood.  As my baking skills progressed, I found a plethora of German Chocolate recipes.  However, as the “Queen of Scones” I was obligated to develop a scone of German Chocolate.  Rather than the usual caramel, coconut and pecan frosting, I chose a drizzling of chocolate and topped with toasted coconut flakes.  I do hope you enjoy my little creation and make it yourself one day.

GERMAN'S CHOCOLATE SCONES
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A delicate, scrumptious scone which as you know "is a little bit of Heaven in your hand". German chocolate anything is my favorite comfort food and always my choice when available. Oddly, there wasn't much that I could find, that offered the flavor i was looking for.
Servings Prep Time
8 Scones 30 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 ~ 30 Minutes 1 Hour
Servings Prep Time
8 Scones 30 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 ~ 30 Minutes 1 Hour
GERMAN'S CHOCOLATE SCONES
Print Recipe
A delicate, scrumptious scone which as you know "is a little bit of Heaven in your hand". German chocolate anything is my favorite comfort food and always my choice when available. Oddly, there wasn't much that I could find, that offered the flavor i was looking for.
Servings Prep Time
8 Scones 30 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 ~ 30 Minutes 1 Hour
Servings Prep Time
8 Scones 30 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 ~ 30 Minutes 1 Hour
Ingredients
Servings: Scones
Instructions
The Scones
  1. Heat oven to 375º F
  2. Blend flour, baking powder, unsweetened cocoa and salt in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Add solid coconut oil and butter and cut in using a fork, pastry blender, or better yet, get your fastidiously clean hands into the work bowl and blend ingredients until crumbly in texture.
  3. Add heavy cream and sugar. Stir thoroughly and add either flour or additional heavy cream to make the dough come together well.
  4. Stir in coconut and chopped chocolate.
  5. Mix 3 Tablespoons confectioners sugar with 1 teaspoon cocoa powder, and sprinkle on the parchment~lined baking sheet. This will keep the scones from sticking to the pan as you shape them. Shape into an 8 inch square, about 3/4 inches thick. Cut into 8 triangles.
  6. Using a pastry brush, brush the tops of each scone with additional heavy cream; then dust with a very light sanding sugar to add nice bit of crunch.
  7. Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from baking pan and allow to cool on a cooling rack.
The Glaze
  1. Place the chocolate bits and heavy cream in a microwave~safe bowl or small saucepan. Heat in the microwave or saucepan over a low heat until the cream is very hot. Remove from heat and stir until all the chocolate bits melt and the mixture is smooth
  2. Spread over cooled scones. Sprinkle toasted coconut flakes on top of glaze. Serve and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

This recipe was adapted from Melanie Kathryn~Gather for Bread

Contrary to popular belief, German chocolate cake did not originate in Germany. Its roots can be traced back to 1852 when American Samuel German developed a type of dark baking chocolate for the American Baker's Chocolate Company. The brand name of the product, Baker's German's Sweet Chocolate, was named in honor of him.

On June 3, 1957, a recipe for "German's Chocolate Cake" appeared as the "Recipe of the Day" in the Dallas Morning Star.  It was created by Mrs. George Clay, a homemaker from 3831 Academy Drive, Dallas, Texas.  This recipe used the baking chocolate introduced 105 years prior and became quite popular. General Foods, which owned the Baker's brand at the time, took notice and distributed the cake recipe to other newspapers in the country. Sales of Baker's Chocolate are said to have increased by as much as 73% and the cake would become a national staple. The possessive form (German's) was dropped in subsequent publications, forming the "German Chocolate Cake" identity and giving the false impression of a German origin.

The recipe still remains popular to this day and has been adopted by baking companies.

