A guaranteed crowd pleaser. Every single time. As an amateur at pretty much everything, I don’t ever like to toot my own horn but with this chocolate cake, what else can I do?
OK. Maybe a small stretch in taking all the credit. What makes this cake so special over the holidays is not the fact that it is delicious, or chocolate. It is the fact that I make it in a bundt pan that only comes out in our house once a year at Christmas time. It’s a tradition I started when I indulged myself and bought this exquisite Nordic Ware pan. It was a bit of an indulgence even though I found it at Winners on sale. I have never once looked back. Only absolute pride. I even have the original card label, price and all, to remind me that sometimes, it’s OK to spoil yourself. It is such a gorgeous pan that when I decorate for the holidays, I leave it out as part of my decor. I mean, look at the little train tracks running around the base. How cute is that.
“Chocolate Tree Bundt Cake” by loopylocks
Makes enough for 8 ‘whole tree’ or 16 ‘half tree’ servings
prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 1 hour
2 cups sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water (or coffee)
ONE-PAN CAKE: Grease and flour a 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Heat oven to 350° F. Pour batter into greased pan. Bake 35 to 40 minutes. Cool completely. Frost.
THREE LAYER CAKE: Grease and flour three 8-inch round baking pans. Heat oven to 350°F. Pour batter into greased pans. Bake 30 to 35 minutes. Cool 10 minutes and remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Frost.
CUPCAKES: Line muffin trays (2-1/2 inches in diameter) with paper liners. Heat oven to 350°F. Fill cups 2/3 full with batter. Bake 22 to 25 minutes. Cool completely. Frost. About 30 cupcakes.
I cannot take credit for developing this recipe. Amateur, remember? I found it online on the Hersheys Kitchens site, called “Perfectly Chocolate” Chocolate Cake. Several years ago, I was looking for a simple chocolate cake that a non-baker like myself could make in a cinch with no errors and no fuss. Simple cocoa power. The results are remarkable. Almost no fail every time. Unless you are like me and forget to add the eggs which I have done. Follow it to T and you simply cannot go wrong. I actually bake this year round for any and every occasion. Ask my children. They have been known to refuse a serving because I keep killing it. Rough life. It does not have to be made as a bundt but I love bundts. They are the easiest to serve and always look wonderful.