Monday, August 30, 2010

Baking with Dorie: Milk Chocolate Mini Bundt Cakes

I love chocolate cake, and I'm sure most people do. Unless you belong to the very tiny minority who doesn't like chocolate, I guess.

Being a chocolate lover, I had high hopes for this cake. Although it pains me to say this, (yes, it does!) this cake was a little dissapointing for me. My fault for expecting the cake to explode with chocolatey-goodness, I guess. Dorie did mention in her book, Baking: From my home to yours (pgs 188-189) that this cake has a "mild chocolate crumb".

But I like the swirl!! The chunky walnuts, cocoa powder and sugar mixture tucked inside the cake saved the cake big time. In fact, I think I may try lining my favourite chocolate cake recipe with Dorie's swirl too.

As for the glaze, I used my regular chocolate ganache recipe of 1 part heavy cream : 1 part bittersweet chocolate as I didn't have any light corn syrup.

Thanks to our BWD member The Rookie Baker for choosing this recipe. You may get the recipe from Dorie's book or The Rookie Baker's blog post here. I may not have loved this recipe, but many of fellow BWDers enjoyed them. Check out the BWD blogroll here.

Another issue I had with this cake is I can't seem to get the mini bundts out of the pan and boy, that is really frustrating!! I had GENEROUSLY greased the pan but it just didn't work. See the mini bundt in the photo up there? It is actually a broken piece which I had to assemble carefully for the photo shoot.

So this is what I did with some of the broken cake pieces:

I layered them with ganache, whipped cream (which Dorie suggested serving them with!) and topped them with the swirl.


  1. Yum! I love what you did with the broken cake pieces. What a great idea to make a trifle-ish dessert out of them.
    Glad you enjoyed the bake :D

  2. the trifles will be tasted & tested at iftar tonight :)

  3. You are one clever lady. That is a fantastic idea. I must remember this for the future. Thanks.

  4. chaya: frustration is the mother of invention? LOL... I was so desperate to make use of the broken cake pieces!

  5. Oh, I am sorry you didn't love these little cakes but I do understand why! Happily, your trifle looks divine!

  6. That trifle! Oh my oh my! I wish I had some of the cakes left to make one!

  7. I visited when you posted this but couldn't post a comment. I suppose one does expect more when the recipe calls for chocolate.

    I tried the choc bread pudding on the day my book arrived. My kids and I weren't impressed, there was no oooomph! Perhaps the next time I make it I'll try it with cherries instead of raisins :)

  8. I love your idea on "recyling". How clever! And I know I'm just going to devour the whole thing in seconds if you had set the glass in the last photo in front of me. :-)