Friday, September 6, 2013

Triple Chocolate Mini Bundts for #Bundtamonth

How does one celebrate the one-year birthday of the Bundt-a-Month challenge?  Well, by baking more Bundts, of course.  My daughter and I were discussing this month’s “fancy” theme for this first anniversary, and she suggested that I didn’t need a fancy Bundt at all, just stick a flowering plant in it!   After all, that was good enough for an engagement celebration on My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Anybody else LOVE that movie?  I could watch it over and over.  Just as funny each time.

While I acknowledged the truth in that, I wanted to make something pretty, something special.  So it had to be chocolate.  Dark chocolate.  And white chocolate.  And with silver balls.  Because those have always said PARTY to me, even if they do want to break your teeth.  They are like sprinkles for grownups.

When it came time for decorating, I couldn’t decide on a pattern so I just went a little crazy, drizzling on both chocolates and having a wild time.  I don't know when to stop, but more is more, right?  No two little Bundts are alike, but they sure looked pretty all together.  Like I imagine a dessert table set out with all the BundtaMonth Bundts would look, if we could ever get them all in one place.  Maybe for the second anniversary?   Make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom to see what my fellow bloggers have baked for you, along with our hosts, Anuradha from Baker Street and Lora from Cake Duchess.

The batter for these little cakes is slightly adapted from Molly Wizenburg’s recipe for Chocolate Cupcakes in her fabulous book, A Homemade Life.

For the cakes:
2 oz or 55g dark chocolate
1/2 cup or 120ml hot brewed coffee
1 cup or 225g sugar
3/4 cup flour plus 1 tablespoon for preparing pan
1/2 cup or about 40g unsweetened cocoa powder, plus 1 tablespoon for preparing pan
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1/4 cup or 60ml canola oil
1/2 cup or 125g well stirred plain yogurt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

For decoration:
8 oz or 230g semi-sweet chocolate
4 oz or 115g white chocolate
1 tablespoon (or more!) dragees or little silver balls

Preheat oven to 325°F or °C.  Prepare your mini Bundt pan by spraying it liberally with non-stick spray or generously buttering it.  Put one tablespoon each of flour and cocoa powder in a sieve or sifter and sprinkle all over the pan, tipping it this way and that to make sure that all the insides of the little cups are covered.  Bang the pan gently on the cabinet and dump the excess out into your sink.  Set aside.

Chop the chocolate for the cake into small pieces and put it into the measuring cup with hot coffee.  Stir occasionally until the chocolate is completely melted.

Into a medium bowl, sift the cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  Whisk in the sugar and flour.   Set aside.

For the best batter, electric beaters or a stand mixer with the K-beater in place is essential here.  In a large bowl, beat your egg on medium for a minute or two or until it becomes pale yellow.  Add in the oil, yogurt and vanilla, once again, beating well.

Gradually pour in the melted chocolate/coffee mixture and beat to thoroughly combine.

Add the dry ingredients all at once.  Beat on low speed until the batter is just combined.

Scrape down the sides and bottom to make sure all the flour is incorporated.

Divide your batter between the cups of your prepared mini Bundt pan, but don’t fill them more than two-thirds full.  If you have a little batter left over, it’s better to make a couple of extra cupcakes instead.  Your tasters will be happy.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Meanwhile, let your helper clean out the yogurt pot before recycling.

Cool your mini Bundts in the pan for about 10 minutes, then place a wire rack on top of the pan and carefully invert the pan and rack so that the little cakes can fall out.  If any don’t fall out, loosen them gently with a knife or toothpick and remove them one by one.

Allow the little cakes to cool completely before topping with melted chocolate.

For the decoration, break up your dark and white chocolate into smaller blocks (or chop if you need to) and put each kind in a separate microwave-proof bowl.  Zap them one at a time on high for 10-15 seconds, then stir and repeat until both of the chocolates are pourable.

You can drizzle these over the mini Bundts with a small spoon but I prefer to put the melted chocolate into cake decorating bags with small tips (Wilton no. 3, 4 or 5) for better control.

Have fun drizzling on the dark chocolate, followed by swirls of the white chocolate.  Sprinkle a few silver dragees in the middle to complete the festive party look.



Here’s how you can be a part of Bundt-a-Month:

Simple rule: Bake us a fancy Bundt.
Post it before September 30, 2013.
Use the #BundtaMonth hashtag in your title. (For ex: title could read – #BundtaMonth: Fancy Chocolate Bundt)
Add your entry to the Linky tool below.

Link back to our announcement posts–and be sure to check out everyone else’s Bundt cakes if you are looking for fancy inspiration:

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Since these are fancy little triple chocolate Bundt cakes, I am also submitting them to this month's We Should Cocoa anniversary challenge to create a show stopper, hosted by Choclette of Chocolate Log Blog. 

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  1. Heh. I love the mini bundts and how you decorated it! Happy anniversary, Stacy! Thank you so much for being a part of bundtamonth. Cheers! And yes, here's to the many many more to come. :)

  2. What a great way to ensure even coating of Bundt pans for chocolate minis, Stacy.

    I do remember My Big Fat Greek Wedding. It was so heartwarming and filled with much love - like your mini chocolate beauties with sprinkles for grownups =)

  3. Oh WOW!! These are SO festive and fancy! I'm so very impressed. These look wonderful and you really can't go wrong with triple chocolate. Yum!

  4. OMG soooo pretty!!! And tasty!

    (and heheheeee Big Fat Greek Wedding...classic :P)

  5. I just love all the different designs on your bundts. I think it is much better than them all being the same. And yes, little crunchy silver balls are a must for these and a celebration.

  6. I love Bundt-A-Month day! My Bundt-O-Rama board gets a real workout on this day!! These are so pretty and look very elegant - I love those little silver balls!

