Generally I only find out about Nation [insert-delicious-treat-here] Day at the end of it, as I sit down to read through the day’s blog posts and I see that everyone else commemorated it with a delicious dessert and mouthwatering pictures.
Luckily, that won’t be the case for my favorite dessert in the world: National Bundt Cake Day.
Strictly speaking, bundt cakes may not be my favorite all-time dessert, but they sure are my favorite to make: minimal design, gorgeous looks…what’s not to love?
Back to this most glorious of all national holidays. The banks and the postal service may not be closed, but thanks to The Food Librarian and her month-long bundt campaign, I knew about this day well in advance, and had a chance to bake this gorgeous cake.
This bundt cake had been formulating itself in my mind over the last couple of months, and I was thrilled to finally have a good excuse to try it. In honor of National Bundt Cake Day, I decided to add a nice little cheesecake swirl. If you aren’t so inclined, skip it. The cake is moist and delicious enough without it. If you want to go for the wow factor, definitely include the cream cheese swirl.
Ironically enough, my coworkers got to enjoy this cake a day early, but I am glad they did, because that gives me a chance to post their feedback. The most common response I got was:
Yep, speechlessness. Yep, this cake is really good. After the initial period of speechless awe, the reactions ranged from “wow” to “can I have another piece” to “I really need to get this recipe.” No, I don’t think my office is hiring at the moment. Sorry folks.
Cream Cheese Swirled Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake:
Cream Cheese Mixture:
8 ounces cream cheese
1/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons (1/2 Tablespoon) vanilla extract
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter or margarine
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 package chocolate pudding mix
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 teaspoons (1 Tablespoon) baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup whole milk
2 cups powdered sugar
4 Tablespoons cocoa powder
(about) 4-6 Tablespoons milk
Preheat oven to 350. Grease a bundt pan well with Baking Pam (baking spray with flour). Set aside.
Cream cheese mixture: In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and egg until well combined and creamy. Set aside.
Cake batter: In a large mixing bowl, beat together the margarine or butter and sugar until well combined. Add the vanilla and eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape down the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula, as necessary, to incorporate everything. Beat in the chocolate pudding mix until well combined. The batter will look like a light chocolate batter at this point.
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Whisk to combine.
Pour the dry ingredients into the mixing bowl, alternating with the milk until all the ingredients are mixed in. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula to ensure everything is mixed together, but don’t over-mix. The batter will be quite thick at this point.
Pour half of the cake batter into the prepared bundt pan. Smooth it out with a rubber spatula. Pour the cream cheese mixture over the batter in the pan. Spread the remaining cake batter over the cream cheese mixture in the pan. It may be hard to smooth it out, but try to cover the cream cheese with cake batter. If a little bit shows through, that’s fine. No need to swirl the cake, the baking powder will do that for you!
Bake the cake at 350 for about 50 minutes, or until a cake tester comes up with cream cheese filling, but no raw chocolate. Set aside to cool.
For topping: in a medium bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Add the milk, one Tablespoon at a time, until the mixture reaches the desired consistency.
Pour over cooled cake. And of course, enjoy!
For non-dairy, make the following substitutions: (I made the cake this way, and it was absolutely delicious!) Substitute tofutti cream cheese for regular, margarine for butter, and Rich Whip (aka Cool Whip or Parve Whip) for milk in the cake and the frosting.
If you don’t want to go to the extra trouble of making the cream cheese mixture or the topping, the cake is delicious without!
The frosting makes quite a bit, so you might be better off making half the amount if you don’t like a heavily frosted cake.