June 11 is National German Chocolate Cake Day in America.

~~~Wikipedia~~~

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# BUNDT BAKERS CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BUNDT CAKE WITH ESPRESSO~PEANUT BUTTER GLAZE

The theme this month is Retro Desserts Recreated as a Bundt. While I was writing this recipe, I began thinking how subjective the term “comfort food” is. This one is going to become one of my all~time favorites based on childhood memories alone. But tasting that long~forgotten mingle of flavors was very special for me.

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When I was a young girl, my mother was simply not a baker.  My dear Aunt Jeanne was the baker.  She was well~known in Jamestown, New York for her cookies in particular.   At Christmas, she would always send a coffee can full of her delicate and delightful array.  We waited anxiously for that coffee can to arrive, then we devoured them.

As we got older, us kids would make the baked goods, cookies with the recipe from the back of the morsels bag, or boxed cakes for birthdays and holidays.

But every now and then, strictly from memory, my Mom would make a chocolate cake from scratch .  I think she always put some strong black coffee in the mix and then she would make a peanut butter/coffee icing.  Those cakes were “the best”.  After you had a piece, you were full for hours.  The cakes were always heavy but tasty.  I don’t think she knew what a sifter was for.

So when I saw this recipe, I immediately thought of her and those rare baking moments we shared, with great joy.  With a smidgen of tweaks and twists, I was off and running to smell those Heavenly aromas coming from my own kitchen.

#BUNDT BAKERS CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BUNDT CAKE WITH ESPRESSO~PEANUT BUTTER GLAZE
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Chocolate, peanut butter marbeled bundt cake with an espresso~peanut butter glaze. And a few filled cupcakes too.
Servings Prep Time
1+ Bundt 45 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
60 Minutes 2 ~ 3 Hours to cool completely
Servings Prep Time
1+ Bundt 45 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
60 Minutes 2 ~ 3 Hours to cool completely
#BUNDT BAKERS CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BUNDT CAKE WITH ESPRESSO~PEANUT BUTTER GLAZE
Print Recipe
Chocolate, peanut butter marbeled bundt cake with an espresso~peanut butter glaze. And a few filled cupcakes too.
Servings Prep Time
1+ Bundt 45 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
60 Minutes 2 ~ 3 Hours to cool completely
Servings Prep Time
1+ Bundt 45 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
60 Minutes 2 ~ 3 Hours to cool completely
Ingredients
THE CAKE
ESPRESSO~PEANUT BUTTER GLAZE
Servings: Bundt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350º and grease and flour your baking pans and set them aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt
  3. In a stand mixer {or large bowl and hand mixer} beat softened butter on a medium speed for about 1 minute. Slowly add the sugar and beat until combined. [4 ~ 5 minutes}. Next, slowly add the eggs, one at a time.
  4. Once the wet ingredients are completely incorporated, add the flour mixture and milk alternately until just combined.
  5. Transfer half of the batter, about 3 1/2 cups to a medium bowl, then stir in the cooled, melted chocolate until well combined. I decided to leave the peanut butter half in my stand mixer and used my hand mixer for the chocolate half.
  6. Before measuring the peanut butter, spray the measuring cup with non~stick spray for easy release. I almost forgot the cooking spray but luckily, remembered at the last minute. Add the peanut butter into the remaining cake mixture and blend until smooth, creamy and well~mixed.
  7. Using a separate spoon for each flavored batter, alternately drop spoonsful of the chocolate and the peanut butter batters into the prepared pan{s}. Use a knife or spatula to carefully swirl the batter together for that marbelized look. Do not over mix. Fill your pan until it is 3/4 full. It will increase in volume a bit while baking. Use any remaining batter for some lovely cupcakes. I think the cupcakes need a very lightly sweetened whipped~cream filling, just to take them over the top.
  8. Bake for about 60 minutes or until a cake tester or toothpick comes out clean. The cupcakes will likely be done sooner than the cake so watch your time closely. Cool the cake{s} in their respective pans for about 15 minutes. Then, remove from the pans to continue cooling on a rack. In the meantime, make your espresso~peanut butter glaze. Make a mixture of the half & half and espresso powder and stir until the espresso has dissolved.
  9. In the bowl of your mixer, combine the powdered sugar, peanut butter and enough of the heavy cream and espresso mixture to create a thick drizzle. I had to add some additional half&half to make it easier to drizzle.
  10. When your bundt cake and bonus cupcakes have cooled completely, fill the cupcakes and then drizzle both the bundt cake and cupcakes with the espresso~peanut butter glaze and enjoy. 💜
  11. Here's what I did with the leftover cake batter. I decided to make a single layer cake. I used up all of the chocolate mixture in the bundt cake so my single layer is just peanut butter and is really good.
Recipe Notes

After taking a week off, my second~degree burns have healed nicely without too much scarring.  Even so, Mr. B took over melting the chocolate for the marbeling.  I did need his help at the end because the two bowls were too heavy to lift.  I chose to use all of the chocolate mixture in the bundt cake so all of the leftover batter made a lovely, single layer peanut butter cake and let me say here both batters were exceptionally tasty.  I'm anxious to taste the end product.  Sorry there are so few pictures, I get so focused on the instructions, I forget to take pictures.  I'll get better.

This bit of yummyness is adapted from "Inspired by Charm".  Thank you Michael for this stroll down memory lane.

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