Warmth greets me as I walk out the door. Sunshine lands on my back and it feels like spring. Familiar sounds of frogs and birds come from the swamp. My hounds slowly walk through the yard sniffing almost every inch of the ground. It’s a spectacular day and such a difference from a few days ago. I gather sticks that fell during the ice and snow storm then do a few small things to stay outside. A distraction was needed to keep me out of the house. There was this chocolate fudge cake in the kitchen relentlessly calling out to me.
The cake is like no other I’ve baked. The recipe has been in my binder for over 25 years. I am clueless as to why I never decided to bake it until the other day. The recipe is one my mom gave to me long ago and I do not know who gave it to her. The batter is really thick. It is somewhere between brownie batter and cookie dough. There are not any liquid ingredients (besides vanilla). Beaten egg whites are added alternatively with flour instead of being folded in at the end. It bakes at a low temperature (250 degrees F) for almost 2 hours. It does not rise as much as most cakes. I honestly didn’t know how this cake would turn out.
How is the chocolate fudge cake? So good I could kick myself for waiting this long to bake it. It comes out of the oven with a crust that looks like the top of brownies. Only thing is it is a shame the top becomes the bottom because it is a bundt. If you want the crust to stay on top then bake it in a tube pan and lift it out of the pan. The cake has a dense, moist texture. It is rich, fudgy, filled with pecans, and almost like a big brownie in cake form.
What made me bake this cake? I went searching for recipes when the chocolate theme for February Bundt Bakers was announced. I looked through my recipe binder and it stood out over the rest. I’m so glad this month’s host, Veronica of My Catholic Kitchen, chose this theme. One look at this list and the chocolate cravings begin:
- Cacao Nib-Cream Cheese Swirled Chocolate Bundt Cake from Laura at The Spiced Life
- Chocolate Cocoa Cinnamon Bundt from Anne at From My Sweet Heart
- Chocolate Fudge Cake from Renee at Magnolia Days
- Dark Chocolate Five Spice Bundt Cake from Felice at All That’s Left Are the Crumbs
- Devils Food Mini Bundts from Veronica at My Catholic Kitchen
- Espresso Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream from Kelly at Passion Kneaded
- Orange Chocolate Bundt Cake from Kathya at Basic and Delicious
- Spicy Chocolate Bundt Cake from Lauren at From Gate to Plate
How do you enjoy a nice warm day? I try to spend as much time as I can outside. At the very least I will open the back door to let fresh air inside and listen to the sounds of nature. It’s calming and energizing at the same time. One thing to make it even better is a slice of chocolate fudge cake. I’m smiling just thinking about it. Chocolate sure does have a way of bringing on smiles.
- 4 large eggs, separated
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- ¼ cup cocoa powder, sifted
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- Confectioners sugar for dusting
- Do not preheat the oven. Grease and flour an 8- or 10-cup bundt pan or tube pan.
- Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form.
- Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl.
- In a large bowl, cream butter until light and fluffy. Add sugar, cocoa, egg yolks, and vanilla and beat until combined.
- Add the flour mixture in three additions, alternatively with the egg whites in two additions, mixing on low speed until just combined. Do not over mix. Batter will be thick.
- Stir in chopped pecans.
- Spread batter evenly in prepared pan.
- Bake at 250 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 hour and 45 minutes, or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Cool cake in the pan for 15 minutes. Remove cake from pan and cool completely on a wire rack.
- Dust with confectioners sugar if desired.
What is Bundt Bakers? It’s a group of Bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bundts with a common ingredient or theme. Follow our Bundt Bakers Pinterest board for incredible bundt cake recipes and inspiration. Stacy of Food Lust People Love heads up our group and has a #BundtBakers page where you can find information and links to the recipes for each month.
How is the monthly theme determined? We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.