  7. Just picture perfect Stacy! Chocolate always does the trick for a party. And your helper... !

  8. They are so beautiful, perfect for a fancy celebration.

  9. Still laughing at the movie reference and photo-- I had forgotten about that scene! Your bundts look ready for a party and you can't go wrong with chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate!

  10. Isn't he adorable, Paula? When it comes to cleaning up, he is ace!

  11. Thank you, Kelli, and thanks for pinning! Everyone has made such lovely cakes for today!

  12. Thank you, Renee. My daughter was reluctant but I love those little silver balls! They just say party to me!

  13. Isn't it just, Kayle?! Truly I could watch that movie often. Thanks for your kind words.

  14. Your mini bundts look just like chocolate bon bons - perfect for a celebration. Thanks for reminding me about that movie as I haven't watched in in a while. I love how she says bundt in it.

  15. Stacy,
    LOVE these mini bundts!!! and loved your daughter's suggestion . . loved that scene in My Big Fat Greek Wedding! :) and yes the little silver balls are like sprinkles for grownups! love it!! :)

  16. Adorable and I LOVE your decoration on top of each of the Bundts. So cute.

  17. Completely fancy, Stacy. I agree that chocolate is elegant and decadent and these photos are having me crave a slice right now. I love that scene from that movie. One of my favorites ever!Gorgeous cake, Stacy.

  18. G'day Stacey and gorgeous mini Bundt cakes, love your decorating and that you could make them with your daughter too!
    My Big Fat Greek Wedding is one of my faves and some scenes are VERY real for me from childhood too!
    Cheers! Joanne

  19. Rushing out NOW to get mini bundt tins. Adorable.

  20. I bought this one at Spinney's Motor City, Sally, but I imagine the other big Spinney's should have them. It's called the Bundt brownie pan, from Nordic Ware.

  21. Thanks, Joanne! So you grew up in a big loud family too? :) Mine wasn't quite that big but it was colorful when we all got together.

  22. Thank you, Lora! It was great fun decorating them. No rules to follow!

  23. Thank you, Kathia! I was pleased by how they turned out.

  24. Isn't that just the best! I did, just briefly, consider her suggestion because it would have been hysterical. I wouldn't even have to write the post. Just embed the video and print the recipe. :)

  25. Thank you, Felice. I watched that scene on YouTube a couple of times, starting where the groom's mother first hands over the cake, trying to get a good screenshot. It just keeps on being funny.

  26. We experimented with various things, Alice - you'll notice that there are only 10 mini Bundts in the photos because the experiments got eaten :) - first regular colorful sprinkles and then curls of white chocolate, which just ended up looking like cheese. Not appetizing, but still delicious. The little silver balls were the perfect amount of shiny and festive.

  27. Thank you, Heather. Drizzling on chocolate can really put one in the party mood!

  28. Thank you, Anuradha! Happy anniversary to you too. I think I joined on the second month.

  29. Thanks, Kim! I was concerned that they wouldn't come out of the pan and the only way to be really, really sure is an ample coating!

  30. Nordic Ware is Tavola - always tempted by them (very good quality too)

  31. Oh man. These look so delicious (and yep, adorable. Love those mini bundt tins!). Like you, I always think of My Big Fat Greek Wedding when I see the word 'bundt'. Ha! So hilarious (though these would be too small for the pot plant, darn it!) xx

  32. G'day! Totally opposite...we had a very small family! My brother married a Greek lady and seems like the WHOLE family from Greece and every regions was represented lol

  33. I'm so happy you went "a little crazy" with these. They would be the first to vanish on a dessert buffet.

  34. It was a lot of fun, Sandra. I just never when to stop so some of them were a little overdone. If one can overdo chocolate application. :)

  35. Those are completely fancy and so delicious looking. I so want to just pop one in my mouth. You reminded me that I used to read Orangette faithfully but haven't gone back to it in a while. Love your cleaning assistant. :)

  36. Don't know if you tipped them off, but they have kindly shared my post on their Facebook page, Sally. I love Tavola but it's a scary place for me, wallet-wise. TOO MANY beautiful things!

  37. They would be too small, sadly. Perhaps next time I make a normal Bundt I'll use the plant trick.
    - It's a Bundt. - A what? - A Bundt. - A what? - This cake 'as an 'ole in it. Hahahahaha!

  38. Ah. Now I understand. You were the family bringing the Bundt. :)

  39. My keyboard flooded with my drool seeing the liquid chocolate drizzling picture :( And it's all your fault. Who wouldn't drool over those tremendously cute and seductive mini cakes?

    Thanks a million for the step by step pictured recipe. Vey helpful indeed.

  40. Just looking at your beautiful little bundts puts me in a festive mood, Stacy! They're so pretty with the different drizzled patterns and the fancy silver balls. Love these! And yes, I'm a huge fan of My Big Fat Greek Wedding. I haven't seen it in forever!

  41. There is nothing like dripping chocolate, Suborna! It makes everyone drool. Thank you for your kind words.

  42. isn't he a cutie, Anita? And he is great company. I feel the same about Orangette! I need to get there more often. I got to meet Molly at BlogHer Food this summer. Be still my adoring heart!

  43. Thanks, Nancy! I had a lot of fun making them. Which is what a celebration should be all about, right? You need to watch My Big Fat Greek Wedding again. It just gets funnier.

  44. Your daughter rocks my world, not least of which because if I had tried to do what you did, my results would have just looked messy! Yours look awesome! Love them!

  45. Wow, what stunning little cakes. I love the crazy drizzling and you're right together they are a real showstopper. Although I asked for one cake, I can't help but include them as they are so beautiful.


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