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Chocolate Potato Bundt Cake with Strawberry Glaze for #BundtBakers

Chocolate Potato Bundt Cake with Strawberry Glaze is a delightful dessert for any occasion. Potato is the secret to it being moist.

Two answers to start with: Yes, there is potato in the cake. No, I’m not crazy. I’ve done this before. I swear. I admit it sounds strange. It’s okay. I remember back decades ago when yogurt in a cake sounded that way too. Now there are thousands of yogurt cake recipes. So trust me. Bake a Chocolate Potato Bundt Cake with Strawberry Glaze and be delighted.

The Bundt Bakers theme this month is so fun: Strange but good – weird flavor combinations. Our host June of How to Philosophize with Cake really challenged us with this one. It totally stumped me at first. I was searching strange flavor combinations on the internet for days.

Chocolate Potato Bundt Cake with Strawberry Glaze - Magnolia Days

Guess what came to mind first? I thought of my Strawberry Martini with a sprinkle of black pepper on top. A strawberry martini cake? Sounded possible. It still is. However I simply didn’t have the time to go through a bunch of test batches to get the pepper level right. Then I thought of the Chocolate Potato Skull Cake I baked for Halloween. Remember I said I’ve done this before? Well, I knew it would work. I only had to change up the pan and the topping.

Bundt cakes are beautiful on their own. They really do not need a thick coat of frosting. My skull cake has vanilla buttercream frosting to give it the color of a skull. I wanted something else for this bundt. Strawberry was the answer. It also fit into the theme in a way. It is strawberry covered chocolate instead of chocolate covered strawberry.

Chocolate Potato Bundt Cake with Strawberry Glaze is a delightful dessert for any occasion. Potato is the secret to it being moist.

How does Chocolate Potato Bundt Cake with Strawberry Glaze taste? It is a rich, moist, chocolate-y, with a splash of berry on top. Potato is the secret to it being moist. You won’t taste the potato in the finished cake. It’s a hidden, secret ingredient. Let people know it is in there after they have taken a bite. Then watch the surprised look on their face. How fun!

Chocolate Potato Bundt Cake with Strawberry Glaze by Magnolia Days

How about more strange but good bundts? All you have to do is scroll down to find the list. There sure are some interesting sounding ones. I know I’ll have a blast checking out each one. Oh, and a shout out to the Idaho Potato Commission and the Florida Strawberry Growers Association. I was thrilled to combine two ingredients in honor and thanks for all their support. I highly encourage you use a big Idaho® russet potato and fresh Florida strawberries.

Chocolate Potato Bundt Cake with Strawberry Glaze

Chocolate Potato Bundt Cake with Strawberry Glaze is a delightful dessert for any occasion. Potato is the secret to it being moist.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings 12 to 16 servings
Author Renee Dobbs


For the cake:

  • 1 large russet potato enough to yield 1 cup mashed potato
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder sifted plus more for dusting pan
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk

For the glaze:

  • 1 pint fresh strawberries hulled and quartered
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar sifted
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt


For the cake:

  1. Do step 1 of the glaze first so the strawberries can be macerating while preparing cake.
  2. Peel and dice potato and place in a saucepan. Cover with 1-inch of water. Do not add salt to the water. Bring to a boil and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain water. Mash potato until smooth (no lumps!). Allow to cool to room temperature.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a bundt cake pan and dust pan with cocoa powder.
  4. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
  5. Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, beating well after each addition. Add 1 cup mashed potato and mix to combine. (Reserve any remaining potato for another use if desired).
  6. Add flour mixture, alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Mix until just combined after each addition (do not over-mix).
  7. Transfer batter to prepared pan, spreading evenly in the pan.
  8. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  9. Cool cake in the pan for 10 minutes then remove cake from pan and cool completely on a wire rack.

For the glaze:

  1. Stir together strawberries and granulated sugar in a bowl. Chill for at least 2 hours.
  2. Place strawberries and juice in a blender. Blend until completely puréed. Strain through a fine mesh sieve to remove as many seeds as possible. You may have to push purée through the sieve using a spoon or rubber spatula.
  3. Stir together confectioners sugar, butter, vanilla, salt, and 3 tablespoons strawberry purée in a medium bowl.
  4. Add more strawberry purée, one teaspoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached. Save any remaining purée for another use (great to use for cocktails or smoothies).
  5. Drizzle or spoon glaze on top of cake on a wire rack placed over parchment paper or aluminum foil (to catch overflow if any).
  6. Transfer glazed cake to a serving platter or cake dish.

Recipe Notes

Chocolate Potato Bundt Cake with Strawberry Glaze is a delightful dessert for any occasion. Potato is the secret to it being moist.

They may sound strange yet they are good. Check out these weird flavor combination bundt cakes and get inspired to try something new:

Bundt Bakers LogoWhat 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. Links for all of our past events and more information about BundtBakers can be found on our homepage.

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Mondo | I bake he shoots

Saturday 6th of February 2016

chocolate potato cake? what an interesting combination. I love this group! thanks for introducing me to a new baking technique, Renee.


Saturday 30th of January 2016

I know potato makes yeast breads wonderfully tender so it's good to know that they'll make a cake moist. Definitely something to try!

Olivia @ livforcake

Friday 29th of January 2016

Lol, I too was searching the internet for days for "strange but good" flavour combinations. I am so intrigued by the potato!! I'm going to have to try that. Your Bundt is beautiful, as usual and I love the pretty pink glaze. A perfect topping.


Monday 25th of January 2016

I had a friend when I lived in Guam who used to use her left over mashed potato in a cake, and it was delicious. I'm a little embarrassed to say that I have kept the recipe all these years but never tried making it myself. Your cake looks amazing and you have inspired me to give your recipe a try - promise I won't wait 20 years to do so ;)

Laura@ Baking in Pyjamas

Sunday 24th of January 2016

I've heard of adding potato when working with dough but not cake. Strawberry and chocolate are always a great together.